Our Beliefs

Lightstreet UMC is welcoming, small town church

Lightstreet United Methodist Church is the red brick church at 1640 Main Street in the village of Lightstreet.  (Not to be confused with Lightstreet Road – or Main Street in Bloomsburg although the mailing address is Bloomsburg!)  The current building was built in 1853, but with additions, renovations and new constructions both the church building and the Lighthouse next door are handicap accessible, heated and air conditioned.  The buildings reflect the values of the congregation:  Maintaining the integrity of the past with links to our history as evidenced by beautiful stained-glass and lovely wooden features; while benefitting from the modern practices and conveniences of having live musicians at all services and sharing freshly brewed coffee, Lightstreet is truly a welcoming, small town church.  Thanks to our good neighbors, parking is available on Main Street, at the rear of the buildings and across Monroe Avenue in the fire department lot. 

Lightstreet United Methodist Church is founded on Christ and focused on community.  It is Lightstreet’s mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ who will continue to build God’s kingdom.  Loving God and loving their neighbors as themselves, they shine the light of Christ with worship, missions, education and connections to the local community and to the world. 

Guiding principles are found in the WORDS of God as found in Acts 2:42-47:  W = worship; O = outreach; R = relationships; D = discipleship; S = service.

Under the leadership of Rev. Jennifer Parks-Snyder, the public is invited to worship with a live Praise Band leading contemporary Christian music in The Lighthouse at 8:00 am.  915 Worship takes place at, well, 9:15.  In a relaxed atmosphere, adults are invited to sit at tables with a cup of coffee, while The Praise Band leads the group in contemporary Christian music, followed by Rev. Jenn’s exposition of Scripture and discussion.  915 worship is an adult worship time, with children welcomed into their age-appropriate Sunday School classes.  Christian education for all ages – children and adults – is at 9:15 Sunday mornings.  Traditional worship with hymns accompanied by live organ and piano music is in the church sanctuary at 10:30 am.  Children and families affirm the reasons Lightstreet United Methodist exists in the community of Lightstreet.  Parents are encouraged to bring children to worship at 8:00 and 10:30 am.  Those worship services include a special children’s time of worship, presenting the week’s message in terms little ones can understand and remember.  The nurseries are equipped with closed-circuit broadcasting of worship services, permitting parents to worship in the nursery if they desire to remain there.  

Podcasts of worship services can be accessed through the church website, www.LightstreetUMC.org. 

In addition to worshipping the Lord on Sunday mornings, Lightstreet United Methodist has youth programs for grades 4-12.  Local mission focuses include area food cupboards, clothing giveaways, and Together Time meals.  Two highlights are the year are Trunk ‘n’ Treat (providing safe and fun activities for families with children) and Vacation Bible School (so much fun that kids don’t realize how much they are learning!). 

Lightstreet United Methodist Church – a community of faith living and serving within the community of Lightstreet since 1827.  For more information, visit www.LightstreetUMC.org.


Our Doctrinal Heritage

United Methodists profess the historic Christian faith in God, incarnate in Jesus Christ for our salvation and ever at work in human history in the Holy Spirit. Living in a covenant of grace under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we participate in the first fruits of God's coming reign and pray in hope for its full realization on earth as in heaven.


Our heritage in doctrine and our present theological task focus upon a renewed grasp of the sovereignty of God and of God's love in Christ amid the continuing crises of human existence.

Our forebears in the faith reaffirmed the ancient Christian message as found in the apostolic witness even as they applied it anew in their own circumstances.

Their preaching and teaching were grounded in Scripture, informed by Christian tradition, enlivened in experience, and tested by reason.

Their labors inspire and inform our attempts to convey the saving gospel to our world with its needs and aspirations.

Our Doctrinal History

The pioneers in the traditions that flowed together into The United Methodist Church understood themselves as standing in the central stream of Christian spirituality and doctrine, loyal heirs of the authentic Christian tradition. In John Wesley's words, theirs was "the old religion, the religion of the Bible, the religion . . .of the whole church in the purest ages." Their gospel was grounded in the biblical message of God's self-giving love revealed in Jesus Christ.

Wesley's portrayal of the spiritual pilgrimage in terms of "the scripture way of salvation" provided their model for experiential Christianity. They assumed and insisted upon the integrity of basic Christian truth and emphasized its practical application in the lives of believers.

This perspective is apparent in the Wesleyan understanding of "catholic spirit." While it is true that United Methodists are fixed upon certain religious affirmations, grounded in the gospel and confirmed in their experience, they also recognize the right of Christians to disagree on matters such as forms of worship, structures of church government, modes of Baptism, or theological explorations. They believe such differences do not break the bond of fellowship that ties Christians together in Jesus Christ. Wesley's familiar dictum was, "As to all opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think."

But, even as they were fully committed to the principles of religious toleration and theological diversity, they were equally confident that there is a "marrow" of Christian truth that can be identified and that must be conserved. This living core, as they believed, stands revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal and corporate experience, and confirmed by reason. They were very much aware, of course, that God's eternal Word never has been, nor can be, exhaustively expressed in any single form of words.

They were also prepared, as a matter of course, to reaffirm the ancient creeds and confessions as valid summaries of Christian truth. But they were careful not to set them apart as absolute standards for doctrinal truth and error.

Beyond the essentials of vital religion, United Methodists respect the diversity of opinions held by conscientious persons of faith. Wesley followed a time-tested approach: "In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; and in all things, charity."

The spirit of charity takes into consideration the limits of human understanding. "To be ignorant of many things and to be mistaken in some," Wesley observed, "is the necessary condition of humanity." The crucial matter in religion is steadfast love for God and neighbor, empowered by the redeeming and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.

Doctrinal Standards and General Rules

From The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church - 2004. Copyright 2004 by The United Methodist Publishing House. Used by permission.

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