Glenn Dale United Methodist Church (and Perkins Chapel and Dorsey Chapel before us) is part of the United Methodist Church, an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, open doors, and opens minds through active engagement with our world.
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians, including faith in God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today and is reflected in our mission.
Methodists also traditionally emphasize the following:
- We confess that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is truly God and truly human, and we praise God’s goodness shown in Christ’s self offering, which involved His life, His crucifixion, and death, and His resurrection from the dead.
- It has been the distinctive gift of the Methodist tradition to emphasize the work of God in bringing men and women to conviction (knowledge of our need for God’s grace), to conversion (pardon from sin that comes by faith in Christ as a gift from God), and to Christian holiness (growing in the likeness of God, as we are empowered by God’s grace, both as individuals and as communities).
- Our church also insists that the grace of God is available to all persons. Christ is “the true light, which enlightens everyone.” (John 1:9).
- Like other Protestant denominations, we affirm our beliefs through the sacred symbols of baptism and communion.
We invite and encourage you to make Glenn Dale United Methodist your church home. The Rev. John M. Blanchard, Jr.,would be happy to talk with you about church membership and to assist you in any way possible.