what to expect
We're so happy you're joining us for worship at Platte City United Methodist Church. Every church is different, and even if you've attended worship at a United Methodist Church before, we want to make sure you know what to expect at ours.
Everyone - and we mean everyone - is welcome here.
You may have had past experiences with or heard about churches that limit the kind of activities you can participate in at church based on your membership status, marital situation, gender, race, sexuality or any number of things. That's not the case at PCUMC. We welcome every person who wants to worship with us, and invite you to join in communion, worship, service and connection.
We hold two services on Sunday mornings - one at 9:30 a.m. and one at 11:00 a.m.. The 9:30 a.m. service is our "traditional" service, during which we worship through singing hymns, and changing from sitting to standing occasionally. The service starts with an organ meditation, which allows the congregation to get into a worshipful mindset. Then, the pastor leads the congregation in a spoken call and response, which is displayed on television screens to allow for easy participation. Hymns are sung a few times throughout the service, and the worship leader clearly states when the congregation should stand to sing them. The lyrics to the hymns are displayed on television screens and the hymn numbers are provided for worshipers who want to sing from a hymnal.
The contemporary service, held at 11:00 a.m., worships with a praise band that leads the congregation in a few contemporary Christian music songs at the start of service. The format of the contemporary service is more casual than the traditional; there are fewer times when the congregation is asked to sit and stand as a group.
In between the two services, we host a short coffee hour to allow worshipers to get to know each other better through fellowship. Light breakfast foods, like donuts, fruit, coffee and pastries, are provided at no cost and anyone is welcome to enjoy a meal with the group. The Coffee Hour is very causal - just grab a plate and join a table after 9:30 service or before the 11:00 service.
Families are abundant at PCUMC. Sunday School is offered during the 9:30 service. However, children are always welcome in the main service, no matter their ages
What to Wear
The traditional service enjoys a very eclectic style; congregants wear everything from business suits to basketball shorts. You'll find that most men wear jeans or slacks and a collared shirt and most women wear jeans, slacks or a casual dress. Whatever your attire, you will find that others are dressed both more and less casually than yourself. Congregants at the contemporary service dress more casually; most wear jeans, casual shoes and everyday shirts.