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First United Methodist Church

201 N. Second Street.
PO Box 116
Milliville, NJ 08332

856.825.2329
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WORSHIP SERVICES  
8:30am Early Bird Service
9:30am Contemporary Service 
9:30am Sunday School                                 
11:00am Traditional Worship Service                                     
*Nursery: Infant through 1st grade available during 9:30 and 11:00 services.

SUNDAY ACTIVITIES

JUNIOR HIGH CLUB – 5;30pm
SENIOR HIGH CLUB – 7:00pm


Membership

Central UMCCall to Membership

Sometimes we think of membership like being a member of the Auto Club or the Country Club where we pay for services and privileges. Church membership is different. The apostle Paul used the image of a living body: "For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-Jews or Greeks, slaves or free-and we were all made to drink of one Spirit." (I Cor. 12:13) In this biblical sense, to be a member is to be part of a living organism--a vital community animated by the Spirit of God to love and to serve. Paul's statement also points to the inclusiveness of the church: anyone may make the journey into life in the church.


Membership Preparation


You can become a member of the body of Christ, the church, by being baptized into it or by reaffirming your baptism. Baptism is a ritual made up of questions and promises, prayer, and washing. In most United Methodist churches the washing is accomplished by sprinkling. Youth and adults go through a time of preparation and instruction before they are baptized. In the case of infants and children, the parents receive instruction. In this way they are helped to know God, the meaning of being "members of the body," and what it is they are committing themselves to.

Baptism initiates a covenant of relationship between God and the baptized person and between the church and the person. When you are baptized or affirm your baptism, the congregation enacts God's grace toward you and welcomes you into the community of faith. As a response to God's gracious initiative, you will be asked to pledge your loyalty to the life and ministries of the United Methodist Church and to promise to uphold the local church with your prayers, presence, gifts and service. As a baptized Christian, you will be part of the universal church and part of a particular community of Christians where you are known and watched over in love.

 

Membership Commissioning

After you have completed all membership requirements, you will be asked to participate in a new member dedication service before the church family. It is during this special time of affirmation and personal commitment that we introduce our new members by name to the congregation.


To learn more about joining the church, plan to attend a membership class.