What We Believe

One way to understand quickly what it is that we believe as a church is to examine the Apostles’ Creed.  We recite the Apostles’ Creed together every first Sunday of the month as follows:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

In more modern language, we believe:

  • In God as creator of everything, who is one, but is revealed in three distinct persons.
  • In Jesus Christ as the son of God, and in the mystery of salvation through Him.  God became human in the form of Jesus, and his life, death and resurrection demonstrate God’s redeeming love.
  • In the Holy Spirit as God’s present activity in our midst.  When we sense God’s leading, God’s challenge, or God’s support or comfort, it’s the Holy Spirit at Work.
  • In the Bible as the Word of God as the primary authority for our faith and practice.
  • In the Church as the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.

For a more thorough explanation of the beliefs underpinning the Methodist faith, please click the following link which will take you to the “Basics of Our Faith” section of the website of the United Methodist Church.

Our Christian roots

United Methodists share basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities.  To learn more about the perspective of the United Methodist Church on these basic affirmations, click below.

Sacraments

We recognize two sacraments in which Jesus himself participated:  baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion).  To learn more about these sacraments from the United Methodist Church, click below.

our wesleyan heritage

The tenants of Methodism were created by John Wesley.  From prevenient grace to social holiness, read about the foundation of the United Methodist faith by clicking below.