Below are some common questions that those who visit us for the first time have. We hope you’ll find them helpful.  If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact Pastor Todd at todd.noren-hentz@umcna.org.

Where should I go if I want to try out Sunday School?

On Sunday mornings at Epworth, we have Sunday School for all ages beginning at 9:00 am.  If you enter the front doors closest to Hwy 72 & Epworth Drive, there will be greeters just inside who can help guide you to an appropriate class.  

How should I enter the building if I wish to attend Sunday worship?

Our worship service begins at 10:15 am.  The easiest place to enter the building is the front doors closest to Hwy 72 & Epworth Drive.  Greeters will be located just inside the front doors and can answer any questions you might have.  The sanctuary will be to your immediate right.

Do you provide a nursery for Sunday School and/or worship?

We provide nursery during our Sunday morning programs and services.  They are located on the top, entry level floor beyond the gathering area outside of the Sanctuary.   Our greeters can help you find your way there.  We provide nursery care for infants through those 4 years of age.

What if I have trouble hearing?

We also provide hearing aids for those who may have trouble hearing the worship service.  These are located on a table outside of the Sanctuary.  Or simply ask one of our greeters.  

What is the dress like at Epworth?

There are many who dress up to come to Sunday School and worship, but many others who wear more casual clothing as well.  Please feel free to join us however you feel most comfortable.  

If I visit, will I be expected to give an offering?

During worship, we will take up an offering and all are welcome to contribute. However, as our guests, we consider your presence with us to be an ample offering to God. 

Is your facility handicap accessible?

Yes, we are proud to have a facility that is fully accessible by wheelchair.  An ample number of handicap parking spaces is available on the first level of the parking lot.  Additionally, the front entrance, closest to those spots and Epworth Drive features a ramp for easy access.  Our facility is equipped with ramps in places and an elevator that accesses all three levels.  

How do I follow along in worship?

Before worship, you will find it useful to pick up a worship guide located outside the sanctuary.  We generally have plenty of seating, but ushers are available to help you find a seat or locate a bulletin.  Our bulletin contains the order of worship, the day’s Scripture, and announcements of upcoming church events.  

Restrooms?

We do not permit first time guests to use the restroom.  Just kidding.  Restrooms are located on the first floor beyond the sanctuary and down the hall.  

What is your worship like?

At Epworth, you can expect to find a “traditional” style of worship.  To open worship, our Acolytes symbolically bring in the light of Christ as organ music sets the tone for worship.  During the worship service you’ll experience a time of greeting, where those around you will give you an informal greeting.  This usually lasts about one or two minutes.  You will not be asked to introduce yourself in front of the congregation or anything like that.  We will generally sing several hymns out of the United Methodist Hymnal.  You’ll experience other liturgical elements such as a pastoral prayer, Scripture reading, an Affirmation of Faith (e.g., The Apostle’s Creed), and more.  Renee’ Rowse, our Director of Children’s Ministries, will lead our children in a special moment for children.  After our children’s moment, all children ages 4 to 5th grade are invited to join Mrs. Renee’ for Children’s Church (see a bit more below).  We take up an offering each Sunday to help fund the ministries of the church.  Each worship service generally features a special anthem led by our Chancel Choir.  Pastor Todd (or on occasion, a special guest) leads us in a sermon each week.  During the final hymn of each service, we have a time of dedication.  This is your opportunity to respond to God’s word in some way.  You may wish to be introduced to the congregation. You may want to join the church in official church membership.  You may wish to spend some time at the prayer rails in prayer.  You might simply wish to sit in your seat and reflect on the worship service.  And we would certainly be delighted if you would like to profess your faith in Jesus Christ as part of our worship service.  

What about kids in worship?

We love kids in worship!  Nursery care is available for those under 4 years of age.  Children are encouraged to experience the worship service up through the children’s moment.  During the Children’s moment, children are invited to come up to the front of the Sanctuary, where Renne’ Rowse, our Director of Children’s Ministries, will lead them in a special time of worship.  After the children’s moment, all children ages 4 through 5th grade are invited to join her for Children’s Church.  Each week, Children’s Church features special activities and the pickup location for that week varies based on the Children’s Church activity. Please see the bulletin for this week’s pickup location.  Children are also welcome to continue to stay in the sanctuary following the children’s minute.

Will there be an opportunity to talk with the pastor?

Yes, following each service, Pastor Todd is available in the gathering area outside of the Sanctuary.  We hope you’ll take the time to introduce yourself and ask any questions you might have.  If you’d like to arrange a time to talk more about the church, Pastor Todd would be happy to set an appointment with you for another time as well.  

How will you know if I have visited?

During the worship service, you will have an opportunity to fill out the “Attendance and Communication” card and place it in the collection plate.    The cards are given to our office administrator for attendance.  Also, for all first time visitors, we have a  gift bag in the narthex that has our church and contact information for you to take home.

We believe that you will find Epworth a warm and inviting place.  People will be happy to connect with you, but there will not be undue pressure to be involved in ways that exceed your comfort level.  We look forward to seeing you at Epworth!