About Us

The Well meets each week at Fleming Auditorium at University of Southern Mississippi

Each week the praise and worship team prepares the space and conducts a contemporary worship service at 11 AM at Fleming Auditorium

Small group and discipleship classes meet in Fleming Education Center for children and adults of all ages at 9:45 AM

During the week, office hours are held at the Main Campus.

OFFICE HOURS:  Monday – Friday 8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. and 3:30P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

MAILING ADDRESS: First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 375, Long Beach, MS  39560

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What we believe

United Methodists share a common heritage with all Christians. According to our foundational statement of beliefs in The Book of Discipline, we share the following basic affirmations in common with all Christian communities:


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; in other words, 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. (Christ and Messiah mean the same thing—God’s anointed. Both titles, Christ and Messiah refer to Jesus.)
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.

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.

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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.

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.

Meet our team


Ben Barlow