What We Believe

We believe the church belongs to God and that it is the "body" of Christ.  As the body of Christ, the church is a 
symbol of the physical presence of Jesus Christ in our world. The church exists to help others become disciples of Jesus Christ.  A disciple is a person who gives their heart to Jesus and wishes to follow his teaching.  Reading the Bible, praying daily, attending Worship weekly, changing one's lifestyle to reflect the will of God, being involved in the mission and ministry of the church are all signs that one is a disciple of Jesus Christ.  As disciples we believe that we can transform the world.
 
We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three expressions: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe God the Father is creator of heaven and earth and all that inhabit them. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in his virgin birth, in his sinless life, in his miracles, in his atoning death through his shed blood, in his bodily resurrection, in his ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in his personal return in power and glory. We believe that the Holy Spirit comes to live and dwell in the life of each believer helping them to stay connected to God the Father.
 
We believe that our Worship should always be grounded in the Bible, the Word of God, and that these teachings should be applicable to our everyday life.  As we fellowship with other believers it helps us to face everyday problems with love and caring support. Welcoming others into our fellowship is a priority--for God has welcomed each of us into God's family.  
 
 
The Lord's Supper,
known also as Holy Communion, is a gift from the Lord.  Jesus Christ told us to "do this in remembrance of him".  We believe that the Holy Spirit is mysteriously present in the elements of bread and juice. As we partake of them, we are accepting the love of God through Jesus Christ.  The United Methodist Church practices an" open table" which means that everyone is invited to participate.   We humbly come as people who know we are in need of forgiveness from our God and from others.  We know our God is a source of grace which helps strengthen and renew our faith.
 
 
Baptism
is the outward symbol of the adoption into God's family.  God pours out God's love to us in such a way as to encourage our growth in relationship to God.  It is the beginning of our faith journey that will be nurtured by others in our own family and our church family. We accept baptism from other Christian denominations for church membership
 
 
 
Weddings
:  Our church wishes to support and strengthen persons who make a life long commitment to one another through the covenant of marriage.  We believe a relationship with God should be the center of marriage and binds the relationship together.  Please make premarital and wedding planning arrangements by contacting the church office.
Funerals:  Because Jesus promised that he is the resurrection and the life, we who believe know that even though we die a physical death, we will have eternal life in heaven.  Funeral services give witness to the promise of our faith.  They are designed to remind us that in the reality of death is the assurance of the resurrection.  Services comfort the bereaved while celebrating the life of a believer.  It is our wish to help families through this difficult time with respect and love. 
    Lewisberry UMC Funeral Policy Funeral Luncheon Policy
 
Please see policies for baptism, weddings and funerals.