We Are Members of the United Methodist Church
Potlucks are a great symbol for Methodists. Everyone brings something to the table. You won’t like everything, but you will find something new that is wonderful. The conversation is good. The plates are always full, and desserts are free.
Methodist like to get things done. Oh, we love the Bible, and love to worship together. But spirituality isn’t just what we do for ourselves, but what we do for others. Faith means making a tangible difference in the world.
Methodists love meetings. We have meetings for everything. We have meetings to study how our meetings are going! Meetings are our way of connecting to each other and for including everyone. Our founder John Wesley had a saying that has become our motto: “Do as much good as you can, with all the people you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you, at all the times that you can. “ Meetings help us get things done.
We also love questions - faith questions; God questions; tough, theological questions. We believe God gives us minds so we can ask questions and seek answers. Science and reason are tools for faith, as are Bible and revelation.
Methodist are also connectional. We pool our financial resources with other Methodist churches to have greater impact in missions. Pastors move between churches with geographic conferences. We are all for one and one for all.
When several branches of Methodists joined together in 1968 to form the Untied Methodist Church, they added a bright red flame to the cross as their denomination symbol. The flame is a symbol of our passion to make a difference and of the Holy Spirit with us. Faith and the church always have to be on the move and on the go. It’s all part of connecting, it’s all part of being at once one with and yet still the servants of God. It is all part of who we are.