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Out of the Heart of our community
we welcome ALL
into this safe {and sacred} space.

Out of the Heart of our community
we welcome ALL
to come and know the heart of God.

Out of the Heart of our community
we welcome ALL
to share their lives in service with us
into ALL the world.

It is out of the heart of our collective understanding of God’s complete and unconditional love that we invite, encourage support, love and welcome ALL.

What Is the Meaning of Methoducks?

From Pastor Kelly

“Methoducks” came from a crazy Christmas gift I gave staff and leadership 2 years ago. Everyone got a rubber duck Nativity set and was challenged to play Where in the world-Flat Stanley style with it. I got pictures of those ducks from all over the world! It was a lot of fun. The tag just evolved from there as themed ducks became our give away at local events and in church around the seasons. Our latest is our best with the symbol of the United Methodist denomination (the cross and flame) adorning a duck amidst other ducks in our ad for the 2013 neighborhood places map (available for free in the BVUMC Gathering Space).

Bay View United Methodist Church

The Methodist denomination organized the first church in Bay View. It was a small wooden church built in 1868 by English immigrants on the land donated by the Milwaukee Iron Company at what today is 2471 and 2473 S. Wentworth Avenue. In 1887, the congregation moved to this Victorian Gothic cream city brick edifice designed by parishioner WIlliam Davelaar.

After World War II, husband and wife Lillian and Willis Leenhouts designed an educational wing and remodeled the church interior, installing new stained glass windows. The Bay View Historical Society designated the Bay View United Methodist Church as a landmark on May 6th, 1984.