What's Unique About UCUMC?
While we believe there are many unique things about UCUMC, we hope you will find our warm, welcoming attitude towards our guests sets us apart. Many of us remember how it felt to be a newcomer to church, and we want to make your time with us comfortable and inviting. Our hope is that you will know that you are always welcome here just as you are, whether you have been away from church for a while, or never affiliated with any church. Whether you're married, single, divorced, or in transition, you truly matter to us because you matter to God. We would be honored to have you become a part of University City United Methodist Church!
Sacraments, Rites of Passage, and Ceremonies:
Here are some of the religious observations that UCUMC recognizes.
A sacrament is a “means of grace” (Wesley), and represents the union of the spiritual with the physical. A sacrament is often referred to as “an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace.”
United Methodists recognize two Sacraments: Baptism [link to text anchor] and Holy Communion (The Lord’s Supper) [link to text anchor].
BAPTISMS: Sacraments are actions that connect us to the mystery of God’s love and grace and call us to respond in faith. In baptism, we are born of the Spirit and are positioned in Christ and become joint heirs with Christ according to the promise made to Abraham. Through baptism, we become a new creation in Christ, are accepted into the family of God and as such, we become joint heirs with Christ (Galatians 3: 26-29). Click Here to learn more about Baptisms at UCUMC.
COMMUNION: Holy Communion is a “remembrance” of the New Covenant we enter into with Christ. It is the meal of bread and drink (cup) shared by the family of God that opens us to the power and presence of the Holy Spirit and reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice in giving up his body and shedding his blood to reconcile us to God. It is a “means of grace” that nourishes and sustains us as we seek to live as faithful disciples (followers) of Christ. It is a celebration of our life together as the living body of Christ in and for the world. It is to be done “often.”
At UCUMC, Communion is served on the first Sunday of the month, Easter, Christmas and on Celebration Sunday’s.
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CONFIRMATION: Since we offer baptism to infants where parents and the church family take responsibility for the child’s faith walk, we later provide an opportunity for them to “confirm” the vows that were made for them at their baptism. When a person enters the 8th Grade they go through an extended period of study and reflection. After that, the person “confirms” their faith in Jesus Christ and takes personal responsibility for their faith walk.
FUNERALS: Our heartfelt sympathy should you experience a death in your family. For immediate Pastoral Care and assistance please call Pastor Chad Cozad at 704-369-8039.
UCUMC members that wish to report a death in their immediate family should contact Ria Holtzhausen – 704-369-8015 firstname.lastname@example.org. Information received by Wednesday usually appears in the Bulletin that Sunday; if received later in the week, notices usually appear the following Sunday. Click Here for more information about planning a funeral at UCUMC.
WEDDINGS: “We affirm the sanctity of the marriage covenant that is expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared fidelity between a man and a woman. We believe that God’s blessing rest upon such marriage, whether or not there are children of the union. We reject social norms that assume different standards for women than for men in marriage. We support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman“. The Book of Discipline of the UMC – 2012.
Planning your wedding? Click Here to find more information.