United Methodists are a group of Christians totaling over 8 million in the United States alone. In addition, United Methodists can be found around the world sharing our faith with open hearts, open minds and open doors.
The Christian faith is like a river, with Jesus Christ as its source. In time the river has split into smaller rivers and tributaries. But like a river, as travelers move upstream, they will eventually find their way back to the original source, Jesus Christ.
Traditionally, we have emphasized the following:
- God will comfort, guide, and forgive every person, no matter who they are or what they've done.
- Serving others and Christian faith go hand in hand.
- We find peace with God and spiritual fulfillment both in solitary moments of reflection and in a community of faith.
- Our Church is made up of people who share faith in Jesus Christ.
- We seek to make our private and our public actions congruent with our faith.
- We are a global movement of churches that's making a difference in the world.
In practice, we are similar to other Protestant denominations, affirming our beliefs through the sacred symbols of baptism and communion.
Through baptism, we accept God's gifts through Jesus. There is no strict rule among United Methodists about how baptism must be performed, although sprinkling water on the head of the person being baptized is most common. Everyone is accepted and welcome at the communion table, whether members of the Church or not, kids or adults.
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