All Christians may take communion at Bethel United Methodist Church even if they are not yet members of the church. Communion is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ as a way to remember His life, death, and resurrection. As we participate in communion, we encounter the living Christ.
Communion is served weekly in our 10:30 am Contemporary Service. Servers stand by the Communion Table with plates of bread and chalices of grape juice. Worshipers walk to the front, take a piece of bread, and dip it into the chalice of grape juice, and then return to their seats.
In our 8:00 am blended worship service and our 10:30 am chapel worship service, communion is served on the first Sunday of the month. Trays of bread are passed by the servers throughout the pews to the congregation, and worshipers eat the bread when instructed by the pastor. Servers then return to the communion table, and carry trays of tiny communion cups into the congregation. When instructed by the pastor, each participating worshiper drinks the communion juice.
Anywhere! Where you sit is completely up to you. The choir and band perform on the right side of the stage, and the pastor speaks from the center. Generally anyone who speaks in the service does so into a microphone so volume should not be a problem. Song lyrics and visuals aids are projected on a large screen in the sanctuary, so sitting closer the screen may be a factor in your seating decision.
Can I participate in communion?
There are many ways to get more information about our church and what we're all about. You can start be looking around this website. There is lots of information about our weekly church services and ministries that we provide. You can ask a member, or someone who has visited our church before, to get more of an idea about what you can expect from us. You can call our office and talk to any one of our church staff members, they would love to help!
What do I do with my kids?
There are many different options for children during our Sunday morning services, with different programming offered according to their age group. Nursery services are provided for small ones, while different types of Sunday school and worship activities are available for kids through the 6th grade. More information about these programs can be found in our Children's Ministries section.
Where are the restrooms located?
I have more questions... what do I do?
We look forward to worshiping with you.
Women's restrooms are located in the hallway between the kitchen and the sanctuary. Men's restrooms and a family restroom (with a baby changing table) are located in the hallway between the main entrance and the chapel. See the map below.
Where do I sit?
Here at the Bethel UMC there is no dress code, you may dress in the manner comfortable to you in any of our services. Some members choose to dress up, some dress more casually. To us, it is more important that you are here with us, not what you are wearing.
What should I wear?
There are two church parking lots. The main parking lot is located directly behind the church, accessible from N. Ash Street and N. West Street. A second lot is located on the east side of Ash Street. See the map below for details.
Where do I park?
We have these Sunday morning services.
8:00 am is our traditional service with the pianist, choir (usually) and song leader. We
have communion the first Sunday of each month.
9:15 am is our Sunday School hour with many choices for both youth and adults.
10:30 am is our contemporary service with a live band, praise songs and communion each
10:30 am is a very traditional smaller service in our chapel with a pianist and songleader.