What does a typical Sunday morning look like? Sunday mornings involve a combination of fellowship, service, study, and worship. We have a team who meets at 8:45 a.m. to prepare backpacks for our Backpack Mission Outreach. At 9:30 Sunday School classes are held for all ages. 10:45 begins an hour of worship with two distinct styles of worship (Sanctuary service - traditional; Family Life service - contemporary). Following worship there are regularly scheduled fellowship meals and other opportunities for outreach and service.
Can I participate in communion if I'm not a member? Communion is served on the first Sunday of each month and on special occasions throughout the year. Communion in the United Methodist Church is an open communion; we invite all to share in the receiving of the bread and wine.
Children are also invited to receive Holy Communion. We leave the decision to the parents as to when they feel their children are ready to participate.
Can I get involved in the church without being a member? While we invite and encourage people to become members of our church, non-members are invited to participate in all of the ministries and programs we offer. There are a few of our "administrative" types of committees that require participants to be members, but for the most part one does not have to be a member to be actively involved in our congregation. A participating non-member is listed on our church rolls as a "Constituent" member.
What are the "categories" of membership in the United Methodist Church? Membership in the United Methodist Church is identified by two categories:
A Baptized Member is a child, youth, or adult who has been baptized into the Christian faith but who, for a variety of reasons (usually age) has not yet made a public profession of their faith.
A Professing Member is a child, youth, or adult who in addition to being baptized has made public and personal profession of faith. This profession usually includes an acknowledgment of their need for God's forgiveness and grace, an affirmation of belief in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, and an expression of desire to be a follower and disciple of Christ.
How does one become a Professing Member of the Church? Members are received in three basic ways:
Profession of Faith - If one is not presently a member of a Christian Church they can arrange, with our pastor, to be baptized and make their profession of faith.
Transfer from Other UMC - If one is presently a member of another United Methodist Church they can simply request that their membership be transferred to this congregation. It is our practice to introduce and welcome those who are being transferred to the congregation during one of our morning services of worship.
Transfer from Other Denomination - If one is a member of a Christian church from another denomination, we welcome you to transfer your membership to our church. Regardless of what denomination you were baptized in, we recognize your baptism and do not require or practice "re-baptism."
Please feel free to contact our Pastor if you are ready to become a member of this congregation or if you have additional questions about becoming a member.