THE METHODIST APPROACH
The Methodist Church traditionally have four key approaches to learning about the Bible and putting its teachings into place in the modern world. These four approaches are represented by The Methodist Quadrilateral (see logo) and are as follows:
Methodists seek to understand God's word through their study of the Bible.
"the creativity of Christians over time and across the world". Traditions include hymns, songs, prayers, poetry, art, etc. Methodist teachings such as the creeds and the catechism can also be included.
We believe that we should love God with both our hearts and minds. We need to become aware of other people's views while using our logical reasoning and critical thinking to make sense of our world.
Methodism emphasises the importance of our own experiences of God working in our day-to-day lives.
The Methodist Church believes that while abortion should never be used as an alternative to contraception, the mother has the right to decide whether she wishes to continue her pregnancy.
It is understood that there are some circumstances in which abortion may be necessary.
The Methodist Church believes that all forms of promiscuity are demeaning and contradict God's purpose for us; chastity outside of marriage and fidelity within.
The Church also recognises and celebrates the participation and membership of lesbians and gay men in the church, aiming to give dignity and worth to everyone regardless of their sexual orientation.
The Methodist Church acknowledges the unfortunate existence of racism in our society but believes it violates the "unmotivated, spontaneous and undiscriminating love of God" and his teachings (see Ephesians 2:14-17).
THE METHODIST CALLING
The Methodist Church is called to respond to "the gospel of God's love in Christ". We aim to live out its discipleship through mission and worship. It does this through:
Information and illustrations taken from The Methodist Church website.
The Church exists to increase awareness of God's presence and celebrate His love.
LEARNING & CARING
The Church exists to help others to grow and develop their Christian faith, through mutual support and care.
The Church exists to help others in their time of need and challenge injustice in today's world.
The Church exists to grow the Christian community and spread God's word.