About Us

Basics of Our Faith

The core of the Christian faith is revealed in Scripture as “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3; NRSV). We look to the Bible therefore as our authority and trustworthy guide, which “is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16; NRSV).  Illuminated by tradition, reason, and experience, the revelation of Scripture is the church’s primary and final authority on all matters of faith and practice.

Our Wesleyan Heritage

Methodism in the U.S. dates back to 1736 when John and Charles Wesley came to the New World to spread the movement they began as students in England.  The United Methodist church was formed in 1968 when the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist Churches joined hands.  John Wesley and the early Methodists placed emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.  

Foundational Documents

  • The Apostles Creed (AD 150)
  • The Nicene Creed (AD 381)
  • The Articles of Religion of the Methodist Church (AD 1808)
  • The Confession of Faith of the Evangelical United Brethren Church (AD 1963)
  • The Standard Sermons of John Wesley
  • The Explanatory Notes Upon the New Testament by John Wesley (1755)
  • The General Rules of The Methodist Church (1868)

Sacraments

With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: baptism and the Lord's Supper.

Ava Hilltop Church

Ava Hilltop Church is a member of the  Wesleyan Covenant Association.

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