We desire for each person who walks through the doors of First UMC, Hickory or encounters a member of this family to feel God’s grace in abundance. Endless welcome is what you will find as you become part of this community and family. Join us as we seek to Grow together, rooted in Christ, and work together to reach all people in the name of Christ.

Ways to Join

By Profession of Faith and Baptism

A person who begins the Christian life does so through baptism, which is an outward symbol of an inward change. For a young person or an adult this also is an opportunity to profess one’s faith. If God is leading you to this decision, one of the pastors will be happy to visit with you about this important step in your spiritual life.

By Transfer from Another United Methodist Church

Arrangements will be made to transfer your membership from another United Methodist Church. All of the necessary details will be handled by the church staff.

By Transfer from Another Denomination

Since you have been baptized into the Christian faith in another denomination, it is not necessary to be re-baptized to celebrate your spiritual growth. You will be asked this question, “As a disciple of Jesus Christ, will you support the United Methodist Church with your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness?” The church staff will handle the details of notifying your former church.

By Affiliate or Associate Membership

If you are a United Methodist whose membership is in another city or state and you wish to retain that membership in your “home” church, you can become an Affiliate Member. This grants you pastoral oversight and full participation in our church, but you will not be added to the church rolls. Members of other Christian denominations my elect to become Associate Members under the same conditions.

For more information about joining our family, please Contact Us