“The purpose of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ.” (UMC Book of Discipline)
In order to make disciples of Jesus Christ, we focus on these six values captured in acronym WE CARE.
w - we care about
The worship service is a holy time of exalting God and opening our hearts to God. Worship is transforming. As we pray, sing, mediate on the word, receive Holy Communion we grow as God’s children. Worship is a holy time for the church and calls for the best that we have in music, liturgy, and sermons.
E - We care about
Enlightenment, or Elevation, or Enrichment – okay, it is hard to find the right “E” word, but think of yourself as a flower, opening up and blossoming! We purposely seek growth through Bible Studies, Prayer Groups, Book Clubs, Sunday School Classes, and more! We see this emphasis on growth and holiness as part of our heritage as United Methodists.
c - We care about
Jesus said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35) We care about each other in the community at APUMC. We also see this command in a wide scope, and we seek for ways to extend our care to the larger community of Avondale Estates and DeKalb County.
a - We care about
While we are made up mostly of middle aged and older adults, we are committed to being supportive to those seeking God at every age and stage of life. We have a Children’s Sunday School Class and a Nursery is always available. We are actively seeking a greater young adult presence and often how college students sharing music in worship. We also recognize a debt of care to our more senior members who are no longer able to attend church.
r - we care about
If this were the 60’s, we hope we would have marched with MLK, Jr. We care about righteousness in our societies and support just causes which affirm human rights and dignity. We are active in the support of Hagar House – a shelter in Decatur for homeless women with children. We also are supporters of RRISA – Refugee Resettlement and Immigrant Services of Atlanta. We take the words, “thy Kingdom come” serious, and look for ways to promote God’s values in our world.
e - we care about
Our goal is to strengthen Christians so that they become a source of strength in their families, communities, and places of employment. We care about building disciples and empowering them to make a difference where they are. Our members have joined the Civilian Patrol, volunteering at DEAM, taught home Bible Studies, and continue to find new ways to reach out in love in their communities.