Who We Are
Welcome to NHUMC! We are a United Methodist Church in New Haven, Indiana and we exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
God and One Another
God is love. Jesus taught us that we must first love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind. We must then extend that love to one another, loving and caring for others just as we love and care for ourselves. We are known as disciples of Christ by our sincere and visible love for God and one another.
in our Faith, Love and Community
We are called to have a close personal relationship with God. We answer the call by participating, personally and in community with others, in spiritual disciplines such as worship, prayer, and bible study. Through spiritual disciplines, we grow in faith and love and progress along the path of discipleship.
God’s Message of Love and Forgiveness
Through our words and actions we will share the joy that comes from living a Christ-filled life. We are compelled to share God’s good news so that everyone will know that they are loved and forgiven. We want everyone to have eternal life which comes from the sacrifice of God’s only son.
Others to Transform the World
We will generously use the gifts that God has given us to serve others. Through risk-taking service, we will help people, both near and far, whether or not they are part of the community of faith. As God’s servants, we will transform the world one life at a time by sharing our time, talents, gifts, and service with love.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
At New Haven UMC, we believe God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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God is transcendent (over and beyond all that is), yet at the same time immanent (present in everything). God is omnipresent (everywhere at once), omnipotent (all-powerful), and omniscient (all-knowing). God is absolute, infinite, righteous, just, loving, merciful…and more.
We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and his life, death and resurrection demonstrate God’s redeeming love.
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God’s present activity in our midst. When we sense God’s leading, God’s challenge, or God’s support or comfort, it’s the Holy Spirit at work.
Genesis 1:27 asserts that we’ve been made in the image of the Creator. Like God we have the capacity to love and care, communicate, and create.
The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.
We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
The kingdom of God is both a present reality and future hope.
WHAT IS COMMUNION?
Communion is one of two sacraments in the United Methodist Church (the other is baptism). A sacrament is something set apart in the church and are symbols and pledges of both the Christian’s faith and God’s love toward us. A sacrament uses an ordinary object like bread to make visible something extraordinary like God’s grace.
Jesus invites us all “to the table” for communion. You do not have to be a member of the church to receive communion. We call it an “open table.” Are kids allowed to take communion? Yes! Kids are certainly allowed and invited to take communion. Again, Jesus invites ALL to take communion.
We typically have communion on the first Sunday of every month. Everyone is welcome to take communion with us, but it is not required.
If you would like to know more about communion, watch the video below!
PLAN A VISIT
New Haven UMC meets every weekend on Sunday mornings. We offer two styles of worship – an in-person traditional service and a modern service online.
9:00am // In-Person Traditional Service
10:30am // Online Modern Service
What Can I Expect?
When we say all are welcome at New Haven UMC, we really mean it. We want to make sure your first experience at NHUMC is a great one, so we promise not to call you out during the service and make you stand up or anything. (We know it may sound strange –but some people have had that experience!)
What is a Worship Service Like?
Our services will last around an hour. During the service, we will sing a few songs. You may or may not know them, and that’s okay! You can feel free to sing along, but there’s no pressure at all. Sometimes we sit during the service and sometimes we stand (you didn’t know you’d be getting a workout in, did you?). Either way, do what makes you feel comfortable.
There will be an opportunity to support us financially during the service, but we don’t expect guests to contribute. If you’d like to know more about this, we’d be happy to provide more information!
Our cafe offers complimentary coffee and breakfast, which is located in the gathering area inside the main entrance. Feel free to take your coffee (or your beverage of choice) into the worship center when the service begins!
Stop by guest services
We have opportunities for people of all ages! There’s a nursery center for the babies and toddlers. We offer programs for children and youth students, as well as classes for adults. Our Guest Services team will be happy to share all of the information with you! They’ll even show you where each of the classes and programs are in the building.
We’d love for you to stop by Guest Services during your visit! You’ll find our team in the gathering area inside the main entrance. They can answer any questions you might have and we also have a gift for you!
Worship services at New Haven UMC are genuine, casual, and relaxed. Feel free to wear whatever feels best for you! If you like to wear more causal attire, go for it! If you’d prefer to wear a suit or a dress, that’s perfectly fine too. What matters most is that you are comfortable.