United Methodists share certain beliefs with most other Christians. We believe that God is 3 persons (the Trinity): God the Father, who created the universe, God the Son, who is divine but came into the world to redeem man from his sins, and God the Holy Spirit who remains in the world to comfort and guide us.
We believe that all humans were created in God’s image and were given free will to accept or reject a relationship with Him.
We believe that the Christian Church is the body of Christ and that the Church’s mission is to bring the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.
We believe the Bible is the inspired word of God and must be read and studied in order to provide us the necessary understanding and direction.
We recognize the two essential sacraments introduced by Jesus himself: Baptism which joins a person with the church, and the Lord’s Supper (Communion), where the bread and wine symbolize the body and blood of Jesus.
For a more thorough explanation of these beliefs go here.
The Methodist Movement was founded by John Wesley and others in the 18th century. The movement focused on Bible study and a methodical approach to scriptures and Christian living, thus the term “methodist”. For more information about the Methodist approach to worship go here.
The UMC.org site has much more information about the United Methodist Church.