The United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church is a 12.3-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors 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.
The College Heights United Methodist Family, led by the Holy Spirit,
Gathers to celebrate and worship God;
Scatters to serve in the name of Jesus;
Grows disciples of Christ.
What We Believe
- We believe in the Holy Trinity: God is our Creator, Jesus is our Savior, the Holy Spirit is God's presence with us and within the world.
- We believe in God's grace as an unconditional, undeserved, and unearned gift of God's love.
- We believe in Jesus Christ as the ultimate expression and fulfillment of God's grace whose life, death, and resurrection offer to all people transforming forgiveness and the promise of eternal life.
- We believe in the Bible as the Word of God.
- We believe prayer is our lifeline with God.
- We believe the church is the body of Christ in the world today, present to form disciples of Christ and to share God's love through Christ in the local and world wide community.
The United Methodist Church recognizes two sacraments - - Baptism and Holy Communion.
In Baptism a person is cleansed by the Holy Spirit and becomes a part of the body of Christ - - the church universal. Once a person has been baptized, he or she never needs to be baptized again. One may re-dedicate his or her baptism as the need is felt.
In Holy Communion, we recall the Last Supper of Jesus with the disciples. We celebrate and remember God's grace and mercy in Jesus, the resurrection of Christ, and Christ's continuing presence with us. In the UMC all are invited to the Lord's table. Communion is a means to God's grace and is therefore open to all who wish to come.