Our Sunday morning service is at 10:00 and is an hour long. It's a traditional-style service with prayers, songs and a sermon. Communion is served the first Sunday of every month. Songs are accompanied by a piano, an acoustic guitar, or our pipe organ. The choir sings for special occasions, and our small praise team leads songs before the service every week. The service itself is organized but not formal. There is time for announcements and for sharing our important joys and concerns, milestones, tears and laughter. Sumner UMC is a place where you can bring your challenges, your hurts and your triumphs. You can share them, or keep them to yourself, but know that you will be supported and loved.
We're right in downtown Sumner, near the traffic light at Wood and Main, right behind the Dairy Freeze. Click on Find Us at the right of our menu above to see a Google map.
Yes, we have lots of doors! The best way to enter the church is using the glass door that faces the parking lot. Go through the double doors on your right, along the left side of the hall and then up either set of stairs.
If stairs are a problem, please take the elevator right next to the glass door. There is plenty of room in the church for wheel chairs and walkers.
Singing starts about 9:45, and we all wander in and take our seats by 10:00 or so. Sit anywhere you like. A couple of people will be at the inner door, in case you have questions. They'll hand you a printed bulletin of the service, but everything will also be projected onto the wall in front.
The children have a special lesson of their own near the beginning of the service. They then can go downstairs for Sunday school. They are also welcome to remain upstairs and attend the entire service.
We also have a great place for moms and dads who don't want to miss the service due to a fussy baby. You can see and hear everything going on from our "cry room" complete with changing table, toys, and a comfortable rocker. Baby noise is music to our ears, so we hope moms and dads don't run out at the first peep.
Please be assured that we take the safety of your children seriously. Sumner UMC has child safety procedures that ensure open classroom doors and multiple available adults.
On Sunday mornings, teens who would rather not sit with their parents can continue upstairs to the balcony. There they may find others their own age participating in our service from their own special place.
Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month. Like all United Methodist churches, we serve open communion. As our church formally states, "Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another." Whether you choose to receive communion is between you and God, and no one will think any less of you either way.
You can read read more about United Methodists and Communion by following this link.
We understand that most people do not like to be singled out and their visit noticed publicly. So we won't do that to you. You are certainly welcome to introduce yourself during announcements, if you wish. Visitors from churches who introduce people publicly feel more connected to the service when they've explained who they are. That works for us, too. Many of us, including our pastor, will greet you individually. You won't be ignored.
Please join us for coffee downstairs after the service so we can get to know you, even if you're only visiting from out of town this one week. We recognize you as one of God's blessings we don't want to miss.
We don't dress formally. On a normal Sunday you will see everything from business casual to jeans (or shorts). On Easter and Christmas, some people will dress up for the occasion, but many will not.
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