Archer ​​​​​​​First United Methodist Church

Visitor Survival Kit

Weblink to the United Methodist website.

Why people visit us:
There are many reasons. For example, you may be visiting relatives nearby, attending with a friend, just curious about what goes on inside, seeking sanctuary from life’s burdens, in need of prayer, searching for something more, or looking for a church home. No matter what your reason, we understand and welcome you to our worship regardless of who you are.

What will not happen:
You will not be put on the spot, asked to list your traffic citations, or to give a profession of faith. In fact, you can hide out in the back row, if you like. You can sit anywhere. We will simply be happy that you are with us!  Visit us without any pressure to join as many times as you like…really! 

What to wear?
Take a look at the picture of the congregation standing outside after a service. As you can see, there is quite a range of attire.











 About Us:
You may have noticed that many of us are a bit “long in the tooth”. We like to think that we are a congregation in transition. We are preparing the way for the new congregation that will take us into the future with energy and vision. Although Archer First UMC got its start nearly 150 years ago, we feel that it is more important that our congregation play a significant role in the life of the greater Archer community for many years to come. We expect and welcome change. At present, we have a traditional format of worship, but as we grow, we eagerly look forward to additional services that “rock”.

 Our core beliefs:
What follows was taken verbatim from the United Methodist website under the topic “Sacraments” (http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/sacraments)
“With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: baptism and the Lord's Supper.

Baptism
Through baptism, we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins.
Persons of any age can be baptized.
We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.


The Lord's Supper (Holy Communion, Eucharist)
The Lord's Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ.
The Lord's Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God's family.
By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ's sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.
We practice "open communion," welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.


Social principles and Social Creed
These can best be understood by going to a page of the United Methodist website (http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/social-principles-social-creed). In general, we believe in taking action and becoming involved, both in peoples lives and in issues that confront the community and the world.

The Social Creed: (Taken verbatim from the United Methodist website (http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/our-social-creed)

We believe in God, Creator of the world; and in Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of creation. We believe in the Holy Spirit, through whom we acknowledge God’s gifts, and we repent of our sin in misusing these gifts to idolatrous ends.

We affirm the natural world as God’s handiwork and dedicate ourselves to its preservation, enhancement, and faithful use by humankind.

We joyfully receive for ourselves and others the blessings of community, sexuality, marriage, and the family.

We commit ourselves to the rights of men, women, children, youth, young adults, the aging, and people with disabilities; to improvement of the quality of life; and to the rights and dignity of all persons.

We believe in the right and duty of persons to work for the glory of God and the good of themselves and others and in the protection of their welfare in so doing; in the rights to property as a trust from God, collective bargaining, and responsible consumption; and in the elimination of economic and social distress.

We dedicate ourselves to peace throughout the world, to the rule of justice and law among nations, and to individual freedom for all people of the world.

We believe in the present and final triumph of God’s Word in human affairs and gladly accept our commission to manifest the life of the gospel in the world. Amen."