Historic Christianity

As United Methodists, we affirm the historic Christian faith as summarized in the Apostles’ and the Nicene Creeds. Therefore, we share basic beliefs with most Christian denominations and communities. We believe that in Jesus Christ, God took on human flesh and lived among us. Through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, the world can be reconciled to God. Read more about Christian roots>
 
(“…in the Apostles’ and the Nicene Creeds” could be changed to “ancient creeds” or “creeds of the early church.”)
God’s Grace

United Methodists have a unique understanding of God’s grace. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, described God’s grace as threefold: prevenient, justifying and sanctifying. Prevenient grace comes to us before we have any awareness of God. Justifying grace enables us to receive God’s forgiveness; Sanctifying grace gradually transforms us into the people God created us to be. Read more about our unique heritage>
The Sacraments

We celebrate two sacraments at Huntingtown UMC: baptism and holy communion. In baptism, we confess our sin, receive the grace of God, accept membership in the family of Christ, and vow to trust in and serve Jesus as our Lord. In holy communion we retell the story of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and receive the benefits of Christ’s death and resurrection in a tangible way.  Read more about the sacraments>
 
The Protocol of Reconciliation & Grace Through Separation
 
Amid heightened tensions in the United Methodist Church over conflicting views related to human sexuality,  16 United Methodist pastors, leaders and bishops gathered and drafted a proposal for allowing traditionally minded UMC churches to leave the denomination and form a new, more traditional, Methodist denomination.   Legislation to implement the Protocol statement  is expected to come before the United Methodist General Conference in Minneapolis in May 2020. For more information on the separation proposal, visit the conference website at www.bwcumc.org