First Time Visitors

DSC_0004_smallWelcome to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. We are so happy that you found us and we look forward to meeting you. We know that visiting a new church can sometimes feel uncomfortable. So that your time with us can be as relaxed as possible, here are a few things you can expect when you come to worship with us for the first time.

Where

Sunday Church Services takes place in the sanctuary with the beautiful blue stained glass. There is visitor parking on the north side of the building. This parking is for you! If it is full there is additional parking in the lower lot.

Community

All are invited at St. Mark’s and we consider our openness one of our greatest strengths. You can expect around 200 people in attendance during the 9:30 am worship. You will be greeted with a warm smile as you enter the door and an usher will be happy to help you find a seat.

Children

All children are invited to participate in the Children’s Time with one of the pastors. Immediately following that time, they are dismissed to attend Sunday School. Friendly volunteers and ushers will assist all the children to their classes. We have child care available for infants and toddlers in rooms 1 and 2. “Peace of Mind” pagers are available for parents of nursery age children in room 1 (located on the first floor of our Sunday School building). Children’s Bulletins are also available.

Sunday Church Service

St. Mark’s has a friendly gathering with music, prayer and an inspiring sermon. You will hear music from our organist who plays both the organ and piano and hear songs from our adult choir. The congregation is invited to sing both traditional and contemporary hymns and read unison prayers that are printed for you in the weekly worship bulletin. You also may hear special music from one of our three bell choirs, children’s chimes or choir. On the first Sunday of every month, we share in Holy Communion and all are welcome to come forward and share in this special meal reminding us of God’s love for us.

Participation

You will not be asked to stand or made to feel “on the spot” at any time. After worship, we have a special gift for you and we would love to keep in touch with you so we invite you to sign in on the registration pad. A volunteer at our Welcome Center will give you your gift and is available to answer any questions you might have.

Clothing

You are welcome to dress as you are comfortable on a Sunday morning- for some that is casual and for others it is dressy. You will see both at St. Mark’s. Our pastors and choir members are in robes except in the warmer summer months.

Length

Worship usually last for one hour and afterwards you are welcome to enjoy coffee and fellowship on our patio.