We are a local congregation of The United Methodist Church; you can learn more about the UMC’s beliefs here. Following the roots of Methodism, our church is devoted to putting faith and love into action and our primary mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
United Methodist preaching and teaching is grounded in scripture, informed by Christian tradition, enlivened by personal experience, and tested by reason.
We believe in a triune God — Creator, Christ and Holy Spirit. We believe in God’s self-revelation
as three distinct, but inseparable parts.
We believe in one true, holy, and living God who is creator, sovereign, and preserver of all things visible and invisible. God is infinite in power, wisdom, justice, goodness, and love. God rules with gracious regard for the well-being and salvation of all people.
We believe that we best know and understand God in the life of Jesus of Nazareth. He is the source and measure of all valid Christian teaching. We believe in the mystery of salvation in and through the redeeming love of God found in the teachings of Jesus, his death and resurrection, and promised return.
The Holy Spirit
We believe that God’s love is realized by the activity of the Holy Spirit, both in our personal lives and in the church. The Holy Spirit is a constant presence in our lives, by which we find strength and help in time of need. The Spirit comforts, sustains, and empowers us.
Our Wesleyan Means of Grace
Grace is a primary emphasis within The United Methodist Church. Through grace, God summons us to repentance, pardons us, claims us as new people in Christ, and gives us hope of life eternal.
We give distinctive emphasis to what is called the “order of grace”.
All humanity is surrounded by divine love, God’s prevenient grace, that prompts our first wish to please God and which gives us our first glimmer of understanding about God’s will. This grace also first moves us to recognize our own sins against God’s love and our neighbor’s needs. This grace awakens in us a desire to repent, to be profoundly changed, so that we might live in love toward God and neighbor.
God’s justifying grace reaches out to us through Christ with acceptance and forgiveness, so that our hearts might be decisively changed. We hope through Christ to experience profound personal transformation. We receive God’s assurance that we are accepted children of God.
God’s sanctifying grace works in us to nurture our growth in love. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we become more like Christ and are enabled to increase in the knowledge and love of God and in love for our neighbor. We increasingly receive the mind and the motives of Christ.
- Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
- 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.
- Read By Water and Spirit, the church’s official statement on baptism.
- The Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion, Eucharist)
- 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.
Four Areas of Focus of The United Methodist Church
To learn more about The United Methodist Church, check out UMC.org/beliefs.