I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it in abundance. – John 10:9-10
Welcome to San Ramon Valley UMC. We want you to know that no matter where you are on your faith journey, no matter your age, no matter your ethnic background, no matter who you choose to love or be in partnership with, you have a place at the God's Table and in our community of Faith.San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church is a community dedicated to sharing God's love and transforming the world through service. We seek to be a community of people who practice and advocate Open Doors, Open Minds and Open Hearts. We believe that Jesus came into this world not to draw lines that exclude, but to draw wide the circle of God's inclusive love. So whether you're new to the area, new to the United Methodist faith or simply curious about what we're all about, there is a place here for you. We believe that by employing our God-given gifts and talents in ministry and service to others, we are living lives that continue Christ's ministry and living out the lives that God intended for each of us. This is a place where you can explore and grow thorough our faith formation and social programs for people of all ages. You are invited to join one of our regular and ongoing opportunities to serve people in need both locally and around the world. Join us for our Sunday morning worship services, which are held at 9 a.m., with Sunday school for everyone from children to adults, and at 10:45 a.m., with adult Sunday school. Childcare is provided during both worship services. Good things are happening here - and you are invited to come see what it's all about. Grace & Peace, Pastors Ron Dunn & Lorraine McNeal
San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church (SRVUMC) is a community dedicated to sharing God's love and transforming the world through service. We seek to be a community of people who practice and advocate Open Doors, Open Minds and Open Hearts. We believe that Jesus came into this world not to draw lines that exclude, but to draw wide the circle of God's inclusive love. This is a place where you can explore and grow thorough participation in our faith formation and social classes, programs and groups for people of all ages. Your are invited to come to worship on Sunday mornings or join one of our regular and ongoing opportunities to serve people in need both locally and around the world. So whether you're new to the area, new to the United Methodist faith or simply curious about what we're all about, there is a place here for you.
- Our purpose as a community of faith is to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world" - It is our understanding that this transformation of the world begins with our own willingness to allow the transforming love of God to work within the context of our own lives.
- The Bible is likewise central in providing shape and definition to our faith - We are inclined to take the Bible seriously, but not literally. We believe in the importance of reading and interpreting the biblical text through the lens that reason affords. While the Bible can be used as a weapon to judge and exclude others, we believe that its true intent is to communicate the radical and inclusive nature of God’s love for all of humanity.
- Diversity in theological perspectives and religious convictions is welcomed - Our founder, John Wesley, believed that it is important to “think and let think” when it comes to matters of theology and belief. Often times these perspectives will differ from one church—and one member to another. Rather than interpret this diversity in a negative light, however, we see it as a sign of our vitality and strength.
- We are called to translate our faith into action and our love into service - It is through employing our God-given gifts and talents in ministry and service to others, we are living lives that continue Christ's ministry and living out the lives that God intended for each of us.
- We abide by the five practices of fruitful living, as described by Robert Schnase in his "Five Practices" book series - In both our lives as a community of faith and our personal lives. These practices are:
- Radical Hospitality
- Passionate Worship
- Intentional Faith Development
- Risk-taking Mission & Service
- Extravagant Generosity
While it is, of course, impossible to fully describe the depth and detail of our belief in a few paragraphs, it is our hope that this very brief description will provide a clear glimpse of the unity of our conviction in the midst of the diversity of our opinion. As John Wesley put it so well,
“In essentials, Unity; In non-essentials, Liberty; And in all things, Charity.”
While our beliefs, experiences are unique and different, and we're all at varying points along our faith journey - as United Methodists - we believe in and practice open hearts, open minds and open doors.
What We BelieveThe United Methodist Church is the second largest Protestant denomination in the United States, and a world-wide denomination who - through active engagement locally and globally - believes and practices open hearts, open minds and open doors. Our founder, John Wesley, emphasized the principle of putting faith into action. This principle continues to be an important cornerstone of our United Methodist faith today. We believe that each of us are called to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The symbol of the United Methodist, known as the "Cross & Flame" emblem represents our relationship with God through Christ (the cross) and the power of the Holy Spirit (the flame). The tongues of the flame represent the merging of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968, which formed the United Methodist Church. Visit the UMC website to learn more about the basics of our UMC faith, our mission statement, and social principles & creed.
"We are called to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ: Changing our Lives; Changing our Community; Changing our World"
Our Core ValuesCore Values are “actual” values - the beliefs that SRVUMC and its members own and regularly act on. They are what makes us, us! Core Values are important to SRVUMC in that they:
- Communicate what is important in the life of the church
- Affect the church’s overall behavior
- Determine our church’s ministry distinctiveness
- Shape our ministries character
- Dictate people’s personal involvement
- Help people embrace positive change
- Inspire people to action
- Enhance credible leadership
- Contribute to success
SRVUMC Strategic PlanThe Administrative Board, at a special meeting on October 20th, approved adoption of a Strategic Plan. The following Strategic Initiatives were approved by the Administrative Board to drive SRVUMC forward in carrying out the Church’s Mission - To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world:
- Create opportunities for people to connect and belong
- Develop thriving family ministries
- Service in everything that we do
- Outreach to and attract key segments of the population
- Develop & expand ministry through effective use of technology and social media
- Create a worship environment that is engaging, meaningful and memorable
- Utilize effectively the facilities and enhance the appearance of the campus