Worship is the most well-attended and visible gathering of God's people in churches of any size and denomination. At the Alma United Methodist Church, it is our desire that all people gather will worship God as the scripture says, in spirit and in truth.
Sunday Morning Worship - 11:00 a.m.
Our church worship services feature inspiring music by our Chancel Choir, pianist, and other soloists as well as biblical and relevant preaching by our pastor. Our services are rooted in the historic practices of the church such as following the liturgical observances of the Christian year (such as Lent, Easter, Advent, and Christmas). Although our choir and pastor wear robes appropriate to their roles in the church, we encourage people to come to worship dressed comfortably and casually. During the summer, we often set aside the robes for a campmeeting styled service including more of the old gospel hymns and choruses. The church provides loving childcare for infants and toddlers during the morning worship service. Simply ask one of the greeters when you arrive for church and they will direct you to our nursery.
Sunday Evening Worship - 6:00 p.m.
Our Sunday evening services are very informal. Usually a smaller, more intimate gathering, our Sunday evening crowd enjoys a time together of singing some of our favorite hymns, sharing our joys and concerns together, prayer, and a devotional message from the pastor.
Sacraments are outward and visible signs of inward and spiritual grace offered to us through Jesus Christ. The United Methodist Church recognizes only two sacraments-baptism and communion-both rooted in the direct commands of Jesus Christ.
- Baptism is the sacrament of initiation into the church of Jesus Christ. In the United Methodist Church, baptism is available to persons of all ages. Infants and young children may be sponsored in the baptismal covenant by their parents or other caretakers and will be raised in the faith and led to profess their faith in Christ later in life through the rite of confirmation. Older children, youth, and adults may profess their faith at the time of their baptism. In our tradition, baptism is not so much about our response to Christ as it is about what Jesus has done for us. Baptism represents the grace offered to all through Christ's death and resurrection. United Methodists do not offer the sacrament of baptism to those who have already been baptized because what God does for us in baptism is complete and perfect and does not need repetition. We do, however, from time to time, offer individuals and congregations opportunities to reaffirm the baptismal covenant.
- Communion is known by many names throughout various churches - the Lord's Supper, the Eucharist, the Mass, and probably others. Holy Communion is the church's remembrance of the meal Jesus shared with his disciples before he gave himself up to be crucified. Communion for us represents more than simply a memorial meal. Holy Communion gives thanks for God's mighty works of salvation throughout the years, remembers Jesus's sacrifice for us on the cross, celebrates his resurrection from the dead, glorifies the Holy Spirit for his work in our lives now, and anticipates a time in the future when we will live eternally with Christ, feasting at the heavenly banquet. In our tradition, we observe what is known as an "open table," meaning that all people of any age, regardless of your membership or lack thereof in any church, is invited to receive the sacrament of communion. The invitation is available to all who do truly and earnestly repent of their sins.
Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church
Located about six miles south of Alma just off of US Highway 1, the Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church is our "sister church" on the charge with us. Elizabeth Chapel offers a small, country church setting and is a loving, close-knit group of Christ followers. Elizabeth Chapel worships every Sunday at 9:00 a.m. If you have plans to leave town early or are just looking for a different kind of church than what a downtown United Methodist Church offers, you might want to give our "sister church" a try.