THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
We strive to open our hearts to the world and accept each person as a child of God.
We challenge ourselves to consider new perspectives while honoring our biblical tradition. Our church is based on thoughtful and heartfelt faith.
Everyone is welcome to worship with us, to participate in the sacrament of communion, to join us in embracing and embodying the diversity of God’s family.
As United Methodists, we understand that our openness to new people, ideas, and ways of reaching out to help others defines much of who we are. Welcoming differences, considering opposing views, and embracing change amount to some of the toughest things we do, and they are also some of the most important.
As Christians, we place Jesus Christ at the center of all we do. We foster a warmhearted personal relationship with Christ. Through his example, we reach out with deep compassion to help hurting people. The United Methodist Church is quickly on the scene all over the world, wherever there is a natural disaster or any kind of pain or heartache, to provide aid and love and care. We feed more than two million children every day.
The United Methodist Church touches the heart and stretches the mind. It accepts people as they are, yet challenges them to be better. It gathers us together to worship, then sends us out to serve in the name of Jesus Christ.
As people of The United Methodist Church, we are ethnically and culturally diverse. Our members come from every culture and socioeconomic group.
We are a church of warm hearts. We believe that God moves in the personal experiences of people, and that’s why we are always inviting people to accept Christ. We believe that God is powerfully at work right here and right now through God’s amazing grace, touching lives and inspiring people.
As members of a local church, we are part of a worldwide network of churches. Persons who join The United Methodist Church promise to serve God and support the church with their prayers, their presence, their gifts, and their service. Together our pledge of loyalty enables us to give generously to benevolences and mission efforts worldwide. It has also allowed us to build, own, and operate many colleges, hospitals, children’s homes, and homes for the elderly.
The gospel story of the Transfiguration tells us that while some of the disciples were on the mountain experiencing a profoundly spiritual time with Jesus, others were in the valley attempting to heal the sick. Not surprisingly, the disciples on the m mountaintop wanted to stay there in blissful Christian communion. Meanwhile, the disciples in the valley couldn’t heal because they had not been through the powerful mountaintop experience.
Jesus then brought the inspiration of the mountaintop and the demands of the valley together: Empowered by the worship on the mountain, he came down into the valley, creating a place for spiritual practice and bringing a balm to the people who needed his help.
This remains an important aspect of The United Methodist Church today: to create meaningful encounters with God and to give us an avenue for putting our faith into action.