Sunday Worship Services
Sunday morning services are held at 8:30 and 10:50 in the Sanctuary. We welcome all to create sacred time and space in a community of acceptance. We encourage folks to dress in what they feel most comfortable to worship. You will see members of our faith community in jeans, dresses, slacks, suits, and leggings. We often have “Compassion T-Shirt” Sundays, too! What you wear is not important at FUMC, we want all to feel comfortable and know they are welcome just as they are!
We have a dedicated Christian Education Hour between services for Children, Youth, and Adults. Caregivers are available in the Nursery for infants and children under three years of age, during this time.
Music is an important part of our worship experience at FUMC. Our music is carefully chosen to reflect our progressive theology and the worship theme for the day. The Chancel Choir sings at the 10:50 service, bringing music from a variety of genres.
Holy Communion is celebrated on the first and third Sunday of each month. During special seasons, such as Lent, Communion is celebrated weekly. All present are invited to receive the bread and cup. There are no requirements or restrictions. The table is an expression of unity that connects us to the Holy and to all others.
Baptisms can occur at any age in the United Methodist Church in several ways: full immersion or by pouring or placing water upon the head. At FUMC, our baptismal font is located at the entrance to the sanctuary, so we are encouraged to remember the gift of grace upon entering and leaving worship. Baptism is a sacrament that recognizes the presence of God that is already present in the individual.
Children are welcome (and encouraged!) to remain in the sanctuary during worship. Caregivers are available in the nursery for infants and children under five years of age, if parents prefer.
Taizé worship services are held on the first Saturday monthly at 5:00 p.m. in Mead Chapel. It involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, and liturgical readings, and icons.
Singing is one of the most essential elements of worship. Short songs, repeated again and again, give it a meditative character. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being.
Meditative singing thus becomes a way of listening to God. It allows everyone to take part in a time of prayer together and to remain together in attentive waiting on God, without having to fix the length of time too exactly.
For more information on Taizé worship, check out www.taize.fr.