Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When are the worship services?
A: On Sunday mornings, there is an informal Praise and Prayer Time at 9:30 AM and a Traditional Worship Service at 11:00 AM with a Children's Church at the same time.
Q: Where do I park
A: There is a large lot behind the church on Glasgow Street. See our Directions page.
Q: What do I do when I first get there?
A: If you come into the sanctuary off of Locust Street, a greeter will meet you and be happy to assist you. If you park in the lot off of Glasgow Street, either enter through the elevator entrance or follow the crosswalk across Glasgow Street and come up the steps. A greeter will be inside at the top of the steps. If you take the elevator, go to the first floor, and follow the hallway to the steps. A greeter will be there.
Q: Will there be greeters or others on hand to help newcomers know what to do?
A: Yes. Greeters will meet you at the front or rear door of the sanctuary . Identify yourself as a visitor and they will give you a visitor's packet and be happy to help you in any way.
Q: Is your order of worship easy to follow?
A: Yes. Both worship services have bulletins that will give all of the information you need to participate in the worship service. Large print bulletins are also available.
Q: How long does worship last?
A: The Praise and Prayer Time lasts about 45 minutes. The Traditional Worship Service is usually one hour. On special occasions, it may run slightly longer.
Q: How long are the sermons?
A: Usually about 20 minutes at the Traditional Worship Service.
Q: Will I be singled out as a guest?
A: No, but you will be offered a visitor packet.
Q: Am I welcome to commune?
A: If you believe that Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, you are welcome to participate in communion. We serve communion on the first Sunday of every month.
Q: What kinds of hymns do you sing? What instrument do you use?
A: At the Traditional Worship Service, we primarily sing hymns from The United Methodist Hymnal which has a good mixture of traditional and more contemporary hymns. At the Praise and Prayer TIme, we primarily use The Faith We Sing which is a newer supplement to The United Methodist Hymnal. Hymn accompaniment is usually done on piano at the Praise and Prayer Time and on our Moeller Pipe Organ at the Traditional Worship Service. We do use other instruments for special music.
Q: Is the building accessible for physically challenged people?
A: The building is completely handicapped accessible. The elevator entrance on Glasgow Street gives full access to each level in the building. Click on the Directions tab to see an aerial photo of the church with the elevator entrance delineated. We have a wireless hearing system in the sanctuary. Simply ask any usher for one. Large print bulletins are available. Request one from a greeter.
Q: What is your Sunday School like?
A: The children begin in the 11:00 service. After the Children's Message, they go to their rooms to participate in Children's Church. On communion Sundays, the children return for the communion part of the service.
Q: Is there a nursery or other activities for small children?
A: There is a nursery available for children of kindergarten age and younger. The nursery is staffed during the 9:30 Praise and Prayer Time and the Traditional Worship Service
Q: What's your seating like?
A: We have cushioned pews on each side of the sanctuary
Q: Is the church air conditioned?
A: The sanctuary is air conditioned, and many of the classrooms and meeting rooms are also air conditioned.
Q: Will I be expected to give money?
A: As a part of the worship service, we give our gifts to God through the church. Offering plates are placed in the center aisle for the Praise and Prayer Time and will be passed in the congregation at the Traditional Worship Service, but contributing is optional.
Q: Are there people my age?
A: Yes! Our congregation has members of all ages.
Q: If I choose to join Zion UMC, what do I do?
A: Contact the pastor or the church office.