Are you looking for a place where you'll feel loved, encouraged, and challenged?  Then Aldersgate United Methodist Church may be the right place for you!  Here, you will find friends for a lifetime. Finding your niche in a new church can be intimidating for a first-time guest. We want to make things easy for you! Look for the hosts and greeters – they love to help! We also encourage you to pull the pastor aside after the service to set up a time to discuss any questions you might have.  

From Pastor

I would like to personally invite you to explore the ministries, programs and opportunities here at Aldersgate. As the people of faith we know we aren't perfect, but we are striving to be a church of relevant teaching, powerful prayer, and loving relationships. No matter where you have been in life, we invite you to be a part of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.


Pastor Jon


Who is Aldersgate?

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We will share the love of Jesus Christ and transform lives by creating deep, meaningful relationships with God and one another. 

Aldersgate UMC is a community of faith that is serious about providing an atmosphere where all people feel welcome to be their selves and we give them the tools to deepen their relationship with God.

Aldersgate supports and uplifts all those that have a desire to be in a transformational relationship with God. We understand that not all persons have had a positive relationship with church life, however, we encourage you to experience a grace-filled church that welcomes you just as you are.

The goal of Aldersgate is not only to welcome but also to equip and send out. We are a church that focuses on the complete family, no matter what stage of life you are in. We welcome children, youth, young adults, adults, and seniors into our multi-generational setting. We would like to invite you to worship with us.


With God’s help, we will create a positive impact with our neighbors one person at a time. We will walk one-on-one with seekers of wholeness, of redemption and of peace through Jesus Christ. We will offer unconditional love to all persons, especially to vulnerable children and families. We will seek out the forgotten. We will expand our worship experience and allow God to work through us in creative ways. We will share and celebrate transformative stories.




Meaningful and Authentic

Worship is an important experience that helps us connect with God and other believers. It is often the first contact that first-time guests get to know who we are as a congregation. Because of this, we provide a worship experience that is meaningful...both energizing and speaks to a deep faith journey.

Aldersgate provides vibrant and authentic worship every Sunday. We are more traditional in our worship style, but we are ever mindful of presenting a casual and connected service. Music includes time cherished hymns of our tradition, spirituals, as well as some of the contemporary songs.

We realize as a church that we must walk the line between being culturally relevant and continuing to embody the significant traditions of the past. We seek to fulfill this through the general order of our worship service—by incorporating relevant experiences with theologically rich hymnody and by finding ways that important liturgies can be used in a meaningful way.


Join us for Worship:

Sundays at 9:30 am

3600 75th Street, Urbandale

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   Services 9:30 AM

What to Expect


At Aldersgate, we believe that worship is one of the most important places where we can connect to God and to other believers. We worship Sundays at 8:30 and 11 a.m.  Nursery care is available during both services.  Sunday School for children, youth, and adults is offered at 9:45 am.

Our services are traditional, with a casual air to them.  We use prayers and creeds as well as the occasional video clip.  We approach God with reverence but we also realize that God is with us no matter where we are.  There are persons that come to worship dressed to the "9s" while others feel more comfortable with a more informal dress.  The important thing is being comfortable to be yourself.

We believe that you take the time to come, we should take the time to put together a worship that is meaningful, enjoyable, and inspirational.

We Believe


  • We describe God in three persons. 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.
  • Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology

(Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 13.


  • 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. (Christ and messiah mean the same thing—God’s anointed.)
  • 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.
  • Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology

(Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 13-14.

The Holy Spirit

  • 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.
  • Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology

(Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 14.

Human Beings

  • 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.
  • Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology

(Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 14.

The Church

  • 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.
  • 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 Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian Scriptures).

Excerpt from What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Theology (Discipleship Resources, 2002), p. 14-15.

The Reign of God

  • We believe that the kingdom or reign of God is both a present reality and future hope.
  • We believe that wherever God's will is done, the kingdom or reign of God is present. It was present in Jesus' ministry, and it is also present in our world whenever persons and communities experience reconciliation, restoration, and healing.
  • We believe that although the fulfillment of God's kingdom--the complete restoration of creation--is still to come.
  • We believe that the church is called to be both witness to the vision of what God's kingdom will be like and a participant in helping to bring it to completion.
  • We believe that the reign of God is both personal and social. Personally, we display the kingdom of God as our hearts and minds are transformed and we become more Christ-like. Socially, God's vision for the kingdom includes the restoration and transformation of all of creation.

Adapted from Who Are We? Leader's Guide, p. 28.


  • With many other Protestants, we recognize the two sacraments in which Christ himself participated: Baptism and the Lord's Supper.


  • Through baptism we are joined with the church and with Christians everywhere.
  • Baptism is a symbol of new life and a sign of God's love and forgiveness of our sins.
  • Persons of any age can be baptized.
  • We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring.
  • A person receives the sacrament of baptism only once in his or her life.

The Lord's Supper (Communion, Eucharist)

  • The Lord's Supper is a holy meal of bread and wine that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ.
  • The Lord's Supper recalls the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all the members of God's family.
  • By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Christ's sacrifice and are nourished and empowered to go into the world in mission and ministry.
  • We practice "open Communion," welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.