Who are we
Philadelphia United Methodist Church is a congregation with deep spiritual roots. We have been worshiping in, and serving Fort Mill since 1832. Though the community is ever-changing, and the space in which we worship and work has evolved, our commitment to “radiate and share the Light and Love of Jesus Christ” has remained the same. We live our lives together as an expression of the peace and love of Jesus Christ, and we always welcome anyone and everyone to join us in our faith journey.
At our center is the love of Jesus Christ.
We value Christ-Centered:
- Acceptance: We recognize that Christ’s love has no boundaries.
- Hospitality: We welcome all to share Christ’s love through help, hope, and healing.
- Community: We claim a sacred place where Christ’s love unites all to support and care for others while nurturing a personal relationship with God.
- Discipleship: We believe we are called to grow in love and to be living representatives of Jesus Christ and to help others to know God’s mercy, justice, grace, and love.
- Service: We respond to Christ’s love and God’s call, by sharing our talents, tithes, spiritual gifts, and resources.
Special and Seasonal Services
In addition to our Sunday morning offerings, our church hosts a number
of services that are related to Christian holy days. Some examples are:
Christmas Eve Ash Wednesday Maundy Thursday
Good Friday Easter Sunrise All Saints Sunday
We also provide copies of the “The Upper Room” devotional guide to assist individuals and families in setting aside daily time for worship and prayer.
To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the World, by…
“Worship the Lord with gladness” (Psalm 100:2).
We offer 3 worship service opportunities every Sunday morning for the people of God to gather to proclaim the revelation of God in Jesus Christ and be shaped and formed as Disciples. To reach a variety of people through the same message of God’s word, the services offer different styles of music, art, and learning experiences.
“Grow in grace and knowledge” 2 Peter 3:18
We provide opportunities for spiritual growth that will help develop mature disciples of Jesus Christ. Our Discipleship Ministries include opportunities for individual growth, and both small and large group spiritual formation studies for children, youth, and adults. These ministries encompass the total person: body, mind, and spirit. Through our Sunday School classes for all ages we offer opportunities for connection, care and spiritual growth. Through our 3D Unite and other small group opportunities including Women’s Circles, Men’s Group, Youth Group and Senior Friends children, youth and adults can connect with others based on interests, life stage, or geography. Each of these ministries exists to help people grow in their Christian faith so that they may more fully live the abundant life found in Christ.
“Do justice: love kindness: walk humbly with God” Micah 6:8
As Christ’s disciples we are called to provide love and care to those in need, in sickness, and in sorrow. That is why we provide opportunities for individuals and groups to be actively engaged in works of justice, kindness and mercy as we seek to encourage gifted, committed, and enthusiastic disciples of Jesus Christ to develop a habit of serving with whatever gifts of time and talent they possess. Opportunities to serve are available within the church, in the Fort Mill area, and through our community partners and United Methodist connection. Each service opportunity also provides a way for us to give a visible witness to God’s mercy, justice, and love at work in the world.
When We Gather for Worship
This worship service follows a traditional order of worship as found in the United Methodist Book of Worship. It often includes written prayers, responsive readings, and historic confessions of the Christian faith. Congregational music for this service is taken from the United Methodist hymnal. Special music is often provided by ensembles or soloists.
This worship service provides our worship team the opportunity to devise and design innovative ways to worship God. It incorporates a contemporary style of music, including upbeat Christian pop music, worshipful emotional ballads, and thought-provoking “mood-music” throughout the service. It also includes prayers, readings, and testimonies being led by the members of the music team or participants. Meaningful biblical messages, dramatic readings, poetry, and other elements of the worship arts are all used in this service as a way to engage our minds, bodies, and emotions in the worship and praise of God.
This worship service blends the best of several worship traditions into an offering of praise. The congregational music for the service includes standard hymns, Bible songs, gospel tunes, and contemporary selections. Special music is led by our chancel choir and the Jubilate Ringers (handbell choir) make occasional appearances. The order of worship includes affirmations of faith, historic responses to the acts of worship, and an emphasis on the “preached Word” as the focus of worship.