Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where should I go the first time that I visit?
    If you need directions to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church campus, please use this map to find us. There are two main entrances to our sanctuary for worship. From Lyttleton Street, you may enter the main portion of the sanctuary from the doors on the right-hand side of the building. These doors also provide access to our balcony if you choose to sit there. The other entrance is to the left of the building, which takes you into what we call the chapel side of the sanctuary.
  2. Where can I sit?
    At Lyttleton Street, you may sit where you like. If you are uncertain where to sit, just ask one of our ushers to help you find a seat!
  3. How long does worship service last?
    Worship services typically last approximately one hour.
  4. What do people wear? Do I need to dress up?
    It is pretty much up to you. We want you to be comfortable. You’ll see some men in coats and some will even wear ties. However, you will also see sweaters and sports shirts. Some women will wear dresses, but you will also see everyday blouses and dress pants. Generally, more casual clothing is worn during the summer.
  5. Do I have to say anything during the service?
    We promise not to embarrass you and you won’t be called on to stand up and introduce yourself. There are visitor’s cards at each pew and we hope you will fill one of these out and place it in the offering plate. This way, we will have a record of your visit and know how to get in touch with you.  We prefer that you will let an usher know you are visiting in order to help you make your way around. After the service, pastors are at each exit and we would love for you to let the pastor know you are visiting as well. Our church is a friendly and welcoming church, but we don’t want to put any undue pressure on you during your visit.
  6. Do I need to bring anything?
    If you have a Bible, feel comfortable bringing it so you can follow the scripture readings used during the service. If you don’t have a Bible with you, there are Bibles located in the pews.
  7. What is going to happen during the service?
    We follow a traditional order of service with a few changes. In addition to the sermon, there will be a couple of common prayers and a pastoral prayer followed by the Lord’s Prayer. There will generally be a Psalter reading and most Sundays we recite the Affirmation of Faith – a copy of these can be found in the hymnal. The music used in the service will be mainly traditional with hymns accompanied by the organ or piano. Our Chancel Choir sings an anthem. We have special musical performances from time to time which include bells, orchestra pieces and other musical instruments for worship.
  8. Do you take up a collection and, if so, am I required to give?
    Each service includes the opportunity for an offering, a time when we can give back to the Lord a small portion of what he has given us. Offerings go for the work of the church to deliver the Good News and to help those who need it, both here and overseas. You are the sole judge of how much to give, if you so desire, and you are under no obligation to give anything.
  9. Can we bring the children to worship services?
    Of course! We have an activity sheet young people can use during worship if you so choose. There is a special time set aside during the service for children to go to the front of the sanctuary and hear a brief lesson from our youth director. We also have a nursery for infants through age 3, if that is your preference.  The nursery is located on the first floor of the Education Building.  Each exit has a campus map to direct you to any area of the church, or you may ask an usher for assistance. At certain times, such as during Advent and Lent, there will be a children’s church in the Family Life Center during worship time. This will be announced and details will be provided.
  10. What are your customs with communion (the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper)?
    We generally celebrate communion on the first Sunday of each month with a few exceptions. Anyone who professes a faith in Jesus Christ may partake of the bread and the cup. We use grape juice instead of wine. When we celebrate communion, people are directed by the ushers to come forward to receive the bread from the pastor and dip it into the cup (this is more formally known as intinction). Everyone is invited to partake, but there is no requirement to do so. You do not have to be a member of our church or have been baptized to partake. The decision to partake is yours.