We are Christians who are glad to be part of the United Methodist Church. United Methodists are the second largest Protestant denomination in America. People with views as diverse as Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush find a home in the United Methodist Church.
With our community, you’ll find a similar diversity of beliefs, understandings and viewpoints. What holds us together is our common faith in God as revealed to us in the life, teachings and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
United Methodists tend to be moderate, rather than fundamentalists or literalists. We look to the Bible first to find God’s word for us, but we also find God speaking through the tradition of the Christian Church, as well as our own ability to think and to experience God for ourselves.
Methodists have a passionate faith and strong convictions, but tend to recognize that the world is not always black and white. We agree in our life together to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with love and compassion. Methodists have been known for our emphasis on a personal faith, lived out in concrete ways in the world.
We hold three things as vital to our faith: study, worship, and service. That’s what it means to say that we’re faithfully growing as the hands and heart of Jesus Christ for the world through knowing, loving, and serving.
It is the Lord’s Supper, not ours, and it is Christ who invites you. As our ritual puts it: “Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.”
We do not refuse any who present themselves desiring to receive Holy Communion. Whether you should receive Communion with us is between you and God.
Baptism is a covenant between an individual and God, a visible sign of our acknowledgment of God’s grace, and our word to God, promising our response of faith and love.
In our tradition, we baptize infants, children and adults, believing that from the moment of birth and even before, every individual is surrounded by God’s love and grace, and that parents are in a good position to accept this grace and a place in the community of faith for their children. You or your children can be baptized at First United Methodist Church if you are not members, but we strongly encourage you to find a home in this or another community of faith as soon as possible, so that you can experience the significance of your baptism.
We baptize by sprinkling water that has been blessed. It is our tradition to do baptisms during worship, so that the gathered community can offer its support and blessings. However, we do immerse, if that is the person’s preferred method and other facilities can be made available. The United Methodist Church recognizes baptisms done in other faiths and churches and therefore does not “re-baptize”.
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