Who We Are
The people of Centenary United Methodist Church invite you to join us for worship, fellowship or support.
Centenary is a caring and compassionate faith community which is open to all.
Centenary has been serving the Mankato area since 1854, and from its current downtown location since 1866. Many of our members have not always been United Methodist, but have found a home here and a place to explore matters of faith.
Our belief is that the core of Christian faith is illuminated by four components: scripture, tradition, experience and reason.
Our purpose is to be the physical presence of Christ in the world, sharing his redemptive love and message of reconciliation with all, while working toward peace & justice and bringing relief to those in need both near and far.
No matter what stage of life you are in, you will find others to connect with at Centenary. Stop by on a Sunday morning, Wednesday evening, or during the week; or work with us on a mission project. The journey is more fun together.
“Centenary United Methodist Church believes that all are children of God and that God loves us all equally. We accept as members of Centenary all persons who have been baptized and have taken the vows declaring Christian faith.
We pledge our love and acceptance of all persons of all ages, races, backgrounds, cultures, national origins, conditions, situations, and orientations; thereby opening our doors to all people.
With God’s help, we shall strive to build bridges and promote the belief that God’s grace is a gift offered to all.” Adopted January 22, 2008 at a Centenary UMC All-Church Conference
Centenary is a member church of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). For more information on this growing movement, please visit the RMN website
A Fair Trade Church
Centenary has been recognized by MAFTTI (Mankato Area Fair Trade Town Initiative) as a Fair Trade Church since 2010. Our United Methodist Social Principles state that “we support measures that would reduce the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few,” that “we advocate for the rights of people to possess property and to earn a living by tilling the soil,” and that “we call upon our churches to do all in their power to speak prophetically to the matters of food supply and the people who grow the food for the world.” One step toward this is to serve Fair Trade coffee at Centenary and encourage the purchase of Fair Trade products. Shop for several Fair Trade products available at our booth on Sunday mornings between worship services or at one of these Mankato businesses. For more information about Fair Trade opportunities in Mankato, visit the MAFTTI website