Considering a visit? Here’s a little bit about what to expect and to welcome you to our church.
What should I wear?
Feel free to wear what you like best! You’ll see a wide variety of clothes, from blue jeans and shorts to jackets and ties.
Where should I park?
We have four parking areas to provide plenty of parking. Our closest area is the handicapped parking on the northeast side of the building, just past the covered portico. The portico entrance has immediate access to our elevator. The main parking area is the corner of 6th and Monroe Streets, with overflow in the West End Restaurant parking lot (except for Mother’s and Father’s Days). We have a third lot on 6th Street, north of the church, with our fourth lot right behind it, accessed from 5th Street. Follow the signs to the 5th and 6th Street lots.
Are my children welcome in the worship service?
Absolutely! The 10:00 am service includes a Children’s Moment, after which children can go downstairs for “Kids Own Worship” or pick up a “busy bag” to use during the rest of the service if they wish to remain in the main worship service. We also have a nursery for infants and a play area for toddlers, though they are also very welcome in the service if you prefer to keep them with you.
Will I be singled out during the service as a visitor and have to introduce myself?
No. We do hope you will be welcomed personally and often as you make your way into our church and the sanctuary, but we do not ask visitors to stand or introduce themselves. We do have a time of greeting at the beginning of each service where everyone attending greets those around them.
Am I expected to participate in the offering?
Not at all. The offering is a time of thanks and giving for our Church Family in recognition of the gifts God has given to us.
We encourage everyone attending the worship service to complete a communication card found in the worship bulletin. This card helps us recognize visitors and special requests or interests. You may place your completed card in the offering plate.
What version of the Bible do you use?
NIV (New International Version) and CEB (Contemporary English Bible)
What kind of worship service do you have?
The 8:15 am Chapel Service is small and intimate, somewhat traditional, yet very informal and relaxed, geared toward the older population. It lasts approximately 45 minutes. The 10:00 am service in the sanctuary is a blend of contemporary and traditional. We have been greatly blessed with much musical talent of all ages and there is special music throughout the service.
What about communion?
We serve Holy Communion in both services once each month and for special occasions. We have an “open table” for Holy Communion which has only one requirement: that you seek to live in peace with Jesus Christ and one another. You do not need to be baptized or a member of First UMC to participate.
What about the donuts!?
Be our guest! We serve coffee, tea, hot chocolate and donuts between the 8:15 and 10:00 am services as well as after the 10:00 service. Look for them in the sunny Rose Garden lounge area beside the main lobby.
Who can help me find my way around and answer my questions?
Visit our “Connection Center” information station in the main lobby. Our greeters and hosts will be happy to show you around and answer all your questions.