Sundays from 9:00 – 10:00 am
All are welcome here!
We believe in a community of faith which welcomes and serves all people in the name of Jesus Christ,
a church which does not discriminate on any level,
and which invites all people to grasp
how wide and long and high and deep
is the love of God in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit!
We are all on the path toward God’s will!
You are not alone!
Come as you are!
There is an outside ramp leading to the main level (sanctuary, offices, restrooms, and classrooms). Street parking and side/rear lot parking are available with handicap parking closest to the ramp. Recited words and song lyrics are projected onto a screen for visibility. Duplicate printed sheets of the words are available for those with sensory sensitivity. Copies of the sermon can be made for those with hearing difficulties. Our service is amplified and we also provide hearing devises. Our downstairs fellowship hall is NOT wheelchair accessible, unfortunately.
We strive to be multigenerational, with an arm in the past to grasp the best of our heritage and an arm in the future to reach for the fruit that God is bearing in our lives. Our service follows a traditional “Word-and-Table” format. Our music is chosen from The United Methodist Hymnal plus other songbooks full of praise choruses. Our service is dotted with prayers, scripture, and readings in a liturgical manner.
Order of Worship:
Welcome and Greeting
A moment of centering
Songs of Praise
PROCLAIMING THE GOOD NEWS:
Readings from the Holy Bible
RESPONDING TO THE GOOD NEWS:
A Time of Music and Reflection
A Time of Prayer (specific prayer requests are brought forward)
Holy Communion – First Sundays Only
Announcements / Birthdays and Anniv. / Sharing of God-Sightings
Prayer of Thanksgiving and The Lord’s Prayer
Call to Discipleship
Hymn of Mission
Blessing and Sending Forth
What to Expect:
STYLE: Our worship strives to balance heartfelt congregational involvement with historic liturgy and order (“Word and Table”). Traditional hymns and more contemporary choruses are used throughout the service. Prayers on behalf of the Church, world, nation, community, and personal requests are offered each week. The Scripture readings and sermon theme usually follow a pattern either as a sermon series or following the Narrative Lectionary. We normally read from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) or another contemporary easy-to-follow English translation. The Church Year, with its Holy Days and seasons, orders the life of our congregation.
PARTICIPATION: Our honored guests are invited to participate as much or as little as they feel comfortable. We do not make guests stand up and introduce themselves. Bulletins are provided to help us all fully participate and feel comfortable together.
GIVING: We believe your presence, as an honored guest, is blessing enough for us. We do not ask that you give from your pocketbook unless you believe it is God’s will. The offering plates are no longer passed through the pews. A Guest Card will be handed to you during the opening of our service and we invite you to fill it out and return a portion of it to the offering plates (they remain stationary near the front doors).
ATTIRE: Casual! We are a blue-collar and even no-collar church! Come as you are! You will be loved no matter what you wear!
For Our Little Ones:
Children of all ages are welcome to our worship service! Most of our members here have brought up our children and grandchildren and even great-grandchildren in this church. This sanctuary has seen it all! We believe there is great value in families worshipping together! We value all the wiggles and giggles, cries and fits that God puts in them! They are signs of life! The consistency of children present in the worship setting does not make it possible for regular “children’s time” during the service. But the pastor is always willing to give our young ones a fruit snack before the sermon begins. Bags with toys and activity pages are available to all our youngest friends; they are located under the back pew. There is a nursery available for you if you feel the need to step out momentarily. It is stocked and well-cleaned but it is not staffed. In lieu of a booming children’s ministry, we see ourselves as a group of grandmothers and grandfathers ready and willing to welcome you and your child(ren) with open hearts!
The Lord’s Supper is offered on the first Sunday of every month. The People of The United Methodist Church practice Open Communion, welcoming all people to participate. It does not matter your background, affiliations, beliefs or disbeliefs: “Christ our Lord invites to His table all who love Him, who earnestly repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another.” Communion is most often served as Intinction (coming forward to receive a piece of bread and partially dipping it in a common cup). You do not have to be baptized to receive Communion, but consider how Communion is “food for the journey” and baptism is the “entrance” to that journey. Children are welcome to receive as well.
Holy Baptism is the necessary first step to becoming a member of any local United Methodist church. In The United Methodist Church, we baptize infants can consider them fully baptized (non-voting) members of our church fellowship. Confirmation is offered to those youth (preteen age) who were baptized in their younger years to confirm their faith publicly and become a professing (voting) member. For youth, young adults, and adults alike the Discipleship Pathway is the course that must be completed to be a candidate for Holy Baptism/membership. We reaffirm our Baptismal Covenant vows quarterly during the service (Baptism of the Lord Sunday–second Sun. in Jan.; Easter Sunday; Day of Pentecost; World Communion Sunday–first Sun. in Oct.).
Please contact the pastor for more information about being baptized, reaffirming your baptism in a special way, or becoming a member of our church family.
1. Face masks are to be worn while moving through the building, especially during fellowshipping and singing.
2. There WILL be congregational singing and responses.
3. Offering plates and other items are not being passed among the pews.
4. Seating in the sanctuary no longer marked off or limited. Please sit wherever you are comfortable, being conscious of those around you.
5. Coffee and refreshments are returning soon.
6. Masks for adults and for children are available; hand sanitizer is placed at every entrance and throughout the building.
7. Fellowship before and after the service should be limited and self-regulated.
8. The building is cleaned thoroughly and regularly throughout the week.
9. Our services are being live streamed on our Facebook page. This is a permanent ministry.
Harvest Sunday – on the Sunday before Thanksgiving, the Communion Table is laden with fruits and vegetables; sometimes with boxes of nonperishable foods. Congregants are invited to take home as much as they like (the boxed foods are given to the local food pantry).
Community Thanksgiving Service – a Stonington Community Service to which we are invited. This takes place on the Sunday evening before Thanksgiving Day.
Hanging of the Greens – the Christmas decorations are put up on the Sunday before or immediately after Thanksgiving, usually after the service with lunch provided.
Christmas Cantata – held at EUMC at 4:00 pm on the second Sunday in December. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments always follow.
Christmas Children’s Program – an entertaining Sunday provided by the kids of our church, usually on the second or third Sunday in December.
Longest Night Service – a.k.a. “Blue and Busy Christmas” – a special service around the 21st of December (Winter Solstice) which is geared toward those having a blue (or busy) holiday season. This is especially meaningful to those celebrating Christmas for the first time without a close loved one.
Christmas Eve Service – a candlelight service on Christmas Eve (at 11:00 pm) featuring lots of holiday music and readings of the birth of Jesus.
Epiphany Sunday – (first Sunday of the calendar year) – on this Sunday, each are invited to choose a “Star Gift” with a word on it that helps define the year to come.
Ecumenical Sunday – this is often a time for our pastor and a pastor of another denomination to “change pulpits” and preach at the other’s church.
Souper Bowl Sunday – on SuperBowl Sunday, we usually pick up canned foods to donate to the food pantry.
Ash Wednesday Service – on this date, Lent begins! It is an evening service with a sober message: “to dust we were made, and to dust we shall return.” Everyone is invited to receive the sign of the cross in ashes on the forehead.
Lenten Season – This season involves “giving up” bad habits and “picking up” spiritual disciplines. This takes place throughout the 40 days before Easter.
Easter Cantata – held at EUMC at 4:00 pm on the Sunday before Easter. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments always follow.
Maundy Thursday Service – the Thursday before Easter is when we commemorate the Last Supper (Holy Communion) and the mandate to “love each other.”
Good Friday Service – a Stonington Community Service to which we are invited. On this day, we remember the depth of the love poured forth for us on the cross.
Easter SonRise – a second, early morning service that takes place at 6:30 am on Easter Sunday. This is an Edinburg Community service and is usually held at the Edinburg Baptist Church and led by various community ministers. A breakfast always follows,
Baccalaureate Service – this is a community service put on by the Edinburg Ministerial Alliance and takes place in the school gym on the Wednesday before graduation on behalf of the graduating class.
Summerfest Service – an outdoor Stonington community service to which we are invited. This is during their annual festivities. This community service takes the place of our regular sanctuary service.
Service in the Park – a combined service with our sister church, Stonington UMC, that takes place every August at the Stonington Ponting Field Pavilion. A wonderful potluck always follows. The service is always at 10:30 am.
Edinburg Labor Day Service – an Edinburg community service held at the Community Park Pavilion. This community service takes the place of our regular sanctuary service. The service is always at 10:30 am.
Blessing of the Animals – this takes place around the 4th of October (St. Francis of Assisi Day) out at the community park. Your four-legged friends are invited to show up for a blessing. All creatures and critters are welcomed: dogs, cats, lizards, horses . . .
All Saints Day – this happens on the first Sunday of November; a reflective service to remember the loss of our loved ones.
We also observe civil holidays such as Memorial Day, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Grandparents Day, Veterans Day, and Independence Day.