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Preaching the Word, 18 January 2020

The “Preaching the Word” workshop is designed for laity who are interested in preaching at ESUMC. The workshop will expose students to United Methodist theologies of worship and preaching as well as provide preaching techniques and resources for sermon preparation. The workshop will be taught in English.

The workshop is Saturday, 18 January 2020 from 09:00-17:00.

Successful completion of the workshop qualifies students for election as ‘preaching assistants’ at ESUMC.

The workshop registration cost is €10.

To register for the workshop, please email Pastor Matthew A. Laferty at matthew.laferty [at]

Giving Tuesday on 3 December


This year’s Giving Tuesday offering is 3 December 2019. Monies donated through the Giving Tuesday offering support two ESUMC mission and outreach projects – the Wärmestube (winter daytime shelter) project and The United Methodist Church in Albania. 

You may give to the Giving Tuesday offering anytime before 3 December. Specially-marked envelopes are available from ushers on Sunday. You can also give via bank transfer to the church account (IBAN: AT23 1200 0006 2016 1208); note ‘Giving Tuesday’ in your bank transfer. Or you can give with your credit card through the UMC Advance mission project website. Click here to give with a credit card. 

Contact the church office with questions.

Give generously to share God’s love and compassion with the world!

2017 Vacation Bible School

The 2017 Vacation Bible School program is now open for registration. The program will run daily from Monday, August 14 through Friday, August 18 from 09:00-16:00.

This year’s theme is “Hero Central: Discovering Your Strength in God!” The theme Bible verse is “Do good! Seek peace and go after it!”—Psalm 34:14b, CEB.

There will be Bible stories, games, science projects, music classes, craft time, and much learning about strength which comes from God.

VBS is open to children ages 4-15.

The program is run in English.

Lunch and snacks will be provided.

VBS is free and open to the public.

Contact Diana Mangan for more information or to volunteer at office[at]

Click here to register online for VBS.




Holy Week 2017

Join us for Holy Week 2017 (April 9-16) at the English-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna! All services are in English unless otherwise noted. 

9 April – Palm/Passion Sunday – Sunday morning worship at 11:15 with a special children’s palm processional remembering Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The service then turns to the torture and trial of Jesus from Matthew 26 in the “Journey to the Cross” sermon series.  Pastor Matthew preaching.

12 April – Special Lenten Bible study which will focus on the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. The study begins with a soup and salad fellowship at 18:30.

13 April – A special Holy Thursday service commemorating the Last Supper and Jesus’ arrest. Please bring a food dish to share. The service begins at 18:30.

14 April – Good Friday – We have two services on Good Friday.

  • The 12:30 ecumenical prayer service is hosted this year at Christ Church Anglican (Jauresgasse 17-19, 1030 Wien) where Pastor Matthew will be preaching.
  • The 19:30 service of darkness will be held at ESUMC, remembering the death and burial of our Lord.

15 April – Easter Saturday Vigil – Join our sister congregation Fuenfhaus UMC for an Easter Vigil of watching and waiting at the tomb of our Lord. The service begins at 20:00 with a bonfire in the back garden. The service will be in German.

16 April – Resurrection Sunday – Sunday morning worship at 11:15 celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Holy Communion will be served. We will also have five baptisms. Pastor Matthew preaching and presiding.

Our Location

Our church is located at Sechshauser Strasse 56, 1150 Vienna.

Parking: Free street parking is available on Sunday.

By U-bahn: The nearest U-bahn station is Längenfeldgasse on lines U4 and U6. At the station take the exit toward Storchensteg.

By bus: You can take the 57A bus to Grimmgasse. The church is less than 50 meters from the bus stop.


Lent 2017


Lent is the season of preparation for Good Friday and Easter. It is a forty day journey over six weeks (not including Sundays) meant for reflection and renewal. 


Our Lenten journey begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1 at 18:30 with a service of penitence and reflection. 

The Women’s World Day of Prayer is Friday, March 3 at 18:30 at ESUMC. Click here for more information.

We will remember the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 18:30. Please bring a food dish to share. 

There are two opportunities to commemorate the death of our Lord on Good Friday on April 14. Join the 12:30 ecumenical prayer service hosted by Christ Church Vienna (Jauresgasse 17-19, 1030 Wien); Pastor Matthew and other area clergy will share on the last seven words of Jesus. Or come to the 19:30 service of darkness at ESUMC.

Bible Study

The special Lenten Bible taught by Pastor Matthew will take place every Wednesday evening during Lent (March 8, 15, 22, 29 and April 5, 12). The Bible study will begin each time at 18:30 with soup and salad with the study to follow the meal. The study is entitled “He Set His Face to Jerusalem” which focuses on Jesus’ final journey to Jerusalem.

The Bible study will be in the ESUMC fellowship area.


On Sunday, March 19th at 14:30 there will be a special guided tour of the Wien Museum’s temporary exhibit “Protestant Vienna. Religious Conflict after Luther.” A professional museum guide will lead the tour. The cost is 5 Euros, payable the day of the tour. 

2017 Women’s World Day of Prayer


The English-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna is pleased to be hosting the 2017 Women’s World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 3 at 18:30. The service is organized by a joint committee of women from the English-Speaking United Methodist Church of Vienna, Christ Church Vienna, Grace Church Vienna, the English-Speaking Catholic Community, and the Vienna Community Church.

Each year the Women’s World Day of Prayer focuses on a specific country. In 2017 we are focusing on the Philippines. Women from the Philippines have prepared the liturgy, the songs, and the stories. Together we will worship with women and men around the world, hear stories from Filipino women, and pray for our community and the Philippines. 

A Filipino food buffet will be served afterward the prayer service.

The event is free.

The English-Speaking United Methodist Church is located at Sechshauser Strasse 56, 1150 Vienna. To reach the church: by bus take the 57A bus to ‘Grimmgasse’; by Ubahn go to ‘Längenfeldgasse’ on lines U4 and U6, take the station exit toward Storchensteg; and by car only street parking is available.

Advent and Christmas 2016

You are invited to join us for our Advent and Christmas celebrations! All Sunday services begin at 11:15 unless otherwise noted.

27 November – First Sunday in Advent with baptism
04 December – Second Sunday in Advent with Holy Communion
11 December – Third Sunday in Advent with children’s Christmas program
18 December – Fourth Sunday in Advent with Service of Lessons and Carols

24 December – Family Christmas Eve Service with Holy Communion beginning at 14:30
24 December – Traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve Service with Holy Communion beginning at 18:00

25 December – Christmas Day Service with Holy Communion

Our church is located at Sechshauser Strasse 56, 1150 Vienna. By bus take the 57A bus to ‘Grimmgasse’. By Ubahn go to ‘Längenfeldgasse’ on lines U4 and U6, take the station exit toward Storchensteg. By car only street parking is available.

Finance Committee Note on Stewardship

To the saints at ESUMC and friends around the world,

Greetings to you in the generous name of our Lord Jesus Christ who richly showers upon us God’s love and mercy.

November is Stewardship Month with the theme “Jikelele—Christ Everywhere”.  Jikelele is a Zulu word meaning universal or everywhere. In the church we understand Christ is jikelele, everywhere. We know that no matter where we go, what we do, or what we need, Christ will be there. As the church we are the body of Christ and like Christ we too are jikelele, everywhere.

During the month we intentionally recall God’s call in our lives and upholding our membership vows. As ESUMC members we commit our prayers, presence, gifts (including money), service, and witness to serve Christ and the Church. In Pastor Matthew’s sermon on Nov. 6th he said

“Stewardship is about God’s love working within every aspect of our lives. As God’s love infuses our lives, we can’t help but share all we have in Christ’s name. As we are enveloped in God’s saving love, we find ourselves wanting to pray for our neighbors, families, and enemies. We find that we want to give our time, our talents and skills, and our money to support the sharing of God’s love with the world. We find that we want to share our witness, telling the whole world how God in Christ changed us. This is stewardship—sharing our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. When Jesus says lay down your life for each other [cf. John 15:9ff], he is saying share all you have to love. Stewardship is about seeing Christ in each other and giving all you possess in order to love. We look to Christ who gave his life to love and to the saints whose lives are examples of sacrificial love.” 

On Sunday you will receive an Estimate of Giving form where you will be able to make your annual financial pledge. Additionally you will be given a Ministry and Leadership Form; this form provides opportunities for you to commit to pray for the church and participate in our ministries. Both forms are helpful instruments for declaring your stewardship commitment for 2017. 

Furthermore on Tuesday, November 29th, there will be again “UMC #GivingTuesday”. We have organized our own “matching fund” of €4,000 from several donors of our congregation. Any donation given toward Giving Tuesday (and received by Nov. 29) will be matched Euro to Euro up to €4,000. However, we must raise €4,000 in order to receive the full matching funds. All Giving Tuesday donations must be specifically marked. The matching funds are only above regular donations.

How can I give toward Giving Tuesday? You may  

  1. Give cash in the special envelopes marked ‘Giving Tuesday’  this Sunday (20/11) and next Sunday (27/11)
  2. Make an electronic bank transfer to ESUMC indicating the purpose ‘Giving Tuesday’. Your transfer must be received by 28/11
  3. Contact a member of the Finance Committee

We praise God for an abundant year. Through your giving ESUMC has been engaged in mission and outreach in the world. In 2016 we have worshipped every Sunday, employed a full-time pastor, extended Bible studies, offered children’s Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, opened the church to our neighbors through the Wärmestube program, provided shelter to refugee families, and many other things. With your help, commitment, and generosity, 2017 will be another amazing year lead by the Holy Spirit and filled with God’s saving love. Thank you for generously giving so we together can make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We invite you to prayerfully consider how you will give your time, talent, and treasure to enable ESUMC’s mission.

In Christ,

The ESUMC Finance Committee
Franz Haslinger, Chair
Rev. Matthew A. Laferty
Andrew Stones
Doreen Ighama
Oscar van Rooy
Jerry Barton
Delia Vijoen
Pavel Nikulin
Markus Beuchert
Joe Mangan