Every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. we offer a traditional worship service at our downtown location.
Is worship accessible?
Is there a dress code?
There is no dress code but the predominant style is business casual.
Who leads the service?
Worship leadership is provided by our pastors and music director, along with members of the congregation who volunteer to take part. Children serve as acolytes, lighting the candles at the beginning of each service. Ushers, communion servers, and Lay Lectors (who read the scripture), are all volunteers from our church family.
What can I expect at a 9:30 a.m. worship service downtown?
This worship service generally lasts about 60 minutes. Within that hour a combination of singing, reciting, listening and praying is meant to bring you closer to God through ancient traditions and contemporary thought.
As you enter the sanctuary, an usher will give you a Bulletin which includes an Order of Service. There you will find the hymn numbers, liturgy, message title, special music offerings, and leadership for the worship service. Often the words to responsive texts and unison prayers are included in the Order of Service. At certain points in the service, you will be invited to stand or sit – asterisks in the Order of Service 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.
One aspect of our 9:30 a.m. service that makes it more “traditional” is that we sing from two hymnals, The United Methodist Hymnal (UMH) and The Faith We Sing (FWS). Copies are located in the pews. A variety of musical offerings featuring our robed Chancel Choir (each Sunday), Chancel Bell Choir, Children’s Choirs, and Instrumental Ensembles and soloists take place throughout the year. From May through August, our choirs take a break and the music is provided by soloists and small ensembles.
What about my kids?
Kids are welcome at all FUMC services! The nursery is also available for children birth-3 during this service. 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.
Children’s bulletins are available from the ushers as you enter the sanctuary.
At the 9:30 a.m. service a “Time with the Children” takes place within the first ten minutes. Children from pre-school through grade 6 are invited up to the front of the sanctuary for a short visit with the pastor. At the end, the children are dismissed to go to their Sunday’s Cool classes, or they may return to their seats with their families. Please see the Children’s Ministry page to find out more about the Cool Disciples program.
Youth gather on the top floor in Calkins Hall beginning at 9:20 a.m. for refreshments, fellowship, and classes.
On Communion Sundays or “Family Sundays”, the Children and Youth programs take a break so everyone can worship together.
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 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 gifts.
What happens after the worship service?
From September through May, we enjoy a time of fellowship called “Connections” downstairs (just beneath the Sanctuary) in the social hall. Refreshments and information tables are available. Youth and older children generally meet their families here — and get a cookie or two in the process! Younger children should be picked up from their Sunday’s Cool classrooms.
During the summer months, June-August, we enjoy “Lemonade on the Lawn” — our summertime fellowship time after worship. Families and groups sign up to host a Sunday and bring cookies, crackers, and fruit (or other goodies) to enjoy with Lemonade or water outside.
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.