Our Christian BeliefsWe believe in God

United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities: Our Christian Beliefs: God God, who is one, is revealed in three distinct persons Our Christian Beliefs: Jesus We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. God became human in Jesus of Nazareth; and his life, death and resurrection demonstrate God's redeeming love. Our Christian Beliefs: The Holy Spirit The Holy Spirit is God's present activity in our midst. When we sense God's leading, God's challenge, or God's support or comfort, it's the Holy Spirit at work.


We Come Together for Serving & SharingLoving God Loving Others

Taking an active stance in society is nothing new for followers of John Wesley. He set the example for us to combine personal and social piety. Ever since predecessor churches to United Methodism flourished in the United States, we have been known as a denomination involved with people's lives, with political and social struggles, having local to international mission implications. Such involvement is an expression of the personal change we experience in our baptism and conversion.


Find Your Way Back HomeWesleyan Heritage

United Methodists trace our heritage back to a pair of brothers who started the Methodist movement in 1700s England. John and Charles Wesley, helped lead a movement to "spread Scriptural holiness over the land."



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The First United Methodist Church of Barbourville is a small church with a big heart. At our church, we follow the creed of Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors. We feel that is very important to love every person that enters our doors regardless of what baggage they may bring with them.

Our church dates back to Bishop Asbury’s final visit to Kentucky in 1809. Built in 1906 under the pastorate of Rev. T.B. Stratton, our current sanctuary stands tall on Main Street. In the early 1920’s, a temporary addition to the church building was made to care for the expanding Church School. Due to the flood of January 1946, a gas explosion occurred causing a devastating fire.  In 1948, repairs brought the sanctuary up to date. A new Education Building replaced the temporary building at that time. Work on the sanctuary and subsequent buildings continues even now in order to best serve the congregation and community. 

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From time to time, our pastor sends out a letter to the congregation. If you missed the most recent letter, you can download it here