These days the family unit is pulled in so many different directions. Coming to church is one thing everybody can do together. We have a number of growing families with children. And we have grandparents (and a few great grandparents).
We provide nursery care for the wee-ones. And we provide Sunday School for adults and children. Currently our Teens join with another church for fun fellowship and teaching.
Some wear suits (not many). Others dress more casually. It’s important to us that you feel comfortable. Remember God is more interested in your heart than your clothes.
What should I do when I come in?
We’re less formal and more relaxed …no stuffy atmosphere here. Someone will greet you. You can hang up your coat or keep it with you. (Please don’t leave any valuable in the coatroom). Sit wherever you like. Don’t be surprised when people say hello and shake your hand during our greeting time.
What are the services like?
Methodists like to sing, and since we think so highly of God, we like to take time rejoicing in how great He is. We think He is alive and interesting, present and personal, so our worship style reflects these things. Some songs are upbeat, others are more expressive of deep adoration. We read Scripture, we pray.
Sometimes we give people an opportunity to tell about what our living God is doing in their lives. It’s pretty nice. About once a month we take communion.
Children are free to be children in our services and have fun. But we recognize their need for something different from adults. On the way in make sure they get a children’s bulletin (coloring sheet) and pack of crayons. Nursery care is available through the whole service. After a while the grade school children are released to go downstairs for a program suited to their age.
Well…as you can imagine, we’re pretty big on God. We think He’s loving, patient, faithful, compassionate, forgiving, awesome…shall we go on? It helps to have Friends in high places. 🙂
We have a lot of printed material that outlines our beliefs in more detail. We’d be glad to give you the condensed or whole version if you are interested. For now it will suffice to say that we believe in all the major truths covered in a classic statement known as:
The Apostles’ Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty
Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate
was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into hell;
the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven,
and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From there He shall come
to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit;
the holy catholic (means universal) church;
the communion of saints;
the forgiveness of sins;
the resurrection of the body;
and the life everlasting.
Our movement was formed in the 1860’s on the threshold of the American Civil War. Surprisingly, even churches could not agree over the issue of slavery. The word FREE was tagged on to identify Methodists who believed that all persons should be free. (That’s us.) It’s an old issue now, but the name stuck.
Slavery was not the only issue. FREE also meant that the church was free for all to attend (rich and poor); members of the congregation were free to participate in ministry (not just clergy); worship services were less structured – more …free.
As far as churches go we would also be classified as protestant and evangelical. Compared to some, we are less formal and more relaxed.