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Welcoming Ministry

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. - Romans 15:7

Welcome!

We are a community of believers committed to living out our mission: 

With open hearts and minds, we welcome people for Christ, grow people in Christ, and serve people with Christ.

Take time to browse through our various ministries, and you will discover imperfect people striving to know more about God and to make a difference in our community and world. We would love for you to visit a worship service and see first hand what we are all about. We may appear like a big church on the outside, but we really have a friendly, small-church feel. Yet we are large enough to offer an array of ministries for all ages and stages of life. Come and see what God is doing at FUMCR!  

- Clayton Oliphint, Senior Pastor

We realize that visiting a new church may be a time filled with excitement and sometimes a little anxiety. We want to make your visit as comfortable as possible, so look over the website where you will find FAQs, service times and more information about our various ministry areas. Feel free to contact us, too. The Welcoming Ministry team is listed below. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What to Expect
    First Impressions

    What should I expect when I visit FUMCR?

    The first thing you should expect at FUMCR is a warm, friendly atmosphere with smiling faces to greet you. Our mission is with open hearts and minds, we welcome people for Christ, grow people in Christ, and serve people with Christ. We strive to embody that vision every day, as all people are welcome at FUMCR.

    What should I wear to attend a worship service at FUMCR?

    On any given Sunday, you may find a man in a suit & tie sitting beside a family who is in jeans. You may see a young child in her “Sunday best” walking beside a woman in hospital scrubs who just got off her shift. There is no specific dress code for any of our worship services, and you are welcome to come as you are.

    How can I stay up-to-date on upcoming events?

    You can view our event listings at FUMCR.COM/EVENTS, download our FUMCR App (available from the APP STORE and GOOGLE PLAY), and SUBSCRIBE to our e-newsletters (weekly Staying Connected, Dr. Oliphint's On the Way and interest-specific lists).

  • Worship
    Worship Styles & Finding the Right Fit

    What types of worship do you offer?

    Currently, we offer three different worship styles:

      •  TRADITIONAL WORSHIP SERVICES  •  8:45 am, 9:45 am, & 11 am on Sundays in Sanctuary
      •  ACCESS MODERN WORSHIP  •  follow links for dates, times and locations  •  11 am worship begins Jan 29
      •  ZIMBABWE WORSHIP SERVICE  •  11:15 am on Sundays in Chapel

    ASIAN MINISTRY is currently meeting in a Sunday School format at 9:45 am on Sundays in Room 212.

    What is the difference between FUMCR’s traditional service and the Access modern worship service?

    The traditional worship services include prayer, scripture and thought-provoking sermons from Dr. Clayton Oliphint or one of our other pastors. Music is always an important element of worship. Youth and adult choirs sing anthems, including occasional gospel, classical and more contemporary pieces. Congregational singing is from the United Methodist Hymnal and Faith We Sing. Communion is offered on the first Sunday of each month.

    Access modern worship service includes prayer, scripture and thought-provoking sermons similar to traditional worship; however, in Access, you can expect the unexpected. For example, you might find yourself assembling gift bags for homeless individuals in worship or texting questions for a live Q&A after the sermon. The Access band leads the primarily contemporary music, with the occasional older hymn sung in a new way. Access fully embraces the come-as-you-are, casual atmosphere of our FUMCR community.

    NOTE: Access modern worship will resume weekly worship on January 29th, 2017 at 11 am in its new home. the Worship and Arts Center. Until then, feel free to check out upcoming Access events at WWW.ACCESSFUMCR.COM.

  • My Faith Development
    Traveling on My Journey of Faith

    I’m interested in learning more about where I am on my own faith journey and how to move forward. What should I do?

    We are excited to share this time with you, as you learn more about deepening your faith!

    MY JOURNEY, an online tool created by staff at FUMCR, is one way you can discover where you are on your faith journey and what steps may be available for you to expand various relationships, e.g. with God, with your community, with the Bible, etc. We invite you to read more about MY JOURNEY on our website and use the tool at MYJOURNEY.VOYAGE to gain more insights into your own faith journey! Your answers are completely anonymous to the church, and the tool is provided for your personal use only. 

    What is the difference between a Sunday school group and a Group Life group?

    SUNDAY SCHOOL GROUPS are a variety of open, on-going groups, each committed to spiritual growth, mission and fellowship that meet on Sunday mornings at the church. Guests are encouraged to visit a few different groups and experience the unique personality, teaching style, topics and size that each one offers before choosing one. 

    GROUP LIFE sessions are held each fall and spring, meeting weekly in groups of 10-16 people for 10-12 weeks. The provided curriculum is typically either sermon-based or topic-based. These sessions do not take place on Sunday mornings. They may meet on campus, in the community, or in group members’ homes. Groups take a break from study between sessions, but often plan social or service activities, if the group is continuing. 

  • My Kids
    Especially for Children & Teens

    What options do you have for my children?

    From newborns through high school seniors on their way to graduating, we have several options for your children.

    During Worship

    Children, regardless of age, are always welcome in worship. John Westerhoff, a leading Christian educator, believes that faith is “caught” not taught and what better way for children to know what faith is all about than to participate in a community that welcomes them! In traditional worship, we have a special Children’s Time during the service led by our Children’s Ministry. We also have colorful children’s bags located at each entrance to traditional worship, where you can find crayons, stickers, a story book and coloring paper to keep little minds and hands busy.

    Nursery and Sunday School for Children

    A professionally staffed nursery is available for infants to 2-year-old toddlers from 8:30 am - 12 noon each Sunday. Pagers are available upon request.

    Sunday School is provided for children from age 3 through 6th grade. During the 6th grade school year, our confirmation program runs from September until May. To learn more about our children’s ministry, please visit FUMCR.COM/CHILDREN.

    Youth Ministry

    Our dynamic Youth Ministry is available for 7th – 12th graders. They meet for Sunday School at 9:45 am in the Youth Worship Space located on the 2nd floor of Bartula Family Life Center. Our teenagers will also find United Methodist Youth Fellowship every Sunday night (7th & 8th grades meet from 5-6:45 pm and 9th-12th grades meet from 6:30-8:30 pm). To learn more about our youth ministry and other options available, visit WWW.GETWEIRD.ORG / FUMCR.COM/STUDENTS.

  • Serving
    Mission, Outreach & Volunteering

    What types of volunteering or serving opportunities are available at FUMCR?

    There are several opportunities to serve at FUMCR and in our local community. On the menu above, under SERVE+CARE you will find our current opportunities, including:

      •  IMMEDIATE VOLUNTEER NEEDS
      •  ONGOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
      •  MISSIONS & OUTREACH OPTIONS 

    Not sure where you would like to volunteer or how you would like to serve? Let us know what your talents and passions are by completing our VOLUNTEER INTEREST FORM, and we will contact you with opportunities that might be a great fit or ministries that could use your support!

  • Membership
    How to Join

    I love FUMCR! What is the membership process to join?

    We are so excited you are interested in joining our church family!

    There are two ways to join the church on Sunday mornings:

      •  At the end of each service, Dr. Clayton Oliphint or Rev. Rich Rindfuss will invite guests to the front to be received into membership and introduced to the congregation.
      •  After each service, there is an opportunity to join in a more private setting with a pastor in Ogden Fellowship Hall.

    What you can expect:

      •  You will be asked if you profess your faith in Jesus Christ as your Savior and if you will strive to help FUMCR live out its mission to welcome, grow and serve others in Christ by your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.
      •  The church prays with you and receives you into membership.
      •  You are asked to complete a one-sheet membership form for our records.
      •  You receive a welcoming packet that gives more information about our church and a small gift from FUMCR to you!

    That’s it! You are not expected to have all the answers or everything figured out about God or the church itself before joining, as we are honored to meet you where you are. We truly see ourselves as a community of faith striving to learn more about God day-by-day together, and we invite you to join us in that vision!

    If you have any other questions about joining, feel free to reach out to anyone on the Welcoming Ministry Staff listed below.


Welcoming Ministry Staff

Kristen Ceaser
Director of Welcoming & Community Connections
972.996.0154
Shandon Collins
Assistant Director, Welcoming
972.996.0152
David Scroggin
Pastor, Welcoming Ministry, Men's Ministry
972.996.0153
Mary Collins
Administrative Assistant, Welcoming, Faith Development, Missions, UMW
972.996.0101
Shanda Harris
Welcoming Associate
972.996.0134