What to Expect

**Because of COVID-19, the doors of Sanctuary have been closed to worship, fellowship events and gatherings of any kind.  Now that we are in the YELLOW PHASE, outdoor fellowship events are being scheduled, as well as small group meetings, but worship will not occur on site until Montgomery County reaches the GREEN PHASE.

We continue to follow CDC guidelines with regard to wearing a cloth face mask and social distancing.   Additional hand sanitizer stations are being purchased and will be place throughout the church for your convenience.

Keep an eye on the church calendar.  Sanctuary will open the doors and invite everyone to in-person worship as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we welcome you to worship with us on Facebook every Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.:  https://www.facebook.com/sanctuaryumcnw/

When we return, you can expect a warm and welcoming atmosphere where the overall attitude is laid back and there is a sense of community. We are a family that is always eager for new friends to join or even just visit for the week. You can select from two different worship experiences with differing styles or follow your nose to the Chapel Cafe for some refreshments and fellowship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to give money?

No. When the plate or basket reaches you, please feel free to pass it along. In each worship experience, we have a time set aside for tithes and offerings because we believe that we are a blessed people and we want to give back to the Lord, but no one is obligated to give.

Do I have to get all dressed up?

No. You may come as you are comfortable. We have a casual atmosphere. In the traditional experience, you might see folks in dress pants and dresses. During the contemporary experience, jeans are much more common.

Is there music?

There sure is! In the traditional experience, our choir and organist or pianist lead in worship. Anyone who would like to is encouraged to join in song. During the contemporary worship experience, we have guitars, piano, bass, and a variety of beat dropping percussion instruments. Again, you may join in song or enjoy without singing.

Does someone stand up front and talk for a long time?

There is a time in each experience dedicated to the hearing of the Word. This means we open the Bible and one of our pastors or, sometimes, members of our congregation teach on what we can learn from the word of God and how we can apply it in our daily lives. This is usual about 30 minutes in length. Often the time includes story telling and illustrations.

Are people going to talk to me?

We like to welcome everyone to the celebration, so yes. Someone will likely greet you with a “good morning!” You may be offered a name tag because we like to address people by name, and if it’s your first time visiting, we want to give you a small gift to express our thanks that you joined us. You will not be asked to stand up, say anything, or do a jig, we just want to say “hey” and be available for you if you have questions or needs with which we can help you.

What if I want to get involved?

That’s great! We have lots of non Sunday options to gather during the week. We also provide opportunities to engage in service with other church family members. You can learn more about these opportunities, talk to someone in charge, or sign up at either welcome desk.  One is right outside of our main sanctuary, and the other is in the back of our Fellowship Center.