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Worship

Sunday Morning Worship – 10:30am

Our Sunday Morning service blends ancient traditions with modern worship elements. All ages are free to worship together, and everyone is invited to participate and help lead the service.

  • The music (instrumental and sung) represents a variety of musical styles including hymns and choruses, Southern Gospel, classical and original works.
  • Adults and youth lead the congregation in prayer and scripture reading.
  • Children, youth and adults serve as trained acolytes.
  • 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 throughout the worship service. After the children’s message, children ages 0-2nd grade are welcome to the sanctuary with supervising adults to the nursery for children’s church (if they so wish!).

Worship bags for the children can be found in the entrance area to the sanctuary. These include quiet play items to keep little hands busy and little ears open!

There is also a Prayground play area for children at the back of the sanctuary with books and quiet activities if kids need to get up and wiggle.

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 encourage children beginning at the age of 3 years to be involved in the Sunday School hour, beginning at 9:15 am.