Our Vision and Mission
Our vision and purpose is to be the kind of church where anyone is welcomed. If you have never stepped in a church or if it has been many years, we want to make sure you feel comfortable from the moment you step in our doors. We strive to be the church where you feel “at home” from the moment you arrive. We also believe that the Bible shouldn’t be something used to beat someone over the head with, but instead the stories should be inspiring and life-changing. We try our hardest to live up to our mission statement: At Sanctuary UMC we SERVE God, CONNECT to our community, JOURNEY together, and INSPIRE love.
We offer three Sunday morning services: Daybreak, Traditional, and Contemporary. We are averaging about 300 people in our worship services every week and we continue to grow! We offer Nursery and Sunday School. You can find the Nursery located just inside the front entrance. Beyond Sunday we participate in community events, we have a women’s group, men’s group, youth group, and a young adult group.
Sanctuary United Methodist Church has a caring congregation that looks for many ways to reach out to share the love of Christ both locally and globally. Our Missions Committee works to develop programs that meet needs and alleviate suffering, particularly among the last, the lost and with the least. Examples include: preparing health kits for homeless vets and giving thousands of dollars to help fight disease in Africa. Learn more.
The United Methodist Church
The people of The United Methodist Church are part of the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States. Our worldwide connection includes approximately 12.8 million members.
The United Methodist Church was formed when the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church merged in 1968. But we trace our heritage back to the movement begun in 1729 in England by John and Charles Wesley.
The United Methodist Church Is:
Global: Today we speak many languages and live in many countries—with different cultures, ethnic traditions, national histories and understandings of Christian faith and practice.
Grounded in Scripture: United Methodist trust free inquiry in matters of Christian doctrine. Our faith is guided by Scripture, tradition, experience and reason. Of paramount importance, however, is Scripture as the witness of God’s creating, redeeming and sustaining relationship with God’s people.
Wesleyan: The United Methodist Church has a Wesleyan heritage, and as such, places an emphasis on mind and heart (knowledge and vital piety) and putting faith and love into practice (life).
Concerned about social justice: For more than 200 years, The United Methodist Church and its predecessor bodies have expressed concern for God’s children everywhere — the poor, the orphaned, the aging, the sick, the oppressed and the imprisoned.
Mission-oriented: Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. In uncomplicated terms, this means we strive to nurture followers of Christ who then reach out and teach others about the love of Jesus.
Ecumenical: United Methodists consider dialogue and missional cooperation between United Methodists and other Christians as a valid witness to the unity of the body of Christ.
Learn more at UMC.org