Washington Boro

United Methodist Church

Serving Our Lord Since 1854



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1 John 4:11-16 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. (NIV)

Perhaps you might ask....

  1. What do we, as United Methodists, believe?

  2. When was Washington Boro United Methodist Church established?

  3. How large is your congregation?

  4. Is your church handicap accessible?

  5. What is Washington Boro UMC's child abuse policy?

What do we, as United Methodists, believe?    (back to list)


We believe that God is all-knowing, possesses infinite love, is all-powerful, and the creator of the universe and the master of all. He is the beginning and the end. God exists as three persons in one, the Father, the Son (Jesus Christ), and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus was God on Earth. He was born of the virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, and was crucified for the sins of all people. To offer the hope of eternal life to everyone, He was physically raised from death. In His short life the expressions of love and mercy, His teachings, the miracles of compassion allow us to see the true face of God. "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father", Jesus said. John 14:9 (NIV)

The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is God with us and in us. The grace of God is seen through the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our world. It is the voice of the Holy Spirit that we look to for guidance and conscience in our lives.

The Bible

We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired, true, and absolute word of God. It educates us, comforts us, guides us, reprimands us, and fashions us for the purpose that God has for us on this earth. The Holy Bible is the way to know God and Christ and provides the single true path to salvation for each and every person.


We believe that sin will ultimately be the destruction of all men unless they possess the forgiveness of God. Those who are truly sorry for their sins need to confess to Jesus Christ their nature and ask for forgiveness in earnest. It is only through faith in Jesus that we are cleansed, justified, and saved, not because we deserve it, but because of the grace of God. "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." Romans 3:22-24 (NIV)


We believe that Baptism is an outward sign or ceremony expressing an inward commitment of spiritual new birth. A person welcomed into the community of faith in which Christ is the head by being anointed with water and accepting that he or she can only be saved through faith in Jesus Christ. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--" Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)

The Church

We believe that Christians are part of a universal church and must work with all Christians to spread the love of God through teaching, witnessing, and sharing the love of Jesus Christ. As we stand firm in our commitment to God and grow in faith and love of God, our love and compassion for others becomes more complete. It is only by the grace of God through the shared commitment of the church and Christian believers that the true message of salvation through our Lord,  Jesus Christ, will reach everyone.

When was Washington Boro United Methodist Church established?    (back to list)

Washington Boro United Methodist Church was established in 1854. It sits on a knoll overlooking th Susquehanna River in lovely Lancaster County, PA. In 1834, eight laypeople began the congregation, building this church in 1854, nine years before the Battle of Gettysburg.

The panoramic view of the river from the open Church doors is appropriate because this area's story is intertwined with the river's story. Indians, traders, raftsmen, trainmen, sportsmen, fishermen, and farmers were all drawn here by the river's assets. When Safe Harbor Hydroelectric Dam harnessed the river's power and every time the river raged with ice freshets and floods, the people here were affected.

Today, the broad Susquehanna still flows seamlessly past this picturesque little church and morning's light still illumines the jewel-toned Memorial windows. Most importantly, the name of Jesus is still exalted here, for He has been, is now, and always will be sufficient for all our needs.        Thanks be to God, the giver of all.

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How large is your congregation?    (back to list)

As of September 28, 2012, there are 154 members on the role. Our weekly attendance averages 57.

Is your church handicap accessible?    (back to list)

At this time, only the sanctuary is handicap accessible. The adult Sunday School class is held in the sanctuary as well as regular church services. We are planning to hold Sunday School classes in the new building as soon as it is completed. At that time, all Sunday School classes will be handicap accessible. Please pray that the Lord blesses us in our efforts to complete the new Fellowship Hall.

What is Washington Boro UMC's child abuse policy?    (back to list)

Washington Boro United Methodist Church has established a Child Abuse Prevention Policy and Procedures to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all of our children and youth. If you would like to read our policy in detail, click here.



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