I’m new to Charlotte-Fagan, or to the UMC, or new to church...
Welcome! People come to church for a variety of reasons: to “get right with God,” learn about Christianity, or you haven’t been to church since you were a kid and want to come back, etc., etc. Whatever your reason, we are glad you walked through our doors. Our number one goal is to offer you the opportunity to connect with God through the unique witness of Jesus the Christ.
Our motto is “Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors.” That means that we recognize the world is big and complex, and God works with people differently. We want everyone who has found their way to our church to be welcomed, because that is what grace – God’s action in the world – is all about.
What should I expect?
We are a small, friendly community. When you walk in the door you will likely be met by one of our ushers. They will help you by handing you a bulletin of the worship service order, show you where to sit, and will offer to hang up your jacket if you’d like. The worship service is what is often called traditional, which means we sing hymns with piano and organ and our pastor wears a robe. That does not mean everyone will be in formal attire. However you feel comfortable being in a holy space will be okay with us. Worship usually lasts an hour.
If you would like to come a little early, we have Sunday School classes for all age levels. Most do Bible studies with occasional topical studies throughout the year. Feel free to contact the church beforehand if you would like to know what is going to be taught when you arrive.
Tell me about membership, baptism, and communion
We celebrate Holy Communion, also known as The Lord’s Supper and Eucharist, every Sunday. You do not have to be a member to partake in Communion. United Methodists celebrate an open table, so if you feel that should take communion, you can! It’s God’s table, not ours. Taking communion is as easy as being handed a piece of bread and either dunking it in a common cup of juice or taking a small cup of juice and drinking it after eating the bread.
Our other holy practice is baptism. Baptism is how a person becomes a member of the congregation. If you have been baptized before in either another UMC or another Christian denomination, we believe what God did then is just as good now, so we will not re-baptize you. We also baptize infants, because we believe baptism is recognition of God’s choosing us, not the other way around. If you would like to be baptized or join the church, speak with our pastor who will be glad to discuss details of what it means to be a member and how to join.
If you have any other questions about Methodist beliefs, check out the links below or you can talk to the pastor.