“Connecting to Christ, Growing in Community, Serving the World”
is a simple way to describe the way we live out God’s call at First UMC Manhattan. The three are intimately bound and we hope that in everything we do, all three are happening. When we say these things, here is what we mean:
Connecting to Christ:
As a faithful and committed body of believers, we are a part of the local, national, and global Body of Christ which offers both comfort and challenge to our life. If you join us for a worship service you’ll often hear the phrase “A safe place to hear a dangerous message.” As a congregation we covenant through our baptismal and membership vows to serve one another and help each other grow in community no matter where we are along our discipleship journeys. It is a place of both affirmation and a place where we can be steered gently back on the path together.
Growing in Community:
At FUMC it is more than just increasing weekly worship attendance, though we do enjoy the regular visits and inquiries about membership! Growing in community is about identifying and equipping those who connect and serve with us to be participants in the Body of Christ that is transforming the world. This growth happens most in our Sunday school classes and small group ministries which meet outside of Sunday worship for learning and service.
Serving the World:
At FUMC we are active in shifting the paradigm from doing service for people to participating in service with people. We offer charity through regular community service, community meals, and supporting local agencies with their work and with the work that goes beyond their ability to help. We strive to form mutually transformative relationships by offering empathy while seeking understanding. By working together we are all empowered to change the world, one relationship at a time, so it functions justly for all of God’s beloved children.