What can I expect when I visit?
 
Whether you are joining us for worship or a special study or event, we hope the information on this page will help make your visit as easy as possible.
 
When you Arrive please join us in the Great Room for coffee, tea, doughnuts, and fellowship between 9:15 – 9:45 AM and then move over to the Worship Center (Sanctuary) for a worship service at 10 AM. Children check in with their parents on the Education Wing between 9:45 and 10 for nursery (Ages 0-4) and Kids Crew (Ages 5- Grade 5).
 
1. Choose a Worship Service
  Sunday worship is at 10 AM for ONEworship together. 
 
2. What Do I Wear?

Please wear whatever you are comfortable in! Whether it is laid back and casual or you feel like dressing it up a notch, we hope you will come as you are. There is NO dress code at MUMC so feel free to be yourself!

 

3. Arrive and Find a Place for Yourself

Our parking lot is located next to the church and can be accessed from Atlee Road. After parking, you may enter directly into the sanctuary using the steps at the front of the church or you may use the ramp entrance from the parking lot to access the main hallway which will lead you to the sanctuary and Sunday School rooms. 

4. Your Children

If you have children from infant to age four, you are welcome to have them join you in worship or you may drop them off in our nursery. Our nursery staff has been fully background checked. It’s located in the Sunday School wing. Please let the nursery workers know if you have any special needs, such as allergy concerns.

Children are invited to attend Kids Crew. This fun and interactive program is for children ages 4 through 5th grade. Each week provides the children a different opportunity to learn about God’s love. Please pick your child up from the Sunday School wing at the close of service.
 

During either service there is a room at the back of the sanctuary with toys and rocking chairs that parents can use and still participate in worship.

5. Celebrate through Worship

Greeters will welcome you into our sanctuary and can help you find a seat. Be sure to ask for a new visitor guide. This will help you navigate our church and determine how you would like to become involved. Toward the beginning of the service, everyone is invited to stand and greet one another. Music, teaching, prayer, giving, and regularly-scheduled communion services are key components of worship at MUMC.

6. I’ve come to a Sunday service. Now what?

Come back and visit us again and let us help you find other methods for getting connected at Mechanicsville UMC. There is a group or ministry that best matches your life-stage and interests, where you can use your passion and talent. Everyone can do something to serve our community, our city, and our world!

7. Still Not Sure about Visiting?

We’d be happy to answer any questions that you may still have. Please contact us at the church mechumc@comcast.net or at 804-746-5118.

What should I wear?
Be yourself and dress however is comfortable for you. On Sunday mornings you will find plenty of folks in jeans as well as plenty of folks dressed more formally for worship. Because we believe God doesn’t really mind what you wear, the choice is ultimately up to you. As you might expect, the contemporary worship service tends to be less formal than the traditional service overall. For groups and activities that take place during the week, dress is typically very casual.

What if I have special needs?
It is important to us for all people to feel welcome and accommodated. Hearing aids and large-print hymnals are available during the service; just see one of our ushers. Our church is also wheelchair accessible. If you need assistance, please ask.

Can I bring my children?
Kids are welcome, wiggles and all. Your entire family is welcome at MUMC, and regardless of their ages, all may participate in all aspects of our service. 

Where Can I Find Restrooms?
Restrooms for men and women are located in the main hallway as you exit the front of the sanctuary as well as in our Sunday School wing. 

Will I Be Expected to Give a Donation?
No. We expect members and regular attendees of MUMC to support our ministries through their financial gifts. Visitors are always welcome to support the work of Mechanicsville UMC, but until you decide to make us your church home, we are happy to minister to you through our worship and programs.

Will I Be Introduced During Worship?
You will not be asked to address the congregation or anything else to put you on the spot. At the beginning of the service all visitors are asked to raise a hand. This is done to provide our members the chance to greet you and show you, first hand, the warmth and acceptance of our church family.

Do you have communion each Sunday?
Normally, the first Sunday of each month is communion Sunday. The United Methodist Church welcomes all (non-members, visitors, and children) to the Lord’s Table. Following prayer and the blessing of the elements, the invitation to partake of the Lord’s Supper is extended to the congregation. The ushers will come forward to help direct the congregation to the front in a smooth fashion. Visitors who may feel uncomfortable participating, or whose beliefs may prohibit participation, should not feel pressured and may remain seated. Please let an usher know if you would like to receive the elements at your seat.

What if I haven’t been to church often or have never been at all?
MUMC is a warm and inviting place. We are here to welcome and serve you. Some of our people have attended all of their life. Some seem to know a lot about the Bible and faith. Others are just beginning the journey. There is nothing difficult or scary about worshiping with us.                                       

What is Methodism?
The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors, and opens minds through active engagement with our world. John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action.

United Methodists come in all sizes, shapes, colors, dispositions, outlooks and life stories, but share a unique history and faith perspective. Our members speak many languages and live in many countries.

No matter how or where they serve Jesus Christ, United Methodists do God’s work in a unique structure—referred to as “the connection.” This concept has been central to Methodism from its beginning. Connectionalism comes to life through our clergy appointment system, our mission and outreach, and through our collective giving. We live out our call to mission and ministry by engaging in ministry with the poor, combating diseases of poverty by improving health globally, creating new places for new people and renewing existing congregations, and developing principled Christian leaders. No one congregation can do all these ministries but, together—through the power of our connection—we can make a tremendous difference.

How do I become a member of Mechanicsville UMC?
We believe that the Church is a living, breathing, serving, celebrating Body of Christ! So membership in the church means living in a vital relationship with Jesus Christ and with His family, the Church. If you have questions or would like more information about becoming a member, please contact Pastor Kerry.