Welcome to East Bloomfield UMC!
No matter where you are in your journey of faith, you are welcome here! We strive to be a community where everyone can find a sense of belonging, as we unite to:
Seek God, Serve God, Share God!
Together, we worship our Triune God, grow in faith through conversations in small groups, practice love in action through our outreach programs and events, and share our experiences of God with one another.
We Are United Methodists
East Bloomfield UMC is within the Genesee Valley District of the Upper New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Our current Bishop is The Rev. Héctor Burgos Núñez, and our current District Superintendent is The Rev. Ted Anderson.
To read more about what being part of a connectional denomination means, read here.
We believe the gospel (or "good news") of Christ is that we are called beloved by God, and that God brings life and restoration to all people, no matter what.
As United Methodists, we acknowledge that the Bible is a collection of ancient texts, written and edited and transmitted by flawed human beings, yet somehow still the Word of God. We believe that we grow in our faith and understand the scriptures best in community.
That means that we read the Bible in the context of the ancient community that first produced each text, grounded in the wisdom of our ancestors in faith, informed by our God-given capacity for reasoned analysis, and enlightened by the stories of our own and others' experiences of God. We trust there is more truth in the conversation than in any single person's interpretation.
Our Mission as Christians
During his ministry, Christ drew his disciples attention to two commandments, saying "on these two hang all the law and the prophets" (Matt 22:40). The two commandments were these:
Hear, O Israel: The LORD your God, the LORD is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. (Deut 6:4–5)
You shall not hate in your heart anyone of your kin...but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. (Lev 19:17–18)
We believe that the kind of love God calls us to is not only an emotion but an action. Through actively showing love to one another, we all draw closer to the Kingdom of God together. We love by serving one another, providing resources to those who are struggling, and lifting up the voices of those who go unheard.
At East Bloomfield
We've summed up what our Christian mission looks like to us in our vision statement:
At East Bloomfield UMC, everybody belongs as we Seek God, Serve God, Share God.