WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A MEMBER OF GRAYSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH?

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Everyone can attend church. We welcome all and membership into Grayson United Methodist Church isn’t mandatory to attend. However, we believe becoming a member helps you on your journey into becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. United Methodists vow to faithfully participate in the church’s ministries by their prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. When you profess your membership to Grayson United Methodist Church, we will ask you to uphold those vows.

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Prayer:

Philippians 4:6 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Making the vow to uphold the congregation through our prayers may be hard for some because it isn't always clear what that means. What it means is about being in a relationship with God. Have you ever had a piece of news, good or bad, that you couldn’t wait to share with a friend? The more we talk with God, or pray, the closer our relationship with God becomes. The more we pray for others, the more open we are to accept and love each other as God loves us.

Presence:

Showing up matters. It means we are a part of something bigger than ourselves. Being a member of Grayson United Methodist Church, or any church, means we are a part of a community of Christ followers who care and are present for each other. Community fosters love. Galatians 6:2: Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Gifts:

While most people may associate gifts with money, sharing your spiritual gifts is also an important aspect of participating in Grayson United Methodist Church. Financial gifts are important. It is a spiritual discipline and allows us to continue the running of the church. And as a member, you will be asked to make a pledge of your financial giving. However, being good stewards means sharing your talents and gifts with others. Do you have a heart for children? Do you want to be a part of a choir? Those are examples of gifts as well.

Not sure where your spiritual gifts lie? Click here to download a Spiritual Gifts Assessment.

Service:

 Serving others is at the heart of who we are as United Methodists. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8) Being active in your church means you do, you don’t just say. You speak up, you speak out and you walk out, and you do.

Witness:

Matthew 4:19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” There are many ways to share the good news. At the ballfield, grocery store, even at home….when you make yourself approachable, people will ask about faith. It is our responsibility as part of the body of Christ to spread the good news of Jesus in order to make His disciples.

**Source: http://www.umc.org/topics/our-united-methodist-vows