Our Vision

Our vision is simple: To be an integral part of transforming our community, our nation, and our world for Jesus Christ. Our guiding scripture is Matthew 28:19-20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age."

We strive to meet this vision through meaningful mission, authentic outreach, vibrant worship, and nurturing spiritual development. Our goal is that everyone who is part of our faith community would not only worship here, but find a faith home and become fully engaged in the life and ministries of the church. For more information, explore our website, or email our Connections Director.

Our Beliefs

Gainesville UMC is part of the United Methodist denomination and as part of our beliefs,

we hold to the historic essentials of the Christian faith.

We believe in a God who exists in the persons of the Trinity: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the primacy of the Scriptures, as contained in both the Old and New Testaments. We hold the Bible to be the divinely-inspired words of God. We go to Scripture first in search of answers and inspiration. Holding Scripture as primary, we also believe in using reason, experience, and tradition to better understand how we can live fully into the teaching of our faithful God.

We believe that God has made his grace available to all of us and there is nothing we have done or can do to earn that grace, it is offered freely to us through the blood, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. God's grace exists before we are even aware of it, goes before us always, justifies us back to God through salvation, and continues to work in us and leads us onto perfection in Christian love.

We believe in two sacraments, those of Baptism and Holy Communion. We believe these to be the two acts ordained by Christ for us to continue to follow as the church.

We believe water baptism, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is a sacrament to be observed by the Church today, a means by which we experience God’s grace tangibly, though not a requisite to salvation. Baptism is available to persons of all ages, from birth throughout life, and because God's grace is an action of God that is valid once and for all, baptism is an act that does not need to be repeated.

Holy Communion is another way we can experience God's grace in tangible means, through the bread and cup at Christ's table. We believe that God's grace is available to all and therefore all are welcome at the table. We currently offer communion weekly at our Wednesday evening service, our Revive House Church gatherings, and monthly at our Sunday morning services.