The Quest for Understanding Amidst Human Suffering

We print this article posted in our United Methodist denominational communications. It is a reflection on the words and insights of the founder of the Methodist movement John Wesley who wrote the excerpts remembered below. In light of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the recent earthquake of the coast of Mexico it is a timely article that I trust is helpful to all of us. The posting is entitled: Ask the UMC: How do United Methodists understand human suffering from natural
disaster? It reads as follows: The quest for understanding amidst human suffering

Wesley United Methodist Church

Wesley United Methodist Church is a Christian church located in the Japantown area of San Jose, California. Since 1895, Wesley ministered primarily to Japanese and Japanese Americans. While remaining true to its Japanese heritage, in recent years, Wesley has become a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, and multi-generational church family.  We look forward to seeing you!

For information on Upcoming Events click here!

Please join us for one of our worship services!
10:00 AM Sunday English Worship Service
10:00 AM Sunday Japanese Worship Service
6:00 PM Wednesday Mid-Week Meditation Service
Communion is performed on the first Sunday of each month at the 10:00 AM services.

During our 10AM worship service, we offer the following:

  1. Childcare for children (newborns to 24 months old)
  2. Church School for Preschool through 5th grade
  3. A strong youth program for Middle School and High School-age adolescents to develop lifelong relationships with God and each other

There are groups for all ages including: Young Adults (post-High School to 30-something), Adult Bible Studies, Prime Timers (retirees), musical groups, Girl Scouts and Cub & Boy Scouts, and more!  Wesley is known for its active mission work through UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteer in Mission).
Wesley United Methodist Church loves to fellowship together through activities such as golf tournaments, family camps and other retreats, cooking, craft classes, and much more!  Click on the "Recent Events" link at the top of the page to see some of the activities in which Wesley is engaged.

Every October, Wesley holds its annual fundraising event, Aki Matsuri, where we offer a variety of Japanese food, fruits and vegetables, cultural activities, crafts and fun!

We are located in San Jose's Japantown, just north of the downtown San Jose and southeast of the Mineta San Jose Airport.  Location of Wesley UMC.

We are part of the United Methodist Church.  Click here for more details.

We are part of the United Methodist Church.  Click here for more details.

Our Church has a rich heritage connected to the history of Japanese-Americans.  Click here for more details

We are an inclusive and all-welcoming church.  Click here for more information.

We are an inclusive and all-welcoming church.  Click here for more information.



This beautiful stained glass creation is located in the Chapel of Wesley United Methodist Church.

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Phone: (408) 295-0367
Fax: (408) 295-0612
Office hours: M-F 9am-5pm