|Worship Service at the Gladstone church||8:30 AM|
|Worship Service at the Biggsville church||9:45 AM|
|Worship Service at the Oquawka church||11:00 AM|
|Bible Study @ Biggsville||6:30 PM|
- What time are your services?
- Where are you located?
- What is a United Methodist service like?
- Do I have to dress up?
- I'm in a wheelchair. Can I get around easily?
- Why do Methodists recite the Lord's Prayer every week?
- How many hymns do Methodist churches do on Sunday?
- If I attend church, do I have to join?
- Do I have to be a Methodist to receive communion?
- Can I be baptized at your church? If I'm already baptized in another denomination, do I have to be re-baptized?
- Can I take communion if I'm not baptized?
- Must I be baptized to marry in a Methodist church?
- How can I get baptized if I am in a wheelchair?
- Do you do baptism by immersion?
- Can I be baptized if I'm a non-member?
- How can I be baptized Methodist?
- Can we get married in your church?
- How can I request prayers for someone in need?
What time are your services?
03/17/2012 -Sunday Worship Service at Biggsville United Methodist Church takes place at 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Worship Service at Gladstone United Methodist Church takes place at 8:30 a.m.
Sunday Worship Service at Oquawka United Methodist Church takes place at 11:00 a.m.
Where are you located?
03/17/2012 -Biggsville United Methodist Church is located at 203 S. Church St, Biggsville, IL.
Gladstone United Methodist Church is located at Walnut & Liberty Streets, Gladstone, IL. Oquawka United Methodist Church is located at 304 N Third Street, Oquawka, IL.
See "Locations" for Google maps.
What is a United Methodist service like?
Though we have an “Order of Worship” in our Book of Worship, there is no “one way” to organize a United Methodist worship service. Traditions vary widely, often because they are rooted in culture and geography (United Methodist Churches are all over the world!). United Methodist tradition is a synthesis of many religious traditions and so we learn from (and borrow) spiritual practices from the Catholic Church, Baptists, Lutherans--anywhere we find grace and light.
We are worshiping (as we sing in one of my favorite hymns) “God of change and glory, God of time and space,” and so worship changes, and uses the elements of time and space. I know that each person learns and engages with God in different ways.
However, the essential pieces of worship: Prayer and Scripture, singing of Hymns and receiving an uplifting Sermon,remain constant. We worship together as a community to Praise God.
Do I have to dress up?
03/17/2012 -Dress comfortably. God doesn't have a dress code.
I'm in a wheelchair. Can I get around easily?
03/17/2012 -All the churches make every effort to accommodate special needs of the individuals.
Why do Methodists recite the Lord's Prayer every week?
03/17/2012 -When we do recite the Lord's Prayer, we pray and share together because we believe Jesus taught us to pray in that way. We try to do and think and live and pray like Jesus.
How many hymns do Methodist churches do on Sunday?
03/17/2012 -Traditionally, we sing three hymns which are placed at the beginning (the Opening), the middle (the Meditation), and the end of worship (the Closing). The pastor or the worship committee chooses the hymns to support the Scripture reading for that Sunday. Many churches now sing a “set” of three or four songs. There are no “rules” about hymns other than: "Sing with your whole heart!" (John Wesley)
If I attend church, do I have to join?
03/17/2012 -Whether you become an "official" United Methodist or not is up to you. Though we'd love to have you as a member, you're not obliged to join us. We understand that some people like to get involved in projects or service work, while others just want attend worship services. Not everyone likes formal commitments.
Do I have to be a Methodist to receive communion?
03/17/2012 -The United Methodist Church offers open communion to all, and does not have any prerequisite for participation in the Lord's Supper. All means all, regardless of age, race, sex or sexual orientation. [Our hymnal offers the invitation: "Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sins and seek to live in peace with one another."]
Can I be baptized at your church? If I'm already baptized in another denomination, do I have to be re-baptized?
03/17/2012 -You can be baptized by water and the spirit after instruction in the meaning of Baptism. The United Methodist Church practices both infant and adult (believer's) baptism through immersion, sprinkling, or pouring. We also practice Confirmation when a person who was baptized as an infant may affirm the vows of baptism, become a member of the church universal, and commit to membership in the United Methodist Church, and a local congregation. If you're transferring membership from another congregation--Methodist or otherwise--you do not have to be baptized again. For more detailed information on baptism, visit the website of the United Methodist Church.
Can I take communion if I'm not baptized?
Must I be baptized to marry in a Methodist church?
03/17/2012 -No. Methodist pastors, typically, are happy to officiate at inter-faith weddings which could not require baptized participants. Personally, I wouldn't ask.
How can I get baptized if I am in a wheelchair?
03/17/2012 -We will baptize any body in any way that works. For someone in a wheelchair, sprinkling would probably work best.
Do you do baptism by immersion?
03/17/2012 -Yes. But not always. We will baptize any body in any way that works.
Can I be baptized if I'm a non-member?
How can I be baptized Methodist?
03/17/2012 -Let someone in church know that you want to be baptized. We believe one is baptized into the community of faith. Baptism is meaningful because of the commitment to and the living in the Body of Christ here and now. I hope when you are baptized (whether as a baby or an adult) that you take seriously and happily the life of discipleship. We live as disciples of Christ together—in community.
Can we get married in your church?
03/17/2012 -Members and non-members are welcome to marry in our church. If you want to be married in a United Methodist Church, the pastor needs to know. If you want to be married in a church and have another pastor officiate, the pastor needs to know.
Trials and Temptations
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.
Isaiah 62:12 (KJV)
And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
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