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. But, during Covid restrictions, Connection Cards are filled out electronically. 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. Due to COVID-19, we are not currently meeting in the building. However, you can join us Sundays at our OUTDOOR worship service at 10am or on Facebook Live.
Is there Sunday School?
Sunday Bible Discussion 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?
Absolutely! 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. If you prefer to keep your children with you in the sanctuary, that is great, too. During Covid restrictions, however, Children’s Church and our nursery are suspended.
Is there child care?
We offer safe, responsible care for our children during our 10:00 am worship. (temporarily suspended) 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.
WHERE SHOULD I PARK AND WHERE DO I ENTER THE BUILDING?
Currently, all services are held outdoors only. 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.