What does this church believe?

We believe in God as Three-in-One (Trinity), Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Thus, the very nature of God is relational. God the Father is the Creator of all. The second Person of the Trinity, the Son, was with the Father at creation, but in the fullness of God's time, was born of the Virgin Mary, and was given the name Jesus. He lived and taught God's ways and finally freely gave himself to be sacrificed on the Cross for the salvation of all people. He came to earth, not because we deserved it, but because God is gracious, loves his creation, and desires a relationship with us, a relationship which has been severed because of human sin.

Jesus died, was buried and after three days resurrected and appeared to more than 120 people before finally ascending into heaven, promising to return. From heaven, the Father and Son sent the Holy Spirit, who is God present and working in the world and in and through the lives of people everywhere.

God’s grace (the free and unmerited favor of God toward humans) is always and everywhere available.

The Holy Spirit, at work in people even before they are aware of it (prevenient grace), teaches about Jesus, comforts, gives gifts, works good works through people, and grants eternal salvation to all who will accept what God has done for them through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

The Bible, both Old and New Testaments, reveals the Word of God and contains all that is necessary for salvation. The Methodist church has two sacraments (official dealings with God), Baptism and Eucharist (Communion). We believe that faith is the key to salvation and belief is not just head knowledge or accepting “right doctrines” but includes a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We don't barter or make deals to be saved, nor do we believe good deeds alone make us right with God. We believe in the numerous gifts of the Holy Spirit, but we don't over-emphasize any one of them