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About Waterloo UMC
Please join us for worship on Sundays at 10 a.m.!
Sunday School runs during the school year for children 4 years through 8th grade. For those 8th grade and up, we have Youth Group. For more information on Sunday School and Youth Group, please visit our Youth Ministry page.
Waterloo also welcomes you to participate in any and all of our events and outreach projects
Waterloo Church strives to be an open and embracing community, welcoming persons from a variety of cultural, economic, and religious traditions.
Recognizing that ministry takes traditional and non-traditional forms, we are open and flexible to God's guidance and creative spirit as we serve at the center of the historic Village of Waterloo.
The Church is open during Village renovations and is also available for wedding ceremonies.
Waterloo UMC is a proud member of Reconciling Ministries Network, which advocates for and supports the full inclusion and affirmation of the LGBTQIA+ community in the life and ministry of the United Methodist Church. Click here to read the Greater New Jersey Reconciling Community's letter to our Bishop and Way Forward Team in response to General Conference 2019.
“We celebrate God’s gift of diversity and value the wholeness made possible in community equally shared and shepherded by all. We welcome and affirm people of every gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation, who are also of every age, race, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, level of education, and family structure, and of every economic, immigration, marital, and social status, and so much more. We acknowledge that we live in a world of profound social, economic, and political inequities. As followers of Jesus, we commit ourselves to the pursuit of justice and pledge to stand in solidarity with all who are marginalized and oppressed.”--Reconciling Ministries Network
As of August 14, 2022, Waterloo United Methodist Church affirms the following:
1. Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience reveal to us that all human beings are of sacred worth, and LGBTQ+ people are not (and never have been) incompatible with Christian teaching.
2. Our present and future pastors are permitted to perform weddings for same-gender couples.
3. Our church is permitted to continue to host weddings for same-gender couples.
4. As a church who has been and continues to be blessed by the ministry of LGBTQ+ clergy persons, we affirm the ordination, licensing, and appointment of LGBTQ+ candidates on the basis of their gifts for ministry. We have been and remain open to receiving appointments of LGBTQ+ clergy.
5. Our church is permitted to utilize financial resources for social justice, advocacy, and ministry with all persons, including LGBTQ+ persons.
6. Waterloo United Methodist Church understands that we are free to carry out our ministry without the threat of formal charges and/or other punitive measures, recognizing that United Methodists in Greater New Jersey are not punitive but a body of believers who choose to live in grace and unity.
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