The Saturday Genesis service takes place in the Fellowship Hall (in the Wesley Building) at
6 p.m. Genesis offers a casual worship experience in a relaxed setting, with the sermon delivered in a teaching style. The acoustic music in the service is a blend of traditional hymns and more contemporary Christian songs. Most services also include a musical selection from a “secular” pop/rock artist, which invites us to reflect on what our culture has to say about a particular topic/issue and how this can help inform our response as Christians. Recent services have included songs by U2, The Beatles, Metallica, The Foo Fighters, and Ozzy Osbourne.
What should I wear? As our most casual worship service, jeans and shorts are very common at the Genesis Service. Some families come straight from soccer games or other Saturday activities. We think you’ll fit in, no matter how you dress.
As you enter the Fellowship Hall, you will find a table with information about upcoming programs and events. All of the worship leaders are happy to answer questions and can help you find the nursery or the nearest restroom.
Iced tea and water are available during the service. The atmosphere is relaxed enough that getting up for a refill during the service will not be disruptive.
If you arrive late, please come on in and find a seat. If you need to leave early, no one will complain if you slip out.
You may sit anywhere – no seats are reserved.
Everything you need to follow along with the service will be displayed on the screen. A worship leader will let you know when it’s time to stand or have a seat.
Children are welcome in our service. Believing it is important for parents, grandparents and children to worship together, children are always welcome. It is our practice to let parents and children decide the level of participation with which they feel comfortable. Childcare is available for children ages 5 and younger.
Visitors may but are not expected to contribute to the work of the church, so don’t feel embarrassed to pass the collection basket without putting anything in it. Many church members contribute once a month or online, so you won’t be the only just passing the basket on. If you need an offering envelope, they are located on the table at the entrance to the Fellowship Hall.
Am I invited to take communion? We celebrate Holy Communion on the Saturday before the first Sunday of the month. We do so to commemorate Christ’s final meal with the disciples, and to celebrate his resurrection. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table, regardless of denominational affiliation, church membership or belief. In the Genesis service, we serve Holy Communion by intinction. This means that when you come forward to receive Communion, you will be given a piece of bread and before eating the bread, you will dip it into the cup of grape juice.
Do I have to join your church? No, you do not have to join, you are always welcome to worship among us, participate in any of our activities and attend any of our study groups. Membership is a choice and commitment which we want you to make only when the time is right for you. You can become a member by Baptism and Profession of Faith, or by transfer from another United Methodist Church or another denomination. We believe that the Holy Spirit works within other churches and if you have previously been baptized we do not “re-baptize” you.