what to expect

Frequently asked questions

Chatham UMC offers two worship experiences. The 8:15 am service is a traditional service.  We sing traditional hymns led by a piano. The lovely Chancel Choir often sings or the CUMC Bell Choir leads in worship. The sacrament of communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and every Sunday during special seasons like Advent and Lent.  There is a time for children in the worship service. Even though the 8:15 am service is labeled a traditional service, it is still rather casual and welcoming. 

The 10:45 am service is a contemporary service. We sing contemporary Christian music led by a Praise Band.  The sacrament of communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month and every Sunday during special seasons like Advent and Lent.  The 10:45 am service is casual and welcoming. You are welcome to bring your coffee into the sanctuary and to make yourself at home. There is a time for children in the worship service.

 

Yes. Children are welcome in both of the Sunday morning services, or a nursery is available for children birth to age 5. There will always be some children in the service of worship, so you should never feel as though you have to take your children to the nursery.  At Chatham UMC we love having the youngest among us. We’ve included a special time in the worship service just for them led by our Children and Youth Minister, Michael Ferguson. When we say all are welcome, we really mean it!

Relax and feel free to sit wherever you feel comfortable. We know children may be curious about what’s going on during the service, so sitting toward the front is not a problem.  If you feel you need to leave during the service with your child, we encourage you to feel comfortable moving about, but also encourage you to return to the service when ready. We offer a parent/child room just outside the main sanctuary doors and to the north. If a parent needs a place to feed a baby, or a parent and child simply need a quiet place for a few minutes, it’s available. There’s also a speaker so you can hear what’s happening in the sanctuary.  Children are important to Jesus and they are important to us.

You are welcome to wear whatever feels most comfortable for you! Some people dress casually at all services, while others choose to wear something a bit more formal.  You’ll see a variety of dress styles at each service – jeans, suits, khakis, skirts, flip-flops and heels.  Just come as you are – you’ll fit right in!

You are welcome to sit anywhere in the worship space during services. Feel free to ask an usher or greeter to introduce you to someone in the congregation who can answer any questions you might have about our services and ministries. There is always a place for you at Chatham UMC.

The community members at Chatham UMC know that time spent in conversation around the table is important for nurturing community and friendship.  So, every Sunday a volunteer or group of volunteers make breakfast (or brunch) or provide purchased breakfast items for the congregation to enjoy between services and during Sunday Discipleship classes. All are welcome to enjoy coffee, treats and conversation around the table. .