After chruch greetingOpen hearts, Open minds, Open doors

We celebrate and welcome into the life and ministry of our Christian community all who come seeking God. We strive to ensure that all feel welcome and loved by providing an open, inclusive and non-judgmental place to worship. We believe that all individuals are of sacred worth and have a place to offer their gifts and talents regardless of gender, race, age, sexual orientation or marital status.

 

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Our Mission

We are growing as disciples of Jesus Christ,
being transformed by the Holy Spirit,
and reaching out in the love of God to our community.

 

Bryson City History Movie Snapshot

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Our History

Since 1889, the Methodist Church has had a presence in Bryson City as a place for everyone to experience God’s love, follow Jesus and be agents of transformation in our world.

 

 

 

Church Tour snapshot

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Take a Tour

Enjoy a brief walk-around style tour of the Bryson City United Methodist Church.

 

 

 

 

cross and flame xxsWhat We Believe as United Methodists

The General Rules of the Methodist Church

Do No Harm – avoiding evil of all kinds.

Do Good – of every possible sort, and as far as possible, to all.

Practice the Ordinances of God – engage in individual and communal spiritual practices such as prayer, Bible reading, worship and the Lord’s Supper so that we fall in love and stay in love with God.

Trinity

We describe God in three persons. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.

Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 13.

God

  • We believe in one God, who created the world and all that is in it.
  • We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe.
  • We believe that God is loving. We can experience God’s love and grace.

Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 13.

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Jesus

  • We believe that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified.
  • We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God.
  • We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. (Christ and messiah mean the same thing—God’s anointed.)
  • We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins.
  • We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after his.

Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 13-14.

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The Holy Spirit

  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is God with us.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God’s will and empowers us to live obediently.

Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 14.

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Human Beings

  • We believe that God created human beings in God’s image.
  • We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God.
  • We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human.

Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 14.

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The Church

  • We believe that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.
  • We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that the church is “the communion of saints,” a community made up of all past, present, and future disciples of Christ.
  • We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.

Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 14.

The Bible

  • We believe that the Bible is God’s Word.
  • We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
  • We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).

Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 15.

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