Hi there! We know visiting a new church can feel a little daunting, so we thought we’d list some FAQ’s to give you an idea of what you can expect upon visiting Calvary. If we don’t answer your questions here, please contact us.
What time do we meet?
Our worship service begins at 11:00AM on Sunday mornings and typically lasts about an hour.
What does a typical service look like?
When you enter the sanctuary you’ll be welcomed by one of our members and given a bulletin that outlines the service. There will be coffee and snacks in the front of the church building, so you’ll probably find most people gathering there before the service starts.
We begin our service with an organ prelude, a welcome, call to worship, and a hymn. After singing and praying together a member of the church will read our Scripture texts for the day. Our readings come from the Revised Common Lectionary, which follows the church’s liturgical calendar. We sing another hymn before the gospel reading and then a sermon is preached.
After the sermon, the choir will sing an anthem and then the congregation will take a moment to pray with and for one another–we welcome all to share in this time. We then move into a Confession, followed by Passing of the Peace. After we offer one another signs of peace, we stand in a circle and say the Lord’s Prayer together. On the first Sunday over every month, we’ll also share Holy Communion at this time.
The service closes with an offering, the singing of the doxology, along with a few more hymns, the of sharing community announcements, and a benediction. The benediction marks the close of the service.
What’s the music like?
Our music is what many would call traditional–led by a small but talented choir. We sing hymns from one of two hymnals–the United Methodist Hymnal and the Faith We Sing–both of which you’ll find at your seat. If you play an instrument, and/or like to sing, please reach out to our wonderful Music Director, Larry Molnar; he will gladly get you plugged in.
How should I dress?
However you want. Most of our congregation dresses on the casual side, but others prefer more formal attire. So really, however you feel comfortable!
Is childcare available?
First, please know that children of all ages are welcome to participate in worship with us. That said, at the moment we don’t offer childcare, though this is something we hope to offer in the future. If this is a concern for you, please let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs so that you and your family can worship with us.
Do I have to be a United Methodist to attend?
No. While some of our members have worshipped in United Methodist churches for sometime, others have not. Still others have no religious background whatsoever. We welcome all, regardless of where you are on your spiritual journey.
Where do I park?
We have two parking lots, one across the street from our Sanctuary on the corner of E. Trinity Ave. and Elizabeth St, and the other is to the left of our Education Building (the brick building to the left of the sanctuary). You can also park on the street–park wherever is most convenient for you!
What is a reconciling congregation?
In the United Methodist Church, a reconciling congregation refers to a church that advocates for the full-inclusion of LGBTQ persons into the life of the church. We welcome and affirm LGBTQ persons to serve at all levels of church leadership, and we celebrate the sexuality and spirituality of same and opposite gender loving persons. Calvary UMC is the first reconciling congregation in the Carolinas.