St. Mark’s United Methodist Church is called by God to serve Jesus Christ as a community of faith, help, and hope. In order to realize this vision, our community of faith makes disciples for Jesus Christ; ministers to our own; and is in mission with others. St. Mark’s beliefs include faith in God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
TRADITIONALLY, THE FOLLOWING HAS BEEN EMPHASIZED:
- God will comfort, guide, and forgive every person, no matter who they are or what they’ve done.
- Serving others and Christian faith go hand in hand.
- Peace is found in God and spiritual fulfillment both in solitary moments of reflection and in a community of faith.
- The Church is a community of people who share faith in Jesus Christ.
- The Church seeks to make private and public actions congruent with our faith.
IN PRACTICE, BELIEFS ARE AFFIRMED THROUGH THE SACRED SYMBOLS OF BAPTISM AND COMMUNION.
- Through baptism, we accept God’s gifts through Jesus Christ. There is no strict rule about how baptism must be performed, although sprinkling of water on the head of the person being baptized is most common.
- Everyone is accepted and welcome at the communion table, whether members of the Church or not, children or adults.