Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers!)
We are so glad that you have taken time to find out more about Edmonds United Methodist Church. Here are a few Frequently Asked Questions. If you have others, please do not hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you!
About Our Church
Is your Welcome Statement really true?
Our Welcome Statement states that “Edmonds United Methodist Church welcomes everyone. We strive for diversity in our congregation, believing that all people are created in God’s image and loved unconditionally by God. We seek to be an inclusive and multicultural church of different ages, racial backgrounds, classes, genders and sexual orientations. We seek unity in our common faith in Jesus Christ and our common commitment to grow in Christian discipleship.”
As a church we certainly try to live this statement. We are blessed to welcome all people and enjoy a rich community with those that God has led through our doors.
How many members does the church have?
Our membership is over 700. It might be more meaningful to know that the average attendance at weekly worship is between 350-375 attendees.
Do you really have three women pastors?
Yes. With the addition of Pastor Marcella in 2012, our pastoral staff is made up of three women. They were chosen for their specific gifts and availability. Pastor Kathlyn, the senior pastor, and Pastor Marcella, whose many gifts include ministry to children and youth, were both appointed by the bishop of the Pacific Northwest United Methodist Church Annual Conference. Pastor Dennie is a retired Presbyterian minister who was hired by the congregation to serve part-time as the pastor of congregational care. We do have many men who serve in church leadership roles, as ministry volunteers, and our congregation includes several retired male pastors who often participate in worship.
How does a person become of member of your church?
If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact a pastor or the church office. New members are received into the congregation about three times a year, typically after attending an inquiry class of those considering membership. The Methodist Church emphasizes a faith in Christ and service to others. For more information about being a United Methodist, please click HERE.
What is unique about Methodists?
The United Methodist Church is one of the mainline Protestant churches. The church recommends using four criteria for evaluating a situation: scripture, reason, tradition and personal experience. The theological spectrum within the denomination is very wide. Edmonds United Methodist Church is a church that is open-hearted, intellectually stimulating, and actively engaged in service to others. We are a community of faith that loves children, music, good preaching, shared meals, and people from all walks of life.
Programs and Opportunities
How do I find out what programs are going on in the church?
There are several sources that are helpful:
The monthly church newsletter called the Guidelights. This is available in printed form, via email as well as on the website. Click HERE to read the latest issue.
Information is available at the Visitor Information Desk in the Entry Hall.
June Jackson is the staff person leading adult spiritual formation and is a good source of information about adult education.
Pastor Marcella Baker leads the children and family ministries and can provide information about those areas.
An insert in the Sunday Bulletin titled Beyond Sunday Morning provides information. This is also available online by clicking HERE.
I saw that you offer a church tour. When is that?
The tour is given after the second service on the second Sunday of the month. While on the tour you will learn about the different programs and ministries that our church is involved in and where they are located within the building. Meet at the Visitor Information Desk in the Entry Hall at approximately 11:45am. The tour lasts about 30 minutes.
What is a ChristCare group?
A ChristCare group is a small group where people can connect and grow in their faith. The group is made up of four components: mutual care and encouragement, worship and prayer, practical study that relates the Bible to everyday life, and service and outreach to others. ChristCare groups are offered three times a year: fall, winter, and spring. For more information click HERE.
What should I expect when I come to worship at Edmonds United Methodist Church?
When you come to worship at Edmonds United Methodist Church, you will be greeted warmly by our greeters and ushers. If you have children, you will be instructed where the nursery is and what options for Sunday School are available. We begin worship together and then the children are dismissed for Sunday School after about 15 minutes in the service.
Our worship services are identical, offering a blend of worship music and hymns, prayer, scripture, readings, sermon, offering, and celebrations in our community. You won't have to stand up or introduce yourself to the whole church. You will get a chance to register your attendence should you choose to and we will offer you a fresh flower as a way for us to say that we are so glad that you came to worship with us.
Our services usually last an hour.
What is the dress code at Edmonds United Methodist Church?
You'll find a wide range of styles at worship from jeans to suits for men and jeans/slacks to dresses for women. Don't worry about what you wear because the main thing is that you are here! Be comfortable and ready to worship.
How does your church do communion?
Holy Communion is typically offered on the first Sunday of each month and on other special occasions such as Maundy Thursday. In the United Methodist Church, communion is open to any and all who wish to participate. We go forward to the front of the church and receive the bread and cup from one of our pastors or lay people. We use grape juice so that all may participate. We also offer a choice of gluten-free bread and cup for those who have wheat intolerance.