Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What Do We Believe?
A: APOSTLE’S CREED
We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ His only son our Lord who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead; and buried. The third day He arose from the dead, He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Church Universal, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.
Q: How do I join the church?
A: On a profession of saving faith in our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, anyone may join Bethel Church. During our worship service, we extend an Invitation to Discipleship where we invite people in need of a church home to join us at the altar. This invitation is offered to people who are new to the AME church, people who are members of another church and wish to transfer their membership to The House.
You may also call the church office at (415) 921-4935 to discuss your prospective membership with the Pastor.
Q: How do I get involved?
A: Information located at the “Ask Me Anything” table in the lobby is available to answer all questions as it relates to getting involved. Membership is not required to be involved at The House, however, we encourage everyone to attend the New Member Orientation where you can hear the mission and vision of Bethel Church. This event is held on every Sunday of each month at 9:00 AM.
Q: What Should I Wear While Attending The House?
A: Bethel has no formal dress code. We are a “come as you are” church. Some members dress professionally while others dress casually. We desire for both men and women to dress modestly without offending one another. We encourage everyone to be comfortable and dress without the pressure of performance.
Q: What denomination is Bethel Church affiliated with?
A: AFRICAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
The word African means that the church was organized by people of African descent and heritage. It does not mean that the church was founded in Africa, or that it was for persons of African descent only.
The church’s roots are of the family of Methodist churches. Methodism provides an orderly system of rules and regulations and places emphasis on a plain and simple gospel.
Episcopal refers to the form of government under which the church operates. It means that the church is governed by Bishops. The chief executive and administrative officers of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination are the Bishops of the church.
Q: Does the Church allow people who are not of African descent to join?
A: Membership is open to people of all races, and anyone who believes in Christ as redeemer may join. In preparation for being received into full membership, people study:
the assurance of salvation,
the Articles of Religion,
a history of the AME Church,
Christian stewardship, including ongoing Bible study and personal prayer,
rules and regulations of the Church,
a history and ministries of the local church, and
catechism on faith.