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Worship is at the heart of what we do together. We strive for worship services that are based on the Bible and on traditions of the Christian faith, and we hope to make our services relevant for real life today. Worship feeds our spirits and sustains us through the week.
Communion is offered on the first Sunday of the month, and is open to members and non-members. Our choir sings most Sundays during the month, rehearses on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings, and welcomes new choir members (auditions not required). On the third Sunday of each month, music is provided by our praise band, "Trinity."
YOUR FIRST VISIT
Wondering what to expect when you visit Fair Oaks United Methodist Church?
We get a few first-time visitors every week, so you won't stand out much by being new. We're small enough that a few people know everyone and can tell when someone hasn't been here before, but we're big enough that most people don't know everyone.
When you come to the front doors of the sanctuary building (pictured at the left) someone will normally greet you and shake your hand. Then another person will hand you a folded paper bulletin, which tells the order of what is going to happen during the worship service. It also will include some announcements about things that are going on.
We're pretty informal, and you can just seat yourself anywhere you like. Our sanctuary will typically hold about 100-130 people on a given Sunday morning (and that feels relatively full in our space). Our sanctuary is set up with chairs, so it's easy to make room for a wheelchair or walker, and our ushers are ready to help with this any time.
You'll probably see a few people dressed up nicely, and a few people really dressed down (usually teens), but most people will be somewhere in-between: casual but tidy, or "business casual" as it's sometimes called.
Some parents like to take young kids to the nursery before they come into worship, but most bring their kids with them - at least through "Children's Time," which is about 20 minutes into the service. After that, most kids go to classes for the kids, but some prefer to stay in worship with their parents. We're fine with either!
When you get to your seat, there will be a hymnal or two there. At the end of the row there will be a little folded pew pad with sign-in sheets and prayer-request sheets inside. We really like it when folks sign in with their address, because we like to send a nice note to thank you for coming. We won't give your address to Amway (or anyone else).
There are a couple of points in worship where people stand up; these are marked in the bulletin but you can also just follow what other people do - it's not a complicated service. We like to sing. We pray. There is scripture and a time for children and a sermon. Not all in that order.
Can you think of more things you'd like to know before coming to church for the first time? Just ask! Contact us here.
Video clips of our church family
Video Farewell Sunday to Tom and Katy Houghton 2/19/2012