What to expect at Zion

When do you worship?

We worship every Sunday at 10:30am. We also offer a variety of seasonal worship services, special events, and educational and social groups throughout the year. Check out our weekly e-newsletter or our online Google calendar (Click on “Get Involved” above!) for all the latest news and information.

What should I wear?

Zion doesn’t have a dress code—in the summer, you’ll see people dressed from suits to shorts! Come as you are!

Where do I go when I get here?

For worship and other events in the sanctuary, the red steeple doors on First Street are the easiest to find. The sanctuary is also handicap accessible via a ramp on the north side of the building, just to the left of the steeple. Our main offices are located on the south side of the building.

Parking is available in the municipal parking lot across First Street. On Sunday mornings, there is plenty of free parking in the lot with no time limit. During the week, you can park for free up to three hours in one of the marked “3 Hour Parking” spaces. Designated handicap spaces are also available in the municipal parking lot.

What’s worship like?

First of all, if you are new, we promise to never point you out during worship or otherwise make you feel uncomfortable. We will greet you with a simple smile. Our Sunday morning liturgy observes the rich historical pattern of the early Christian church. We read from Scripture, hear a sermon, sing hymns and songs, pray for one another and those in need, celebrate Holy Communion, and go forth to serve.

Following worship, join us for coffee hour featuring Equal Exchange coffee, hot tea, and plenty of snacks and it takes place right in the sanctuary!

Are there special ministries for children?

Yes! On Sunday mornings at 9:00am (September-May), children of all ages nourish their faith through Bible study, art, music, and more. During worship (year-round), Pastor Tim invites the children forward for Children’s Time. In addition, our children take part in other programs throughout the year, including an annual Christmas pageant with First United Methodist Church.

Can I receive Holy Communion?

We celebrate Holy Communion each and every week. All baptized Christians, from any tradition or denomination, are welcome to receive. Ushers will guide worshippers around the altar table, and please feel free to stand or kneel as you receive the bread. You may dip the bread in the red wine or white grape juice (called “intinction”) or drink red wine directly from the common cup.

If you don’t wish to receive communion, you can still participate by coming forward for a blessing from the pastor. If you wish to receive communion but are unable to walk forward, please let an usher know, and the communion assistants will come to you.

Is there an offering?

Zion sustains its ministries through the regular giving of its members and friends. Financial stewardship is an opportunity to respond to the gift of God’s abundance by giving back to God through financial support of the church.

Just before Holy Communion, the ushers will collect an offering. We certainly don’t expect newcomers to put anything in the offering plate; it’s completely up to you! Learn more about giving to Zion.