OUR VISION STATEMENT
We worship and serve God by reaching people and growing together as passionate followers of Jesus, because
ALL people matter to God.
OUR DEFINING VALUES
1. Worship is our first priority.
2. Hospitality is radical welcome.
3. Community means we are in this together.
4. Growing people reach up and out.
5. Generous people give.
There are many ways for you to worship, get involved, participate, volunteer, and lead. Long’s Chapel is the place for you to not only worship and attend church activities, but it is also simply a place to come and join others in Christ’s conversations and prayers.
We desire for you to feel comfortable as you explore your faith within this community of friends.
The story of Long's Chapel is a rich one. Its pages are filled with the hand of God writing on the lives of His people. From its inception in 1859 with only a handful of individuals who were probably unaware of the journey God was inviting them to take, Long's Chapel has prospered. The journey has led to growth on our campus through increased membership, spiritual development, and community outreach.
Participants built "the little white church" across the street from our existing campus and renamed "The Richland Institute" to "Long's Chapel."
Long's Chapel moved across the street (to present location) and built a new church building to house growing worship and Sunday school ministries.
A new Sanctuary building was completed to meet the demand of overflowing worship space with additional education and play space for children.
OUR WELCOME IS ENDLESS
Endless welcome is what you will experience the minute you enter the parking lot, walk into the sanctuary, sing along with the choir, listen to the sermon, enjoy a cup of coffee, interact with our members, enroll your child in day care or involve your youth in the student group, participate in a classroom or study group, or dine on Wednesday nights. The list is absolutely endless.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
At Long’s Chapel we worship the one and only triune God whom we know as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe God created the universe and all that is in it. We believe God is both sovereign (all powerful) and loving, and that we can know and experience God’s love in our life. We believe that God has expressed the fullness of his love through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We believe that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that through Him we have abundant life and the forgiveness of sins (our wrongdoings). We believe in God’s Holy Spirit, which is God’s continued presence with us today. We believe it is by the Holy Spirit that we are able to know, love, and serve God as well as one another. We believe in the authority of Scripture as God’s inspired word, and that it is the story of our salvation. We celebrate that being a part of the church means we are called to love God and other people, and partner with God to help the world become more like God’s kingdom of peace, love, and harmony.
Our United Methodist Heritage
In addition to our core beliefs as Christians, we celebrate our vibrant heritage as United Methodists. Methodism began as an English movement led by John Wesley (1703-1791) in order to strengthen the Church through inviting people to take their faith and put it into action. Wesley firmly believed that being a Christian is not something we can just talk about, but it needs to be something that is lived in our everyday lives. Wesley also had a strong sense of God’s grace as being central to our understanding of the Christian life and faith. Grace means the unearned and unmerited love that God offers to us. God’s grace empowers and leads us to love God and one another (learn more at umc.org). As United Methodists we refer to ourselves as “connectional” and seek to not only connect with other United Methodist churches but also with other Christian churches. We also take seriously our call to share God’s love to all without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, social status, gender, sexual orientation, age, economic condition, or disability.