Frequently Asked Question

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What can I expect when I come to worship at your church?

First of all, you will be welcomed!  Come as you are.  Each church has its own unique personality, but all are truly friendly and accepting of everyone.  A few women do wear skirts or dresses, and a few men do wear suits.  Most dress casual – slacks and polo shirts, shorts, slacks.

Second, you won’t be singled out as “new” nor asked to stand and introduce yourself in front of the whole group.  Come, relax, join in as you are comfortable doing.  Someone is likely to offer you a program (also called a bulletin) which guides us through the service, or to offer you a book to sing from (a hymnal).  Don’t worry – you can’t do something “wrong!”

The first Sunday of the month we celebrate Communion at Mt. Pleasant and Mt. Zion.  This is a time when we share as Jesus told us to, using bread and grape juice.  We also have gluten-free wafers at Mt. Pleasant for those who need them.  Communion is for those who want to be in relationship with God – Father, Son and Spirit – and to live as God would have.  You don’t have to be a certain age (even children are welcome to Communion!) nor be a member of this church.  We believe Jesus is the host and invites everyone.  It is your choice – no one keeps track of who does or doesn’t receive Communion.

At Fairview Chapel, Communion is celebrated the last Sunday of the month.  Again, all are welcome to receive

We do take an offering each Sunday.  We do not expect guests to put money into the offering plate; you can if you like.  No one watches to see who does or doesn’t.  We do expect people who worship here on a regular basis to do so as a symbol of their gratitude for all God has gifted them with and from a desire to be included in the work of the Church.

At Mt. Pleasant we have tote bags filled with crayons, coloring books and papers for children to use during worship.  There is a children’s message for the children during the Mt. Pleasant worship.  Mt. Zion and Fairview Chapel also have time with the children occasionally.  But children are welcome in any of our services – even if they get a bit noisy!

During the school year, Mt. Pleasant has a Children’s Church following the Children’s Message.  Children are welcome to remain in church with their family, or to go with an adult for child appropriate activities during the sermon.

A sermon is a message about being a Christian.  Usually given by a pastor, sometimes Lay Speakers (non-clergy) give the message.  Usually the message is based on a passage in the Bible; sometimes, everyday life drives the message

We also have a variety of music.  At Fairview Chapel, a pump organ provides the background.  At Mt. Pleasant, a piano and sometimes an African drum is used.  At Mt. Zion, CDs are used as our music basis.  Fairview Chapel and Mt. Zion tend to use more traditional music; Mt. Pleasant features a blend of traditional hymns and contemporary (what you hear on Christian music stations) songs for worship.

  • Are children welcome?

Absolutely!  Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:14)  If Jesus himself says children are welcome, how can we not?!?  It’s one thing to say and another to actually do.  Rest assured, even when they are noisy or grumpy, children are still welcomed at church!

Many of the activities at Mt. Pleasant are specifically done to welcome and include children.  Check our events calendar for comic book club, movie night, Vacation Bible School and Sunday School to name a few.

Biblical Paul adds that “The Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:16)  We are all children in God’s eyes.  We are welcome even before we have our act together, before we are cleaned up.  We call this grace – God loving us just as we are, and loving us too much to leave us as we are.  If this is how you sometimes feel – come on along!

  • Can non-members get married in this church?

Yes.  You do not need to be a member of this church in order to be married here.  It is expected all weddings will be Christian in nature.

You will be expected to participate in pre-marital conversations with your intended.  Therefore, it is best to begin conversation  with us no later than 3 months before the wedding date.

Rev. Burnette officiates at all weddings held at Mt. Pleasant or Mt. Zion.  Other pastors may be included at the discretion of the officiating pastor.  Rev. Burnette is available for weddings at Fairview Chapel, also.

If you wish to use the Fairview Chapel location, please contact coordinator Linda Ponce at (301) 662-5679.  There are some black-out dates at Fairview Chapel when weddings are not allowed.  You may use a pastor of your choice at Fairview Chapel, but s/he must be qualified to conduct weddings.  The credentials of your pastor must be verified in advance

All the churches on this Charge are under the United Methodist Church and therefore are governed by Church law (our polity) which prohibits same-sex marriage in any of our churches.

Current cost for using any of these churches is $350 base cost.  At Fairview Chapel there are additional fees for the candelabra.  An honorarium is expected for any musicians and for the officiating pastor.  Other costs will be discussed at the first pre-marital meeting.

  • What does it mean to be baptized?

Baptism is one of two events Jesus specifically told us to do.  (Communion is the other.)  In baptism, we make promises to turn from sin and evil, accept the freedom God gives us to make a change, and to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  We promise to live our lives as Jesus showed us how, using the power God gives us to do so.

We believe baptism is an outward symbol of the transformation God has already begun within us for this new way of living.  Thus, we say that God initiates or begins the work.  Baptism is our acknowledgment of what God has started.  Since this is God’s action and our response, and because we believe God doesn’t make mistakes, we do not re-baptize someone who has already been baptized.  We can reaffirm baptism, but we don’t re-do it

Baptism incorporates us into the mighty acts of salvation God is doing in our world.  Therefore, we believe at baptism we are included into God’s family.  Therefore, unless there are severe medical reasons why the person to be baptized cannot be around others, baptism happens in worship among the people of God.  It is an event to be celebrated, and the Church surrounds the newly baptized with their own encouragement and promises to help the new Christian to grow in faith and experience.

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