Who We Are

“Welcome to Avery: where you’re a stranger only once, but a friend forever!”

That’s how one of our long-time members starts worship when serving as liturgist, and we think it’s pretty accurate! At Avery, we hope you will find a Christ-filled community of hope. Located in the heart of the Gabby Heights neighborhood across from Trinity West Elementary School, Avery serves as a spiritual center for people who live and work in Gabby Heights and the surrounding area.

Here you will find a casual worship setting, a variety of ministries for all ages, opportunities to engage in mission and service, and most of all, a congregation that truly welcomes everyone. We look forward to meeting you at our next event, worship service, or on the streets of Washington, PA!

We are proudly affiliated with the United Methodist Church, a global denomination of almost 13 million members.

What We Believe

United Methodists share many basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities, which you can read about here. However, there are distinctive theological emphases within the United Methodist Church, including:

Grace, which is central to our understanding of Christian life and faith.

Faith and Good Works

United Methodists insist that faith and good works belong together. What we believe must be confirmed by what we do. Personal salvation must be expressed in ministry and mission in the world. We believe that Christian doctrine and Christian ethics are inseparable, that faith should inspire service. The integration of personal piety and social holiness has been a hallmark of our tradition. We affirm the biblical precept that “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2:17).

Mission and Service

Because of what God has done for us, we offer our lives back to God through a life of service. As disciples, we become active participants in God’s activity in the world through mission and service. Love of God is always linked to love of neighbor and to a passionate commitment to seeking justice and renewal in the world.

Nurture and Mission of the Church

For Wesley, there was no religion but social religion, no holiness but social holiness. In other words, faith always includes a social dimension. One cannot be a solitary Christian. As we grow in faith through our participation in the church community, we are also nourished and equipped for mission and service to the world.

“From Wesley’s time to the present, Methodism has sought to be both a nurturing community and a servant community. Members of Methodist Societies and class meetings met for personal nurture through giving to the poor, visiting the imprisoned, and working for justice and peace in the community. They sought not only to receive the fullness of God’s grace for themselves; but…they saw themselves as existing ‘to reform the nation…and to spread scriptural holiness over the land.’”

 

We seek to be a church for everyone.

Avery United Methodist Church and its ministries shall always be open to persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, status, economical condition, sexual preference, or gender identification.

Read the full statement adopted by the congregation