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About the United Methodist Church

The United Methodist Church (UMC) is a rich tapestry of sisters and brothers who realize our part in the larger family of God. We are incredibly diverse, and there are lots of us: 10.5 million United Methodists live in the U.S., and 1.5 million more worldwide, with the largest growth in membership presently occurring in Africa and the Philippines.
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For more information about the History of the United Methodist Church from its inception to today, click the United Methodist Church logo above.

What are the Methodist Beliefs?

 We celebrate a shared faith in Jesus Christ and His Gospel. United Methodist doctrine is solidly rooted in the Scriptures and the ancient faith of the people of God. Our theology can be defined even more specifically as orthodox Protestant Christianity, flavored with the unique and distinctive ideology we have inherited from our founder, John Wesley. John_Wesley_by_George_RomneyBeyond this, the United Methodist Church encourages its members to think for themselves. Because of this, United Methodists don't necessarily share the same opinions about every faith issue or social concern.
 
As United Methodists, we celebrate our joyful obligation to bear faithful witness to Jesus Christ and the difference He makes in our lives. We recognize and worship Christ as the living reality at the center of the Church's life and mission. In order that we might faithfully carry out that mission, we strive for our thinking to grow ever deeper. That means ongoing, thoughtful, and prayerful reflection on our biblical and theological inheritance and striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.

Sacraments

United Methodists recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

Baptism

  • Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
  • Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins.
  • Persons of any age can be baptized.
  • We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
  • A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you would like to learn more about Baptism at First Methodist Midland, click here.

The Lord's Supper (Holy Communion, Eucharist)

  • The Lord's Supper, or Holy Communion, is the sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving the church offers for all God has done, is doing, and will do to save and renew the whole creation through Jesus Christ.
  • We offer ourselves and gifts of bread and wine, and we ask the Holy Spirit to bless us to be Christ's body for the world, and the gifts to be for us the body and blood of Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit answers our prayers, "Yes!"
  • As we receive the bread and wine, we are nourished and empowered for God's mission in the world.
  • The table around which we gather belongs to Christ. We invite all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to be at peace with one another to offer themselves with us in praise and thanksgiving around the Lord's table and receive his body and blood with us.
 
First Methodist Midland offers Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month during all worship services.