July 5, 2016

I’m New

Welcome to First Church!

We’re so glad that you are interested in learning about First Church.  We want to ensure that everyone who comes through our doors feels welcomed by the First Church family.  We understand that visiting a new church can be intimidating so please feel free to ask questions of any of our church staff or family.  The First Church family is a diverse group of people all seeking to connect to God.   We hope that you will join us at either our Downtown or West Campus locations.  If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

~ Rev. Tom Brady & Rev. Tyler Kaufmann

what to expect
Preparing to visit a church for the first time can be nerve wracking.  You have questions – Where should I park? What should I wear? Will this church welcome my entire family?

At First Church, we understand that you want to have an idea of what to expect when you come to visit our church the first time.  We hope that the following information will make you more comfortable and answer any questions you have.  If you have questions that are not addressed in our FAQs below, please contact our office at office@fumclawrence.org.

First Church FAQs

Where can I park?

At the Downtown location, visitor parking is available on 10th Street and Massachusetts Street, there are public parking lots both next to and across from the church. Handicapped parking is available. It is usually helpful to arrive early as the parking spots fill up quickly. At the West Campus, you can park anywhere in our lot that is available. We have designated parking spots for handicapped and those with special needs at both locations.

What are the Worship Services at First Church like?

Each Worship Service at First Church is unique.

  • Contemporary Services
    9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. – West Campus
    The West Campus Worship Services are both contemporary services that feature our West Campus Worship Band. Both services also include Children’s Time, where children are invited to come to the stage and sit with our Director of Children’s Ministries.
  • L.I.F.E. Worship Service
    9:30 a.m. – Downtown Fellowship Hall
    L.I.F.E. stands for Living in Faith Everyday and that is the focus of the L.I.F.E. Worship. This service offers elements of both contemporary and tradition worship. The service is more liturgical than typical contemporary services. The L.I.F.E. Worship Band leads the congregation in both contemporary praise music and hymns. It is a balance of the traditional and contemporary in and informal setting.
  • Sanctuary Worship Service
    10:30 a.m. – Downtown
    Our historical sanctuary offers the perfect space for our traditional worship service. Featured in the service each Sunday is our 123 rank Reuter pipe organ. Except for the summer months, the Chancel Choir sings each Sunday, and the Celebration Ringers, as well as other instrumental ensembles, and soloists enhance the worship experience at various times throughout the year.

How can children participate in Worship?

Children are always welcome at First Church Worship Services. The Worship Services at West Campus include a Children’s Time as part of the service and then children are welcome to join our Director of Children’s Ministries in Children’s Church for the remainder of the service.

Will my family be welcomed?

At First Church, we welcome all kinds of families, traditional and non-traditional. We appreciate the diversity of various cultures, races, religious backgrounds, and family groupings: one parent, two parents, grandparents raising grandchildren, children added to your family through birth or through adoption, and more.

Where should I sit?

You are welcome to sit anywhere at our services.

How do I know when to stand during services?

An asterisk in the worship bulletin will alert you. If you are not sure what to do, just follow everyone else or, if you prefer, you may remain seated throughout the service.

How often do you serve Communion?

We serve Communion at all of our services on the First Sunday of the month.

Am I able to take Communion?

In the United Methodist Church, the table of Holy Communion is Christ’s table. The table is open to anyone who seeks to respond to Christ’s love and to lead a new life of peace and love. At each service, wafers and juice are a part of the Communion service – gluten free wafers are available.

What should I wear to Worship Services?

We encourage you to wear whatever is comfortable. Typically, people dress up more for our Traditional Worship Service than for our Contemporary Worship Services.

How can I find out about First Church activities and events?

There are several ways to find out about First Church activities & events. Check the scrolling announcements at the beginning & end of each Worship service; the bulletins; the First Edition, our monthly newsletter; the website; the Facebook page; @FUMCLawrence on Twitter & the calendar. We offer activities for everyone, from babies to Senior Adults, ranging from mission work to fellowship opportunities & many others!

What options do you have for children and teens?

We offer programs for both children & teens. At West Campus, Worship Service includes Children’s time during the Service & then the children are invited to attend Children’s Church. We also have Sunday School for children & teens at both our locations. We also offer Youth group, Club 56 (for 5 & 6th graders), High School Art class, Middle School Art Class, a 3rd grade Bible weekend & Vacation Bible Schools.

Do you offer Sunday School?

We offer Sunday School options for everyone. Click here for more information about Sunday School options.

Do you have any assistance for those who are hearing impaired?

Headsets are available for those with hearing impairment at each of our services. If you need assistance finding a headset, an usher will be able to assist you.

Do I have to join First Church if I want to attend regularly or be involved in the church?

No you don’t. We have many attendees who come to services regularly & are very active in our congregation but are not members. While we encourage membership, it is by no means required. If you would like to discuss membership, please contact one of our pastors.