Who can take Communion at this church?
In the United Methodist tradition, we practice open communion, in that all who love Jesus Christ or want to love Him are welcome to receive the bread and cup, regardless of your background or tradition. Children are served at the discretion of their parents.
What do you believe about Baptism?
We believe that baptism is a sign of beginnings, and that God is the primary person who is working in baptism. Baptism is practiced by various modes and at any age. Baptism is a "community event," in that the congregation is asked to take vows as well as the person being baptized. Because of that, "private baptisms" are not practiced. Should you be interested in pursuing baptism or having questions answered, you can speak with either pastor or attend an upcoming Baptism class.
What do United Methodists believe about . . . ?
We would love to talk to you about many issues upon which United Methodists have tried to apply their faith to the culture. A Methodism class would be a good place for you to explore the range of Methodist beliefs. Suffice it to say, we share in common basic Christian beliefs with most Protestant churches. We believe in salvation thourgh Jesus Christ, and we believe that such salvation is a gift of God's grace, not something we earn in any way. We also have a strong belief that such faith results in practices and actions aimed at transforming our community and our world. We believe that God's good news is for all.
What should I wear?
Members and visitors come in a variety of "fashions." Some wear comfortable clothes (jeans or shorts with comfortable shoes, depending on weather), and some like to dress up more (although, a suit and tie or an evening gown are not usual sights). We're more concerned that you're here rather than what you are wearing. There isn't really a specific dress code.
What about bringing my child(ren)?
Of course, children are welcome in all of the services at Portage First United Methodist. However, there is also free childcare through age six provided by the nursery during all three services. Just greet the attendant on duty, sign your name, and be sure to leave a phone number where you can be reached.