The United Methodist Church is a global denomination that opens hearts, opens minds and opens doors through active engagement with our world. The mission of The United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
John Wesley, founder of Methodist, and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
John Wesley urged followers to follow “Three Simple Rules.”
- Do NO Harm.
- Do Good.
- Stay in love with God.
At Snow Hill, we embrace these rules as we go into the world to make disciples of all people.
- Snow Hill UMC puts faith into action through the many ministries of the church.
- We follow the teaching of Jesus and share the love Christ commanded us to share with all God’s children.
- We believe in the Holy Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
- Scripture is the foundation of our faith.
- With Scripture we apply tradition, experience and reason in our discernment of God’s will (The Wesleyan quadrilateral).
We believe in two Holy Sacraments, Holy Communion and Baptism.
(also called the Lord’s Supper)
We believe in an open table; Christ’s table is open to all who would receive it. For some, Holy Communion is their first introduction to Christ.
We receive Communion via “intinction” which means the recipient is handed a piece of bread. They dip the bread into the juice and then eat the bread. Many people will kneel at the altar for a prayer.
We believe Baptism is symbolic of God claiming you as his own (The justifying grace of God). That is why we baptize infants. Water is used for baptism symbolically portraying baptism by the Holy Spirit. Water can be sprinkled over the head, poured over the head or the entire body immersed. Sprinkling represents cleansing of sin and God pouring his grace out upon us. Immersion is a powerful representation of our burial and resurrection in Christ. The method is the choice of the individual being baptized.