Grace United Methodist Church
Top of Tower
33 Seventh Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11217
Ph: 718 230 3473
Fax: 718 230 1879
How to Join
Baptism and Confirmation
Ways to Give
How to Join
By Profession of Faith and Baptism - A person who begins the Christian life does so through baptism, which signifies a spiritual cleansing. For a young person or an adult this also is an opportunity to profess one’s faith. If God is leading you to this decision, we will be happy to visit with you about this important step in your spiritual life.
By Transfer from Another Denomination - Since you have been baptized into the Christian faith in another denomination, it is not necessary to be rebaptized to celebrate your spiritual growth. You will be asked this question, “As a disciple of Jesus Christ, will you support the United Methodist Church with your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service?” The church staff will handle the details of notifying your former church.
By Transfer from Another United Methodist Church - Arrangements will be made to transfer your membership from another United Methodist Church. All of the necessary details will be handled by the church staff.
Affiliate and Associate Membership - If you are a United Methodist whose membership is in another city or state and you wish to retain that membership in your “home” church, you can become an Affiliate Member. This grants you pastoral oversight and full participation in our church, but you will not be added to the church rolls. Members of other Christian denominations may elect to become Associate Members under the same conditions.
The United Methodist Church shares a common history and heritage with other
Methodist and Wesleyan bodies. The lives and ministries of John Wesley
(1703–1791) and of his brother, Charles (1707–1788), mark the origin of
their common roots. Methodism began as a movement. John Wesley sought to
make committed disciples for jesus Christ, who were transformed individually,
and whom he called upon to transform unjust practices of the society in
which they lived. The United Methodist faith is deeply rooted in the Scripture
and in the basic beliefs of all Christians. We all share a faith in Jesus
Christ, but The United Methodist Church encourages us to think for ourselves,
so we don’t necessarily share the same opinions about every faith issue
or social concern.
Membership classes are held in the fall, spring, and late summer. Participants
who wish to join our church are accepted as members on the completion of
the classes and are asked to affirm that membership during the worship
service on the following Sunday.
The classes will afford an opportunity to introduce yourself and to learn
more about those who will share the membership experience with you. You
will learn about the general mission and ministry of the United Methodist
Church and be encouraged to participate in the ministries of Grace United
Baptism and Confirmation
Baptism originated from the purification rituals of the Jews. John the Baptist took this ritual and made it a Covenant of God`s Grace. It is those who share this Grace that form the body of Christ's church. Typically, Methodists baptize infants by the sprinkling of water and laying of hands. As the child reaches middle school, they affirm their committment to God and Christ through confirmation.
Confirmation can be the beginning of a lifetime of spiritual discovery, spiritual formation, and re-affirmations or confirmations in the church. "Unlike baptism, which is a once-made covenant and can only be reaffirmed, not repeated, confirmation is a dynamic action of the Holy Spirit that can be repeated.
Ways to Give
As Christian Stewards we are called upon to be and do much more. We are
called upon to manage our gifts from God to the glory of God. When we join
Grace United Methodist Church we agree to be loyal to Grace United Methodist
Church and uphold it by our prayers, our presence, our gifts and our service
Checks – Please make checks payable to Grace United Methodist Church.
Planned Gifts - Gifts of securities, real estate and other assets, bequests; charitable
gift annuities, charitable trusts, and pooled income funds may offer substantial
tax advantages while enabling you to help the hospital. For more
information, consult with your tax advisor.
Matching Gifts – You may be able to increase the impact of your gift. Contact your
human resources department to find out if your company is eligible.
If Church and the capitalism can’t stand together, as the Scripture says
we can’t serve God and money at the same time, who will win at the end? Money
or God? For anyone to say they do not love money is lying. But the love of
money is the root of all sin as the Scripture proclaims. Tithing is our
final frontline in the defense against capitalism. If we lose here, we lose
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