What to expect at Epworth

We recognize that many people who visit a church for the first time do so with a bit of fear and trembling, but we hope that you feel warmly welcomed and comfortable at Epworth. Epworth is a spiritual home to people from all walks and stations of life, believers and questioners, people from a range of backgrounds and faith perspectives, who come together to worship God, become more like Jesus, and serve God’s creation.

We have highlighted some key information in this section, but the best way to get to know Epworth is to talk with the people here. Don’t hesitate to strike up a conversation with one of our pastors, greeters, or the people in your pew, and learn more about our life of worship, fellowship, and service together.

What times are your worship services?

Epworth offers three Sunday morning worship services: traditional worship at 7:45 and 11:15 and contemporary worship at 9:15.

What accommodations do you have for people with special needs?

Epworth is 100% accessible to people with mobility issues. All entryways are available without steps. We suggest that those who use a cane or wheelchair use the Oceanside Entrance, especially during inclement weather, as the driveway and portico are a mere 15′ from the door with no steps to climb. The Bayside Entrance (under the steeple) has 3-steps or a longer walk on the ramped sidewalk.

For those in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities, we offer American Sign Language interpretation at our 9:15 Sunday service and at most special service throughout the year. For those who are Hard of Hearing, our sound system is equipped with a transmitter that broadcast to special headphone receivers. Just ask any usher for one of these devices, they will be happy to assist you.

What happens during a worship service?

As you enter the church a friendly usher will greet you and give you a bulletin to guide you through the service. All of our services feature reading, preaching, prayer, and music. At times, you will be invited to stand, sing, pray, greet your neighbor, be in silence, or read responsively. Though similar in important ways, each service has its own style and flavor.

Communion Sundays are the first Sunday of the month, we celebrate communion twelve times a year on Sundays and at other special services, as well. Our communion table is open to everyone – baptized or not, confessed or not, sure or not, saint or sinner or a little of both.

At all of our services we maintain the practice of receiving an offering to support the church’s ministries. We welcome your gifts and encourage everyone to live a life marked by generosity. If you are unable to give financially, please consider an offering of time or talent to the church, another organization, or a neighbor in need.

Do you have Sunday School or offer childcare?

Children and families of all sorts are welcome and cherished at Epworth. Childcare is available at all worship services, both Sundays and special services. Sunday School programs are offered at 9:45 for children in kindergarten through high school. The children begin the 9:30 worship with their families and go to Sunday School after the Children’s Celebration.

What should I wear?

Some people come dressed in their Sunday best. Others dress more casually. Either way, we believe that God cares more about the state of our hearts than the state of our attire, and encourage you to dress the way that feels most appropriate to you.

How long are the services?

Both the traditional and contemporary worship services last about an hour.

Is there fellowship time after worship?

After each worship service, the Fellowship Hall is open for a time of fellowship and refreshment. We invite you to stick around for a snack or beverage, strike up a conversation, and make some new friends!

How can I get more information?

Please feel free to chat with one of our greeters before or after Sunday worship, or call the church office at 302-227-7743 between 9:00 and 5:00, Monday through Thursday and 9:00 to Noon on Fridays. You can also email office@eumcrb.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.