We know that visiting a new church for the first time can be an awkward experience, so we want to be as helpful as we can in making your experience a good one! Below is some information that we hope will make your visit more enjoyable.
What is your worship service like?
Our Sunday morning service is a mixture of old and new. The pastor will typically offer a lesson (sermon) based on a text from the Bible and her reflections on contemporary events. Together we sing traditional hymns as well as more contemporary pieces of music.
On the third Sunday of each month we hold a reflective Taizé service in our historic chapel in the evening (in addition to our regular Sunday morning service). This service is very reflective and perfect for those who enjoy a quiet, contemplative space.
What should I wear?
We invite you to come as you are whether you are visiting for the first time or for the hundredth. Casual or more formal: you decide. We want you to feel at home!
How long will the services last?
Our services last from about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.
Will I have to say anything, sign anything, or be singled out in any way?
While you will be greeted and welcomed, you won’t be put on the spot or publicly embarrassed. During the service, you may notice a tear-off slip attached to the bulletin. If you'd like more information about the church or if you'd like to connect with the pastor or a ministry, you can fill it out, tear it off, and place it in the offering plate when it is passed at the end of the service. If you'd rather remain anonymous, that's cool too.
We also invite you to share in Prayers of the Community, Communion, and the Passing of the Peace:
Prayers of the Community: We care for the people outside our walls! Prayers of the Community is a time for us to come together in prayer for those who are in need of God's presence or intervention. Some churches use a microphone and go one by one, but we just allow a few moments for anyone to say aloud, or think to themselves, the names of people for whom they have been praying. The pastor says a general prayer for all who have been named, as well as for the wider community and world.
Communion and the Passing of the Peace: Every church does communion a little bit differently! If you happen to join us on a Sunday when we are participating in communion, know that at RUMC, communion is open to all who want to take part in God's love! Feel free to file out with the others in your pew toward the center aisle, receive the bread and "wine" (we use grape juice, but that doesn't make it any less sacred!) and consume it as you take the side aisle back to your seat. On Sundays when we do communion, we are also invited into a special time of greeting called the "passing of the peace". This is a time in our service for us to greet one another and invite peace into one another's lives. Many will say "Peace be with you" and offer a hand to shake, but feel free to greet in a way that you feel comfortable.
Am I going to be expected to give money?
Absolutely not! However, during each service there is a time to worship God through the giving of tithes and offerings. This is an act of worship for our members and friends (those who consider Redmond UMC their church home), allowing them to share in the church's ministry to the community of Redmond and to the world. As a guest, please do not feel any pressure or obligation to give.
Are your facilities handicapped accessible?
Yes, the main level of the church facility including the foyer, restrooms, and sanctuary are wheelchair accessible via a ramp. An exterior ramp provides access to the lower level which includes the fellowship hall. Educational rooms in the adjoining building are on the same level as the sanctuary with no stairs impeding wheelchair access.
Are you affiliated with a particular denomination?
Redmond United Methodist Church is a congregation of The United Methodist Church and is, along with 263 other congregations, a part of the Pacific Northwest Conference which connects churches throughout Washington and Northern Idaho. While we are a United Methodist church, people who attend come from a wide variety of faith backgrounds - Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Nondenominational, etc. Most have found a home at Redmond because of its relaxed nature and the way people listen to each other and engage in honest dialogue.
What if I'm not even sure I believe in God?
We believe that the spiritual life is best thought of as a journey. Some of us are miles down the road and others have miles to go. Some imagine they are going the right way while others insist a new road will get 'there' faster. At Redmond UMC, you'll find companions for the journey and possibly people heading down a similar path to yours. We believe that the big questions of life are best asked and wrestled with while one is walking along talking with others and discerning truth as they go.
Will I understand the message even if I don't know much about the Bible?
Our pastor works to speak to people where they are and to connect the teachings of the Bible with the challenges modern people face today. Her messages are accessible to those new to the faith and nuanced for those who have been around for a while.
But I still have more questions!
Please feel free to contact us at anytime - though our office hours are 9am-1pm, we'll respond as soon as we can! We'd love to take the time to answer any question you may have. Better yet, why not visit us this Sunday and see for yourself what a great place Redmond UMC can be!