What to Expect
When and where are services?
At First Methodist Mansfield, we believe that we were created to be in community. That is why it is important to us to offer eight, distinct worship opportunities each week for adults. We invite you to find the time that works for your schedule, and come get to know us, see if this is the community you've been looking for.
- 6:00 p.m., contemporary service in the Chapel
- 8:15 a.m., traditional service in the Sanctuary
- 9:30 a.m., contemporary service in the Sanctuary
- 11:00 a.m., traditional service in the Sanctuary
- 11:00 a.m., contemporary service in the Chapel
- 11:00 a.m., contemporary service in the Loft
- 6:30 p.m., Celebrate Recovery service in the Chapel
Where do I park?
If you are planning to attend one of our Sunday morning services, you will be greeted by one of our friendly Parking Ministry team members who will help direct you to available parking. We have several spots reserved just for first-time visitors.
Ample parking is available on Thursday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
What do I do when I get there?
Look for the Connecting Point outside each of our worship spaces (the Sanctuary, the Chapel and the Loft). There our staff and volunteers will give you a packet of information about the church. They will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about the church, direct you to the Children's check-in area, the Student Ministries worship space (The Loft) or to a Sunday School class.
If you have any questions about the church or would like to take a campus tour, contact, Leanne Johnston, Guest Services Director.
What do I wear?
Dress comfortably. You'll feel right at home wearing anything from shorts, to jeans, to business casual.
Where can I find more info about joining the church?
If you are interested in becoming a member of First Methodist Mansfield, you are invited to join Senior Pastor David Alexander for the next session of Starting Point. At this casual and relaxed gathering, you will learn more about our church, our mission and what we believe. Following the gathering, you will have the opportunity to unite in membership with First Methodist Mansfield. For complete details and upcoming dates, go to the Starting Point page. You may also contact Leanne Johnston, Guest Services Director, for more information about beginning your journey to church membership. The following are responses to several of the most frequently asked questions about membership in our church.
Do I have to be baptized to join the church?
All members of the United Methodist Church are baptized Christians, which means that when you come to join, you may do so with a profession of faith which will include a time of baptism. If you have already been baptized, at any age or in any Christian denomination, we recognize and receive your baptism and welcome you into our membership as a transfer from another Christian church. If you or a member of your family would like to schedule a baptism, you may do so by contacting Rev. Sharon Reid.
What are the expectations of members?
Members of all United Methodist churches are asked to commit to the following categories of Christian living.
- Prayers: Members commit to pray for our church, our community and our world.
- Presence: Members commit to be present in worship and other opportunities where they can grow in their faith.
- Giving: Members commit to financially support the mission and ministry of the church through regular offering.
- Service: Members commit to find a place where they can serve and be a part of the work that the church is doing locally, regionally and around our world.
- Witness: Members commit to living and sharing a life of faith that reflects their commitment to Christ.
What about my kids?
We take very seriously our commitment to partner with families in the process of nurturing children into Christian faith. We believe it is one of the most important things we do as a community of faith. Children who join our church with their families are called constituent members in anticipation of Confirmation, a 10-week class for our 6th graders (or older students who have not been through Confirmation) taught by our pastors where they are introduced to the basics of Christian faith and church membership. At the conclusion of confirmation, these young people are confirmed as full members of our church.
So, what's the next step?
If you have questions about church membership, please contact Leanne Johnston, Guest Services Director. If you're ready to make a membership commitment, please sign up for an upcoming Starting Point gathering to begin that journey.
How can I stay connected to what's happening?
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