I’m New Here
The purpose of Collegiate/Wesley is to build an inclusive community that invites all people to experience God’s unconditional love, grow in faith, and serve others.
Am I Welcome at Collegiate/Wesley?
When we say, “All Means All,” that’s the truth. Everyone is welcome here!
What’s your worship like?
Our 8:30 and 11:00 AM services (9:30 AM from June thru the Sunday before ISU classes begin) are more traditional in style, with hymns, scripture readings, prayers, a time for children, a sermon, special music, and other elements. An usher will give you a bulletin (printed worship guide), which contains the full service details and details about things like upcoming events. Words to the songs, scriptures and other worship elements will also be on our screens.
The 8:30 AM service (9:30 AM in summer) is a little more casual and usually is accompanied by a band. Various music groups and individuals take turn offering the special music. The 11:00 AM service is somewhat more traditional, with an organ and choir.
How should I dress?
That’s really up to you! Some dress very casually, and others come in their “Sunday best.” Our advice: be comfortable. You’ll fit in just fine.
Where is the nursery?
It’s near the west entrance, on the way to the Sanctuary. Come in the west entrance, turn left at the hallway, and the nursery will be just a few yards down on your right. (PS: Children are always welcome in worship.)
Is there Communion during worship? Can I participate?
At Collegiate/Wesley we celebrate communion once a month on the first Sunday of the month.
United Methodist churches have an “open table” approach to celebrating Communion. All persons are invited to participate…and we really do mean all – children too. The Communion liturgy (that is, prayers, words spoken by the clergy, etc.) we use varies from month to month, but you’ll always be guided in the Sunday morning worship bulletin. The ushers will direct you to come forward to receive Communion. You may also spend time in prayer at the altar rail at the front of the Sanctuary if you wish.
We take Communion by a method called “intinction.” That just means you’ll be given a small piece of bread. Take that and dip it part-way into the cup of grape juice. Gluten free bread is available from the Communion servers, so just ask if you need that.
Is there an offering? Where does it go? Is it tax-deductible?
At our morning services, there is an offering taken near the end of the service. That’s also when we ask everyone to put their “Connection Card” in the offering plate, so everyone can participate whether or not they make a financial donation. As our guest, there’s no obligation to give.
The offering goes toward all of our general expenses, from the staff and building to our programs and mission projects. Special offering envelopes are also available about twice each month which support local or global ministries, such as Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance or UMCOR.
All donations are tax-deductible. (Cash donations would have to be put in an offering envelope with your information.) We send out quarterly and annual statements to donors.
Most people give online, by the way. You can do that on a regular basis or just one time, if you wish, by clicking here.
Do I need to pre-register my child or myself for a Sunday morning class?
Nope! You’re always welcome, all the time! Parents of young children are definitely welcomed to stay with them for a few weeks to help them become comfortable.