United Church of Pittsford
Serving, Caring, Learning Together

Our History

 

 
 

We are a United Methodist and American Baptist congregation.
Here is how are church came to be:

The First Baptist Church of Pittsford (formerly called Northfield) was organized in 1809. For a number of years, members met in homes, barns and schoolhouses. In 1856, a small brick edifice was constructed at 11 State Street, Pittsford, NY. It was razed in 1957.

The Methodist-Episcopal Church was organized in 1830. In 1831, the congregation voted to build a church and it was erected on land near the Lincoln Avenue schoolhouse. The Village of Pittsford didn't grow in that direction, so the building was taken down and erected at the corner of Main and Church Streets. The building still stands and is now used as a commercial building.

In 1949, these two churches joined together to form the United Church of Pittsford and built a new building at 123 South Main Street. Read "A Story of Two Churches Becoming One" written by former pastor, Rev. Susan S. Maybeck here.


About Our Denominations

We are an independently-governed church affiliated with both the United Methodist and American Baptist churches. We blend elements of the two traditions in our worship services, ultimately striving to follow Christ in the manner that we are called.

The members of the congregation choose a pastor in the American Baptist tradition. We sing from the United Methodist Hymnal. We alternate between serving communion at the rail (United Methodist tradition) and serving in the pews (American Baptist tradition). 

We strive to honor the unique needs of our members. All are welcome, regardless of background. Those wishing to become members may join as American Baptist, United Methodist, or simply as members of the United Church. Parents may choose to have their infants baptized in the Methodist tradition, or they may dedicate their infants in the Baptist tradition. When youth become confirmed as full members of the church, they may choose to be baptized by full immersion.


Statement of Faith

We believe in God the Father, Creator of heaven and Earth, Sovereign over time, history and nations; who made of one blood every nation, and who wills that all people shall live together in freedom and peace.

We believe in God the Son, Jesus Christ, as Lord, as the Redeemer and as the hope of the world. We believe that He was God Incarnate, that He was fully human and also fully God. His death on the cross is the means whereby God reconciles us to Himself. His resurrection from the dead is the sign of God’s power over sin and death, and is the promise to the faithful of eternal life.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit, as the Divine Presence in our lives, transforming our hopes and our fears, and shaping the lives and the destinies of people and nations into conformity with God’s redemptive purposes for the world.
We believe that as Christians we are members of the world-wide community of the church, and as such must seek within our own fellowship and in our common life the kind of community God wills for the world.

We seek to be a living bridge between the historic traditions of our two denominations, preserving their distinctive contributions and emphasizing together our common loyalty to Jesus Christ. For further guidance concerning our faith, we look to the Apostles’ Creed.


Our Covenant

We promise to the best of our ability to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the welfare of the Church; to regularly attend its services of worship; to contribute regularly, in keeping with our ability, to the expense of the church, for the relief of the needy, and for the spread of the Gospel.

We also promise to seek the Christian education of our children and our own further enlightenment; to walk uprightly; to be just in our dealings, and faithful in our engagements; to avoid unkind gossip, hatred, and excessive anger.

We further promise to cultivate courtesy and Christian sympathy; to be slow to take offense and eager for reconciliation, to remember each other in prayer, to comfort and aid one another in sickness and distress.