Asbury United Methodist Church
Sharing Christ's Love Generation to Generation

About Us

About Us
Asbury United Methodist Church is part of the the Minnesota Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, through which we share resources for mission and ministry.  The Minnesota Annual Conference is part of the United Methodist Church, an international body. The purpose of United Methodist Annual Conference is to make disciples for Jesus Christ by equipping their local congregations for ministry and by providing a connection for ministry beyond the local church, all to the glory of God.
As of December 31, 2012, Asbury United Methodist Church has a membership of 264.  We are part of over 86,000 United Methodists in 391 congregations in Minnesota, served by almost 600 clergy.  The United Methodist Church is the third-largest Christian body in the United States.
  
Our Beliefs
In the words of John Wesley (1703-1791):
“A Methodist is…one who loves the Lord his God with all his heart, with all his soul,
with all his mind, and with all his strength.”
United Methodists share a common heritage with other Christians:
  •  Conviction that God has mercy and love for all people
  •  Belief in a tribune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  •  Faith in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ
  •  Celebration of the sacraments
In these and many other ways, Methodism affirms, within “the communion of saints,” a oneness in Christ.
United Methodists also share four main guidelines for belief.
These guidelines help them understand their faith, and include:
  •  Scripture
  •  Tradition
  •  Experience
  •  Reason 
They are interdependent and allow for variety in theology.
Baptism
For United Methodists, baptism is the sacrament of initiation that joins us with the church and with Christians everywhere.  It’s a symbol of new life and a promise of God’s saving love…and a sign of God’s forgiveness for our sins.  Both infants and adults can be baptized.  A person receives the sacrament only once in his or her life.  Water is the special symbol of baptism.  United Methodists baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
United Methodists also celebrate other religious ceremonies.  We embrace liturgical services, preaching, prayer, confirmation, marriage, funerals, and family devotions.
Confirmation
When a baptized person decides to join a local church, he or she is confirmed by affirming the power and presence of God.  Confirmands acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and they accept the pledge to serve God and the church with their prayers, presence, gifts and service.
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