welcomeWe are a vibrant, inclusive community of faith, welcoming all people to experience the transforming power of God through Jesus Christ. We grow in faith through worship and study together. Our children and youth are nurtured and empowered into faithful adulthood. We serve locally and globally, offering transformational experiences for those served and those who serve.

Where do I worship? Worship takes place in the sanctuary of the church. There are signs at each of three entrances that will guide you. If you enter at the lower level handicap entrance there is an elevator and stairs that will take you to the upper level where the sanctuary is located.

How do I dress? There is no dress code at Brighton First. All are welcome. Dress ranges from suit and tie to shirt and jeans.

What about my children? Children are welcomed in worship. Classes are provided for kids 3 years-8th grade during the 9:30 service. Kids are invited to come forward during the children’s message (if they are comfortable) at the beginning of the service. They are dismissed to their classes following the children’s message and their Sunday school teachers will meet them at the back of the sanctuary and take them to class. The church nursery is staffed and available during all services.

What We Believe: As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time. For more information: http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/basics-of-our-faith

Our Mission:  Know God.  Love God.  Serve God.

Vision Statement: We are followers of Jesus Christ who strive to know God, love God and serve God by serving others.

Worship: Our worship services are meaningful and relevant. Insightful sermons, heartfelt prayer and inspiring music leave worshippers feeling refreshed, renewed and recommitted to their faith.

Discipleship: We provide learning opportunities for people of all ages to enrich their lives and help them grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. We nurture the young, teaching them of God’s awesome power and abiding love, the life and teachings of Jesus and the rich history of God’s people. We offer stimulating classes for adult enrichment as well, including Bible study and discussion groups.

Service: We serve as the hands and feet of Christ, going where there is need and doing God’s work. We build relationships with the people we serve. We find transformational experiences often occur for those who serve as well as those who are served. Our church provides many opportunities to help individuals identify, develop and use their gifts for the glory of God and service to others.

Fellowship: Our church community offers a wide variety of activities and events that bring people together for fellowship. Participants build authentic relationships and find a sense of belonging. We work and worship together. We serve and celebrate together. We sing and pray and learn and laugh, all of us on life’s journey together.

Core Values

Spiritual Practices

Spiritual practices ground us in faith, help us grow closer to God and strengthen our community of faith. These practices include Bible reading, study, prayer, worship, the sacraments of Holy Communion and baptism, service, generosity and hospitality.

Invitation

Invitation brings more people to God. We intentionally and regularly invite the community at large to join us in programs, services, activities and events.  We welcome the diversity of humankind.

Active Service

We follow Jesus’ compassionate example of helping those in need. Our church makes available service opportunities both locally and globally where people of all ages, abilities and interests can use their energy and talents to help make the world a better place. Our desire to serve others comes naturally from our understanding of God: The more we learn, the greater our conviction that God calls us to help others.

Holy Communion

We serve Holy Communion at the 8:00 a.m. worship service each week and at all worship services the first Sunday of each month. In The United Methodist Church all people are welcome to Christ’s table. You do not need to be a member of this church, nor of any church. “Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.” We believe that in Holy Communion we join the risen Christ around his table and that by his presence we are nurtured for a life of faithful service. Holy Communion is primarily offered through pieces of broken bread that we dip into a cup of grape juice. Gluten-free wafers are available.

Baptism

Baptism is a celebration of God’s love for us through Jesus Christ. In baptism we acknowledge that we are beloved children of God. Baptism is our opportunity to pledge our faith and love for God and acknowledge that through God’s Holy Spirit we are transformed for new life.

We believe that baptism is right at any age, from infant to adult. Adults and youth, who have not yet been baptized, are welcome to profess their faith in Jesus Christ and be baptized. Children and others who cannot yet make decisions for themselves are presented for baptism by parents or guardians. By their profession of faith, they vow to nurture their loved ones in the Christian faith and bring them to the point where they can take the Baptism vows themselves.

Baptisms are performed with the community of faith present so that the church might also vow to support the baptized. Baptism is performed by an ordained elder of the church and can be done by sprinkling (water on the top of the head), pouring or immersion.

If you are interested in baptism for your child or yourself, we celebrate this decision and God’s grace working in your life. Please contact the church for more information.

Becoming a member of the church

All are welcome into the life and work of First United Methodist Church. You do not need to be a member of the church to participate in Holy Communion, baptism, or any class, program or service project.

If you are prepared to profess your faith in Jesus Christ, to commit to First United Methodist Church’s mission and vision and to be part of a core of supporters and decision-makers for the work of the church, we welcome you to membership.

If you are currently a member of another church, speak to one of our clergy about transferring your membership. If you are becoming a member of a church for the first time, we invite you to learn more about membership and our church by taking a membership class. In three sessions you will learn the basics of our church and meet others who are on the journey with you. You can also choose to talk with a clergy member. Watch for “Pizza with the Pastors,” an event that introduces you to the vision of Brighton First.

Youth in 8th grade and older are invited to take part in Confirmation classes (events scheduled January – May) in preparation for becoming a member. The first Sunday in May, Confirmation class participants take on the vows of baptism for themselves and become members of the church.

By becoming a member of First United Methodist Church you accept the mission and vision of our church and agree to support it through your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service and your witness. As a member of Brighton First you accept that God is working in your life to make a difference in the lives of others.

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