WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON MY FIRST VISIT?
You can expect to be greeted by our friendly members who are willing to help you and welcome you into our community. You can expect to feel the presence and love of God in our peaceful sanctuary. We are a low pressure community allowing you to settle in and enjoy the service.
HOW DO I DRESS FOR SUNDAY SERVICE?
Come as you are! We do not require you to dress up.
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
Please arrive about 10 minutes early so you have an opportunity to find our sanctuary and ask any questions. Members are easy to identify because of their name tags, and they will help you with anything you need.
ONCE I ARRIVE...WHERE DO I GO?
When you enter the building off the Bayview Road entrance, you will be greeted by a member who will be happy to show you where our sanctuary is located. If you prefer to go directly the sanctuary, go up the steps and through the doors to the narthex. Our beautiful sanctuary is on the left. An usher will hand you a bulletin about the day's service. The bulletin is easy to follow and will provide you with hymn pages, responses, and order of the service.
WHAT IS YOUR WORSHIP SERVICE LIKE?
Our worship is a traditional Methodist service with singing, prayer, a children's message, scripture readings, offering and inspirational sermon. Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month. As with Methodist tradition, all who wish to take communion are welcome.
DO YOU ACCOMMODATE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES?
Absolutely! There is ramp access available to enter the building. Our facility is equipped with an elevator to take you wherever you'd like in the building. We also have several wheelchair accessible rows placed throughout the Sanctuary to provide comfortable and easy viewing of the service.
Hearing devices are available to amplify the worship service.
FOLLOWING THE SERVICE, CAN I MEET WITH THE PASTOR OR OTHER MEMBERS?
During the Fall, Winter and Spring, we have a fellowship during coffee hour immediately following the service in Fellowship Hall. Please join us! You can meet several of our members and ask any questions you'd like. If you'd like to meet with the Pastor, he greets each member following the service in the narthex. At that time, just let him know you'd like to meet and he will be thrilled to help you out.
DO YOU HAVE A NURSERY?
Our professional and background checked nursery staff is ready and excited to watch your 0-3 year old children on Sunday mornings from 9:45 to 11:15. If you are entering from the west parking lot, The Ark (our nursery room) is located through the double doors to the right. The Ark is the first door on your right. An amazing staff member will sign you in and take care of your little one with love.
CAN MY CHILDREN AND YOUTH ATTEND SUNDAY SCHOOL/YOUTH GROUP ON OUR FIRST VISIT?
Of course! What a great way for your children to get to know our church. Children (pre-K through 8th grade) attend the Worship Service until after Children's Time. Then they are dismissed to their classes. The youth meet in Fellowship Hall on the stage behind the curtains. Our 7th & 8th graders meet on the third level in the classroom at the top of the steps. And our school-aged children meet on the second level. The office will be on your right and our Sunday School classrooms are through the doors. A Sunday School teacher will happily take your children to the correct classroom. Feel free to chat with one of our teachers following class for more information.
I'D LIKE TO COME BACK...WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?
In each of our pews, there is a register where you can sign your name and list contact information. A member of our church will follow up with you. Also, following the service our Pastor and Lay Reader will be in the narthex to greet you. You can request information at that time.