Category Archives: NOTES

What Does It Mean to be a United Methodist?

What does it mean to be United Methodist? To a degree, the answer to that question depends on a person’s role, knowledge and experience within the church. What is very important to a pastor may be of less significance to a church member, especially one who doesn’t attend regularly. But most United Methodists agree that an emphasis on God’s grace […]

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What the UMC believes about Baptism

Who tells you who you are? We receive our identity from others, from the expectations of friends and colleagues, from the labels society puts upon us, and from the influence of family. To become Christian is to receive a new identity. You no longer allow others to tell you who you are. Christ now claims you and instructs you. A […]

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Communion and United Methodist FAQ’s

Holy Communion (or the Lord’ s Supper) is a faithful remembrance of the suffering and death of Christ and a celebration of love within the Church. Those who in faith eat the broken bread and drink the blessed cup partake of the body and blood of Christ in a spiritual manner until He comes in glory.   Why do United Methodists call this […]

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Welcome to Community and St Mark UMC

We are two Congregations who worship in two different areas of Portsmouth, VA with the shared desire to bring the love of God to all citizens of Portsmouth. Community UMC serves the southside of the city and St. Mark UMC serves the northside. If you visit either of our churches to worship, you can expect to be genuinely and warmly […]

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