Laguna Beach United Methodist Church is a local congregation of the United Methodist Church. Laguna Beach United Methodist Church welcomes and affirms all people as children of God and worthy of God’s love. We believe in full participation in the life of the church, and equality in membership, ordination and marriage for God’s children of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. We are a reconciling church with truly “Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors.”
The United Methodist Church is a church in the Wesleyan tradition, meaning the eighteenth century English clergyman John Wesley is our founder. Wesley believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed by Scripture, illumined by tradition, lived out in personal experience, and confirmed by reason. As a church in the Wesleyan tradition, the United Methodist Church holds these principles as fundamental.
We believe that God’s Grace is the undeserved and unmerited favor of God through which any person can be brought to salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. We believe, however, that once we believe in Christ we must continue our Christian journey to live our God’s grace in our lives. We strive to perfect our lives in love through God’s sanctifying grace. We believe that good works are an essential sign of faith in God. We do not earn our salvation. That is the gift of God. Our reformed and dedicated lives and the good works that flow from them are our gifts to God as evidence of our faith.
We also believe that faith is lived outside the walls of the church. Faith embraces all of life and those who love God must be concerned with the state of society and the world. As a denomination, we commit ourselves to the ongoing struggle for justice in all forms, true Christian unity and the fulfillment of all people.
Our church has been ministering in this location for more than 60 years. Even the street name “Wesley Drive” makes you smile! Our fledgling, founding members helped pay to have the dirt road paved up the hill to our doors and the city allowed us to name the street after the founder of the United Methodist Church, John Wesley.