Welcoming & Reconciling Congregation

Welcoming & Reconciling Congregation

Inclusive = All are Welcome.

We, the people of First United Methodist Church in South Bend, believe that having an open heart, an open mind and an open door means we are called to share God’s welcome with all people. Each one of us is a valued, beloved child of God.

We believe that God’s love is expansive and unconditional, and that through Christ, God has called us to love one another as God loves us.

First United Methodist Church welcomes all people, regardless of age, gender, color, race, ethnicity, national origin, faith background or perspective, immigration status, marital status, family configuration, economic circumstances, ability, gender identity or expression, physical, mental or emotional challenges.

We believe that Jesus taught of God’s love and acceptance for all. We are all recipients of the grace of God; we are all one in Christ Jesus, all heirs of the Realm of God and all called to love.

All are welcome here

As a Reconciling Congregation, our church joins a movement of hundreds of United Methodist churches that aims to open the church to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and questioning (LGBTQ) brothers and sisters in Christ.

Congregations with a deliberately inclusive ministry are members of the Reconciling Ministries Network.  The Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) is a growing movement of United Methodist individuals, congregations, campus ministries, and other groups working for the full participation of all people in the United Methodist Church. For more information visit the Reconciling Ministries Network, and to answer your questions, visit Reconciling Church Frequently Asked Questions.