Forest United Methodist Church, now in its 33rd year, is a small, growing, diverse congregation of people who love God, each other and the community in which we are privileged to serve God. We do not believe that we are the "one true church" but see ourselves as part of the broad stream of the Christian tradition stemming from the Apostles, seeking to follow Our Lord as faithfully and humbly as we can. We do not believe that the church exists for its own sake but for the sake of the community in which God has placed us. Our members are very active in a wide range of Community activities and, as a congregation, we reach out through food and friendship meals three times a month, a well-stocked thrift store, quilting, playing host to an AA group, Yoga Group, weekly food donations to the Help Agency, responding to needs at East Marion Elementary School and with more activities to come. At the heart of all we do to keep our lives in tune with a loving God made known to us in Jesus Christ are deep and meaningful acts of worship every Sunday morning at 10:30 and at other special times on the Christian calendar, as well as regular study group opportunities. We work hard at living out the motto of the United Methodist Church: "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors", perhaps best expressed in the regular "open table" celebration of Holy Communion which, in the Methodist tradition, is a means of grace from which no one is excluded. The range of activities mentioned here are severely curtailed on account of COVID-19. Details of the curtailed program appear elsewhere on this website.
Rev. Sarah Campbell is an eighth generation Floridian from Cedar Key, Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the University of Florida and a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. She is currently studying for a PhD at the London School of Theology. Sarah, an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, has served churches in Umatilla, New Smyrna Beach, Lakewood Ranch, and Inverness. She is currently serving as both the Pastor of Forest United Methodist Church and as the North Central District Congregational Vitality Specialist. In her spare time, Sarah loves the outdoors, especially fishing!
Our Prayer Garden and Memorial Walk
If you would enjoy solitude with the Lord, take our Memory Lane to the Prayer Garden. Spend time with him in quietness and enjoy the colors that change with the seasons and holidays. Memorial Garden is on the west side of the Church.