Sunday Morning Worship — 10:30
Our Sunday Morning service can be described as following the order of worship in the United Methodist Book of Worship, with the flexibility to provide an authentic worship experience for all ages.
- The music (instrumental and sung) represents a variety of musical styles including hymns and choruses, Southern Gospel, classical and original works.
- Youth and adults lead the congregation in prayer and scripture reading.
- Children, youth and adults serve as trained acolytes.
- Just prior to the sermon, the pastor gathers the children to the front of the sanctuary for a short children’s meditation, after which the younger ones may leave the sanctuary with supervising adults.
- The service includes a time for the public sharing of joys and concerns followed by prayer.
- Prayer candles in the sanctuary are available for lighting by anyone before and during the service.
Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month. People of all ages and traditions who are seeking the love of God through Jesus Christ are invited to partake of the sacrament.
We observe the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas/ Epiphany, as well Lent and Eastertide.
Children and Worship:
Children learn to worship by worshipping! We are glad they are in our midst!
We encourage children to be present with their families, at least through the time of the children’s meditation. Following that part of the service, the younger ones are welcome to leave the sanctuary with supervising adults.
Worship materials for the children can be found in the entrance area to the sanctuary. These include books, paper, crayons and activity sheets relating to the scripture lesson or theme of the service.
Children are invited to partake in the sacrament of Holy Communion
The United Methodist Book of Worship states, “All who intend to lead a Christian life, and their children, are invited to receive the bread and the cup. We have no tradition of refusing any who present themselves desiring to receive.”
Through their years in Sunday School and then Confirmation, our children learn about the many levels of meaning and symbolism of the sacrament, but they experience being a part of the faith community at the table, witnessing their parents and many other adults kneeling to receive the elements in humility and with reverence. This happens long before they can articulate understanding of this wonderful mystery of faith.
We provide childcare for infants and young children during the worship service, and we encourage children beginning at the age of 3 years to be involved in the Sunday School hour, beginning at 9:15 am.