WELCOME!

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. Romans 12:4-5

God makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. Ephesians 4:16

We would be delighted to welcome you as a new member of Novi United Methodist Church (NUMC)! We trust that the Spirit has guided you to a place where you feel God’s loving and inclusive embrace. Whether or not you ultimately decide to become a member, please know that we want to be your church family.

Becoming a member is not a Biblical commandment. Church membership is not necessary for worshipping or serving at NUMC. It is not a requirement for receiving Communion.

The Bible does tell believers, however, to meet regularly with a group of Christians who love, serve, and encourage one another. We want to be that community for you — to surround you with love and affirm you in God's grace, as together we seek to deepen our relationships with God, each other, and the world.

Why Become a Member?

  • It identifies a person as a genuine follower of Christ.
  • It provides a spiritual family to support and encourage you in your faith walk.
  • It gives you a place to discover and use your gifts in ministry.
  • It gives you the accountability you need to grow.

NUMC's Commitment to You

As a congregation, we promise to…:

  • Welcome you into this congregation with the radical love of Jesus Christ, who cherished and respected ALL people.
  • Engage you in passionate and inspiring worship that helps you focus on God and prepares you for the week ahead.
  • Provide you with opportunities to grow intentionally in your journey with God through study, discussion, and meditation.
  • Empower you to find your gifts and strengths to offer God for others.
  • Sustain you in prayer, during life's hardships and celebrations.
  • Support you in bold, risk-taking service to those who feel far from God's loving reach.
  • Encourage you as you pursue the example of Christ's extravagant generosity through spiritual giving.

Responsibilities of Membership

  • Attend worship regularly
  • Participate in at least one activity each year aimed at helping you to grow in faith apart from worship attendance, such as Sunday school, Bible study, retreats, mission trips, small groups, discussion-based classes, etc.
  • Give of your time in Christian service at least once each year through a ministry in the church.
  • Give financially in proportion to your income with the goal of tithing.

How Can I Become a Member?

Profession of faith and baptism
If you have never been baptized, Pastor June will be happy to meet with you in your home or at the church office, at your convenience, to discuss the meaning of the Sacraments and making a profession of faith as a Christian.

Confirmation
Confirmation classes are offered to children twelve and older so that they may make an informed decision about their own Christian faith.

Restoration of membership and renewal of vows
If you have been out of church or you are no longer a member of a church, your baptism will be honored and you can reaffirm your faith by renewing the vows of church membership and become a member of Novi United Methodist Church.

Transfer from another United Methodist church
Simply inform Pastor June that you wish to transfer your membership to Novi United Methodist Church. She will get in touch with your past church and request a letter of transfer. It is not necessary for you to do anything else. The pastor and secretary will handle all the details of transfer for you.

Transfer from another Christian denomination
Because you are already baptized and confirmed, these steps do not need to be repeated. You will be asked to take the one vow taken by all members of the United Methodist Church: Will you be loyal to the United Methodist Church and uphold it by your prayers, presence, gifts, and service?

Membership Gatherings

Prior to undertaking membership, we invite you to attend a short series of informal membership gatherings, typically held on a weekday evening. Led by Pastor June, these small group discussions are intended to help you learn about some of the basic traditions and tenets of the United Methodist Church. We also want to learn about YOU and answer your questions. It's a great time to engage with each other, other church members, and Pastor June.

A light meal is provided, and child care will be available. Please know that you are welcomed and encouraged to participate in these discussions, even if you decide not to become a member at that time.

Testimony

Read testimonies from our church members.

Resources

If you’d like more information on the United Methodist Church, here are a couple of good places to get started. Bear in mind that no denomination is a monolith: if you have questions about our particular congregation based on what you read here, please do ask!

www.umc.org
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. The official website for the United Methodist Church. Also has Korean and Spanish language portals.

http://www.10thousanddoors.org
Rethink Church. A United Methodist portal that incorporates multi-and social media (Twitter, YouTube, podcasts, moderated news and feature article links) to plug into outreach efforts taking place around the world.

www.umcor.org
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. Our mission, grounded in the teachings of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering, whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster, with open hearts and minds to all people.

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