Frequently Asked Questions
Feel free to call the church (336) 472-7718 for any information that you might need, but here are a few general questions that we often get asked…
What are the service times?
We have 2 main weekly worship services:
8:50 AM – CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP This service meets in Jarrett Hall, found in our Christian Enrichment Center.
11:00 AM – WORSHIP is our more traditional experience. This service meets in the Sanctuary, found in the main building.
What’s the service style?
In order to appeal to a broader audience, we offer worship services with different styles and formats:
CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP: Our 8:50 AM worship service is set in Jarrett Hall which is a multi-purpose room found in our Christian Enrichment Center. We offer coffee and snacks prior to the service and you can choose to sit around a table or in rows of chairs. We have an outstanding praise band led by Brian Russell, our Director of Contemporary Worship and Liturgical Arts. This is a casual service which appeals to participants of a wide variety of ages.
TRADITIONAL WORSHIP: Our 11:00 AM worship service is set in our beautiful Sanctuary, filled with inspiring stained glass and intricate carved wooden fixtures. We have an incredible Chancel Choir, led by Dr. Danny Frye, our Director of Music and Norris Norwood our Assistant Music Director and Organist. We are fortunate to have an Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ as well.
What do I do with my kids?
Children are always welcome and encouraged to stay with their parents in the worship services as well as during Sunday School, however, we have some great opportunities for our younger worshippers as well!!!
AGES 0 – 5: Beginning at 8:30 AM each Sunday morning (until 12:30 PM) we have a fully staffed nursery on the first floor of our main building. Mrs. Judy Williard and her team take great care of your little ones and would love to meet you as you drop them off and pick them up.
AGES 5 – 10: Each service has a children’s message as a part of its order, however, we are also sensitive to the fact that often kids may not be able to keep their attention for the whole service, so, kids (4 and up) are invited to their very own worship experience in our Chapel. After the “Children’s Message” children are invited to join Rev. Lynda Hepler for a worship experience suited just for kids!
SUNDAY SCHOOL: We also have Sunday School classes just for kids as well. On the third floor of our main building, we offer classes for 4th – 5th graders, 1st – 3rd graders and Pre K – Kindergarten (on the first floor near the nursery). We offer a Curriculum called “Godly Play”. To find out more please check out our CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL PAGE.
Where do I park?
As you arrive at our church we have parallel parking around the perimeter of our campus. Also available are a number of handicap accessible parking spots in the parking lot between our buildings, and across Colonial Avenue we have a large parking lot as well.
How do I find the sanctuary?
First of all, we hope that if you need assistance finding a location on our campus, that you will ask one of our friendly members who will be glad to assist you in finding the area you are seeking.
We have two worship areas:
Our 8:50 AM CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP is in our Christian Enrichment Center (the rear building). Enter through the double doors that are found near the breezeway that connects the two buildings, then follow the signs to “Jarrett Hall”.
Our 11:00 AM TRADITIONAL WORSHIP SERVICE is found in our Sanctuary which is located in the building closest to Randolph Street. The front doors that open onto our front lawn go directly into the Sanctuary.
What does the church look like on the inside?
Our Main Sanctuary and Chapel are filled with beautiful, inspiring stained glass windows and hand carved wooden fixtures from the Thomasville Furniture Industries factories.
We also have some rather large areas in our Christian Enrichment Center including a Fellowship Hall and a multi-purpose room known as Jarrett Hall. Our Fellowship Hall is designed for dining and has a fully stocked Commercial kitchen. Jarrett Hall is often used for basketball, worship, children’s dramas, youth functions, and large community meetings.
Can I wear jeans/shorts?
We hope that you will find a broad range of styles of clothing on any given Sunday morning for both services: from very casual (shorts and t-shirt) to more formal (a suit and tie) and everything in between. We feel that we want to give our best to God, however we also feel that our “best” is a condition of our heart, not necessarily the condition of our wardrobe. We hope that you will find acceptance and compassion here regardless of how you choose to dress for worship.
Can I participate in communion?
The table of Holy Communion is “Christ’s table”, not the table of The United Methodist Church or of the local congregation. The table is open to anyone who seeks to respond to Christ’s love and to lead a new life of peace and love, as the invitation to the table says.
Our Book of Worship says, “All who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children, are invited to receive the bread and cup. We have no tradition of refusing any who present themselves desiring to receive” (page 29). This statement means that in practice there are few, if any, circumstances in which a United Methodist pastor would refuse to serve the elements of Holy Communion to a person who comes forward to receive.