Becoming a Member
University Park United Methodist Church invites and welcomes those without church homes to make our church your home. It is easy to join. Simply come down the center aisle near the conclusion of the worship service or contact our staff if you'd prefer to become a member in front of a smaller audience.
Incoming members are asked, "Will you be loyal to the United Methodist Church and uphold it by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service?"
The response is, "I will." Here is how we bring that commitment to life.
Prayer is a Christian discipline reflecting our dependence upon God for grace and guidance. Prayer places us in communion with God and acknowledges our need for God’s help. Prayers for our clergy, our teachers, our staff and one another bring our faith in God and the Risen Christ to life.
Attending and participating actively in worship services, Sunday School classes and small groups is our response to God’s love for us. Our presence is a testimony to our faith. So we know that bringing our faith to life means we strive to demonstrate our response to God’s love wherever we are – at home, at work, at school and in the community.
Gifts are the joyful acknowledgement for the many blessings God has bestowed on us. Our tithes and offerings allow us to express our thanks to God, and this expression of gratitude supports our church’s many ministries. Methodism’s founder John Wesley said it best: "Make all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can."
Our service follows the example of Christ, "who came not to be served, but to serve" (Matthew 20:28). We are all "created in Christ Jesus for good works" (Ephesians 2:10), and our loving response is to share with one another our talents and abilities – indeed our very selves.