The United Methodist Church has 11 million members around the globe, who are actively engaged in the world.
Our founder, John Wesley, and early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
In America, the United Methodist Church is divided into 5 regional areas (jurisdictions). Each jurisdiction is divided into Annual Conferences; Trinity Church is part of the New England Annual Conference – all of New England except for western Connecticut.
The New England Conference is divided into districts; Trinity Church is part of the Connecticut-Western Massachusetts District, which covers western Massachusetts and eastern Connecticut.
The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church. Its ministries is not about mere programs, and projects, and training sessions – whether those are in relief, or church construction, or community-health programs, or personnel assignments. Quite ordinary men and women are transformed into a holy community – a church that is a sign of God’s presence as we pursue God’s mission.
The United Methodist Federal Credit Union provides financial services to all churches clergy, and congregation members in the New England Conference.
The Methodist Federation for Social Action mobilizes clergy and laity within The United Methodist Church to take action on issues of peace, poverty and people’s rights within the church, the nation and the world.
Education has always been an emphasis for Methodists, and we have our own publishing house, called Cokesbury. You can buy bibles, books, curriculum, digital products, music, & other supplies there.
John Wesley founded the Methodist Church. His brother, Charles Wesley wrote over 7000 hymns and poems. They were both deeply influenced by their mother, Susannah Wesley. More information about this remarkable family is available at The Wesleys and Their Times.
To read more about the history of the United Methodist Church, visit: United Methodist History
Additional historical and scholarly resources about Wesleyan theology and tradition are available at Wesley Center Online.