Adults - New Member

Please call the church office at 642-4712 to sign up for new member classes. 

 

New Member Classes (6:00 pm) and the Shape Class (7:00pm) run on a four week schedule.

Week One: Welcome to First UMC; History and Structure of the United Methodist Church; What Christians should know about having a personal relationship with Christ, the Bible and you.

Week Two:  What Methodists should know about Lord's Supper, Baptism, and who you are in Christ;

Week Three: Prayer and Stewardship 

Week Four:  What Methodists should know about joining Church, Active Membership and sharing your faith.

Shape Classes explore your gifts from Christ to be a blessing to your family, church, and the world.

 

 

 

 


SHAPE stands for: Spiritual Gifts, your Heart (passions), your Abilities, Personality and Experiences

What are your Spiritual Gifts? 

When you became a Christian, God gave you salvation and the hope of eternity in heaven.  He also gave you purpose and significance in your life now.  He has given each of us the opportunity to serve others and make a real difference in somebody’s life.  When you serve in Jesus’ name,  that’s called ministry.

God didn’t design ministry for just a few with seminary degrees.  At FUMC we believe that every member of our church is a minister.  That is what SHAPE Workshop is all about.  During this class you will discover how God can use your Spiritual Gifts, your Heart (passions), your Abilities, Personality and Experiences to minister to others.  This is discovering your SHAPE for ministry.

First, God gave you a special ability when you started to serve Him.    We call this a spiritual gift.  God gave this gift to build up your church family and reach out to the world in Christ’s love.

God also gave you unique passions and heart for particular activities, subjects and circumstances.  God uses the things we feel deeply about to show us where we can serve.  This is how people learn to serve with joy and not get burned out.

Third, in the SHAPE Workshop, you will be given time to assess your abilities which have been with you even before you became a Christian and you’ll see how these can help you in your ministry.

God also gives us a personality to share our SHAPE through.  Everyone’s personality is not the same, which makes the expression of our SHAPE that much more special.

Finally, you will be able to reflect on the multitudes of experiences in your life which have been used by God to mold you for ministry.  The experiences of life help us know how to heal hurts of people in our church and in our community.  All this combined will let you know your SHAPE for ministry.

For more information, click here to contact Trudy Wilkerson, or call the church office, 937-642-4712