What We Believe:
"The United Methodist Church is an 11 million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world" (umc.org website). Here are a few statements that are an introduction to what we believe. Please join us to learn more and to share your understandings about God and faith.
We believe that God is all-powerful who created everything and breathed life into us. God loves us and desires us to be in relationship with him. God offers us grace, the gift of his unmerited love.
Jesus is the divine Son of God who was fully human. He walked among us, showing us how to be a true human. He was put to death, arose from the dead, and lives today as our Savior. In Jesus, we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.
The Holy Spirit:
The Holy Spirit is God with us, who comforts us, instructs us, alerts us to God's will, convicts us when we disregard God's will, and empowers us to live obediently.
We believe that the church is the body of Christ, whose mission is to follow Christ's example of life and his commandments to us: to make disciples of Jesus and to serve our neighbors in love. The Church incorporates all Christians, all past, present, and future followers of Jesus. As a church, we worship God, grow in our faith, and support each other in our lives and in our ministries. Our church is an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world. .
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is the primary authority for our faith and practice. To help us interpret the scriptures, we use our minds, guided by the Holy Spirit, the tradition of the Church, and how that interpretation affects our lives.
We recognize two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion. Both are opportunities for God's grace and gifts given by God. Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins. A person receives Christian baptism only once in his or her life; a person at any age may be baptized. We baptize by sprinkling, immersion, or pouring. Please contact the pastor if you would like to be baptized.
The Lord's Supper is a holy meal of bread and juice that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ and welcomes Christ's presence among us. It helps us to remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and empowers us to go and be in ministry to the world until Jesus comes again. Our Communion Table is open to all persons who wish to receive God's grace through Communion. All are encouraged to love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another. All are welcome here.