Welcome Center

God the Father has blessed us with significant ministry in uptown Somerset for over 125 years and we will trust him for the next 125 or until our Lord Jesus comes again in glory.  In the mean time we intend to serve him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.  We are motivated by our beliefs as listed below.   Our Sunday morning begins with Sunday School for all ages at 9:15 am followed by our traditional worship at 10:30 am.  Our Ushers will greet you and help you in any way to be comfortable and cared for while you are here as our guest.  Come dressed casual or formal or come right from the ski slope.  The main doors are off West Patriot Street that includes a ramp for the handicapped.

We offer a fully equipped nursery for the little ones with Safe Sanctuary certified volunteers. Call 814-445-5736 or write to us at somersetfirstumc@gmail.com if you have any questions.

What We Believe

Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Our vision is to ignite and sustain a passionate, spiritual connection with Christ among all people in Somerset, Pennsylvania.

Our core value is love. We love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength and our neighbors as ourselves. This value is commanded by Jesus, inspired by our Wesleyan heritage including to spread scriptural holiness over the land, and witnessed through our integrity, accountability and inclusiveness.

Essential Beliefs

 The following seven items summarize the essential beliefs of Somerset First U.M. Church.

Regarding God. God is the Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three “personalities” – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. These three are co-equal and are one God.

Regarding Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father and the Spirit. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven’s glory and will return again someday to earth to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Regarding the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is co-equal with the Father and the Son of God. He is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. He gives every believer a spiritual gift when they are saved. As Christians, we seek to live under His control daily.

Regarding the Bible. The Bible is God’s Word to us. It was written by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is the supreme source of truth for Christian beliefs and living. Because it is inspired by God, it is the truth without error.

Regarding Human Beings. People are made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character. People are the supreme object of God’s creation. All of us are born with a “sin nature” that manifests itself as an attitude of disobedience toward God. Disobedience to God is called “sin.” Our sin nature separates us from God, and our sin causes many problems in life.

Regarding Salvation. Salvation is God’s free gift to us, but we must accept it. We can never overcome our sin nature by self-improvement or good works. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God’s offer of forgiveness can anyone be saved from sin’s penalty. When we return from our self-ruled and sinful life and turn to Jesus in faith, we are saved. Eternal life begins the moment we receive Jesus Christ into our lives by faith.

Regarding Eternity. People were created to exist forever. We will either exist eternally separated from God by sin, or eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.