As a congregation of The United Methodist Church, a worldwide community of faith including some 12 million members, we have a system of beliefs which is grounded in Scripture. While Scripture is primary, we further develop our beliefs through the lenses of tradition, reason and experience. This system of beliefs was shaped by John Wesley, a priest in the Church of England who lived during the 18th Century. While remaining true to the centuries-old, foundational beliefs of Christianity, Wesley placed special emphasis on the grace of God – the ways God is constantly at work, seeking us, helping us to know God, and enabling us to develop into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
In the spirit of that grace, we seek to meet you where you are while challenging you to be all God created you to be. We seek to strike a balance between head and heart. We believe that God moves in personal experiences while, at the same calling us to a lifetime of learning in order to grow in our faith. As followers of Jesus Christ, we gather for worship and, inspired and empowered by that experience, we go forth to serve our community and the world.
To make disciples of Jesus Christ by feeding body, mind and soul.
Dranesville United Methodist Church seeks, through prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness, to be the vessel through which all people of our community are able to feel the company of the Holy Spirit, grow as disciples of Jesus Christ and serve others with God’s Love.
- Open to all – We extend our welcome to our neighbors and all people.
- Caring Community – We are a family of believers who love each other and our neighbors not just on Sunday morning, but throughout the week.
- Bible-based – We believe the Bible, as the word of God, is God’s chosen means of self -revelation. As such, the Bible is the foundation of our preaching, teaching and actions.
- Power of Prayer – We have seen the power of prayer firsthand. We take our joys, concerns, struggles and thanks to the Lord in prayer.
- Participatory Traditional Worship – We worship in a manner which is rooted in the style of the early church (liturgical, lectionary-based, traditional hymnal along with varied musical offerings).
- Growing Spiritually – We meet people where they are on their faith journeys and grow with them through a balance of sharing faith, doing works and practicing spiritual disciplines.
- Heart of Mission – We actively seek opportunities to meet current needs by serving locally and globally.