Welcome

Catalina United Methodist Church proclaims that all people are created in God’s image and are of sacred worth. We affirm that we are a reconciling congregation and choose to associate ourselves with the Reconciling Ministries Network. We welcome and affirm persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities to join us on our spiritual journey, acknowledging that you have known the pain of exclusion and discrimination in the church or in society. We acknowledge that there are differences among us, but we believe that we should love alike even though we may not look alike or think alike. We know that more diverse and inclusive participation in our church enriches us. We invite all people to join us on our faith journey toward greater love, understanding and mutual respect.
 

Your Spiritual Path

Like you, everyone is on a spiritual path seeking answers to these and other difficult questions. We all seek love and inner peace. Most people believe in a God, but are unsure how to connect with God or how to live life so we are happier.
 
At Catalina United Methodist our purpose is to help you learn, grow and progress along your spiritual path. We want to help you nurture your personal relationship with the Loving God. The teachings of Jesus give us a wonderful guide for life. The Bible teaches:
 
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
 
As part of our community, we will help you grow in all these beautiful gifts of the Spirit. Other gifts available to you are the gifts of forgiveness, grace and salvation.
 

Next Steps

We invite and encourage you to join us for Sunday services where you can meet your fellow Christ seekers and begin your celebration of a Spirit-filled life. We also have these other activities you can join. Or, contact us for a personal meeting with a Pastor who can answer your questions.

WHAT TO EXPECT:

“Joy is very infectious.” – Mother Teresa
 
People are often surprised at how open and welcoming Methodist services are. Here are some things you can expect from our services and activities.
 

Expect to be welcomed.

Come as you are. You are welcome to dress as you feel comfortable worshiping. God cares about the heart, not a specific dress code. Whether you are a lifelong Methodist, or haven’t been to a church in years, we are glad for you to be part of our community, it’s that simple.
 
You will never be singled out or asked to stand in front of the congregation. You may participate in the worship service in any way that is comfortable to you.
 

Children are welcome.

Families with children are important at Catalina.  We want to help parents and families to grow in their faith. 
              
At home, we want parents to have the resources and confidence to be the spiritual heads of their homes.  On campus, we want to come alongside families to help children and youth have additional connections with their parents to growing in this most vital area of life. 
            
 These days that has to be done in a loving and safe environment.  That is why Catalina Church is a Safe Sanctuaries Church.  We adhere to our Safe Sanctuaries Policies so that parents, grandparents and guardians  can have peace of mind that all children and youth are in a protected environment.  All adults that work with young people are background checked, have a minimum of six months history with the church and adhere to always having a second adult in all ministries with young people. 
 
We encourage children to participate in the worship services but understand that it may be hard for little ones. Currently, we offer Sunday School for elementary age children.  For those younger we have a children’s room in our sanctuary where young ones can play on the floor while being with parents who can still attend the service. 
 

When is Communion?

Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month at the 10:00am service. At Catalina, we follow the United Methodist practice of OPEN COMMUNION, which means you do not have to be a member of the church or a Methodist to participate. We believe this is God’s table, and God welcomes all.