The primary interest of the Morton United Methodist Church is focused on providing an environment in which individuals are encouraged to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus and then to grow in their life of discipleship to Him. We fully intend to provide that encouragement to all people, whether or not they are members of the Church. In addition, people are invited to fully participate in the life, ministry and growth opportunities of the Church, whether or not they are Church members.
Our interest in people as individuals does not minimize the value we place on the covenant of Church membership. That covenant commitment binds us together in a variety of ways. Under the authority of Gods grace, we offer ourselves to Him and to one another by identifying the following aspects of our discipled connection:
- Prayers – We commit ourselves to pray for the Church, to pray for one another.
- Presence – We commit ourselves to be present in worship, to be engaged in the life of the Church.
- Gifts – We commit ourselves to be faithful stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.
- We respond to the invitation to be intentional in our giving, that God might be honored in our support of the work of the Kingdom.
- Service – We commit ourselves to be in ministry in the name of Jesus Christ, learning to serve as He served. While we recognize that not everyone is physically able to engage in all kinds of ministry, we understand that there are ways that most people can serve.
- Witness – We commit ourselves to sharing the Good News of Gods love for us in Jesus Christ. We do that by learning to share our own stories, and being bold to invite others to experience what we have found in Him.
All people wishing to join the Church must have experienced the ritual of Christian baptism. We recognize baptisms that were performed at non-United Methodist Churches. Two or three times a year we have new members orientation meetings. Each group of prospective new members will meet twice. At these orientation meetings we share fellowship, are introduced to the Church staff, learn about the variety of growth opportunities available, learn about available service opportunities, learn something of the history, polity and beliefs of the United Methodist Church, and look at the Order of Service for the Reception of New Members.
Here are the questions you will be asked during the Order of Reception of New Members:
- Do you here in the presence of God and of this congregation renew the solemn promise and vow made at your baptism?
- Do you renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of your sins?
- Do you confess Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, and pledge your allegiance to His kingdom?
- Do you receive and profess the Christian faith as contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments?
- Do you promise, according to the grace given you, to live a Christian life, obedient to Gods will and commandments, always remaining a faithful member of Christs holy church?
- Will you be loyal to the Morton United Methodist Church, upholding the church by your prayers, your presence, you gifts, your service and your witness?
For additional information about the United Methodist Church go towww.umc.org/Our_Faith.