Growing In Faith
What We Believe
The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world.
John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage.
Church membership is not requirement. Some of our most active people have never officially “joined the church”. But membership is important to some people. It is a visible and public commitment to support the mission of the church. It is also an opportunity for our congregation to formally promise to walk along side you in your faith journey, support you in your life challenges, and to share your joys.
We offer membership classes to learn who United Methodists are, what we believe, and what it means to be a member. Feel free to join any class to learn more about membership in the United Methodist Church, even if you are not ready to pursue membership at this time.
You can read your entire Bible in a year, or every year! With just a 20-minute investment each day, you can read the bible cover-to-cover in a year. There are lots of ways to read — front-to-back, new-and-old-testaments-simultaneously, order-of-events, order-of-writing, and others. Customize and print your plan, read online, or even have your daily reading automatically delivered to your mailbox. Click here to explore the options.
How to Spend an Hour in Prayer
We all pray when we have something on our minds. But regular, meaningful prayer is a habit anyone can develop. Here is a suggestion for spending an hour in prayer based on advice from Dick Eastman of the World Literature Crusade. If you spend just an average of 5 minutes at each of these, the hour may not seem long enough!
- Praise — Begin with a recognition of God’s nature.
- Wait — Give time to being quiet in God’s presence; take time to let God Love you.
- Confess — Ask for forgiveness to clear the way for powerful prayer.
- Read the Word — Thoughtfully reading the Bible is a form of prayer.
- Intercession — Pray for others who have desperate needs.
- Petition — Pray for our personal needs and the needs of our loved ones.
- Pray the Word — Many Bible passages talk to God, not about him. Try one of the psalms.
- Thanksgiving — Thank God for the specific things he has done for you.
- Sing — Sing a familiar hymn, or create a new one in your heart.
- Meditate — Medidation is active pondering on spiritual themes.
- Listen — We cannot hear what God has to say to us if we do not take the time to listen.
- Praise — End as you began, with praising God for who he is.