Welcome to Smyrna First UMC
Established over 170 years ago we continue to grow in our love for God and in our love for one another. That is why we have chosen as our theme, “Loving one another to Christ”, and is based on I John 3: 11-18 and 4:7-12. It is out of that love that comes from God’s heart to our own that motivates us to go to the world in mission and in ministry to proclaim His love to all people. Every member of our congregation is encouraged to grow in discipleship as we believe the closer we come to the heart of God, the more we grow in our understanding of how much we are loved by God and we are to love all people. We invite you to explore our church and learn about our ministries as they have been born out of the compassion God gives us and we share with the world.
- The triune God- the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- The proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
- Salvation that comes to us through the grace of God given through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ and through His resurrection.
- The forgiveness of sin through Christ’s suffering and death on the cross.
- The Holy Spirit who convinces the world of sin, righteousness and judgment and who comforts, guides, sustains, and empowers the Church.
- The Bible as the inspired Word of God given as a revelation of God’s heart to humanity.
- The centrality of love in the life and message of Jesus Christ.
- Faith in Christ is manifested by channeling Christ’s love into the world by seeking to meet the physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of others.
- Prevenient grace that awakens in us the desire to know God and His love for us.
Holy Communion is open to all worshippers who desire to receive the sacrament. One does not need to be a member of Smyrna First UMC or any church in order to receive the grace of God that is offered through communion. We do ask that those who come and partake of Holy Communion come with a heart desiring God’s forgiveness and will seek to live a life that is pleasing to God. Communion is served to children as well as adults as God’s grace is open to all people.
In the narthex of our church one will see various pictures and paintings of the church facilities and how they have changed over the years. The observer will also find pictures that are of greater importance for they are pictures of church members who made up the congregation of the Smyrna First UMC during the years of transformation. We consider these pictures as being more important because they represent the thousands of men, women, and children that have been and are being blessed through the ministry of the Smyrna First United Methodist Church.