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Confirmation Session 6

This online session you will learn about a little bit about the history of the United Methodist Church and Mt. Zion.

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About John Wesley

Mt. Zion Church is a part of the United Methodist Church, which has thousands of churches and millions of members across the U.S., Africa, and Europe. John Wesley is the founder of the Methodist movement. Watch the video to the right about his life and then answer these questions in comments below:

1. John Wesley's faith was influenced by his parents and the Moravians. Who influences your faith and how?

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Guest
Jun 09

my mom, because she prays for herself and other people, and she thanks god every day for that day and every day before, and she tells me how important it is to pray for one another which makes me want to do it more - kishar

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Guest
Jun 05

teachers by praying every morning at home and school. - Kyla

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Guest
Jun 05

My dad influences my faith because he make shore that I'm doing the right thing

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Racism in the Methodist Church

The Methodist movement especially in the United States has had a problem with racism. Although John Wesley was against slavery, some of his followers in America didn't agree with him. Listen to the story of Richard Allen, an early Black Methodist who separated from white Methodist because of their racism.

Answer the following questions in the comment below: How did Richard Allen use his faith to help others? How can the church help people today? What are some specific problems that people need help with today?

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Guest
Jun 09

he used his faith by still praying to god and not giving up when times were hard with racism and he didn't give up when the white people tried to take away his church he held onto it a did everything it took to keep it.

the church helps by letting anyone in and not being no matter what skin color they are and no matter how poor or wealthy they are.

even though it is fairly over there are still some problems of racism in parts of the world another problem is more and more people are getting homeless every year which is sad. - kishar

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Guest
Jun 05

he use is experience with racism and keep pushing even when it was hard. just like the church helps the poor

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Mt. Zion's History

Mt. Zion was started in 1919 during the times of racial segregation. African Americans had to live and worship separately from white people in Clearwater, so Mt. Zion started as church for Black people. The first pastor's wife Mrs. Jackson was a midwife--a person helps deliver babies. She helped deliver more than 500 Black babies in the basement of Morton Plant Hospital, because Black women couldn't deliver their babies alongside white women.

In September 1920, the people of Mt. Zion built their first church building. The pastor and the men of the church did much of the construction work while the women of the church supported them by preparing meals.

Through the years the people of Mt. Zion have made a positive impact on the community around them. They have fought for justice in our community by suing Pinellas County Schools to integrate schools so that all children could learn together regardless of their race. Today we remain committed to justice. Here are our core values:

  • Passionate Prayer and Worship – We experience God’s life-changing power through prayer and worship.

  • Radical Hospitality – We welcome all people to be nurtured, valued, and celebrated. When we say all, we mean all people.

  • Social Justice – Acts of charity and mercy are good; God also requires that we seek justice.

  • Innovation – We honor tradition but understand that in order to reach new people we must be willing to think and act outside of the box.

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