Worship

 

At Willow Glen UMC we think that church is a place you should be able to come as you are.  We're open and inviting because that's what Christ taught us.  We don't judge and we don't expect you to "know" how to do church.  We hope that you'll come give us a chance to be a part of your spiritual journey.

When are your Christmas Services?

Christmas is a wonderful time to worship with your church family, friends and neighbors - we hope you will join us for our evening Christmas Eve candlelit celebrations:

Our 5:00pm Christmas Eve Service is delightful for worshipers of all ages.  Our children will participate in this service, serving as the choir for worship and sharing in some of the leadership of the service by helping to tell the Christmas story in an upbeat and lively way.

Our 9:00pm Christmas Eve Service is a peaceful candlelit service.  The familiar words of the Christmas story combine with the beauty of familiar Christmas music to create a peaceful and renewing celebration of the gift of Christ into our lives.  Come and hear the good news in a way that will speak to your life for the year to come.

What time does Sunday service start?

10:00am until around 11:00am.  

Where do I go?

 

The entrance to the main sanctuary is on Newport Ave right at Minnesota Ave.  There are two big brown double doors that are usually open before service starts with a huge sign over them that says “Willow Glen United Methodist Church.” Please be aware that we do mix it up so if you find one area is too quiet when you arrive, try the other worship space.

 

Main Sanctuary Entrance

 

What should I wear?

Wear whatever makes you comfortable. Everything from dresses and suits to jeans and sneakers is fine, you’ll see the full spectrum here – from babies to seniors wearing whatever suits them.  We're more interested in having you come worship God with us than what you're wearing.

What’s the music like?

There’s a choir and pipe organ, with guest instruments always possible—like our amazing bell choir.  The music mixes traditional — drawing on both Methodist and modern tradition—as well as some more contemporary version, played by our Praise Band.  All have beautiful inspiring words with soaring music and experienced vocals. 

What about kids?

We love kids – families and children are a big focus here at Willow Glen UMC.  Kids of all ages attend our service and we’re especially proud that kids are welcome to stay for the duration of the service or go to children’s chapel mid-way through the service.  We offer drawing pads and stuff as well.

What if I've done bad things or I'm not perfect?

You'll fit right in with the rest of us then.  The most important thing we want you to know about Willow Glen United Methodist is that we're a group of imperfect and broken people trying to find Christ together.  We aren't worried about what you've done—we’re about where you're going.

What If I'm not a Christian or come from another faith?

We hope that if you're not committed to Christ that you'd allow us the privilege of showing you how we worship our Lord.  All of us started where you are right now, and some of us are still there.  The point isn't about where you are in your faith journey, but that you're on a journey, and we'd like to be a part of that journey.