First United Methodist Church in Columbia, Louisiana was established in 1838 to bring the gospel to Caldwell Parish. It is known by many in the area as the “green church”. Once you have seen it you understand why. The church patterned after Norwegian stave churches found in Europe is painted dark green.
Many people find the green church to be an oddity in Caldwell Parish, and often want to know what we believe. The Methodist people at the green church believe in three essential things:
We are followers of Jesus. It is through Christ that we have the blessing of an abundant life. We try our best to be disciples(students) of Jesus. Following Jesus is a continuous journey of worshiping, growing, and serving.
We believe in forgiveness. We all make mistakes. Big ones. Little ones. Everyone at this church has made mistakes in their life. We believe that grace is bigger than our mistakes. We receive grace and we offer grace.
We are sacramental. Sacraments are acts of worship that are an outward and visible sign of an inward spiritual grace. We celebrate two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion. The way in which we express that we are followers of Jesus is through our Baptism. The way in which we celebrate God’s grace and forgiveness is through Holy Communion.