The United Methodist Church of Holyoke, South Hadley and Granby is a diverse and welcoming community uniting in seeking Christ. We neither exclude nor judge anyone. We invite everyone in all circumstances and walks of life, including you.
A Little Bit of Our History
John Wesley organized the first Methodist society in London in 1739 with about ten other persons. It soon swelled to hundreds, with other societies organizing in London and the English realm. Within ten years after the start of the United Societies of Methodism in England, the outlines of the future Church were becoming visible and the patterns of it organization taking shape. Methodism, which swept through England, in time crossed the Atlantic and came to the American continent.
The first recorded Methodist meeting, in South Hadley was held in 1810 or 1811. The first church was constructed in 1832 on what is now known as Gaylord St. Our present building was purchased from the Congregational Church in 1880.
What we Believe
We believe in the one true, holy and living God, Eternal Spirit, who is Creator, Sovereign and Preserver of all things visible and invisible. God is infinite in power, wisdom, goodness and love.
We believe in Jesus Christ, truly God and truly man, in whom the divine and human natures are perfectly and inseparably united. Jesus Christ is the eternal Word made flesh, born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. As ministering Servant he lived, suffered and died He was buried, rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven to be with the Creator, from whence he came.
We believe in the Holy Spirit who proceeds from and is one in being with the Creator and Jesus Christ. The Spirit comforts, sustains, and empowers the faithful, and guides them into all truth.
We believe the Holy Bible--Old and New Testaments—reveals the Word of God for humanity.
We believe the Christian Church is the community of all believers under the Lordship of Christ. Under the discipline of the Holy Spirit the Church exists for the maintenance of worship, the edification of believers and the sharing of the Good News of God’s audacious love towards humanity.
We believe only two sacraments are ordained by Christ our Lord, namely, Baptism and the Lord's Supper. We believe all are eligible for baptism, regardless of age or ability. We believe the Lord's Supper is not only a sign of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another, but also that it is a sacrament of grace. We welcome all who know Jesus, or want to know him more, to join with us. We celebrate an open Communion table.