Our mission is to invite and welcome people to be committed and compassionate followers of Jesus Christ through worship, through spiritual growth, through fellowship and through service to others.
Frequently Asked Questions
When are your worship services? What are they like?
- Saturday, 5pm: A more ‘contemporary’ worship style with praise band music and a less scripted service structure.
- Sunday, 8:30am & 10:45am: Traditional worship with one of our choirs and the organ leading music.
- Sunday, 5:30pm: Sunday Evening Prayer service is small and quiet. It’s a time for reflection, prayer, and centering. This service happens on the 2nd and 4th Sunday every month.
What can I expect when I walk into church for worship?
We are a large, friendly congregation that will greet you when you walk in our front doors. You’ll first see our Welcome Center with a volunteer to answer any questions you might have. Be sure to stop by if you are here for your first time – we’ve got a small gift for you! You’ll be handed a bulletin as you walk in to the sanctuary, which is made up of long pews in the back and padded chairs towards the front. Sit anywhere you feel comfortable. Toward the beginning of worship there will be a time to greet those who are seated around you – this lasts about a minute. Don’t be surprised if someone greets you and introduces themselves.
We play music and sing to worship God during our services. We often use videos, visual art, dance, or acting to express the message. Worship length averages one hour. We hear sermons based on teachings in the Bible that are translated for our lives. We are an active, growing church! This means that we do have children in our worship services, and we thank God for that!
Communion: We take communion on the first Sunday of every month to remember that Jesus gave his life for us. We have an open table, meaning that you do not need to be a member of our congregation or of any congregation to receive communion if you choose to. Usually rows are dismissed by ushers to go to the front and take a small piece of bread and a small cup of juice and consume them before returning to the seats. If you choose not to participate, we ask that you remain seated in an attitude of prayer.
Financial Giving: We take a financial offering during worship because we are called to give our best portion to God. The gifts then go on to sustain Sun Prairie UMC, local charities, and programs around the world through United Methodist Apportionments.
Prayer: During the offering time, you may place a yellow prayer card in the basket as it goes by. These are collected and read by the pastor during our time for prayer, so that we can support those in need and celebrate the joys of others.
Do you include children in your ministry and worship?
Children are an important part of our worship! There’s a special time in the service when we invite the children present to come and sit up front for a children’s sermon. If your child feels comfortable doing this, they are more than welcome to join in! Nursery care is offered during all of our worship services for children birth through age 2. Our bulletin contains information each week about what is available during each of our worship services for older children. We also have busy bags available for children and their families during all three of our worship services.
Why do you ask for my information?
After the greeting and announcements, the ushers pass out red ‘pew pads’ for everyone to fill out. One side of the pad is for visitors, the other, members. We ask for your information because we’d like to be able to greet you by name and because we like to follow up with guests to see if they have any questions about our church or our mission. We want to get to know you and connect you to others!
You are a reconciling church, What does that mean?
Sun Prairie United Methodist Church is a community committed to H.O.P.E.(Hospitality – Offering Christ – Purposeful living – Engaging our communities).
In 2013, our church voted to become a Reconciling congregation. In that declaration, we have said that, “Our welcome knows no boundaries.”
We believe there are no limits to God’s love and we seek to model that love in the way we welcome people…all people.
Part of being a Reconciling congregation means we welcome all people, regardless of their personal characteristics of age, race, gender, ability, gender identity or sexual orientation.
SPUMC is a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). The mission of the Reconciling Ministries Network is to mobilize United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love. You can read more about RMN at their website here.