About Us
A Christ-Centered Community
 We’re a Community of Believers,
Celebrating our Rich Heritage,
Reaching out in Love,
Welcoming all Walks of Life
 
We know love, because Christ first loved us, and gave himself for us. To offer the fullness of our lives, every decision we make, every breath we take to God's glory could not suffice to sing praises to God's glory through Christ. 
 
As a community of faith, although we cannot understand it, we declare that God is three-in-one, one-in-three. To proclaim that Jesus is Lord must always be balanced by an affirmation that the presence of Jesus is made known to us by the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God.    
 
On the ground level, through the grace of God we seek to know the Risen Jesus together by the presence of the Holy Spirit among and within us.
  
A United Methodist Congregation
As  a United Methodist congregation, we are proud of our religious heritage. However, this should not, and will not, be a point of division within the body of Christ. Our theological roots stem back to John Wesley, who wrote that the character of a Methodist was not this or that belief, not even this or that church style, but a commitment to walk as Christ walked, love as Christ loved, and be as Christ was in the world. 
 
The mission statement of the United Methodist Church has evolved over time. The first, "To Spread Scriptural Holiness Over the Land," emphasized the strong role that growth in the that commitment plays in our lives. The current, "To Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World," recognizes that being a disciple of Jesus Christ means changing the world. Either way, we hope that this vision is contagious. 
A Reconciling Ministries Network Church
At Hapeville First United Methodist Church, we strongly believe that all people are of sacred worth. We take seriously Paul's declaration in the book of Galatians:
 
"So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:26-28)
 
As children of God, our race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income level, denomination, etc. does not separate us from the love of God. What matters is that God loves us, Christ died for us, and the Spirit of God is at work within us. All are welcome to worship with us, and all are valued in our midst.