As we begin a new school year and a fresh new year of church ministry, it is good for us to reflect on why we are here.
Our congregation began meeting 148 years ago in Fairmont at the William Budd home. Early Methodist Episcopal Circuit Riders, who rode their “preaching circuit” on horseback, led services on alternating Sundays at the Old Fort Fairmont. When we officially organized in 1868, why do you think these early Methodists wanted to start a church?
It was to bring persons into a closer relationship with Jesus! And to introduce new persons to our Lord and Savior. And being followers of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement in England, we also did what we could to help others and to make a difference in the world.
So why are we still here? What do we want to accomplish as we begin a new school year of church ministry? Does it have anything related to why those people at William Budd’s home started the Methodist Church in Fairmont a century and a half ago?
Our vision as a congregation is
Resounding God’s Grace!
- Relating with love and grace
- Radically welcoming our guests
- Reaching out to our communities in love
This is related to the mission of United Methodists around the world. We United Methodists believe it is the mission of the church to
Make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
We exist, we are in ministry here in Fairmont so that we may accomplish these things!
I like to think that those seven people who began meeting in 1866 would nod their heads in agreement, that indeed, their vision and hope to bring persons into a closer relationship with Jesus and to introduce new persons to our Lord and Savior, and that these follows of Jesus would love their neighbors enough to make the world a better place, is still alive and well!
Join with us with renewed commitment this year to come closer to Christ! Join us in our ministry to reach out to our communities in love, so that the world will be transformed in Jesus’ name!
I’ll be looking for you in church! And outside our doors serving our neighbors in love! As we do so,
May God Bless Us!