What to Expect When You Visit Highland Park UMC

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Highland Park UMC is a faith community where ALL people can belong, grow in their beliefs and become disciples of Christ. 

While visiting a new church for the first time can be a bit scary. The information below may help you feel less anxious about joining us this Sunday or for one of our special worship services.

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Visiting a new church or re-connecting after a long while, can be an uncomfortable, and often confusing, experience. We’ll work hard to make you feel welcome and to make your worship experience fulfilling. Here are answers to a few questions that may help you decide whether to come for a visit.

Service Details: We meet for worship services every Sunday at 8:00 am in the chapel and at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary with services lasting about 60 or 70 minutes.

How to find Highland Park UMC and where do we park?

Find our address and a Google map of Highland Park UMC here.

We have ample parking to the back (south) of the church. There is also parking on the west side Handicap parking is available on the east and south side of the sanctuary as well as the west side of the church.

What do I wear? 

You will see some people dressed in suits and dresses and others in shorts or jeans. We do not expect any certain level or style of dress and want you to feel comfortable.

Will I have to stand up and introduce myself?

No. Understanding that this makes most folks uncomfortable, we don’t ask visitors to introduce themselves during the worship service. There is a gathering place we call "Hebrews Coffee" area where you can enjoy coffee and meet people.

What about my kids? 

School-aged children and adults may attend Sunday School at 9:15 am. For children 3 and under, a nursery is available from 9:15 to 11:30 am. Children are encouraged to attend the worship service at 10:30 with their parents. A children's bulletin is provided with coloring and puzzles. / We have crayons and other activities to occupy children during the service. Ask our ushers.

What do you offer for Junior High and High School Students: Our Student Ministry for students in sixth through twelfth grade meet after the 10:30 church service.

They also participate in their own social events each month. On Sunday these young adults worship with us and we also encourage them to plug into the various ministry teams to use their spiritual gifts in serving the Body of Christ.
 
What is the style of the worship services? Needs major revision. The structure of both services is mostly and usually traditional. An overarching theme is woven through each element of the service. Participation in the service is encouraged through responsive readings and congregational singing. Everything is spelled out in the bulletin you will receive as you enter the sanctuary. A variety of vocal and instrumental ensembles and soloists offer a rich and diverse blend of musical styles from Renaissance to modern gospel and praise, as well as traditional hymns and sacred music.
 
Is communion served? Holy communion is usually celebrated the first Sunday of the month. All are welcome at the Lord's table. You need not be a member of Highland Park UMC or any church to partake of this holy sacrament. You are invited to kneel at the rail or take by intinction. The Methodist church uses white bread and grape juice to represent the body and blood of Christ. Gluten-free wafers are available for those who may have sensitivities.

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If you celebrate communion do I have to partake?

We celebrate communion one Sunday a month as part of the worship service. The Methodist Church has an open communion tradition in which anyone who seeks to be in a relationship with God is welcome at the table, but if you’d rather not receive communion, that’s fine. If you have trouble getting around, the communion servers will bring the communion elements to you.
 
We welcome you to stop by anytime Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to see our space and get more information. Or feel free to call the office at 801-571-5777 if you have questions beyond these.