Alexandria United Methodist Church
Wednesday, April 17, 2024

About Us

Whoever you are, however you are, just as you are,

you are welcome at Alexandria United Methodist Church

 

 

The People Called Methodist

Alexandria United Methodist is part of the larger Minnesota Annual Conference. You can find some of the great work they are doing here.

To learn more about United Methodism and what we believe,
check out our denomination's website here.

 
The United Methodists have a document called "Social Principles of the United Methodist Church".

The United Methodist Church has a long history of concern for social justice. Its
members have often taken forthright positions on controversial issues involving
Christian principles. Early Methodists expressed their opposition to the slave trade, to
smuggling, and to the cruel treatment of prisoners.

A social creed was adopted by The Methodist Episcopal Church (North) in 1908.
Within the next decade similar statements were adopted by The Methodist Episcopal
Church, South, and by The Methodist Protestant Church. The Evangelical United
Brethren Church adopted a statement of social principles in 1946 at the time of the
uniting of the United Brethren and The Evangelical Church. In 1972, four years after
the uniting in 1968 of The Methodist Church and The Evangelical United Brethren
Church, the General Conference of The United Methodist Church adopted a new
statement of Social Principles, which was revised in 1976 (and by each successive
General Conference).

The Social Principles, while not to be considered church law,1 are a prayerful and
thoughtful effort on the part of the General Conference to speak to the human issues
in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation as
historically demonstrated in United Methodist traditions. They are a call to
faithfulness and are intended to be instructive and persuasive in the best of the
prophetic spirit. The Social Principles are a call to all members of The United
Methodist Church to a prayerful, studied dialogue of faith and practice. (See ¶ 509.)
 
 

People Called Methodist - our polity and doctrine

 

From the preface of the Book of Discipline, which begins with an Episcopal Address:

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord
Jesus Christ.” —1 Corinthians 1:3

The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church is the product of over two hundred years of the General Conferences of the denominations that now form The United Methodist Church. The Discipline as the instrument for setting forth the laws, plan, polity, and process by which United Methodists govern themselves remains constant. Each General Conference amends, perfects, clarifies, and adds its own contribution to the Discipline. We do not see the Discipline as sacrosanct or infallible, but we do consider it a document suitable to our heritage and an expression of a future with hope. It is the most current statement of how United Methodists agree to live their lives together and “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” It reflects our understanding of the church and articulates the mission of The United Methodist Church: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The Discipline defines what is expected of its laity and clergy as they seek to be effective witnesses in the world as a part of the whole body of Christ. This book of covenant sets forth the theological grounding of The United Methodist Church in biblical faith and affirms that we go forward as “loyal heirs to all that [is] best in the Christian past.” It makes clear that The United Methodist Church is an inclusive society without regard to ethnic origin, economic condition, gender, age, or the disabilities of its constituents.

It asserts that all who are baptized and confirmed are ministers of Jesus Christ. It affirms the conciliar principle and connectionalism as distinctive marks of United Methodist ecclesiology, makes clear the global character of the Church’s mission, and declares interdependence with other Christian bodies both in spirit and cooperation. It affirms with John Wesley that solitary religion is invalid and that Christ lays claim upon the whole life of those who accept him as Lord and Savior. We therefore commend this Discipline to all in our constituency and to friends beyond our bounds who would seek to understand what it means to be a United Methodist. Communication is essential for understanding what the Church is and does.

We expect the Discipline to be found in libraries of local churches, colleges, universities, and seminaries, as well as in the homes of ordained, diaconal, and licensed ministers and lay members of The United Methodist Church. We pray that it will enable all persons to celebrate God’s grace, exalt the meaning of faithful discipleship, align with the mission, and inspire on the part of many a deeper desire to be more effective witnesses for the head of the church, even Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Council of Bishops
Bruce R. Ough, President
Kenneth H. Carter, President-Designate
Cynthia Fierro Harvey, Secretary

Click here to learn more and access the most updated versions of the Book of Discipline and the Book of Resolutions, which are currently made accessible for free on Cokesbury, the retail and customer service arm of The United Methodist Publishing House and serves United Methodists worldwide as well as a broad ecumenical audience representing numerous denominations and independent churches.

 

What is worship service like at Alexandria United Methodist Church?

Children's program

We have a children's program that includes children's time every Sunday morning during worship, monthly Wednesday night inter-generational fun, Youth Jam (weekly bulletin), and a variety of special events and camp excursions (see Congregational Life)

Pr Amy giving the children's message

 

We practice an Open Table

All are welcome to the Lord's Table - believers, seekers, questioning - All Are Welcome!
All are welcome to the table.
 

An offering on scripture

What happens during the offering on Scripture? Pr. Amy preaches the Gospel.
Pastor Amy preaching

 

A brief look at the history of the Alexandria United Methodist Church

In 1867 the Annual Conference of the Minnesota Church voted to establish a church in Alexandria, Minnesota.  The congregation worshiped in the old community hall until its first building was constructed in 1868 on the present property of the post office on the corner of Fillmore and 6th Avenue West.  In 1970 the congregation relocated to its present facilities at 2210 6th Avenue East.  The Alexandria United Methodist Church has been in service to Christ in Alexandria and all over the world for 140 years.  Building upon its rich heritage of social justice ministry, the Alexandria United Methodist Church will continue to proclaim grace and freedom in the name and Spirit of Christ.

 

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