Why do you love your United Methodist church? Are you passionate about volunteering for global missions, or in a sewing ministry or a food pantry? Do you like the idea of being connected to millions of church members around the world? In this video, church members talk about why they choose to be part of the movement known as United Methodism.
Script:Music: "Our God is able, more than able, to do more than we can ask or imagine."
James Tealy, Songwriter "So the song was meant to just be a celebration of all the work the church can do when they work together." (Song Celebrates United Methodists, Malaria Fight)
Reba Smith Poole, Tindley Temple United Methodist Church: "We are known for three things: good music, good preaching and good food." (Tindley Temple: A Highlight of Methodist History)
Sam, Christ United Methodist Church: "Every Sunday I do come to church here because God has put me here because he wants me to make a really big difference for this church." (Church Special Needs Prom Brings Joy)
Ruth Cruz, Apex United Methodist Church Member: "I have been a United Methodist my whole life, and one of the things I always tell people is everyone is included." (Las Posadas: Welcoming Jesus)
Anne Connolly, Bryson City United Methodist Church: We are church people, kayakers and rafters. The river is our church. But it sure is nice to have someone to pray with once you are out there." (Blessings Flow at River Church)
Pastor Moses M.K. Sandy, Kortihun United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone: (voice of interpreter) "When the congregation started growing beyond the capacity of the home where were worshipping, the idea of putting up a new church came on our mind." (Nets Draw New People to Church in Sierra Leone)
The Rev. Keith McLaughlin, Northampton United Methodist Church: "We're going out into the community and doing stuff for people who may never walk in the walls of this church, I think it speaks to our heritage and who we are as United Methodists in great measure." (Kids' Capes of Courage)
The Rev. Rachel Cornwell, Silver Spring United Methodist Church: "There are lots of social service agencies that are feeding people, clothing people, teaching people English. We're not a social service agency. We're a church. We're followers of Jesus." (English Circle Builds Church Community)
Ralph Jordan, Alpharetta First United Methodist: "You never know when a prayer is going to have an impact. You never know where that's going to land or who that person is going to be." (Church Collects Tons of Cookies for Troops)
The Rev. Romeo del Rosario, Missionary from The Philippines: "I'm proud to be a United Methodist because of what life has been for me as a United Methodist. It's given me the joy of fellowship. We all have our calling and this has been mine." (Missionary's Global Calling)
The Rev. Nancy Folsom Lane: "As a United Methodist pastor, I'm very proud that people that come here experience grace. They may have been told some things that have really have broken their spirit, but when they come through our doors, they get love! And they get acceptance." (Church Renews Faith for Job Seekers)
Music: "Our God is able, more than able, to do more than we can ask or imagine."
Tag:In 2016, United Methodists released the song Able to celebrate the success of Imagine No Malaria, an effort to eliminate deaths from the preventable disease. Nashville songwriters and artists teamed up with Jeremy Rosado, a finalist from season 11 of the American Idol TV show to record the anthem.
You can see more stories of the people called United Methodist at The Movement Continues page.