Glenoaks Christian Elementary is a ministry of the First United Methodist Church of San Fernando. We strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment for children. We encourage social, physical, spiritual, and intellectual development. Our curriculum stresses the importance of God in the lives of children, families, community, country, and all the nations of the world. We teach respect for all people and honor and celebrate diversity as well as unity. We design and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum in accordance with California Common Core State Standards.
The people of the First United Methodist Church of San Fernando believe that the Christian faith is grounded in the love and grace of God, experienced through Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. We strive to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ in our family, church, community and the world.
We are involved, committed, culturally-diverse, open and earnest. A people who try to be accepting, caring, hospitable and inclusive. We are people who like to tell the story of God's redeeming grace with our very lives. Our membership is growing at a steady pace. With this growth, we have been able to accomplish more, and have a larger impact upon our community. We welcome you with open arms!
Sunday Worship: 10:30 AM
Statement of Faith
WE BELIEVE that God is understood in three distinct forms. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are commonly used to refer to the threefold nature of God. Sometimes we use other terms, such as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
WE BELIEVE in one God, who created the world and all that is in it. We believe that God is sovereign; that is, God is the ruler of the universe. We believe that God is loving. We can experience God's love and grace.
WE BELIEVE that Jesus was human. He lived as a man and died when he was crucified. We believe that Jesus is divine. He is the Son of God. We believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and that the risen Christ lives today. We believe that Jesus is our Savior. In Christ we receive abundant life and forgiveness of sins. We believe that Jesus is our Lord and that we are called to pattern our lives after His.
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is God with us. We believe that the Holy Spirit comforts us when we are in need and convicts us when we stray from God. We believe that the Holy Spirit awakens us to God's will and empowers us to live obediently.
WE BELIEVE that God created human beings in God's image. We believe that humans can choose to accept or reject a relationship with God. We believe that all humans need to be in relationship with God in order to be fully human.
WE BELIEVE that the church is the body of Christ, an extension of Christ's life and ministry in the world today. We believe that the mission of the church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We believe that the church is "the communion of saints," a community made up of all past, present and future disciples of Christ. We believe that the church is called to worship God and to support those who participate in its life as they grow in faith.
WE BELIEVE that the Bible is God's Word. We believe that the Bible is the primary authority for our faith and practice. We believe that Christians need to know and study the Old Testament and the New Testament (the Hebrews Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).
Adapted from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology. Copyright 2002 Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission of the publisher.
Words from the Pastor
How wonderful it is to have a school such as Glenoaks Christian Elementary & Wooden Shoe Preschool as part of our church family! It is a blessing to know that children are being nurtured into excellence in all areas: academic, social, personal, and faith development. The staff and the teachers are dedicated to the well-being and growth of our students, treating each one with dignity and respect as a child of God. We welcome all the children and their families. We know you will feel the presence of Christ in all that we do together. First United Methodist Church of San Fernando is honored and privileged to be a support to the school where such great work is being done. To God be the glory!
Pastor Sandie Richards