HISTORY/DENOMINATION

Jefferson UMC has been located in its current Gill Hall Rd. location in Jefferson Hills since 1843. Its original building looked quite different than today’s building. 

Our congregation is part of the Pittsburgh District of the Western PA Conference of the United Methodist Church. For information on our district, use this link:

The people of our church value hospitality and loving relationships as we work to serve God’s kingdom in Jefferson Hills. A strong characteristic of the people in this church is their ability to keep confidences and avoid gossip, making this a very safe place to worship. Mission, bible study, authentic worship and outreach are some of our highest priorities. Many of our goals for the congregation involve increased activity with a wide variety of people in the community.

You may wonder if we have childcare during worship. We do not have paid childcare. However, we are more than willing to help with your children as you become comfortable with us. We have a nursery with newer toys in which there is an intercom so that people in there can hear what is happening in the sanctuary.

We follow “Safe Sanctuary” guidelines to make certain no one is every put in a compromising or unsafe situation. This means there will always be two unrelated adults in the nursery with any children we are watching for you. If you have questions about this, please speak with the pastor for more information.

WHAT TO EXPECT

What time is worship?

From September through May, we have two worship services; 8:30 am and 11:00 am. In between services, we have Sunday school for all ages.

How long are worship services?

Normally, services are approximately one hour in length.

Is there a dress code for worship and other things?

Nope. Just wear clothes.

Will I be singled out or embarrassed in worship?

No. We will definitely greet you, but we try our best not to make you feel uncomfortable.

What exactly do we do in worship?

There is a program we call a bulletin that you will be given as you enter the building. It will guide you through the whole service. We do some singing, some praying, the preacher preaches, and yes, we do take an offering.

Do I have to give money for offering?

That is between you and God. The plate is passed, because we believe showing God our thanks is part of our worship, and we want everyone to have an opportunity. However, you will not feel pressured or shamed by anyone.

When do you have communion? And am I allowed to receive it?

We celebrate communion the first Sunday of the month and sometimes at special services.

United Methodists believe the communion table belongs to Christ, not us. Because Christ has made you worthy, you are invited and WELCOME. If you bring your children, they are also able to receive communion, and we continue to teach them about the meaning of this as they grow in understanding.  

WHAT WE BELIEVE

United Methodists believe that we have an obligation to put our faith and love into action, doing our best to follow the example of Jesus.

Also at the center of our beliefs is the reality of God’s grace. We define grace as the love and mercy given to us by God as a free gift, not because we have done anything to deserve it, but simply because God wants us to have it. Biblical backing for this belief comes from Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — not the result of works, so that no one may boast”

We believe in practicing our faith as our historic founder, John Wesley, admonished, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
That being said, each individual is called to a different context in which to do good, so each person’s faith will be expressed differently. In the United Methodist Church, we believe that as long as we have a common love of God, we can be unified. We allow great diversity in the less import details of how we each practice our faith.
To quote an ancient church father, Augustine, “in essentials, unity; in doubtful matters, liberty; in all things, charity.”
 
If you would like to know more about our United Methodist beliefs and practices, Please follow this link:
 
By the way, you do not need to be a member to attend our church. Should you wish to enter into membership, the following link takes you to our process: