We know that visiting a new church for the first time can be a bit intimidating, with all the new faces and what seems like countless unwritten rules. At GUMC, we want to do our best to make you feel at home and part of the family without being overbearing. Knowing what to expect usually helps take away some of the apprehension, so we've tried to highlight some common questions and address them here. If you have any additional questions either prior to or after joining us, please don't hesitate to contact us.
The church office is generally open Monday through Friday, from 9am 'til 1pm. We are often here beyond those hours, but if you want to stop by or give us a call, your best bet is between 9 and 1. We're always happy to welcome you during the week, show you around the church, and answer any questions you have may have.
We have two worship services on Sunday morning - 9:00 and 11:00. During the Summer months of July and August, we have one service at 10:00 a.m.
Our services last about 1 hour. The sermon is typically between 12-20 minutes in length.
We have plenty of parking, both during the week and on Sundays. We also have several designated areas for handicap parking in the first row, closest to all the front doors. There is also designated Visitor parking spaces near the main parking lot entrance.
It's totally up to you. We believe God desires to have your heart, not to have you dress in a specific way. On a given Sunday you'll find our church family in anything from suit and tie to casual. Feel free to wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable.
We don't make guests do anything strange or silly when they visit. We have a Welcome Center (off the parking lot into the Commons area outside the office area once you enter the building), where you can pick up some more information and chat with folks who are there to answer any questions you might have. Other than that, we'll try to be friendly and helpful, but not overbearing or embarrassing. When you feel comfortable, please introduce yourself to Pastor Matt.
We believe how we use our money is a reflection of the heart, so you will notice people giving money; however, please don't feel obligated or pressured to give. We give as an act of worship and as part of our understanding of what it means to be a member of the community. If you're visiting with us, you're not obligated or expected to give any money.
For our members and those who choose to give, ushers will collect your offerings at both services, by passing a plate through the congregation.
You may also give electronically through the link on this website.
To schedule a baptism, simply talk to Pastor Matt. He's easily accessible on Sunday mornings, greeting everyone on the way in and out the door. You can also contact us via phone or email to discuss things further.
Congratulations! We rejoice with you as you celebrate your marriage. To inquire about the availability of dates, please contact us at the church office. If the date you request is available, we'll send out a packet with more details regarding procedures and charges. The couple then speaks to Pastor Matt directly about the specifics of the wedding, and the office upon receiving the form and a deposit check required will hold the date.
As soon as possible after scheduling your wedding day, please contact the pastor to set up pre-marital counseling which is necessary for all persons wishing to be married in the church. Please do not be nervous about this but see it as an opportunity for personal and relational growth as well as an opportunity to get to know the pastor better. During this process there will be plenty of chances to discuss the logistics and the content of the wedding service.
If you're interested in becoming a member, please talk to Pastor Matt. He is easily accessible on Sunday mornings, greeting everyone on the way in and out the door. You can also contact us by phone or e-mail to discuss things further. Those interested in joining take a short new members class with Pastor Matt, at the conclusion of which we'll be thrilled to have you formally join the faith community in a worship service on a Sunday morning. We typically receive two new member classes each year, one in the spring and one in the fall.