Our Vision Statement:
Ames First UMC is to be a VITAL Church connecting people with God and with each other.
God is calling this congregation:
To be a church steeped in and surrounded by prayer,
To be a welcoming church,
To be a church focused outward to the community,
To be a church of multiple worship experiences,
To be a church that is equipping leaders,
To be a church focused inward with caring,
To be a church of multiple small groups for study and service,
To be a tithing church, and
To be a church celebrating all ages of God’s people.
The Sacraments at Ames First UMC
A Sacrament is a sacred Christian rite in which it is believed that God’s saving grace is uniquely active, often defined as an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. Like most other Protestant denominations, United Methodists recognize only those sacraments in which Jesus Christ himself participated: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Holy Communion or Eucharist).
BAPTISM – We practice baptism as a means of God’s grace (unconditional love) as a sign of regeneration or new birth. Baptism is offered for persons of all ages, infancy through adult. The vows that are made by an infant’s or child’s parents at baptism are later assumed by the child when old enough to appreciate them, usually at the time of Confirmation, (when a person joins the church as a professing member). Baptism is administered through one of three ways: sprinkling, pouring, or immersion. To schedule a baptism please contact the church office, 232-2750.
THE LORD’S SUPPER (HOLY COMMUNION OR EUCHARIST) – We accept Christ’s words that “God is spirit; and those who worship God must worship in spirit and in truth.” We believe that the Holy Communion elements of bread and wine (grape juice is used most often in the United Methodist tradition) symbolize the body and blood of Christ, which are taken in a spiritual manner. The Lord’s Supper is offered on a regular basis in worship, usually on the first and third weekends of a month.
We also embrace and celebrate other religious ceremonies such as healing services, preaching, prayer, confirmation, marriage, funerals and family devotions. However, these are not considered sacraments in the United Methodist Church tradition.