What We BelieveAs a United Methodist Church, we share a common mission with other United Methodist Churches. That mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. As a United Methodist church, we are connected with nearly 1,200 other United Methodist Churches in the state of Indiana and over 43,000 United Methodist congregations around the world.
We practice open Communion. Open Communion means we invite all to participate in the Sacrament of Holy Communion. You do not have to be a member of our church or our denomination to receive Communion. The only requirement is that you desire to respond to the invitation to the Lord’s Table. That invitation is to all who repent of their sins and seek to live lives following after the example and the teachings of Jesus.
We practice both infant baptism and believer’s baptism. Infant baptism means that the child’s parents make a commitment to God on the child’s behalf, and the child is received into the Christian community. We believe God’s grace is involved in the act of baptism, but we also believe that baptized children have the responsibility to accept the gift of Jesus Christ into their hearts and lives on their own when they are old enough.
Believer’s baptism is practiced when a youth or adult has chosen to put his or her faith in Christ. The act of baptism is a public profession of the transformation that has occurred in the person’s heart.
When people put their faith in Christ as youth or adults, if they have been baptized as infants, we do not re-baptize, but we reaffirm the baptismal vows that were made at their baptisms.
We baptize infants by sprinkling. We baptize youth and adults by immersion, sprinkling or pouring.