What to Expect:
A Variety of Ways to Worship: 7:45 am – a quiet, traditional service set early in the day for those who want to begin with worship on Sunday mornings. This service has special music and organ, but no choir. Please be sure to check the winter worship schedule as this service takes several weeks off in January and February. 9:15 am – a vibrant worship experience led by our Praise Team, with keyboard, guitar, bass and drums and enthusiastic singing. Nursery and Sunday School for ages birth through fifth grade meets during this hour. This service also includes an American Sign Language interpreter for our deaf community. Immediately following worship is a Sunday School Class for the deaf. 11:15 am – a festive, traditional service with music led by our Chancel Choir and organ. Nursery provided for birth to age 3. Fellowship Time between Worship Services Our Fellowship Hall becomes a hub of activity between services offering hospitality to all who attend. Coffee, tea and cold drinks are always available along with some small bites of baked goods. Our Fair Trade group sells coffee, tea and chocolates every first Sunday as part of our social justice outreach and other ministries include displays to offer information on what we do together to embrace community. Sunday School and Youth Activities Children (4 year olds to 5th grade) attending Sunday School gather with the rest of us for the beginning of our 9:15 am worship experience, then leave after a children’s message for age-related activities and studies that continue until the end of worship. Our youth (grades 6 – 12) meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6:20 pm to 7:30 pm, and Confirmation Classes meet on Sundays at 10:15 am. Our youth and leaders annually attend the Youth Rally in Ocean City, Maryland in January where thousands of youth come together for inspiration and worship. Activities in the Narthex/Lobby A welcome table greets those who enter the church from the Route 1 side of our building and greeters there can answer questions on where things happen. A brochure entitled, A Plan for Ministries, is available on the table to offer an overview of all that we do to explore faith and embrace community. A separate table supports our ministries through the sale of gift and grocery cards usable throughout our community where the vendors provide a small percentage to benefit the church (used to reduce our mortgage). Another table, led by WINGS, helps ministries take flight by giving details of how a person wanting to serve can make a difference at Epworth.