oUR vision

We exist to connect people to Jesus and each other in a community of faith through:

meaningful Worship, passionate Prayer, intentional Study, and life-giving Service.

Two sacraments

Baptism – This is a once-in-a-lifetime sacrament of initiation into the church. When we baptize infants, we are recognizing that, as children of believing parents, they have a place in the covenant community of God’s people. We do not believe that infant baptism alone is sufficient for salvation; the child must one day accept the gift of salvation for himself or herself and then be confirmed as a professing member of the church.

Holy Communion – Communion in the United Methodist Church is an open table: one does not have to be a member of this church to participate. The bread of Holy Communion represents the broken body of Jesus Christ, given for us. The cup represents the blood poured out to give us new life. We believe that Christ is present in a special way when we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion.

A “Connectional” Church – Every UM pastor and every local church belongs to an “Annual Conference.” This group meets once a year. It is made up of all the pastors, plus one lay member for each pastor. It is presided over by the Bishop. Its goal is to oversee the ministries of United Methodism for its particular region. Every church pays “apportionments” to support the world-wide mission of the UMC. Every pastor is “appointed” to a local church, or to a ministry beyond the local church, for one year at a time. We belong to the Western North Carolina Conference.