Welcome To The Fountains, A United Methodist Church!
At The Fountains, our purpose is simple: to connect with God and serve others with thought-provoking openness and honesty. If you value Biblical integrity and celebrating the joy and hope that comes with embracing your authentic spirituality, you’ll be among friends at The Fountains. Together we reach, touch, and teach by living and sharing the stories of Jesus!
Join us as we celebrate our faith at the corner of Fountain Hills Boulevard and Glenbrook in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Here at The Fountains our hearts, our minds, and our doors are always open.
WHO WE ARE:
If you’re looking for a “What we believe” page, you’re going to be disappointed. Seems that United Methodists aren’t that big on requiring its adherents to believe a bunch of stuff in order to be a part of the movement. United Methodists in general tend to be short on dogma & doctrine and long on grace. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement wasn’t especially concerned with dogma. Unlike other traditions, there’s not a doctrinal statement at the bottom of which you have to sign on the “dotted line.” In his sermon, “The Catholic Spirit,” Wesley says, “If your heart is as my heart, then take my hand.” His ultimate concern was for every Christian to experience and practice the love of God in Christ. As for the rest, we “think and let think.” In short, we’re keeping the faith & dropping the dogma.
Ideally, the United Methodist Church is an inclusive, theologically pluralistic, non-dogmatic Christian church that encourages its members to think, question, and explore the religious experience. The Fountains is committed to Methodist founder John Wesley’s tenets of commitment to Christ, freedom from rigid creeds, the means of grace and the use of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral in serving others and seeking to live the life of a disciple.
Purpose & Mission
At The Fountains, our purpose is to connect with God and serve others with thought-provoking openness and honesty, emphasizing Biblical integrity and celebrating the joy and hope that comes with embracing one’s authentic spirituality. So, our mission is to reach, touch, and teach by living and sharing the stories of Jesus.
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
In the spirit of the United Methodist Church’s emphasis on Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors, we at The Fountains seek to model Jesus’ radical inclusivity and hospitality by welcoming and affirming all people, regardless of their age, sex, race, ability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We are a reconciling church and affiliated with the Center for Progressive Christianity.
“Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.” is the promise we make as the people of The United Methodist Church in response to God’s love. When you join a United Methodist congregation, you become a part of an active, worldwide group of interconnected communities—a connection of people who believe we should spend our days making the love of Christ real in our actions. This connection encourages us to live gracefully, as one unified global community that does no harm, does good and stays in love with God. This love inspires us to open doors that create opportunities to engage people who seek spiritual insight, yearn to connect with God and desire a supportive community and companions along the journey. It’s about listening, reaching out, and striving to be relevant to everyday life.
To reach is to be present to the hurts and needs of real people through Missions and Outreach. To reach is to be engaged in the world by striving for what John Wesley called “Social Holiness” — confronting injustice, inequality, and the consequences of circumstances that are beyond our control. When we work together as a fellowship, we do great things — we also encourage each person to reach out in one-to-one interaction as an expression of their own personal discipleship.
Creating opportunities for the Spirit to touch the deepest parts of peoples’ lives include both the corporate element of worship and the individual element of personal spiritual disciplines.
People have lots of ideas about the purpose of worship – liturgy, practice, Bible teaching, honoring the Creator, or preserving familiar songs and hymns. Worship means a lot of things to a lot of people. It takes on a lot of forms. The Fountains has always sought ways to create worship opportunities where people can feel the presence of God.
Everyone is “wired” differently spiritually. Whether it’s silent prayer and meditation to Yoga to walking a Labyrinth, each person has unique ways to connect with the divine. Part of touching people is helping them to sense that an awareness of the Spirit’s presence is available through a variety of disciplines.
At The Fountains, we help nurture a life of prayer, meditation, and intentional spiritual practice.
Utilizing contemporary theological scholarship to wrestle with the big questions of life, The Fountains will help those who are seeking a deeper understanding of their faith. No reciting of dusty, rote ideas that sound religious. It means using the mind that Jesus told us to use.
Education and Enrichment Opportunities The Fountains’ Sunday morning schedule includes a time set aside for all age groups to engage in education and enrichment. Additional adult enrichmentopportunities are offered throughout the year.