Membership classes are held throughout the year.
Email Rev Dave if you would like to sign up!
If you are new to Hollywood United Methodist Church, welcome!
We are thrilled you are interested in HUMC and being a part of our welcoming community of faith.
Below are a few thoughts from one of our new members on why joining the church is an important step of faith:
"I’m not by nature a 'joiner.' I have proof of this. Even now, there are in my inbox, over 25 invitations to join “Linked-In,” none of which I’ve responded to. I’m always a little concerned that whatever it is I’m joining is going to (a) eat up precious time (b) become a huge hassle or (c) that I’ll suddenly realize, after I’ve joined that I don’t agree with a single principle the group stands for.
I was raised in the church. Not this church. A very different church; very small, very conservative, very excitable. There was a lot of talk about how wretched life was. But there was some good news: If you hung around and suffered long enough, eventually you got to die and go to Heaven. Jesus seemed like a nice-enough guy, but you had to look out for his father who seemed to have a very short temper and a very long memory.
It was sort of hard to relax, knowing that God knew everything you thought and did and wrote it all down in his big book. By age thirteen, I was pretty sure I had a record that would guarantee me a one-way ticket on the express train to Hell. Hence, I took a little vacation from the church. It lasted about twenty-five years. When I first walked into Hollywood UMC, I was struck by how beautiful it was. Soon, I was struck by how lovely it was to hear messages of inclusion, diversity and social justice ringing from the pulpit like bells.
Every Sunday, I am grateful to be reminded, encouraged, nudged to be a better person; to open my heart; open my hands; to show up; to give and to receive. I rather like that we are reminded to show faith; not just in something greater, but in each other. Life is, after all about choices, isn’t it? So this year I decided to give myself the gift of choosing a place to belong. And I choose this place."
and below is a video from another of our members as she discusses her faith, what brought her to Hollywood UMC, and why she stays:
If you have been worshiping with us for a while and are interested in becoming a member of Hollywood UMC, there are three ways to unite with the church:
Profession of Faith (or Confirmation for youth)
If you've been a member of any church, you can join by professing Jesus Christ as your Savior.
Renewal of Vows
If you once belonged to a church but are currently inactive, you can join by renewing your Christian vows.
Transfer of Membership
Members of a United Methodist Church or another denomination may have their membership moved to Hollywood UMC. In case of transfer from other denominations or other UM churches, our office will contact your former church indicating your desire to have your membership transferred.
Affiliate of Associate Member
If you have reason to retain your membership in another church (such as your hometown church if you've relocated for an extended period), you can become an affiliate or associate member of Hollywood UMC.
At Hollywood UMC, we baptize adults by sprinkling or pouring. If you have been baptized, it is not necessary to be baptized again. If you have not been baptized, you can be baptized when you join.
Prospective members are asked to attend a Coffee with the Pastor
as well as the Exploring Membership
class, taught by the pastoral staff, and held as needed on Sunday afternoons.
For more information about what it means
to be part of the community at Hollywood UMC
here are the core values & expectations that are at the heart of everything we do:
Help create a community where people are welcomed,
nurtured and loved, where boundaries are maintained
to provide a safe space for all. Strengthen and extend
Hollywood UMC’s message of God’s inclusive love.
Practice the spiritual discipline of loving actions.
Draw nearer to God.
Practice the spiritual discipline of worship
Grow spiritually. Be guided by the spirit of God.
Practice the spiritual disciplines of study and prayer.
Work for justice and peace, for the relief of suffering,
for the betterment of life on planet Earth.
Practice the spiritual discipline of serving.
Give of your time, resources and talent.
Responsibly care for yourself and your loved ones.
Practice the spiritual discipline of stewardship.
5 words or 'practices' sum up all we believe and do here at Hollywood UMC:
WELCOME / WORSHIP / LEARN / SERVE / GIVE
If you would like more information about the membership process
or are interested in joining, please contact the pastor.