What to Expect

Here at Community

All are welcome to join us for worship on Sunday mornings. Traditional worship is offered at 9am and our contemporary worship begins at 11am. Nursery care and Sunday school are both offered throughout the year during each worship service. There is something for everyone at Community!

First things first: where do I park?
You are welcome to park anywhere in the lower or upper parking lots of CUMC (but if it were us, we’d look in the upper lot first). We offer handicap accessible parking right next to the building.

I’ve parked.  Now what? Where do I go?
As you walk through the main entrance (accessible from the upper parking lot) and into the lobby, you will see the Sanctuary directly in front of you. This is where we worship. If you come in the door from the lower parking lot, head down the hallway and up the stairs before turning left into the lobby area. The Sanctuary will be in front of you and to the right. Our Connections Team will be in the lobby and at the various doors to welcome you and answer any questions you might have.

Is there a dress code?
No. Most people arrive on Sundays in business casual attire but you will certainly not feel out of place in a dress, suit and tie or a t-shirt and jeans. Come as you are and wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable.

What happens before and after worship?
Some people choose to have a seat in the Sanctuary and ready themselves for worship. Others tend to socialize in the lobby or in the Fellowship Hall (out the Sanctuary doors and down the hall to your left) for coffee and refreshments. You’re welcome to do what works for you.

Let’s talk coffee—is it allowed in the Sanctuary?
Absolutely.  Help yourself to whichever blend suits you best and bring it with you into worship.

Is nursery care offered on Sunday mornings?
Yes. We offer professionally staffed childcare between 8:45am and 10:15am, and then again from 10:45am until 12:15pm in our nursery (just off of the lobby) for children from ages birth to age three. That said, children of all ages are always welcome in the Sanctuary throughout worship.

Is children’s programming offered on Sunday mornings?
Yes. Along with the assistance of our youth and adult volunteers, our Director of Children’s, Youth and Family Ministries leads children ages three through grade five in Sunday school. Children begin the morning in worship with their families until they are invited to leave for Sunday school after the Children’s Time (a special message up front for the kids). At that point, they can either return to their seats or exit the Sanctuary with the other children and leaders, and go downstairs to the children’s wing. Parents/Guardians are welcome to send or to bring their children to Sunday school and then return to worship in the Sanctuary. All children should be picked-up from Sunday school upon the conclusion of worship. Worship bags are always available for children to pick-up and bring with them into worship. These bags contain books, Bible activities, crayons, etc. and can be found hanging on hooks just outside the doors to the Sanctuary.

How does financial giving work at CUMC?
No member or guest is obligated to contribute to the weekly Offering received during worship. Instead, giving is lifted up as a way that people can give back to God and directly fund and support the church's ministries. Many members and friends of CUMC participate in electronic funds transfer (EFT) while others prefer to give during the Offering or via website.

How is Communion observed and who is welcome to receive it?
We celebrate Communion during worship on the first Sunday of each month. A gluten-free option is always available in the bag that sits in the bread basket. We in the United Methodist Church believe in an open Communion table. In other words, we believe that Christ is the true host of the meal and that all are welcome to receive the bread and cup--no exceptions. If you are unable to come to the front of the Sanctuary to receive Communion, please inform an usher and he/she will see that the Communion elements are brought to you.

Where do I get more information about the church and its ministries?
Feel free to ask questions of anyone on our Connections Team (or anyone else, for that matter) any time. You are also invited to check out our print materials at the Welcome Center.

 

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