Who We Are

 

Our Mission:

“…walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” –Colossians 1:10

Irvington United Methodist Church exists for the purpose of advancing the kingdom of God in the world and bringing glory to God our Father. As such, we acknowledge that our purpose is to reach the lost by the power of God at work in our lives. We will therefore walk in the way that Christ has instructed us to walk, as delivered to the Church through the apostle Paul in Colossians 1:10.

We aim to achieve this through:

  • "...walking in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him..."

    • In order to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, we commit to continual growth as believers in Christ. We commit to walk as Christ walked by:

      •  placing God first in all things – seeking His will above all else, including our own desires. We aim to achieve this through a dedication to prayer and the deepening of our relationships with God.

      • working to advance the kingdom of God – being intentional about evangelism and prayer for those that do not yet know Jesus Christ.

      • meeting the needs of those around us – starting and sustaining programs that take care of those that are impoverished or otherwise in need, whether through the IAMA or other programs.

      • showing mercy and compassion to our fellow human being – forgiving those that have wronged us, and more significantly, exercising the compassion that God has shown us with those whom society has cast out.

      • helping those struggling with life’s burdens to find hope in Christ Jesus – working actively to deliver those struggling with finding their way through our efforts as Christ followers.

    • In following these paths, we believe that we will walk in a way that is pleasing to our heavenly Father.

 

  • "...bearing fruit in every good work..."

    • Walking in the ways of Christ, we will bear much fruit for the kingdom of God. This will be evident through the way in which we exhibit love, joy, peace patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness, and self-control. We will bear spiritual fruit by:

      • working to increase volunteer efforts among membership – it is apparent that bearing fruit only takes place when we work! We therefore will do our best to create greater involvement on the part of the church membership in outreach efforts.

      • opening doors to encourage creativity in outreach programs – as there are many kinds of people in this world, so is it necessary to reach every person in a different way. We commit to exploring new and creative ways to invite people into the church through our efforts.

      • caring for our own members – as the body of Christ, we are to care for one another as brothers and sisters, rather than churchgoing acquaintances. We will do our best to care for one another in every way.

      • listening for, and acting on, the guidance of the Holy Spirit – we will remain attentive to the call of God’s Holy Spirit, and move in whatever ways He may call us to move.

      • encouraging the training of laity and clergy – we as a church body will bear fruit by committing to the training of future church leaders.

    • By bearing fruit, we will advance the kingdom of God in the world.

 

  • "...increasing in the knowledge of God."

    • To increase our knowledge of God, we must be diligent in our study of Him. Therefore, as a church body, we commit to:

      • the study of God’s Word – whether through individual study or group Bible study, we commit to continually grow in our knowledge of – and love for – our God.

      • training the next generation in the ways of God – we will do all in our power to equip coming generations with an intimate knowledge of their Creator.

      • regular Sunday morning worship – as a way of learning more about our heavenly Father, we will engage in worship and come to know God through the word He delivers on Sunday mornings.

      • “holy conversation” – we will encourage God-filled conversations between believers that ensure we continually grow together in our love of God and His word.

    • By increasing in our knowledge of God, we will become well-trained and effective members of the body of Christ.

 

Instituting these practices, we will become a body of believers that walks in a manner worthy of Christ Jesus our Lord, developing outreach programs and ministries that not only attend to the needs of our brothers and sisters that attend church on Sunday mornings, but also those outside our walls that need the healing touch of Jesus.

In the late 1800s, Irvington and Webster Methodist Churches were formed, establishing the presence of the constantly expanding Methodist Church in the area. At the time, they were not "United Methodist" - rather, they were known as "Methodist Episcopal" churches. Before the cities were even incorporated, the churches were formed and were established parts of their respective cities.

Through the years, church membership has ebbed and flowed. Some years have seen both churches packed, and other years have seen very little activity in the churches. Recent years have seen greater activity in the churches once again.