What is the United Methodist Church?
The United Methodist Church (UMC) consists of a community of Methodist churches with a common mission of 'making disciples of Jesus Christ' through the basic acts of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors . The UMC is known for being very methodical and working with a variety of committees.
FUMC Hammond is part of the Louisiana United Methodist Conference and is located in the Baton Rouge district. Learn more about the Louisiana Conference and the districts below.
The UMC and John Wesley
If you have ever been to a Methodist church you have, more than likely, heard the name John Wesley. Wesley is known for being the original founder of Methodism. He was also known for being a fighter against slavery and incorporating science into the church. Wesley was born in 1703 and grew up in Epworth, England where he was called to ministry in the church.
He came to the United States with a very radical perspective which was never accepted. Wesley believed, as the Apostle Paul originally did, that suffering got you 'good points' with God. With this view he decided to go on a quest over seas to the colony of Georgia. On the trip Wesley realized that there was a peace missing from his life. .... In fact, Wesley was asked to leave a number of churches because of the discomfort he encouraged. Wesley, as a young evangelist and preacher, aimed to be perfect in every single way of his life and demanded that everyone should live a perfect life. However, the perfect life that Wesley promoted was impossible for anyone, including himself...
What Became of Wesley?
After his failure in America, Wesley returned to England and came to the understanding that there was more to life then being perfect; life was more how you aim to be perfect. Wesley developed a new philosophy about of life.
"Give all you have, all you are, and all you do to Christ."
Affirmation of Faith through the Apostle's Creed
I believe in God, the
Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by
the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was
crucified, dead, and buried; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended
into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence
he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the
holy Catholic (universal) Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Louisiana Conference oversees all the churches located in Louisiana. They provide different events for people to participate in for a variety of age groups. The conference also separates into 6 districts for smaller events. Ministers who are apart of the Louisiana conference are appointed to churches within Louisiana. This is an annual process that involves the conference, the pastoral committee, and the minister to determine what will be best and where God is leading them. View more information about the United Methodist Louisiana Conference.
The First United Methodist Church of Hammond was originally founded in 1898. The church was originally Methodist Episcopal but, through conflict, divided location of the church was in downtown Hammond which was the first official building built in 1937. The church was growing and a decision was made to build a new, larger building that we moved into in 1985. The building was sold and is currently city hall. There have been 40 ministers at FUMC Hammond including our current pastor Rev. Joseph M. Donakey
Building and Authentic Christian Community through worship, fellowship, and service.
At FUMC Hammond we strongly believe that everyone is welcome to partake in the act of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. We feel that the table located in our sanctuary is not our table, but God's. Everyone is welcome at God's table and so we invite every individual to come and be welcomed to feel God's love sent to us by the act of the last super. We do communion the first Sunday of every month as well as for special Sundays throughout the year.
Most Sundays communion is served by four people, including the pastor, in our congregation. They serve the bread and wine (grape juice) to represent the body and the blood of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. They do this while the congregation proceeds to the front of the sanctuary to kneel in a time of prayer. On other Sundays we serve communion by intinction which is known as taking a piece of bread and dipping it into the cup. If anyone is unable to come to the front of the church to be served Rev. Donakey is more then happy to come and serve you in your seat. We also have a care team who loves to serve people at their home so they can receive communion.