New Member Classes:
Offered quarterly on Sundays in the library at 11am with child care provided.
Membership can mean something different in each church. At First United Methodist Church of the St. Cloud Region (FUMC), we believe that there comes a time when a person’s faith journey is strengthened by taking a public vow of commitment to a community where you want to grow in your faith. This does not mean that you have to believe a specific set of beliefs or that you have it all figured out. What it does mean is that you are willing to share your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness with the community and on behalf of the community in the world. In return, we share those same things with you! We believe that we are stronger together than we are alone. There are two parts to becoming a member:
WEEK 1 - Getting to Know the Community:
No one makes a covenant with a community they don't even know! By coming to worship, joining a small group, and figuring out places you can serve, you will get to know the community and decide whether this is the best place for you to flourish in your faith. When you join First UMC, because we are a "Connectional Church" with the wider United Methodist Church, you are also joining the international United Methodist Church. To understand more about what that's about, you can come to our workshop, "What is a United Methodist?"
WEEK 2 - Getting to know yourself and others:
At First UMC, we believe that we are all representing Christ in the world all of the time. Sometimes, we do that well. Other times, not so much. Knowing what our strengths are and how to use them, however, gives us a much better chance of changing the world in positive ways and being able to work together for God's Kingdom here in the St. Cloud region! At First UMC we use a strengths in a faith journey inventory.
Once you have completed both workshops and talked with Pastor Leah, you are welcome to join First UMC. Becoming a member means reaffirming the vows made at your baptism and making a covenant with the church community. This is a public affirmation of faith within the worship service itself and will be coordinated with others who want to join. Please contact Leah for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org