Becoming a Member of Virginia Beach United Methodist 

Sunday Worship

Today, after 12 years (don’t rush into anything, folks), I became a member at Virginia Beach United Methodist Church. It’s strange how quickly time can escape you. I remember my first Sunday like it was yesterday, sitting next to Jared Otto at the 9:30am service with the great Bob Johnson in front of us. Bob turned around and gave us a thumbs up on our shirt and tie ensembles (I told Jared we had to wear suits) and warmly introduced himself.

For a kid who spent his whole life in a Catholic church, it was a whole new experience. The music was warmer, the mood was more relaxed, there was a whole lot less up and down (Catholics know what I mean), and those sermons could inspire you to do anything, so I kept coming back. 

Since then, some people have left, some people have joined, some tragedy has struck, some heartbreak has happened, and some decisions have been tough, but perseverance has always stood strong and we’ve always moved forward. 

I’m thankful for all the people who’ve reached out to that random, tall, skinny, awkward, annoying, yellow toothed kid from New Jersey who showed up with Jared that day and then kept coming back by himself year after year, and for those same people that showed him God’s love and a beautiful Christian faith. 

The space inside the walls of this church was the first place I truly ever felt comfortable worshiping our God. 

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

I wish everyone could have an opportunity to reflect on their time at their church like I did today. Don’t forget to slow down and take a picture or two along your journey. Maybe we should have a 12 year waiting period for new members. 

It was nice, today, seeing so many people celebrate this journey with me, and it touched my heart that my old friend Jared could be there too. 

Philippians 4:13 “For I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength.”

I’m proud of the work we’ve done in our effort together to glorify our loving God. 

Thank you all. @ Virginia Beach United Methodist

-Tim Golden, from his Sunday, May 6 Facebook post