Green Wood contemporary worship services are Saturday evenings at 5:00 p.m.
Green Wood services typically include a message that tackles the real questions of life, activities for the kids, and the music of the Green Wood Band and the Voices of Good News led by gospel singer David Vaughn. Local folk singer Katie Geddes is also featured in worship.
Is worship accessible?
Is there a dress code?
There is no dress code — come as you are!
Who leads the service?
Worship leadership is provided by one of our pastors and Green Wood music director, along with members of the congregation who volunteer to take part. The Green Wood Band, ushers, communion servers, and Lay Lectors (who read the scripture), are all volunteers from our church family.
What can I expect at a Green Wood worship service?
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 an Order of Service, which includes the 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 passed through the room. You can note the names of your neighbors as you pass the folder to the next person.
The message is Biblically based and meant to provide insight for today.
What about my children?
Children are welcome at all Green Wood services! Occasionally, an informal “Time with the Children” takes place during the service and a special program for kids might take place downstairs during worship.
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. Communion is usually celebrated on the first weekend of each month (this might be the last Saturday and first Sunday). Everyone earnestly seeking a closer relationship is invited to take communion at First United Methodist Church, regardless of your membership or religious affiliation.
Communion is served at the front of the sanctuary. A communion server 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.
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.
What happens after the worship service?
Refreshments and Fellowship follow worship each Saturday. Stick around for great conversation and treats.
We’re waiting to welcome you. Come just as you are!