Welcome to Monroe Street Church!

At Monroe Street Church we extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, filthy rich, dirt poor, yo no hablo ingles. We love crying newborns, people who are skinny as a rail, or those who could afford to lose a few pounds. You're welcome here if you are conservative, liberal, progressive or apolitical. We welcome you if you can sing like a rock star or can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just woke up, or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re in church every Sunday, haven’t been in church since little Joey’s baptism, or if you're traditional or nontraditional.

If you are over 60 but not grown up yet, or are a teenager who is growing up too fast, you have a home here. We welcome soccer moms, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion.” We’ve been there too.

If you blew all your offering money at the casino, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell or came because Grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We’re glad you’re here if you could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid, or got lost and wound up here by mistakeWe welcome visitors, seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts … and you!

 

What's a Worship Service Like? 

Worship at Monroe Street is a blend of traditional and international music and liturgy. We value the tradition of the church but we also love the way the Spirit moves us during the service. Music from our United Methodist Hymnal and other sources provide us with a myriad of options for vocal music. 

Our preaching is biblically based and encourages us to link the Word with the way we live our lives together. Those in attendance are challenged to go out and serve one another and the community, making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We strive to make our worship experience intergenerational. Our worship services invite people of different ages to offer their gifts to God, connecting the generations in one fellowship with Christ and with one another.

 

What's available for Children and Youth?

Children and youth are welcome in our Sunday morning worship. We’re intentionally multigenerational, so we don’t have a traditional Sunday School where kids and youth are shepherded off to a separate location. Instead, parents and kids pray, sing and learn together, along with the rest of our community. Part of learning to worship as a family is teaching children “how to attend church,” and we realize that there’s likely to be some noise and mayhem here and there. 

Play area ["prayground"] in the sanctuary for preschoolers

We have a prayground in the front of the sanctuary for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Young children play safely while their parents sit near them and worship. These children become immersed in worship as a sensory experience, as God’s gracious love forms their hearts, too.

 

 

 

Worship bags for older children

Children worship with us, invited to sing, pray, praise, ponder, meditate, and proclaim. Objects within their worship bags help them worship God.

 Involvement in the worship service

Every worship service includes a  Children's Moment. All children of God, no matter what your age, are invited to learn a song, witness a skit, or reflect on a story related to the day's Scripture.

 

 

 

What Happens After Worship?

After worship each Sunday, we gather in the back of our newly renovated sanctuary for fellowship, coffee, and tea. (Coffee is also available between Sunday School and worship in the narthex, just outside the back of the sanctuary.) This is a great time to catch up with friends, greet and get to know new friends, and perhaps connect with a group to go out to lunch together.

Also in the gathering space you'll find the Prayer Station where you can sit quietly, light a candle if you like, and offer a special prayer that may be on your heart that day.

And don't forget to visit our Information Center, where you can find out about all the things going on at Monroe Street Church.  If you're ready to connect more deeply, here is where you can start!

What Else Do I Want to Know?

Answers to some Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need to be United Methodist or even Christian to come?

No. All are welcome! We don't check IDs.

 What if you're serving communion?

On the first Sunday of every month, worship includes the sacrament of Communion.  Jesus invited everyone to his table, so we invite everyone to God's table too.

Are gays, lesbians, and transgender people welcome?

Yes.

What should I wear?

Clothes. We don't care what kind.