What to Expect

COVID-19 Pandemic Update – July 24, 2020 – 

**Now that Montgomery County has entered the GREEN PHASE, Sanctuary Church is open for in-person worship on Sunday mornings.  The normal worship service schedule is:

  9:15 a.m. – Traditional Worship Service (Sanctuary)

10:30 a.m. – Praise and Worship Service (Fellowship Center)

We continue to follow CDC guidelines with regard to wearing a cloth face mask and social distancing, and ask you to do the same.   Additional hand sanitizer stations have been place throughout the church for your convenience.

During this post pandemic time, singing is prohibited as water droplets caring the virus could be expelled from our mouths.  Rest assured that steps are being taken to keep soloists and musicians safe (distance and/or Plexiglas), but for now the choir will not be singing.

Some fellowship events/gatherings/meetings are beginning to occur in-person, but many will continue on ZOOM.  If you need information, please contact us at info@sanctuarychurch.org. 

FACEBOOK LIVE Continues….For those who prefer, Sanctuary offers LIVE worship on Facebook every Sunday at both 9:15 and 10:30 a.m.  Use the link below to worship with us:  https://www.facebook.com/sanctuaryumcnw/

At Sanctuary Church, 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 either services and experience differing styles.  We look forward to returning to fellowship before and after the Sunday services with a cup of coffee in the Chapel Cafe.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to give money?

No.  In both the Fellowship Center and Sanctuary, we have placed baskets/offering plates for collection of 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!  But at this time, singing is prohibited to keep everyone safe.

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 20 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.