Become a Member

At Dover First United Methodist Church, you will find the strength, support and encouragement that you need as you travel on your Christian journey.
Connecting with others and building community is significant to a healthy journey, and a part of who we are here at Dover First UMC. We are not meant to travel through this life alone.
Membership in The United Methodist Church begins with the Sacrament of Baptism. Baptism symbolizes the initiative that God takes in bestowing upon us His grace and mercy and celebrates our complete dependence upon God. Through this sacrament, we accept God’s gift of grace and yield our lives to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
If you have not been baptized and are interested in becoming a member of Dover First, we would love to talk to you! If you have previously been baptized in another denomination of the Christian faith and desire to become a member at Dover First United Methodist Church, you can be received into membership after attending our Next Steps Class.

Considering Baptism?

Baptism is part of our Christian journey, and an expression of our faith in Jesus. He calls each of us to be baptized (Matt. 28:19).

The Sacrament of Baptism is a ritual of water signifying entrance into the household of faith, a symbol of repentance and inner cleansing from sin, and a representation of our new birth in Jesus Christ. Baptism is an outward and visible sign of the inward spiritual grace through which we become heirs of the promise of life eternal. Those who receive the Sacrament of Baptism are initiated into the fellowship of Christ’s Holy Church.