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What Do You Want to Know?

Here's where we try to anticipate your questions. Colorful answers to common questions.
 
Our location:
We're a large stone church at 128 Park Street in downtown Chelsea, Michigan, across from the Purple Rose Theatre.  
Map and directions.
 
Where to park:
There are two large free lots, one adjacent to the church and one across the street.  There is also free street parking.
 
Where do I go when I get there?
From Labor Day to Memorial Day, we worship in the sanctuary, which is upstairs to the right as you enter.  There is an elevator in the lobby for those who need it.  From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we worship in the air conditioned Grams Hall, which is to the left as you enter.  Greeters staff the lobby every Sunday and welcome all sorts of questions.
 
Will I be singled out as a guest?
Relax, you will not be asked to stand and identify yourself, but we would appreciate your leaving your name and address on the pads in the pews.  Everyone signs in on these pads, and we follow up on the information left there with cards and notes.  Every week there are new faces, so you won't be alone.
 
Here's where we try to anticipate your questions.May I participate in communion?
Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month.  United Methodists practice open communion, and all present may receive the sacrament, if they so choose.  All are welcome at the table of Christ.
 
How do I dress?
Comfortably, and yes, this varies by individual.  This congregation accepts a wide range of personal differences and self-expression, and this extends to clothing.  By and large, people dress in what makes them feel good and ready to worship.
 
What if I have physical limitations?
There are multiple handicapped parking spots.  If they are full when you arrive, pull up into the curved driveway entrance and ask a greeter to assist you.  They will park your car for you if you desire.  The entrance is barrier-free and there are handicapped-accessible bathrooms on all floors. The elevator is in the lobby right by the front doors.   There are two wheelchairs available at the church for use as needed.  Cushions are available on request for use on the hardwood pews.  (In the summer, seating is on padded chairs.)  Headsets are available on request for those who need help hearing.
 
Here's where we try to anticipate your questions.Where should my children go?
All children are welcome to stay with their family during worship, but children may choose from a wide offering of Sunday experiences, as well.  Click here for the complete descriptions of Sunday morning experiences for children of all ages.
 
Click here for children's musical choices.

Two services?  Are they all the same?
Everyone will hear the same sermon at both services.  The music and worship leader will vary by service.  The bulletin shows the complete worship program for both services, so you can see the differences.  It's good to honeybee around both services to find what enhances your worship experience.   
Click here for a description of each worship style.
 
What do I do before and after worship?
Coffee, hot tea, and ice water along with homemade nibbles are available during our coffee hour from 10 - 11a.m. in Grams Hall.  Connecting with others is an important part of every Sunday, and Grams Hall is a great place to start.  Hospitality is one of the volunteer opportunities filled by members of the church family.  Adult study classes are available to all.  Click here for a current listing.

What are the expectations?
To worship regularly, to study, to celebrate and to contribute, not just to our church but to our greater community and to our world.  Contribute by volunteering, caring for one another, and by donating your dollars, your time and your talents in whatever form they come.
 
Here's where we try to anticipate your questions.What's involved in becoming a member?
If you are currently a member of another congregation, you may join by transferring your membership.   However, it is always good to participate in a membership inquiry class as a way of meeting others, to learn or have a refresher on the beliefs and history of United Methodism, and to have a rollicking good tour of the nooks, crannies and soaring spaces of our very interesting church.  It's an inquiry class, because participants choose whether or not to join at the conclusion.  Many people attend this church faithfully and participate in its greater work, but never become members for a complexity of reasons, such as families with multiple faith traditions.  These folks are also part of our church family.
 
 
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