Sebastian United Methodist
1887 - 2015
"And Are We Yet Alive!" Not a question at all, this opening phrase from Charles Wesley's hymn by the same title is an exclamation of confidence and joy in God's Good News! Indeed, the Spirit of Christ Jesus incarnate in each of us nourishes the ministries to which we have been called is, indeed, very much "Yet Alive!" And that life continues to be palpably real in living examples of celebration and servant-hood spanning decades of ministry across three centuries.
Christ's early mission to Indian River County took shape in the mid-1800s with the energies of a Methodist layman and farmer from Micco named Hickock. He "planted" the seeds which grew to be Sebastian Methodist Church, chartered in 1887 -- our County's first church. Six years later, our small congregation met for worship in our own sanctuary, signaling the birth of Methodism in Sebastian, Florida.
Today Sebastian United Methodist Church engages our community with multiple age-level ministries; biblical study; the music of multiple choirs for voices, bells, children, and bells; theological inquir; health outreach; emergency aid; pastoral care, worship and other expressions of missional concern. Our Thrift Store, across Main Street from our sanctuary and educational facilities, provides the Sebastian area with high quality "pre-loved" items at unreasonably low prices, the revenues from which sales enhance the effectiveness of our ministry with others. We have become known as "The Little Church in the Heart of Sebastian" for reasons apparent to many on their very first time at worship and in fellowship.
Our congregation's members strive to embody the grace of God and love of Jesus Christ and to share that love extravagantly with others. As agents of Christ's reconciling love, it is our intention and our hope to express Christ's care of all creation and all persons as we stand with "Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors" in worship and service in His name. Everyone is welcome at Sebastian United Methodist Church, no strings attached!
Blessings and peace,
William M. Finnin, Jr., Th. D., Lead Minister
Megan Mash, MSM, Pastor and Minister of Music