Saint Andrews United Methodist Church is a family in Jesus Christ sharing our faith in His love through discipleship and missions to others.
Saint Andrews, founded in 1965, is a congregation of the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church is the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Our worldwide connection includes approximately 12.8 million members.
United Methodists trace our heritage back to the movement begun in 1729 in England by John and Charles Wesley. A Wesleyan understanding of grace guides our Christian faith and life. By grace we mean the undeserved, unmerited, and loving action of God in human existence through the ever-present Holy Spirit.
We believe that God’s grace is manifest in all creation, even though suffering, violence, and evil are everywhere present. The goodness of creation is fulfilled in human beings called to covenant partnership with God. God has given us dignity and freedom and has summoned us to responsibility for our lives and the life of the world.
In God’s self-revelation, Jesus Christ, we see the splendor of our true humanity. Even our sin, with its destructive consequences for all creation, does not alter God’s intention for us—holiness and happiness of heart. Nor does it diminish our accountability for the way we live. Despite our brokenness, we remain creatures brought into being by a just and merciful God. The restoration of God’s image in our lives requires divine grace to renew our fallen nature.
United Methodists trust free inquiry in matters of Christian doctrine. Our faith is guided by Scripture, tradition, experience and reason. Of paramount importance, however, is Scripture as the witness of God’s creating, redeeming and sustaining relationship with God’s people.
We are a people who love and study Scripture. Yet we also believe that scriptural holiness entails more than personal piety. Love of God is always linked with love of neighbor, a passion for justice and renewal in the life of the world. For more than 200 years, Methodists have expressed concern for God’s children everywhere — the poor, the orphaned, the aging, the sick, the oppressed and the imprisoned.
In other words, while faith is the only response essential for salvation, salvation evidences itself in good works. Personal salvation always involves Christian mission and service to the world. By joining heart and hand, we assert that personal religion, evangelical witness, and Christian social action are reciprocal and mutually reinforcing.
For John Wesley – for United Methodist – and for Saint Andrews — there is no religion but social religion, no holiness but social holiness. For us, worship, devotion, and study not only promote personal growth, they also equip and mobilize us for mission and service to the world. Saint Andrews is active in many local and global outreach ministries.
Our mission — the mission of the United Methodist Church — is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This means we strive to nurture followers of Christ who then reach out and teach others, through word and deed, about the love of Jesus.
All persons are welcome to attend our church and receive Holy Communion, and all are eligible to be baptized and become members.