United Methodist Denomination Links
We invite you to explore the following links that will help you discover more about elements incorporated in our worship services. We have also provided links that will help you learn more about the United Methodist denomination.
With more than 182,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 937 churches in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."
Within this Conference, Williamsville United Methodist is part of the Niagara Frontier District, along with 80 other United Methodist churches.
As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. To fulfill this obligation, we reflect critically on our biblical and theological inheritance, striving to express faithfully the witness we make in our own time.
Visit the "Our Faith" page of the UMC.org website to learn more about what United Methodists believe and how these beliefs are reflected in our ministries. You can also visit the "Our World" page to discover how ministries of the United Methodist Church are making a difference in lives around the world.
Council of Bishops
Bishops of The United Methodist Church provide spiritual leadership to more than 11 million persons in a broad range of settings on four continents, including North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Historically, bishops preside over Annual and Central Conferences (regional areas of the church). They play an important leadership role in helping to set the direction of the church and its mission throughout the world. Visit the Council of Bishops site to meet your bishop and learn about the many ways United Methodists are in ministry in your community and around the world.
Glossary of the United Methodist Church
Have you ever heard someone use a term at church that you didn't quite understand? We have all felt this way from time-to-time! Visit the Glossary provided on the UMC.org site to get some clarity on puzzling terms, abbreviations, or acronyms.