(NOTE: Our 11:15 a.m. service is off for the summer – it will resume September 16!)
Is worship accessible?
Is there a dress code?
There is no dress code but the predominant style is casual.
Who leads the service?
Worship leadership is provided by our pastors and music director, along with members of the congregation who volunteer. Young adults from our Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry take part. Ushers, communion servers, and Lay Lectors (who read the scripture), are all volunteers from our church family.
What can I expect at a 11:15 a.m. worship service downtown?
This worship service generally lasts about 45 minutes. Within that time a combination of singing, reciting, listening and praying is meant to bring you closer to God through ancient traditions, a mixture of musical styles and contemporary thought.
As you enter the sanctuary, an usher will give you a Bulletin which includes an Order of Service. This outlines the hymn numbers, message title, and leadership for the worship service. Slides are used during this service to project words to songs, responsive prayers, and Biblical texts. At certain points in the service, you will be invited to stand or sit – the service leaders will let you know when.
Early in the service everyone is invited to greet those around them and as we are being seated, we are asked to sign the brown friendship folders that are located on the center aisle. As it is signed, it is passed along then back to the center. You can note the names of your neighbors as you pass it back to the center aisle.
The message is Biblically based and meant to provide insight for today.
The 11:15 a.m. services feature a blended style of music.
What about my kids?
Kids are welcome at all FUMC services! The nursery is available for children birth-3 during this service. Childcare for older kids is available from 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the A-room. Our education programs for Children (pre-k through 6th grade) and Youth (grades 7 through 12) take place during the 9:30 a.m. hour.
Do you offer Communion? Am I allowed to take part?
The Sacrament of Holy Communion is the symbolic last supper that Jesus Christ shared with his disciples before he died on the cross. At FUMC, Communion is typically celebrated on the first Sunday of each month. Ours is an open table. Anyone earnestly seeking a closer relationship with God is invited to take communion, regardless of membership or religious affiliation.
Communion is served at the front of the sanctuary. Ushers help direct traffic down the center aisle. A serving team or individual will hold a tray and goblet. A piece of bread or gluten free cracker is taken from the tray that is offered, then dipped in the juice. The server will say, “The body and blood of Christ, given for you.” As you respond “Amen” or “Thanks be to God” you dip the bread or cracker in the juice then put it in your mouth.
You may stop for a time of prayer at the communion rail behind the servers if you wish. Everyone returns to their seats by the outside aisles.
How is the offering handled?
A plate is passed across the pews by the ushers during the offertory music. You may place your offering in the plate as it passes you. Offering envelopes are available in the pew pockets if you wish to use them, but they are not necessary. Also in the pew pockets are electronic offering cards which may be put in the plate as a symbolic acknowledgment of your automatic electronic gift.
During Communion services, your offering is brought forward when you come for communion. There are baskets at the beginning of the line for your gift.
What happens after the worship service?
If you are interested in more information, we also offer a “Walk & Talk” after the worship service. During this 15 minute guided tour of our building, you will see where some of our ministry takes place and also get a chance to hear about the many different projects, groups, and interests we share. It is a great opportunity to ask someone questions about something you have seen here on the website or have heard about during a worship service.