SUNDAY WORSHIP TIMES
Early Morning Prayer & Eucharist (Located in the Prayer Chapel): 8:00 AM
Sunday School: 9:00 AM
Main Worship (Located in the Sanctuary): 10:30 AM
WHAT TO EXPECT
Sunday mornings at the Paxtonville U.M.C. start at 8:00 with our “Early Service” of prayer and eucharist in the prayer chapel. This is followed by coffee, tea, juice, and conversation in the Fellowship Hall with folks joining as they arrive. Sunday school for ages 2 through “?” begins at 9:00 and runs until 10. The main worship service takes place in the sanctuary, starts at 10:30, and usually ends between 11:30 and 11:45. Regardless of what time you arrive, you will be greeted at the door and directed to wherever you need to go. We want everyone who comes to our building to feel welcome, but we will never put you on the spot.
IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN
All of God’s children (regardless of age) are welcome in the sanctuary during the main worship service, and Pastor Brian usually has a spot where the children gather on the chancel steps for “Children’s Time.” Pastor Brian says he isn’t bothered by children making noise, but rather he loves the sound! We often find that the parents are more upset than anyone else. To help put your mind at ease, we have two things available for your use. The first is what we refer to as “Busy Bags” containing things such as children’s coloring and activity books. These are located near the coatrack as you enter the building from the parking area. Please feel free to take one on your way into the sanctuary. We also have a non-staffed nursery room to which you could take your child. Although the sound system in the nursery is currently not functioning, we hope to have that remedied in the near future so you will still be able to hear the worship service while taking care of your child.
WHAT TO WEAR
At Paxtonville U.M.C. it’s not unusual to see someone in jeans and a t-shirt sitting next to a woman in a dress or a man in a suit. Even Pastor Brian keeps us guessing what he will show up wearing! We want you to be comfortable, and we want you to come back, so please wear what you think is appropriate and within the general rules of decency.
WHAT TO BRING
When you come to the Paxtonville U.M.C. all you will NEED to bring is a heart for God and neighbor, and an open mind for what God wants you to receive. Some things you may WANT to bring with you include a Bible or e-reader to follow the Scripture, a notepad to jot down whatever touches your heart during the service or your smart phone to quietly post new insights to Twitter or Facebook. If you happen to forget your Bible, we have some in the pews for your use. An offering is taken during the worship service, so you might want to bring something for that, but ONLY if you want and can afford to do so. If you want to know where the money goes, just ask! We will be happy to tell you about all of our missions and ministries.
YOU MAY BE WONDERING
“Am I good enough to go to church?” The answer: None of us is good enough to stay away! We are all sinners in need of salvation that we cannot attain on our own. That is why “The Word became flesh and made his home among us (John 1:14a, CEB).”