About Us

Welcome to Nicholasville United Methodist Church! We’re so glad that you stopped by and are interested in our church. Nicholasville UMC is a community of people growing in love for God and each other through intentional relationships, authentic discipleship, and faithfully serving our neighbors.

Vision Statement

DSC_0255Nicholasville United Methodist Church is growing closer to God and each other through worship, prayer, scripture and small groups. More than just a group of individuals, we are a loving family committed to showing the heart of God to our community and to the world. We seek to provide opportunities for all persons to belong, grow, and serve in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Our Mission

The mission of NUMC is to Glorify God by 1) inviting and leading people to Jesus and membership in his family, 2) developing Christ-like maturity, and 3) equipping all for ministry in the church and the world. These three points can be summarized in three short words: Belong. Believe. Become.

Belong

Our church is about building relationships. We are a community of believers, centered around our common love for Jesus and each other. We cherish group fellowship and are intentional about growing friendships. NUMC is a place to find where you belong.

Believe

Our church is about growing in both knowledge and love for God through a relationship with Jesus Christ and relationships with others. Faith formation is vital in the Christian life. NUMC is a place to grow in what you believe.

Become

Our church is about impacting the world through faithful presence and service. We take this seriously, doing what we can right here in our home town, through numerous social programs and outreach activities. NUMC is a place to become a servant.

Our Beliefs

Our Christian beliefs can be summarized through the words of the Apostles’ Creed, which is one of the earliest statements of Christian beliefs written during the early church period and widely adopted by the 4th century.

As a United Methodist Church, we stand in line with the tradition of John Wesley, the Anglican 18th century reformer, whose teachings and ministry helped spark the Great Awakening across England and America. Methodist Christianity places an emphasis on Christian living, growing to be more like Jesus, and putting faith and love into action.

We recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

Baptism

Through baptism, individuals are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere. The physical act of baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God’s love and forgiveness of our sins; yet as a sacrament we believe it is a true means of grace, that God does a spiritual work in a person at baptism.

Persons of any age can be baptized, including infants. This is because baptism is about what God has done for us, and not about our own choices and actions in accepting Him.

We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring. The method doesn’t matter because a sacrament is an outward visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace. It is the inward and spiritual grace that is important.

A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life. There is no need to be re-baptized if a person loses faith.

The Lord’s Supper (Communion)

The Lord’s Supper, also called Communion or the Eucharist, is a holy meal of bread and wine (or grape juice) that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ. We believe the Holy Spirit causes the real presence of Christ to inhabit the bread and wine, making them be for us His body and blood.

The Lord’s Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God’s family. Through it, we remember our baptism and receive renewing grace.

By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ, remember our baptism, and are nourished and empowered by grace to go into the world in mission and ministry.

We practice an “open table,” welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another. You do not have to be Methodist, only to have a heart longing for more of Jesus.

For more information on the beliefs of the United Methodist Church, visit http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe.