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Welcoming Ministries

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


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.

One of the things I most value about FUMCR is that we are a "Big Tent." That is to say we have people who have found a spiritual home here who come from different backgrounds, hold differing political views, and can be found along a wide spectrum of theological beliefs and social issues. While not being of one mind on every issue, our hearts burn as one to follow Christ, to do his will, and to be his people. We disagree at times about how best to do that, but we find common ground in our commitment to "do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with God" (Micah 6:8).

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 through our large 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 for information about our various ministry areas. Feel free to contact us, too. The Welcoming Ministries 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, all on Sundays:

      •  TRADITIONAL WORSHIP SERVICES  •  8:45 am, 9:45 am, & 11 am  •  Sanctuary
      •  MODERN WORSHIP SERVICE  •  11 am  •  Worship & Arts Center
      •  ZIMBABWE WORSHIP SERVICE  •  12 noon  •  Chapel  •  Conducted in Shona                                                 

  • 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 young 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.

Welcoming Ministries Staff

Beth Smith
Beth Smith
Director, Welcoming Ministries & Leadership Development
Mary Collins
Mary Collins
Admin Asst, Welcoming, Missions, UMW
Rohini Drake
Rohini Drake
Engagement Coordinator
Wendy Martin
Wendy Martin
Connections Coordinator
Matt Walker
Matt Walker
Welcoming Associate