St. Paul United Methodist Church (UMC) is a friendly church community located in the beautiful, historic town of Copperton, Utah, in the shadow of the everlasting Kennecott copper pit. Situated in the southwest part of the Salt Lake metropolitan area, Copperton and St. Paul retain a small town feel and country charm set apart from the urbanized city. We welcome all who seek a church home, a community of faith, and the opportunity to experience Christ’s love in their lives.
Are you are searching for meaning and a purpose for your life? Do you have every material thing that you could ever need, but still feel lacking? Is there an emptiness inside you that can only be filled by God? Are you looking for a community of persons that have committed to helping their neighbors here and around the world? If so, maybe you should consider visiting St. Paul United Methodist Church and learning more.
Worship at St. Paul
Worship is the chance we have to gather and celebrate – and thank God for all the good things that we have been blessed with. It is the highlight of our church week – a chance to rest from our work and spend “quality time” with God, and with our extended church family. There are probably as many types and styles of Christian worship as there are Christian churches, and most people are more comfortable with a style that fits with their traditions, experience, culture, and background.
St. Paul’s worship style could best be described as a “relaxed traditional” Methodist style. We use a more traditional order of worship in that we have multiple scripture readings every Sunday from the Lectionary, and frequently recite Affirmations of Faith and other responsive readings. We are somewhere in the middle of the continuum between very formal “high church” worship and an informal “low church” worship. We have Communion/Eucharist/The Lord’s Supper nearly every Sunday. Our communion table is open to all who desire God’s grace and mercy – you do not need to be a United Methodist or member of St. Paul’s to participate.
Our worship style is also relaxed. With our small congregation and part-time pastor, we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Laughter is frequent during worship, and no one should worry or feel out of place if they don’t know when to stand up or sit down. Our dress code is relaxed as well – suits and dresses are fine, but so are jeans. Our music is an eclectic collection of live and recorded music. We enjoy the opportunity to worship to a variety of music styles – traditional, contemporary, country-western, gospel, Celtic, chants, rock and pop, and probably some other types as well. We want to experience all the good music that God has inspired and not be pigeon-holed into a particular type of music ministry.
Children are welcome in our worship services and we have a Children’s sermon for the little ones. We have children’s activities for those children too small to sit through a church service. We have an adult Bible study class each week where we use a professionally prepared curriculum to study the books of the Bible – generally alternating between books of the Old and New Testament. After worship we like to go downstairs to our multipurpose room for food and refreshments. Depending on what people are inspired to bring, the refreshments might range from cookies and coffee to a full potluck meal. You are welcome to join us and spend time visiting and eating.
About United Methodists
United Methodists have almost three hundred years of experience at making the world a better place. John Wesley, our founder, started a reform movement in England in the 1700s to bring Christ’s love to those who were not being served by the existing church. From our beginning, church has meant more than just an hour on Sunday morning. It also includes an emphasis on helping a hurting world. Church is something we do, not just the building we meet in on Sunday. We are involved in ministry in our area and through our connections with other UMC congregations, around the world. If you would like to know more, keep reading . . .
St. Paul UMC is a church in the Utah Sub district of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Methodist Church. We are active in our communities and enjoy fellowship with the other UMC congregations and Christian churches around the world.
These links connect to excellent Wikipedia articles about the origins, history, organization, and beliefs of Methodists throughout the world, and the United Methodist Church in particular. Please contact our pastor if you have questions, or visit St. Paul on Sunday morning and learn for yourself.
This link is a neat map showing the distribution of Methodists (United Methodist and other Methodists denominations) in the United States.