1141 Belt Ave
Saint Louis, Missouri 63112
WHY DO WE EXIST?
Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world!
WHO WE ARE-1846-2019
Our Church History
Union Memorial celebrates over one hundred and seventy-three years of ministry to the St. Louis area.
From a ministry to slaves and freed men in 1846,our church has evolved in an urban area offering a strong witness of healing and salvation.
We are engaged in nurture, outreach, and mission. Bible studies, prayer opportunities and fellowship times which feed and develop the spirit. We continue to evaluate our spiritual role in the church and the community. To that end, we offer a variety of ministries and programs.
Still Making History
UNION MEMORIAL TODAY
Joining a church can mean many things to many people. Some seek out God and community when they feel they have lost their way, or are seeking a deeper purpose, or are looking for a way to connect to their family and cultural identity. But it is our belief that the Church, at its core, is about being the hands and feet of Christ in our community and beyond.
At Union Memorial , we inspire individuals of all ages and backgrounds to bring the Lord into their lives at every moment - moments of joy, moments of despair, and even those moments in between. We are committed to spread the message of Jesus in our actions with loving patience and kindness.
What we Believe
OUR COMMON CHRISTIAN HERITAGE
United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:
God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons. Read More
We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and his life, death and resurrection demonstrates God's redeeming love. Read More
The Holy Spirit is God's present activity in our midst. When we sense God's leading, God's challenge, or God's support or comfort, it's the Holy Spirit at work. Read More
Genesis 1:27 asserts that we've been made in the image of the Creator. Like God we have the capacity to love and care, to communicate, and to create. The church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ’s life and ministry in the world today.
We believe that the Bible is God’s Word and is the primary authority for our faith and practice.
The kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.
What we Believe
Grace is central to our understanding of Christian faith and life.
Grace can be defined as the love and mercy given to us by God because God wants us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it. We read in the Letter to the Ephesians: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — not the result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Our United Methodist heritage is rooted in a deep and profound understanding of God’s grace. This incredible grace flows from God’s great love for us. Did you have to memorize John 3:16 in Sunday school when you were a child? There was a good reason. This one verse summarizes the gospel: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” The ability to call to mind God’s love and God’s gift of Jesus Christ is a rich resource for theology and faith.” 1
Faith and Good Works
United Methodists insist that faith and good works belong together. What we believe must be confirmed by what we do. Personal salvation must be expressed in ministry and mission in the world. We believe that Christian doctrine and Christian ethics are inseparable, that faith should inspire service. The integration of personal piety and social holiness has been a hallmark of our tradition. We affirm the biblical precept that "faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2:17).4
Mission and Service
Because of what God has done for us, we offer our lives back to God through a life of service. As disciples, we become active participants in God’s activity in the world through mission and service. Love of God is always linked to love of neighbor and to a passionate commitment to seeking justice and renewal in the world.
Nurture and Mission of the Church
For Wesley, there was no religion but social religion, no holiness but social holiness. In other words, faith always includes a social dimension. One cannot be a solitary Christian. As we grow in faith through our participation in the church community, we are also nourished and equipped for mission and service to the world.
“From Wesley’s time to the present, Methodism has sought to be both a nurturing community and a servant community. Members of Methodist Societies and class meetings met for personal nurture through giving to the poor, visiting the imprisoned, and working for justice and peace in the community. They sought not only to receive the fullness of God’s grace for themselves; but...they saw themselves as existing ‘to reform the nation...and to spread scriptural holiness over the land.’” 3
1 Excerpted from Teachers as Spiritual Leaders and Theologians. Used by permission.
2 Excerpted from “The United Methodist Member’s Handbook,” George E. Koehler (Discipleship Resources, 2006), pp. 78-79. Used by permission.
THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING GOING ON!
At Union Memorial United Methodist Church, we believe that a healthy community is an active community. We are in the business of building faith and empowering individuals through practicing God’s work. Interested in getting involved, doing good, and spreading the teachings of Jesus Christ? Take a look at the many opportunities to volunteer, and join in fun and exciting social events and gatherings. Check out all the latest events, and join our ever growing community!
Interested in learning more about our wide range of events? Contact us today or swing by for a visit!
WEDNESDAYS 6 PM
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TUESDAYS 8 AM and FRIDAYS 7 AM
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REV. DR. ANTONIO M. SETTLES
Rev. Dr. Antonio Settles is a pastor after God's own heart. With a heart for ministry and for God's people, he leads with passion and conviction. Dr. Settles is the author of Power Moves: Moving Power in the Right Direction, a powerful resource for pastors and laity. He has preached in Kenya, Africa and across the country. If you're looking for dynamic, Spirit-filled preaching, join us on Sundays!
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YOUR CHURCH IN ST. LOUIS
Union Memorial offers congregants a place of comfort, hope, and a peace of mind for all their worshipping needs. We are dedicated to spreading the teachings of Jesus Christ, and our goal is to inspire you through the holiness of our dwelling and our services. We invite you to become a part of our growing congregation, and look forward to meeting you!
GET IN TOUCH
In light of COVID-19 precautions, the staff are working from home. Please call the church office for prayer, for counseling, or to set up an appointment with the Pastor. Call 314-805-4443.