We invite newcomers to become involved in the ministries and regular worship of the church and then prayerfully consider becoming a member. Please contact the church office at (419) 849-2400 if you are interested in taking this step.
What time should I arrive?
We have Christian Education classes for all ages beginning at 9:00 a.m., September through early June. These last until about 10:00. Coffee and fellowship time is available in the fellowship hall from 10:00 to about 10:20, when people start gathering the sanctuary. We begin our worship hour in the sanctuary with community announcements at 10:30, and the service itself starts after that.
How long is the service?
Our services last about an hour.
What should I wear?
You’ll find a range of styles here—from jeans and shorts to suits and ties. Wear what you are comfortable in, and you’ll fit right in!
What do you offer for my children?
We have four Sunday School classes for children and youth at 9:00: PreK-K, 1st-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, and 7th-12th.
Children are welcome during all or any part of the worship service—wiggles, giggles, and all! Most children come to at least the first part of our service. The pastor has a special children’s time with a child-friendly version of the day’s message and something to see, smell, hear, or touch. We offer children’s bulletins with online game access for continued learning during the week, and activity bags for use during worship.
We look forward to your helping your child learn about worship by being in worship! However, if you prefer, you can also choose to have your children leave the worship service after the children’s message and go to our nursery area, where they will be cared for by our two nursery staff people.
Children are also an important part of leading in worship. Younger children serve as acolytes, help serve Communion, and sing in the children’s choir and chancel choir. You’ll see junior and senior high students serving as liturgists, ushers, and running the Powerpoint slides. Check out our other pages for youth-related activities.
Where do I go?
Children’s and youth Sunday School classes are held in our handicapped- accessible basement education rooms. The adult Sunday School class meets in the “Parlor” on the main floor. Coffee and fellowship are available in the Fellowship Hall. Worship takes place in the sanctuary. There are restrooms on both levels.
The main level is accessible from the ramp-equipped door off the parking lot. All levels are accessible by elevator from the front doors on West 1st Street.
Where should I park?
Our parking lot is off Route 20/Main Street. On-street parking around the church is also available.
Is the building handicapped accessible?
Yes! We have an elevator that reaches all floors. A ramp leads from the parking lot to our back entrance on the main floor. An interior ramp provides access to the Fellowship Hall and accessible restroom, and basement education rooms.
We have hearing-assist devices available in worship. Please ask an usher for one. We project the words of the songs and Scripture on the walls during worship as well.
For Communion, we use gluten-free bread and non-alcoholic juice.
What should I expect during the service?
Although we include some contemporary elements from time to time, our service is on the traditional end of the scale. We have an adult choir, and the children’s choir sings once a month as well. Hymns are accompanied with organ or piano (often both) or keyboard! Sermons are Bible-based.
We have a printed “bulletin” which will guide you through the service. We also use Powerpoint projection throughout the service.
At various points in the service, the congregation is invited to stand if they are able, but this is not mandatory.
Who can take Communion?
Anyone! Jesus is the host of the table, and (as in all United Methodist churches) all are invited! This includes people who are members of our church, of another church, or of no church. If you wish to have a closer relationship wit God through Christ, you are welcome at the table! Children are welcome as well. We use gluten-free bread and grape juice at the table.
Do you collect an offering?
As a visitor, you are not required to place anything in the offering plate unless you are moved to do so. Members give in a variety of ways and on a variety of schedules, so you might notice that not everyone puts something in the offering plate each week. Because we believe our offering is a reflection of our gratitude for God’s blessings and a sign of our continued growth in discipleship, we collect a weekly offering as well as special offerings to aid those in need, locally, nationally, and internationally. On the last Sunday of the month, we have our “Noisy Collection,” a second offering that is given to a designated mission outreach program.
Why should I sign the attendance pad?
We’d like to welcome you and also make sure we can update you on what is happening in the church as you look for your new church home.
Do I have to be a member to participate small groups and other events?
No! All our events and small groups are open to everyone.
How do I join?
When you decide the time is right to “make it official,” let the pastor know of your interest and he or she will explain the process to you.