Methodists belong to local churches or ecumenical
partnerships, but also feel part of a larger connected community,
This sense of being connected makes a difference
to how the Methodist Church as a whole is structured. At its heart
is an understanding of the Christian community as the 'body of
Christ '. Just as a human body contains different limbs and organs
that depend on each other, so we should be close and caring enough
to feel each other's pain and delight. We should put the good of
the whole body before our own individual needs.
'Do not allow
yourself one thought of separating from your brothers and sisters,
whether their opinions agree with yours or not.' John
The promise of mutual support is a strength of
Methodism. If you become a member of the Methodist Church, a
pastoral visitor is responsible for visiting you and offering
spiritual support, encouragement and challenge.
In the Methodist Church decisions are made as
openly as possible, giving opportunities for all to contribute. It
is important for all views to be heard and taken seriously,
especially where Christians disagree.
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Make a Journey of Faith
What is the Methodist Church?
What do Methodists believe?
What happens during Methodist worship?
Can I get married in a Methodist Church?
Can my baby be baptized in a Methodist Church?
You'll find the answers to these and other
questions in Make a Journey of Faith - a short
introduction to the Methodist Church.
free Make a Journey of Faith ebook
epub file* Right-click and choose 'Save Target As'.
For churches wishing to deepen their welcome to
visitors and newcomers, a printed edition of the booklet is
available from Methodist Publishing. It is priced £5
(plus postage and packaging) and sold in packs of 50.