Welcome to Dexter United Methodist Church!

Visitor FAQS

 

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. Romans 15:7

Join us on Sunday mornings for worship!  You can also grow and connect with others through our various Bible studies and ministry groups!  We hope you find the answers to your questions below; but if not, please contact us at 734.426.8480.

When are our services?

Sundays at 8:20 AM, 9:40 AM and 11 AM.  During the summer months we may have two services.

What should I wear?

Most people dress business casual, although some wear suits and dresses and some wear jeans. Whoever’s preaching usually dresses up a bit more.

What’s the difference among our three services?

The main differences are the style of music and liturgy, the kids programming, and simultaneous adult classes. The 8:20 AM service is our spirited traditional service, with a bit more traditional Methodist liturgy and hymns led by organ or piano. The 9:40 and 11 AM services are our contemporary worship services, with contemporary praise and worship music led by a band. All services have the same times of prayer, reflection, Scripture, and sermon messages.

What do I do with my kids?
8:20 AM

Nursery (Infants – Age 3) Education Building
Children’s Moment & Worship Bags related to the walk through the New Testament

9:40 AM

Nursery (Infants – Age 3) Education Building
Sunday School (Age 3 – 5th Grade) Education Wing
Sunday School (6th – 12 Grade) The Edge

11 AM

Nursery (Infants – Age 3) Education Building
Worship, Wonder & The Word (Age 4 – 10) The Loft in the Education Building (Children are dismissed to go to Sunday School from worship service.)

Do I need a Bible?

No, although some folks like to bring their own so they can make notes.  We use a fair amount of Scripture in our services. You can choose to use the Bibles on the seats or read from the overhead screens.

What happens during worship?

There is a time of gathering, congregational praise singing, Scripture and sermon, prayer, giving, and response. Ideally, these lead to a meaningful time of experiencing God, authenticity, faith, hope, and love.

What happens after worship?

Some people head right to their cars, while most others head to the Atrium to visit and see what’s going on. Chances are, you may already know someone at the church! There are coffee and doughnut holes all morning long in our new Atrium. People check out the various opportunities to get involved, visit the Welcome Center (designed for new folks), read the newsletters, and sign up for various opportunities; but basically there’s a whole lot of talking going on!

What does it cost?

Nothing! There is an offering taken when an offering plate is passed back and forth through the seats, but visitors are instructed not to put anything in it! Many people give online, or through automatic withdrawal, so the plates get passed right along. People don’t pay that much attention to what others do during this time, as there is always inspirational music people are focusing on.

If I visit, will I stick out?

Nope. We have first-time visitors every Sunday. You won’t be asked to give, to stand up, to introduce yourself, or to wear a “visitor-I’m-here-but-clueless” button. There is a nice time during the service when everyone shares their name with 3 or 4 people seated around them. There is also the opportunity to write your name on the “Friendship Pad,” which is very helpful for us as a church, although you can pass if you like.

Where do I park?

Our parking lot gets full! But don’t panic. We have some first-time visitor parking near the sanctuary. If those are full, many people “in the know” park around back. We also have a shuttle van during the school year which picks people up at the Dexter Mill and drops them off at the front door.

Will I stick out if I am single?

No.There are many people who are either unmarried or “single-at-church” because their spouse doesn’t choose to attend.

I’m Catholic, what about communion?

Probably 30 percent of our membership grew up Catholic. We celebrate Holy Communion the first Sunday of each month. We practice an open table:  You don’t need to be a member of this church or any church, but simply want to grow in your walk with Jesus Christ. We use grape juice (the old Temperance Society ladies were Methodists) and bread. After the pastors consecrate the elements, the ushers guide the congregation to come forward. You take the bread, dip it in the cup, and partake. Then you can return to your seat or pray at the altar. We also have gluten-free bread on the right-hand side.

I’m disabled; do you have a place for me?

Chances are, you wouldn’t be the only one in a wheelchair or with a walker. We have 10 handicapped parking spots. We also have greeters at the door who open the door for everyone. There is a ramp to the front of the Sanctuary and an elevator in the Christian Education Building to the upper and lower levels.

How do I become a member?

If you sign the friendship pad and provide at least an e-mail address during the worship service, we’ll let you know about Starting Point and the Membership Class.

Starting Point

Several times per year we have a Starting Point Brunch, on Sunday mornings.  Light “brunchy” food is served (e.g.:  bagels, muffins, fruit, juice, coffee).  You’ll hear from our pastors/staff in a smaller setting, meet a few current members and some of our ministry leaders, learn about ways to plug in to current ministries, and hear more about where we’re headed with our vision and purpose.  Upcoming Starting Point brunches for 2017 will be held in Newkirk Hall on:

April 9, 2017 (11 AM)
Additional dates to be determined

Membership Class

If you are interested in membership, we offer a 6-week Sunday morning Membership Class in the spring and the fall, during one of the worship services. It’s a great way to make friends and learn about the church, our core beliefs and practices, and the many opportunities for growth and service available. The class involves a small group component for getting acquainted, discussion and mentoring.  The upcoming membership class for 2017 is scheduled for:

April 23 – May 28, 2017

Confirmation

For youth in the 7th-8th grades, we offer Confirmation every other year—a chance for our youth to claim the faith as their own and become members of the church.  A class for Parents of Confirmands is held concurrently, so that kids and parents can be “on the same page”.  For more information on Confirmation, contact Jeremy Hannich at [email protected]

Please know that, except for a few lead positions, you do not have to be a member to participate in any of the ministries.