Aldersgate UMC's Mission and Vision
Aldersgate UMC is committed to positively impacting lives and our community through Jesus Christ. We are a community where everyone is welcomes, loved, respected, and valued. Thank you for being part of our community today as we worship together.
We strive to grow spiritual by sharing our gifts and talents and serving others to reflect God’s Grace.
Aldersgate UMC's Core Values
Through the grace, example and teaching of Jesus Christ, we unconditionally welcome all persons to receive God’s love and our ministry and service.
Spiritual growth is a life-long journey. Through God’s grace and guidance, we strive to answer even the toughest questions along this path.
Sharing our resources is a tangible way we respond to the grace and love of God. We share our gifts, talents, time, and resources generously to serve our community, neighbors, and our church.
Using Jesus Christ as an example, we are in ministry with individuals and our community. Our goal is to make a difference even if it is outside our comfort zone.
Why is our name Aldersgate?
The Methodist Church was founded by John Wesley, an Anglican Minister. Following a difficult and discouraging mission trip to America, he questioned his faith. In 1738, at the age of 34, John Wesley attended an evening worship service in London which moved him deeply. In his journal, Wesley described his “Aldersgate experience:”
In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while the leader was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.
from The Journal of John Wesley, May 24, 1738