achieve our vision, it is the mission of SUMC to faithfully
seek, through prayer, Bible study, and corporate worship,
guidance from God in Jesus Christ. Through the empowerment
of the Holy Spirit we will:
- Praise God through inspiring and diverse worship opportunities
to serve the needs of a broad and expanding faith community.
- Provide opportunities and encouragement for Spiritual Growth
in the Christian Faith through worship, education, and music
- Extend God's Grace to others by welcoming all people to
a caring Christian community.
- Care for the needs of the SUMC community, local community,
nation and the world through individual outreach, Church sponsored
programs, and the connectional outreach of the United Methodist
- Advocate for Social Justice by making use of the Social
Principles of the United Methodist Church to help discover
and raise awareness of injustice wherever it may exist and
seek to eliminate its causes.
- Commit our time, talents, and resources to sustain and grow
the ministry of our Church
is a community of people seeking to become faithful witnesses
to God and Jesus Christ, led by the Holy Spirit. This Church
is an inclusive community providing worship, education, and
support to our fellowship, and Christian outreach to
Reconciling & Welcoming Statement
The United Methodist Church is a community of believers and
seekers, with differences in age, class, nationality, race,
gender, marital status, sexual orientation, abilities and
limitations. We at SUMC recognize that there are attitudes,
concerning these diverse characteristics, which violate the
integrity of individuals and deny the richness of God's creation.
Therefore we affirm our welcome to all people into our community
of faith. We are committed to be a fellowship in which all
persons feel a part of our family, enabling them to grow in
their faith, to be fed by our fellowship and to contribute
their talents to the life of the church in its worship, programs
and outreach. We call the church and society to be sensitive
to all persons and to advocate programs which attempt to ensure
justice for all.
is a member of the New England Annual Conference of the United
Methodist Church. The Conference covers New Hampshire, Maine,
Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and parts of Connecticut.
In Methodism, the basic organization is the Conference, and
each local church is a branch of it. The Bishop, Peter Weaver,
was selected in 2004 to lead New England. He works with 9
District Superintendents. Ours is the Rev. Ron Wilson, based
in Worcester. MORE