Frequently Asked Questions
about United Methodists

 

Does The United Methodist Church accept the baptisms of other denominations?

Yes. The United Methodist Church recognizes the baptism of other Christian denominations, whether done by immersion, sprinkling or pouring.

 

What is the creed of the United Methodist Church? Why do we say creeds?

The United Methodist Hymnal contains nine creeds or affirmations of faith. Only two of these (Nicene and Apostles’) are strictly considered creeds because they are products of ecumenical councils. We say creeds in order to be clear, to both visitors and church members, what it is we profess to believe.

The Methodist Social Creed, which is another creed of our denomination (and is also in the Hymnal), originated to express Methodism’s outrage over the working and living conditions of the millions of workers in factories, mines, mills, tenements and company towns. Following the lead of John Wesley, Methodists have always fought for social, economic and environmental justice while still maintaining our evangelical heritage.

You can find our Social Creed here and read more about United Methodist’s Social Justice Heritage.

 

What can I expect when I come to worship on Sunday morning at your church?

First, our Sunday worship service begins at 10:30am. We have Sunday school classes for all ages beginning at
9:00am if you would prefer to begin your worship in a smaller group of people.
 
Second, there is no dress code. We focus on more important things.
 
Third, while we desire to grow as God equips us, we are not a mega-church. We value authenticity over production, and that comes across in our worship on Sundays. As a result, worship is a more personal experience here. Think coffee house rather than rock concert. Sermons are conversational, not given by someone on a theatrical stage. We also celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month, and invite all to receive the bread and the cup.
 
Fourth, while we might call it “traditional” worship, we try to get beyond the stuffy boundaries that label can produce. Here at St. Paul’s, we call our worship “Relaxed Traditional.”  We are liturgical, but not rigid in what we do from week to week. We value the meaning of our worship more than the actual form that worship may take. We use all types of music and worship to praise God and encourage people toward deeper faith in Jesus Christ. After all, God wants us to worship in spirit and truth, and never says in the Bible that a certain worship style or “decorum,” is preferred.
 
 

Can children take communion?

It is up to the parents to decide when their child should begin receiving communion. Since Jesus invited to his table all who loved him, who earnestly repented of their sin and desired to live in peace with one another, the United Methodist Church has an “Open Table” during Holy Communion. This means anyone who wishes to come and receive the elements with an open heart is welcome.
 

Do United Methodists believe the communion elements actually

become the body and blood of Christ?

No. We believe that the change is spiritual.
 
 
Feel free to email Pastor Robert if you have any questions that are not covered here.