UCA Wesley settling into temporary location

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Following the sale of its building to the University of Central Arkansas, the UCA Wesley Foundation has relocated to 2331 College Avenue in Conway. The United Methodist campus ministry will stay in this location for three to four years, during the design and construction of its next permanent home.

“What that building will be, I cannot yet say, but it will be molded by the mission field, and it will be singularly purposed to address the needs of the 21st-century college student and 20-something,” said the Rev. Blake Langston, director of the ministry.

In the meantime, the UCA Wesley’s current house offers two gathering spaces, a large room for prayer and small group meetings, a large yard make for outdoor events and a dedicated computer/video game room. A hospitality room stands ready to provide overnight accommodations when needed—whether for students, visitors or people who have a family member hospitalized across the street. Two resident interns live on the second floor.

“Over the course of our time here, we will be connecting with ‘across the street’ mission opportunities, the student groups in our neighborhood, and our local retirement communities as we discern the shape of the ministry,” Langston said. “The shape of the ministry will then inform our next phase: the new Wesley House.”

Langston also said that connecting with local United Methodist congregations is a renewed priority, for the benefit of the churches as well as for the campus ministry. The Wesley also offers a formal opportunity to support the ministry through the 12:15 Club. Members of the club commit to praying for the UCA Wesley Foundation at 12:15 p.m. each day, and to contribute $15 a month for 12 months.

To connect with the ministry, contact Langston at 870-283-9498; email ucawesley@gmail.com; or follow @UCAWesley on Twitter and UCA Wesley on Facebook.