WHO WE ARE as UNITED METHODISTS
The United Methodist Church is a 12.3-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world.
John Wesley and the 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 life in United Methodist in Hampshire IL today.
We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage through our denomination's website http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe
WE MAKE DISCIPLES as WE:
Proclaim the gospel, seek, welcome and gather persons into the body of Christ; Lead persons to commit their lives to God through baptism by water and the spirit and profession of faith in Jesus Christ;
Nurture persons in Christian living through worship, the sacraments, spiritual disciplines, and other means of grace, such as Wesley's Christian conferencing;
Send persons into the world to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, being and becoming a compassionate, caring presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel; and
Continue the mission of seeking, welcoming and gathering persons into the community of the body of Christ.
in the World-God's self-revelation in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ summons the church to ministry in the world through witness by word and deed in light of the church's mission. The visible church of Christ as a faithful community of persons affirms the worth of all humanity and the value of interrelationship in all of God's creation.
In the midst of a sinful world, through the grace of God, we are brought to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. We become aware of the presence and life-giving power of God's Holy Spirit. We live in confident expectation of the ultimate fulfillment of God's purpose.
We are called together for worship and fellowship and for the upbuilding of the Christian community. We advocate and work for the unity of the Christian church. We call all persons into discipleship under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
As servants of Christ we are sent into the world to engage in the struggle for justice and reconciliation. We seek to reveal the love of God for men, women, and children of all ethnic, racial, cultural, and national backgrounds and to demonstrate the healing power of the gospel with those who suffer.
Rev. Matthew Mariani
Matthew came to Hampshire from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois where he earned a Master of Divinity (M.Div) with a concentration in theology. During his seminary career he served as a chaplain intern at Northwestern University's Office of Religious & Spiritual Life, and as a cross-cultural pastoral intern at Emmanuel UMC in Evanston. Initially he was appointed as a local pastor to First UMC on Grove Ave in 2017 before being made a two-point charge pastor with Zion in 2018. He was a commissioned as a Provisional Elder in the Illinois Annual Conference in 2020.
In addition to serving as pastor to Zion and First UMC's, Matthew is the Chaplain for the Hampshire Fire Department. There he provides care to members of the community in crisis as well as to first responders.
An avid fan of reading and learning, Matthew enjoys reading a variety of subjects from theology and philosophy to multiverse theory and quantum mechanics. When not engrossed in a research text, he enjoys reading fiction such as Lord of the Rings,
Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, and The Chronicles of Narnia.
When not reading or working; Matthew enjoys running, playing board games, and listening to music.