Welcome to Ghent UMC!
We are so glad you are thinking about joining us for worship! Everyone here–from your neighbor in the pews to Pastor Melody–is eager to make you feel welcome and to assist you with any questions you may have.
During your time with us, please fill out the Connection Card in your Worship Bulletin, and drop it in the collection plate. Adding your email helps us to keep you informed and to respond to your interests and needs in the future. Better yet, let us know you’re coming by clicking here, so we can look forward to your visit!
Please scroll down to find answers to questions frequently asked about our church.
What time is Sunday Worship?
We have worship on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. with announcements. It is a relaxed, traditional worship service with piano and organ music. But, due to COVID-19, we are not currently meeting in the building. However, you can join us Sundays at 10am on Facebook Live.
Also, we have been approved for Drive-in Worship services to celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month at 1:30 pm. Otherwise, we are continuing to worship and minister to each other and our community online. We appreciate your prayers, patience, and understanding as we do our part in curbing the spread of COVID-19.
How do I worship online or hear the sermons?
We post previous services on our Facebook page. You can also watch our service live, Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. on Facebook. Click here for the link to our Facebook page.
You can also listen to past sermons by going to the Sermons page on our website.
Is there Sunday School?
Sunday School for adults is at 9:00 a.m. We have other small group opportunities for all ages on a weekly and monthly basis.
Can I bring my children to worship?
Children are always welcome to our 10 a.m. worship service. After the children’s message, children aged 3 – 5th grade may go to children’s church in the church library for a brief Bible lesson, activity or craft; younger children may go to the nursery or stay in worship.
Is there child care?
We offer safe, responsible care for our children during our 10:00 am worship. We have two professional CPR certified child care providers. Families are welcome to have children remain in the sanctuary with them, however.
Do I need to dress up?
Dress in a manner that is comfortable for you. At worship services, as well as at all other church functions, you will find people who are dressed casually and people who “dress up.”
I’ve made some bad decisions in life. Am I still welcome?
Absolutely. At Ghent UMC, we know that no one is perfect; so we welcome everyone to come and learn of the grace, love, mercy and forgiveness that God offers us.
Tell me about Holy Communion at Ghent UMC.
We celebrate Communion on the first Sunday of each month. You do not have to be a member of this church or even of the United Methodist Church to receive communion. All who seek to lead a life following the way of Christ are welcome to the Lord’s Table.
Children may receive Communion, even prior to Confirmation. Even children who do not want to receive communion may come forward to receive a blessing from the pastor.
Also, we have been approved for Drive-in worship services to celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month at 1:30 pm. Otherwise, we are continuing to worship and minister to each other and our community online. We appreciate your prayers, patience, and understanding as we do our part in curbing the spread of COVID-19.
WHERE SHOULD I PARK AND WHERE DO I ENTER THE BUILDING?
Parking for Sunday worship is available in the lot behind the church (enter via Raleigh Avenue). Street parking is also available on Raleigh Avenue and Stockley Gardens. Until 10:10 am you may enter the church through both the Raleigh Avenue (side) and Stockley Gardens (front) entrances. After 10:10 am, the Raleigh Avenue (side) entrance will be locked for safety reasons.
How can I get in touch with church staff?
Due to COVID-19, our church staff members are continuing to work from home and only come to the church building on an as needed basis. To contact church staff, click here to access their email addresses or call the church office at 757-622-2843 and leave a voice mail. Our voice mail is monitored, in general, Monday through Friday. Messages will be returned as soon as possible.