We know that visiting a new church for the first time can be an awkward experience so we want to be as helpful as we can in making your experience a good one. Below is some information that we hope will make your visit more enjoyable.
What is your worship service like? At both services the children worship with their families and take part in a Children's moment during worship. Quiet pew activities are available each week for families. The pastor offers a lesson (sermon) connecting the place where the Bible intersects with real life.
The Sunday morning 1st service has a contemporary feel and our 2nd service is in a more traditional style.
What should I wear? We invite you to come as you are whether you are visiting for the first time or for the 100th. You'll see people in jeans and casual shirts, and a few folks in bowties. You decide. We want you to feel at home.
How long will the services last? Our services last from about 50 minutes to 1 hour.
Will I have to say anything, sign anything, or be singled out in any way? While you will be greeted and welcomed, you won’t be put on the spot or handed a microphone. During the service, you'll notice an Attendance Binder at the end of the row. You can fill it out if you'd like more information about the church or if you'd like to connect with the pastor or a ministry or submit a prayer request. If you'd rather remain anonymous, that's cool too.
Am I expected to give money? Absolutely not! However, during each service there is a time to worship God through the giving of tithes and offerings. This is an act of worship for our members and friends (those who consider Gig Harbor UMC their church home), allowing them to share in the church's ministry to the community of Gig Harbor and to the world. As a guest, please do not feel any pressure or obligation to give.
What about my kids? Is there child care available? The nursery is available for children 6 weeks to 5 years, from 8:45 am - 12:15 pm every Sunday. Older children worship with families during the 9 & 11am services as we believe they are an important part of the congregation. GHUMC Kids Clubhouse Sunday School (pre-K thru 5th grade) starts at 10 am in the Clubhouse in the children's hall, and then they break into groups for age-level classes. Come join us for the fun!
Are your facilities handicapped accessible? Yes, the church facility including the foyer, restrooms, and sanctuary are wheelchair accessible. Educational rooms are on the same level as the sanctuary with no stairs impeding wheelchair access.
How do I get there, and is parking available? Click here for a map and directions. Our parking lot is big.
Are you affiliated with a particular denomination? Gig Harbor United Methodist Church is a congregation of The United Methodist Church and is, along with more than 250 other congregations, a part of the Pacific Northwest Conference which connects churches throughout Washington and Northern Idaho. While we are a United Methodist church, people who attend come from a wide variety of faith backgrounds.
Will I understand the message even if I don't know much about the Bible? Our pastor connects the teachings of the Bible with the challenges we face today. The messages are accessible to those new to the faith and challenge us all to grow.
But I still have more questions! Please feel free to call us (253-851-2625) - we'll be happy to take the time to answer any question you may have. We hope you'll make a visit for worship.