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  • Traditional WorshipTraditional Worship - 10/22/2017 - 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Sunday School for all agesSunday School for all ages - 10/22/2017 - 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM
  • Light House Kids Ages 3-1st gradeLight House Kids Ages 3-1st grade - 10/22/2017 - 11:00 AM
  • THE BRANCH (Contemporary Worship)THE BRANCH (Contemporary Worship) - 10/22/2017 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PMThe Branch is our contemporary worship service that meets every Sunday at 11am in the Fellowship Hall. The worship service is known by an inviting community that seeks to follow Christ and love people. The Branch is a great place to come if you do not have a church home or have never been to church before. It is open for people of all ages, backgrounds, races, and stages in the faith.   You will find vibrant music led by our praise band, food that helps to form a sense of community, and engaging messages that are Biblical and relevant today.
  • Traditional WorshipTraditional Worship - 10/22/2017 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Welcome:

Welcome to Griffin First United Methodist Church! We hope that the information you’ll find on this web page will be the first step of turning a “virtual visit” into a “real” visit to the church. We want to do everything we can to make your worship experience at GFUMC a meaningful one.

All of us know that it can be difficult to go somewhere new. We feel uncomfortable when we don’t know exactly where we’re supposed to be or how to get where we’d like to go. The purpose of this part of the web page is to answer questions that you may have, so that when you come to the church for the first time, you’ll feel at home. Below are some questions that our guests often ask. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, please email me at med.roach@griffin-fumc.org. If I don’t know the answer, I probably know someone who does!

If you worship with us, please introduce yourself to me as I always love meeting and chatting with our visitors. I look forward to meeting you.

Blessings,

Med Roach
Sr. Minister

Frequently asked questions about Sunday morning:

• Where is the church located?
The Church is at 1401 Maple Drive on the south side of Griffin. If you’re not familiar with Griffin, you can get directions by clicking HERE.

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• Where do I park?
There is ample parking in the front and in the back of the church. Handicap parking is clearly marked and all entrances to the facility are wheelchair accessible.

• How many worship services are there, where are they located, and what time do they start?
There are three worship services every Sunday morning. “The Branch” contemporary worship service is at 11:00 a.m. It meets in the Fellowship Hall, which is located on the Wesley Street side of the church’s campus. We suggest parking in the lot in the back of the church to be closer to the Fellowship Hall.

Traditional Worship Services are at 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. These services are held in the Sanctuary, which faces Maple Drive.

• How should I dress when I attend a worship service?
We believe that the most important thing about coming to worship is your heart, but we also recognize that people want to feel comfortable in their surroundings. In the Contemporary Service you will see a variety of dress, from shorts and jeans and t-shirts, to more traditional “church dress”. At the Traditional services people generally dress more formally- dresses, pant suits, neckties and/or jackets, suits. Again, the most important thing is a heart for worship, so please do not let “dress” be an issue that keeps you away from church.

• Attending church is new to me. Will I feel embarrassed by not knowing what to say or do at the right times?
We have tried to make our church bulletin as “user friendly” as possible. For example, if the congregation will be reciting a creed together, the Hymnal page number is clearly indicated. Most other acts of worship are clearly announced from the pulpit. For “The Branch” contemporary worship, the words of all songs and/or responses will be on the screen in the Fellowship Hall. You will never be called upon or singled-out as a visitor.

• Should my children come with me into the service? If not, where should they go?
All children are welcome in worship, but our experience has been that young children are more comfortable in the care of our fine Nursery. Children under the age of three years are invited to the Nursery in the center of the Education Building. After the Children’s Moment in our traditional service, children ages 3 through 1st grade are invited to go to Lighthouse Kids (Children’s Church), which is located on the first floor of the Education Building, just past the nursery. Parents may pick up their children from these rooms immediately following the 11:00 worship service. On most Sundays, children in grades 2 through 5 attend JAM Session (“Jesus And Me”) in the Chapel at the same time. For traditional services you can find children’s “quiet bags” just outside of the main doors. There are also Children’s Bulletins available as you enter the sanctuary.

• Do you have programs and policies in place that will make me comfortable leaving my children out of my sight?
Yes, we take the safety of your children very seriously, and we have adopted a very detailed “Safe Sanctuaries” policy. Everyone who works with children or youth in this church has submitted to a criminal background check. Please ask a Staff member for a copy of the Safe Sanctuaries policy. Our nursery is equipped with a pager system. Should your child require your presence during the worship hour, the nursery staff can contact you unobtrusively with a vibrating pager.

• How do I find a Sunday School Class that might be right for me?
There is a list of adult Sunday School classes on this web page. Please go to the “Ministries” tab and you will find information about our Discipleship opportunities.

• How do I find a Sunday School Class for my child?
We have classes for all ages of children. Click “Ministries” and explore the Children’s Ministries areas.

Okay, now that we’ve answered some questions about Sunday mornings, let’s look at some other questions you might have about the church:

• What is the best way to get to know other people in the church?
Simply put, get involved. Come to church night supper on Wednesday (most weeks during the school year), join a small group or Sunday School class, attend a concert special event, visit or sign up for a class in the Christian Enrichment Center (our gymnasium), join the Chancel Choir or volunteer for a ministry. Any Staff member will be glad to help you get involved without becoming overwhelmed.

• Is there something I need to do before coming to a Wednesday Night supper?
Reservations are required for supper on Wednesday evening. Please call the church office at 770-228-3020, or email fay.cobb@griffin-fumc.org.

• What do you do on Wednesday evenings other than eat?
Following the supper our children go to children’s choirs, the adult handbell choir rehearses, the youth gather for their own time of study and worship, and the adults either enjoy a program in the Fellowship Hall, or participate in a class offered. The Chancel Choir rehearses later, at 7:30 p.m.

• Where can I read about what United Methodists believe?
http://www.umc.org/

• How can I learn more about what membership means?
If you are interested in becoming a member of Griffin First United Methodist Church please let one of the pastors know your desire. You can do that by speaking personally to them or by simply checking the box that says “I would like to join this church” or “I would like the minister to call me” on the registration pad that is passed down the pew at every service. We would love to have you!”

I hope that we have answered some of the questions you may have. Please feel free to call the church office if you have other questions. We look forward to meeting you!