Welcome to St. James United Methodist Church. We are
so blessed to have you join our church family. Our
constant prayer is that as we journey together in our Christian walk that we will be forever changed by God’s grace and mercy. We hope that the time today discussing our 4 basic principles of what it is to be United Methodist that you feel the power of the holy spirit and feel encouraged to step into service as the spirit leads you.

LET’S GET STARTED:
ONE: UMC History and St. James Mission. The Methodist church traces its beginnings back to 1738 where an Anglican priest & missionary had a transformational experience. John Wesley who is the father of our faith encountered God in such a-away that his response was to express that his “heart was strangely warmed”. As Methodist, we urged to avoid evil, to do good, and to use the means of grace supplied by God to live out true
discipleship.

TWO: Called to Serve: What comes to mind when you hear Servant Leadership? How or are you called to serve in ministry? The scripture teaches us in Luke 9:23-25 “if any want to become by followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me”.

THREE: Spiritual Gifts: are divine attributes of God given the believers for the sake of continuing the ministry of Jesus Christ and perfecting the saints. Paul explains in Romans 12, that we have gifts that differ according to the grace of God. This is undeserved attention distinctly allow us to be extraordinary individuals. There are 20 distinct gifts outlined in the new testament. What is your spiritual gift(s)? You are wonderfully made and have a purpose, start to explore what your gifts are today. http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/spiritual-gifts (teaching, discernment, miracles, leadership, giving)

FOUR: Stewardship is defined as the responsibility for planning, organizing or managing of resources placed in your care. What are you a steward over? Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service, Witness, Safe Sanctuary.