WHAT WE BELIEVE

 
Cropped cross and flameThe mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” Our beliefs as United Methodists are summarized in our Articles of Religion and our Confession of Faith.
 
KEY BELIEFS:
 
  • We worship the Creator and Preserver of all things as seen in the Trinity of: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is fully God and fully human joined together in one person.   We praise God’s goodness as shown through Christ’s His life, suffering, crucifixion, death, and resurrection from the dead.
  • We believe God is at work bringing men and women to a knowledge of our need for Him.  He offers His loving grace to all persons that they might be freed from the memory and effects of wrong decisions and sin in their lives.  Through the pardon offered by Jesus’ Christ’s death and resurrection we, as individuals are called to grow in the likeness of God, empowered by his grace and to love ourselves and one another through word and deed.
  • We stand on the Word of God as found in the Holy Scripture.  His Word can be understood and  internalized through study, reason, experience and tradition. As Christians we are called together to encourage one another and to be the visible display His grace to the world through the Church.    
 
 
SACRAMENTS
 
With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
 

Baptism

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  • Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God’s love and forgiveness of our sins.
  • Persons of any age can be baptized.
  • We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
  • A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.
  • Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
 
 
The Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion, Eucharist)Lord's Supper Church Stock Photos
 
  • The Lord’s Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ.
  • The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family.
  • By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ’s sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.
  • We practice “open communion,” welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.