Where should I park? We have a parking lot at the rear of the church building with spaces reserved for visitors. Handicapped parking is also available in this lot and on the South Church St. side of the building. Additional street parking is available on Second St.
For more specific instructions on parking and entering the church, see our Directions page.
What should I wear? There is no dress code at Christ UMC. You can wear any clothing that’s socially acceptable and comfortable. We want you to feel welcomed and wear what works for you.
What happens during Sunday service? Sunday services at CUMC are mostly traditional. Music includes mostly traditional hymns, as well as an anthem by our chancel choir and/or special music. We have a children’s time near the beginning of our service, after which younger kids have the opportunity to retire to “nursery” or return to sit with their families. We have a time for folks to offer up prayers and praises, then we pray together. We collect tithes and offerings (see below). The main message is usually about 15-20 minutes long. Communion is offered on appropriate Holy days and on the first Sunday of each month (see below for details). We close our service with a hymn and a blessing.
Do I have to sing, bring a Bible, or give money? Singing during service is a way for the congregation to participate in the service and is a great way to worship God. If you’re not comfortable with singing, though, you’re not required to sing during communal hymns.
We have Revised Standard Version bibles in the hymnal racks in every pew for those who need or want one during service.
Although God loves a cheerful giver, tithes and offerings are not a requirement. Give what you can, when you can, if you can.
What about communion? We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month. Because of the gracious nature of Holy Communion, it is open to all. (You do not have to be a member of our church, a Methodist, or a member of any church to receive communion.) We receive Holy Communion is a variety of ways and each one is meaningful. Christ teaches patience and acceptance, so if you don’t feel comfortable partaking in this most Holy of rituals you are more than welcomed to observe only.
If you have problems moving and would like to receive Communion in your seat, please tell an usher prior to the beginning of service and it will be brought to you.
Do I have to be a member? There is no requirement that you become a member of our church. You are welcome as often as you would like to attend. If, however, you feel you are ready to become a member, the first step is to talk with our Pastor. He will explain the process to you and make the appropriate arrangements.
What is Methodism? The United Methodist Church is a 12.6-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world.
John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.