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Worship Service at the Gladstone church 8:30 AM
Worship Service at the Biggsville church 9:45 AM
Worship Service at the Oquawka church 11:00 AM
Bible Study @ Biggsville 6:30 PM

Beliefs and Values

Our Beliefs and Values

We believe that the church is a community of disciples called together under the Lordship of Christ. It is a redeemed and redeeming fellowship where the Word of God is preached and the sacraments are celebrated according to Christ's own command. Under the discipline of the Holy Spirit the church seeks to be a place where people are led to experience God's love, know Jesus Christ, grow in His image, so that they may be healed, restored, and given the grace-filled power to become the people God created them to be.

Our Beliefs


We are Christians who are excited to be part of the United Methodist Church. United Methodists are the second largest Protestant denomination in America. Founded as a reform movement in England in the 1730's by John and Charles Wesley, the Methodist Church was established in America in 1784. Since then Methodists have played a significant role in shaping our nation.

United Methodists hold to the historic doctrines of the Christian faith. We are evangelical, but moderates rather than fundamentalists. We value the intellect and modern science, while at the same time looking to the Bible as the source of all that is necessary and sufficient for salvation, and the true rule and guide for faith and practice. We are willing to ask questions, to wrestle with difficult issues, and to do so with grace, respect and compassion.

United Methodists are known for our emphasis on a personal experience of God's grace through the love of Jesus Christ, lived out in practical, concrete ways in the world by putting faith and love into action. Historically we have valued well-informed and passionate preaching, worship that is lively, and small groups where people can grow in their faith.

Methodists have open hearts, and open minds”and welcome anyone interested in learning more about the Christian faith.

If you would like to know more about what it means to follow Christ, please call 309-867-6021 and ask to speak to our pastor or email us.

Our Mission


Our Mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
(Mission statement of the United Methodist Church based on Matthew 28:19)

The mission statement of our BGO churches:

"Growing Together:

       through supporting each other,

           helping those in our community,

                and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ

Our Vision


To be a Christian community in which non-religious persons and nominal Christians grow to become deeply committed disciples of Jesus Christ. We are committed to transforming lives, renewing the church and changing the world.

Our Purpose


We are leading people to experience God's love, know Jesus Christ, and to grow in His image.

Our Journey
  Experience God's Love
Know Jesus Christ
Grow in His Image

Our Strategies
I4 - I Am 4 Christ
  • Invite - I am an Invitation to know Jesus Christ
  • Involve - I am Involved and involving others in the ministry of Christ
  • Inform - I am Informed and informing others of the Good News of Christ
  • Inspire - I am Inspired and inspiring others to grow in Christ

Together, we are the hands and heart of Christ.

Our Values


It is our desire to honor God through all our work on His behalf. To that end, we will do His work with the qualities we most value: integrity, grace, excellence, relevance, authenticity, passion, humility, faith, inclusivity, commitment, community, joy and love.

Our Boundary Lines


In order to remain focused on Experiencing God's Love, Knowing Jesus Christ, and Growing in His Image, United Methodist Church shall not: pursue ministry which is contrary to our vision and purpose; depart from the Scriptures and Biblical principles for living; do anything contrary to the spirit and intent of the United Methodist Book of Discipline; fail to be good stewards of the financial and non-financial resources entrusted to us; cease discerning God's vision for United Methodist Church.

Used with permission of the Bethany United Methodist Church of Austin, TX


The High Priest of a New Covenant

Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being.

Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one also to have something to offer. If he were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already priests who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.

NIV Listen

 1 Kings 11:5 (KJV)
For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
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2012 BGO United Methodist Churches — Biggsville, Gladstone and Oquawka, IL