What to Expect at Worship Services
9:30 a.m. Coffee Hour
Opposite the Sanctuary is a Fellowship Hall where fresh coffee and usually home baked goodies are served. Grab a real cup, doctor your coffee or tea, or get a cold drink, a plate of morning treats and find a seat. You can bet there is an interesting person at the table eager to meet you and hear your story. Children can play on the equipment near the windows.
About Each Worship
- The pastor or lay leader will offer prayers. Pray along with a silent "amen" or say your own prayer.
- There will be music sung from various historical periods - use the hymnal or see the words on the screen.
- There will be an opportunity to "pass the peace." This is an ancient Christian tradition. Because God through Christ has forgiven us everything that burdens us, we can forgive one another and live in peace. We claim peace for ourselves, each other and the world.
- There will be a reading of scripture which comes from what we call the Old and New Testaments - the inspired Word of God.
- A sermon/reflection on the scripture will be given. Listen for applications for your life.
- Special music will be offered by people who practice during the week. These groups are open to newcomers.
- An offering will be taken as an act of worship. The funds support the commitments the leaders have made for the congregation that keep the lights on, salaries paid, and mission commitments to support others outside our doors. You are welcome to give - it is not required.
- After the benediction (a blessing by the Pastor for the week), you will be invited to join hands across the aisles to sing a final blessing.
- Make a new friend around you as you leave. Join for coffee, or slip out quietly. The pastor and leaders are happy to speak with you.
- On the first Sunday of the month Holy Communion (Lord's Supper, Eucharist) is served during worship at both services. We provide regular and gluten free bread. Instructions will be given. We serve by intinction. (The bread you are given will be dipped in the cup for you to eat and pray.) This is one of two sacraments instituted by Jesus and celebrated by Methodists. This other is Baptism. All ages are welcome at Holy Communion if there is a desire to believe and receive.
- On the fifth Sunday of the month we offer a healing service within the service. Directions are given.
- We do not have a dress code. Wear what makes you comfortable.
• Room 202 in the next building over from the Sanctuary.
• We welcome infants and toddlers.
• Our Nursery Workers are staff. Not volunteers.
• The Lay Leader
(A Methodist tradition)
• Ministry Representatives
• We host a get to know you session with the Pastor and Lay Leader after the second service on a regular basis.
• The ushers and information desk hosts are happy to answer any questions.
• The Pastor is available to meet with you and answer any questions as are any of the staff and leaders.
• We are here to help you in your life and ministry six days a week.
• Our office opens at 8:30 a.m. each weekday and closes at 4:00 p.m. except on Friday when it closes at 12:00 noon. Appointments can be made for other times of the week.