At First United Methodist Church of Olympia we are proud of our
theological and denominational heritage as United Methodists.
OUR CHURCH IS A DIVERSE FELLOWSHIP OF BELIEVERS
We stand in the great cloud of witnesses of faithful people and hold core convictions in common with Christians in all times and places. These basics are foundational elements of our Methodist heritage and they remain the cornerstone of our faith. We profess the historic Christian faith in God, incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation, and ever at work in human history through the Holy Spirit. We live in God’s grace under the Lordship of Jesus, and we participate in the ever-unfolding reign of God as we pray and work for its full realization on earth as in heaven. We believe that every person stands in need of a life-changing experience of faith centered in Jesus Christ.
Beyond these basic affirmations of faith, United Methodists are not generally known to be a confessional people in the sense that there is a set creed to which we adhere. Indeed, we know that each person arrives at a confession of faith in his or her own way.
HERE AT FIRST CHURCH OLYMPIA:
We believe that we are guided by God’s Holy Spirit as together we “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.”
Do not worry if you struggle with faith questions, for you are not alone. The struggle is an important part of the journey. We know that there are always more questions than answers!
We believe our lives are firmly rooted in grace.
We understand God’s grace to be all around us, found within us, and made real in the world through us. We define grace as God’s love given to us for no reason other than that God loves us. And God does love us, no matter what! Our response to God’s love, and our living in God’s love, is what life is all about.
We believe that faithful living is a process of growing closer to God.
John Wesley, the 18th century Anglican priest who founded Methodism, used to say that we are all going on to perfection in love. None of us is there yet, and we invite you to share the journey! We offer classes and Bible studies here at First Olympia to help people explore faith. We aren’t afraid of the hard questions, and we invite you to come and grow in faith with all of us. Our pastors are always willing to talk about your faith questions. We hope and pray that this church will be a place where you will feel welcomed as you grow in your faith!
We also believe that our faith calls us to make a difference in the world around us.
United Methodists have believed from the beginning that each of us is called to participate in the outward-reaching ministry of Jesus Christ. John Wesley and others in our “cloud of witnesses” saw our work in the simplest, plainest terms: Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God. Wesley also taught that “there is no religion but social religion.” We are all connected, one to another, and each to God.
We believe we are stronger together than we can ever be alone.
Around the world, United Methodist ministries exist that seek to make the world a better place. These wonderfully diverse ministries are made possible by United Methodism’s connectional giving system. We do more together than any one congregation can do alone.