The congregation here at Lancaster United Methodist has a long history of faithfulness to God and service to the community. Our fellowship was first organized in the Antelope Valley in 1886.
This two-handed approach: with heart and hand, is a key understanding of the United Methodist way of living life as a follower of Christ.
We do not see ourselves as alone on this journey. All other faithful Christian churches and organizations join us as we struggle together to live as brothers and sisters in Jesus. We especially pray for all the other churches in our area and we also pray for all people who work for the good of the community, nation, and world.
We do take our Christian faith walk seriously and we hold each other accountable to the core understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ.
And we also challenge each other to be an active part of our society, building their life on the eternal values of God and on the loving, Godly justice of the Bible.
Our Statement of Faith
We of the Lancaster United Methodist Church are Christians who are excited to be part of the United Methodist Church.
What do we believe about God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Bible?
- God created humanity to live in covenant with God.
- However, we, as sinful creatures, people who choose to go their own way, have broken that covenant and need redemption, a way to repair that broken relationship.
- Yet God truly loves us, God acted through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to bring us salvation and the hope of eternal life.
- God’s love comes alive in us by the work of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Spirit works in both our personal experience and in the common life of the church.
- Holy Scripture is inspired by God and contains what we need to understand and love God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit in order to receive the offer of a whole and restored relationship with God, salvation.
- In justification, restoration of our relationship with God, we are given a gift, by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, to repair and renew our connection and live a new life the way God intended us to live.
- In the general ministry that all Christians are called to do God's will in mission and service where ever they are.
- That the reign of God is both a present and future reality. This gives us hope today and a future forever.
- That we are part of Christ’s Universal Church. We enter the church through baptism. In Holy Communion, we celebrate the presence of Christ and find strength for Christian living.
- We believe that the church is one in Jesus Christ. We express our unity in hymns, prayers, and liturgy, in the historic creeds, and in the belief in one holy, catholic (universal), and apostolic church.
What is a United Methodist?
First of all, United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. (See above)
We do this in ways that are evangelical, meaning we share the good news of Jesus Christ freely, but we're moderates rather than fundamentalists.
We look to the Bible as the primary and authoritative guide for faith and practice.
In addition, we value Tradition, Experience of the Holy Spirit, and our Reason to help us in the understanding of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and all of creation.
Methodists have a passionate faith with strong convictions, but we also recognize that the world is not always black and white. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace and compassion.
Methodists have been known for our emphasis on a personal faith, lived out in concrete ways with those around us in the world. We have historically valued well-informed and passionate preaching, worship that was lively, and small groups where people could grow in faith.
Methodists have open hearts, and open minds–and welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith.
United Methodists are the second-largest Protestant denomination in America. We are the home to both President Bush and Senator Dole, as well as President Clinton’s family.
Methodists have played a significant role in shaping our nation and the Southern California area. Pacific Palisades was started by Methodists as a place of summer retreat, spirituality, and inspiration. The Methodist Hospital in Arcadia was started by Methodists. USC was also begun as a private religious college by Methodists.
Over the years, our area has seen settlement houses, homes for orphans, community centers, medical clinics, food pantries, soup kitchens, camps, and many other kinds of outreach into the needs of the community-initiated and supported by the Methodist church.
If you would like to know more about what it means to follow Christ, please call us at 661-942-0419 and ask to speak to one of our pastors or e-mail us at LUMC@LancasterUnited.org
Our Vision statement
The Mission of Lancaster United Methodist Church is...
"To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."
We believe that God has given us this vision:
"Moving into the future, while honoring the past, with small groups church-wide, supporting all families, in 3-5 years (by 2021/2023)
We are called to make a difference in:
• Education Ministries: Christian and Public
• Outreach: Poverty, Hunger and Health Ministries
• Multicultural Ministries
We will add new areas of outreach as well as build on our areas of strength:
- Opportunities for reaching out and helping others in the love, compassion, and awareness of Jesus Christ.
- A dynamic worship and music program that includes Adult Sanctuary Choir, Praise Band, Handbell Choir, and Children's Choir.
- Footprints Christian Child Care Center that provides infant to 12th grade, before and after school, preschool, full-time & part-time care.
- Many small groups along with an involving Men's and Women's ministry
- Full Christian Education classes and Child Care on Sunday
- Bible study and other study opportunities for Adults, Young Adults, and Youth.