Where is your church located?
One block north of the courthouse in downtown Athens, Alabama.
When are your Sunday services?
The First Light contemporary service is 8:50 am in the Beasley Center-- located across Bryan Street. The traditional service is at 11:00 am in the sanctuary.
What should I wear to your services?
Anything from very casual attire (even shorts) to coat and tie for men and dresses for women.
What should I expect in your services?
The contemporary service is at 8:50 and and the traditional service is at 11:00. The contemporary service meets in an auditorium atmosphere (rows of separate moveable chairs) with a band on a stage and lyrics displayed on a screen behind the band. The music is typically popular Christian music. The traditional service meets in the sanctuary with standard rows of pews and a choir loft behind the pulpit. The music includes trandisional hymns sung by the congretation and choir as well as an anthem sung by the choir. Our pastor delievers the same sermon for both services.
Is it true that you serve coffee and doughnuts?
Yes. We do at the 8:50 service.
What about my Children?
We are delighted to welcome your child into our nursery located on the 1st floor. Nursery care is offered during all worship services and during Sunday School. The age limit is from 0 to 4 years old. During Sunday School, the nursery is offered for those under 2, as classes are provided for 2 year olds and up. The nursery is divided into infants, creepers (crawlers), toddlers (beginning walkers), and run abouts (fully mobile). All nursery workers are First Aid and CPR certified. For the comfort of your child, we ask that you bring a bag with them each time they attend the nursery with 3-4 diapers, a labeled juice cup, and a pacifier if needed. Snacks will be provided. You will sign your child into the nursery. A paging device will be given to the parent to use in event it becomes necessary for you to return to the nursery.
Where are the Sunday Schools?
The main education building is attached to the church sanctuary. Children meet on the ground floor. Adult classes meet on the third floor. Older children meet in the Beasley Center across the street on Pryor Street, behind the church. The youth meet in the Youth Building, across from the church on Jefferson Street. A guide for the Sunday School classes with the meeting sites is located here.
What is taught in Sunday Schools?
Using the Bible and other material, we seek to help our members grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
What are Methodist Beliefs?
We are Christians. Our church motto is "To Seek, To Serve, and to Share Christ." Methodist beliefs are similar to many protestant denominations. A detailed description of the Methodist beliefs is beyond the scope of this question, but our pastor is happy to discuss this topic in more detail with anyone who desires to learn more.
Should I take communion? What should I expect with communion?
In the United Methodist Church, holy communion is open to any and all who desire to receive it, adults and children alike. In our church, those who wish to receive communion are led by pew to the altar in the traditional service, or to the front of the auditorium in First Light. Alternatively, if you wish for the communion to be brought to you, please notify an usher. Grape juice (in separate small cups) and bread are then given to anyone who wishes to participate in holy communion. This symbolizes the body and the blood of Chirst which is given for us, helping us to be Christ's body in the world today, redeemed by Christ's blood. We pray over the bread and the juice that they may make us one with Christ, one with each other, and one in service to the world. Communion is given approximately once per month.
How do I find out more?
You may contact us by phone, 256-232-2020, or email any of our staff members (email addresses are listed on each of their pages), or preferably, drop by and worship with us at any of our services.