We are Christians
We believe in one God. We believe that God created and sustains the universe. We believe that God came into this world in a special way through the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. We believe that the Holy Spirit is the way the love of God is present in the world.
Together, with many Protestant churches, we recognize two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion. In a sacrament, God uses material things to express sacred mysteries.
Holy Baptism is the sacrament that initiates us into the church. Christian baptism is by water and the Spirit. In Baptism, we identify ourselves with the people of God and join the community’s journey toward God. In Baptism, we become members of Christ’s church.
Holy Communion is the sacrament that nourishes us in our journey by using real food and drink to re-enact Christ’s last meal with his disciples. As we return to the Table again and again, we are strengthened and we have the experience of being part of the church as the body of Christ in the world. Our celebration of Communion is open to all who wish to participate in Christian community.
Our Sacred Writings
We believe that the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the New Testament are collections of writings inspired by God and written down by imperfect people. We believe they contain what is needed to give meaning to life. We believe they are worthy of our study, preaching and reflection.
A Congregation of the United Methodist Church
We belong to The United Methodist Church (link to UMC.org), which traces its roots back to John Wesley’s ministry of church renewal in England and North America. Through Wesley (1731-1791), we share in shared Christian tradition reaching back in history through the Church of England and the Catholic Church back to the earliest Apostles. Today, the United Methodist church is a denomination of 8.5 million Christians in the United States and about one million around the world. We are a member of the Holston Annual Conference (link to holston.org) (regional area) of the United Methodist Church.