I’m New—How Do I Find Out More About The Church and Become a Member?
Inquirer’s Class/New Member Classes
If you or someone you know has been attending church but not yet taken the next step of commitment as an intentional disciple, we invite you to attend our inquirer’s classes.
What can one expect to learn during the weekly series?
Discussions about “who we are,” our core values and “what we believe,” both as a church and a United Methodist congregation, will take place. We delve into a greater understanding of church founder John Wesley’s unique heritage developed for the church, featuring the founding principles of: scripture, tradition, reason and experience. Plus, we explore the various ways we live out our church mission and how you might fit into our congregation with “open hearts, open minds and open doors.”
Our next class begins soon:
February 26 – March 12 at 9:30 a.m. in the Ryder Lounge. For those electing church membership, the reception of new members will be conducted during worship service on March 19. Contact Pastor Jack or Kris DeVries to enroll or for more information.
You may have read the sign as you drive or walk up the hill from Sheldon Road to church. It reads… “Come to Worship—Leave to Serve.” So many people who worship here are doing so many good things for the church, community and world to help those who need us most. We offer numerous ways to connect with others, engage in worship and service, plus go deeper in relationship with God and the church.
Following the inquirer’s classes, a 6-week “Disciple’s Path” study is offered for new members and others.
The curriculum helps guide United Methodists on their spiritual journeys throughout life. As disciples, you may wonder how you should follow Jesus in a real and tangible way, or be interested in knowing what spiritual practices will enable you to experience a more vibrant relationship with God. The study combines a Wesleyan understanding of our growth in God’s love and grace. You will also learn what difference a commitment to our church makes in your life.
The process of commitment to our church is simple: attending the inquirer’s class sessions, making a formal commitment to continue your faith journey at the United Methodist Church of the Dunes during a worship service, and participating in the “Disciple’s Path” study series.
As the church’s founder, John Wesley, said: “The world is my parish.” We invite you to become a very vital part of our work and worship here in this meaningful and stimulating tradition.
Does the Church Offer Child Care So I Can Attend These Sessions?
Yes – nursery, for children up to 5 years of age, is available. If you have interest in attending as part of your decision to make a church commitment with us, please contact our senior pastor by calling: 616-842-7980
What Happens After I Join? What’s the Next Step?
There are many opportunities for individuals to serve the church, community and world. Please click on the below “Service Commitment Form” to find out how you can take the next step and make a difference through acts of service: