Here are some of the most 'Frequently Asked Questions' about Calvary United Methodist Church.
We invite you to explore our entire website for more detailed information about us and the many services and programs we offer.
What is the United Methodist main belief?
The United Methodist Church is a 12.3-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens minds and open doors through active engagement with our world.
John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
We invite you to learn more about our rich theological heritage.
United Methodist Church Mission Statement - The mission of the Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple-making occurs.
When are your services and what are they like?
We have two regular scheduled worship services on Sunday morning. At 8:30 AM we have a Contemporary Worship Service, at 11:00 AM we have a Traditional Worship Service as well as time for Sunday School in between at 9:45 AM. There is a fully staffed nursery available throughout the morning.
We celebrate Communion on the 1st Sunday of each month. In the United Methodist Church, we have ”open” communion, where anyone is welcome to come forward, regardless of membership in this or any other church. The only requirement is that one has a desire to be in relationship with Christ and is open to receiving God's grace.
What if I have kids?
Free childcare is available on Sunday for the entire morning for infants up to kindergarten. There is also Sunday School available for all ages in between the two worship services, from 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM.
Do you have a 'safety program'?
At Calvary United Methodist Church, we are committed to providing a Safe Sanctuary for all of God’s Children, young and old alike – “sanctuary” in the sense of growth and protection; “safe” in the sense of secure and blessed. This broad foundation is necessary so that the robust diversity of Calvary may thrive and grow.
The Safe Sanctuary Policy requires that all persons who will be leading ministries for children and youth and who will be counted as part of our “Two Adult” Rule are properly trained in Safe Sanctuary Training.
How should I dress?
Whether you attend the Early Service, which is casual and relaxed with lots of music and singing with our Praise Band or the Traditional Service is more formal with the Chancel Choir, feel free to dress comfortably and you willl be accepted for who you are. People will be dressed in jeans or shorts (summer time) and up to including suits and dresses. It is more important that you come, feel comfortable and experience the Love of God than to be dressed a certain way.
Are there Sunday School Classes?
We offer Sunday School for adults and children. The Sunday School classes are held from 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM. Details here...
Are there any commitments required of me?
We receive everyone with Open Doors, Open Hearts, and Open Minds. There is printed information available about our service and our Monthly Newsletter - 'The Message' available for free. We do pass offering plates for various programs or events and you are free to contribute or not. The same with our Monthly Communion - you can participate or not.
Are you Handicap Accessible?
Yes. We have powered doors at our main Church Entrance on the East Side under the Portico with full wheelchair access to the Centrum, our fireside area and Friendship Hall.
How Can I Help Serve
Anyone Can Serve Calvary United Methodist Church as a 'Steward'.
Be involved with various Ministries
Serve on Ministries Teams or committees
Support special programs and projects
Support various church events and activities
Assist with continued educational training
Provide time, skills or talents to various church events or activities
Financial donations - annual and weekly.
A person appointed by an organization or group to supervise the affairs of that group at certain functions; one who administers anything as the agent of another or others.
A person who manages their own personal property or financial affairs including everything we have been given from God - our time, our money, our God given gifts, talents, skills and abilities, and our influence.
The person who sees and recognizes the privilege of life with God and life in service to God for the sake of others.
The office, duties, and obligations of a Steward, which includes conducting, supervising, and the responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.
The process of managing everything we have been given from God - our time, our money, our God given gifts, talents, skills and abilities, and our influence.
“…From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.” Luke 12:48
Contact the church office for more information: 719-599-7250
Will I be introduced during worship?
Generally, no. We want you to experience God in worship, and while we will greet you warmly (many people who have made Calvary their church home testify to this) we generally will not put you on the spot. Our morning greeters or ushers will provide you with welcome materials, and we hope that you will sign in in the attendance books passed down the isle during the service, so that we can follow up with you after worship!
Does Calvary UMC have a Stephen Ministry Program?
Are you going through a difficult time? Stephen Ministers are members of our congregation who listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support to people who are facing a crisis or going through tough times. The care you willl receive is confidential, free, and very helpful.
Stephen Ministry is a ministry of caring. Stephen Ministers are people in our congregation who are trained to listen and help others sort through their feelings. They are not counselors or therapists; rather, they are caring Christian listeners who can offer a listening ear to help others through the tough times in life.
The Stephen Series provides congregations with the structure, training, and resources to set up and administer a complete system for lay caring ministry (called Stephen Ministry) in the congregation. In Stephen Ministry congregations, lay caregivers (called Stephen Ministers) provide one-to-one Christian care to the bereaved, hospitalized, terminally ill, separated, divorced, unemployed, relocated, and others facing a crisis or life challenge. Stephen Ministry helps pastors and congregations provide quality caring ministry for as long as people need it.
Confidentiality is of utmost importance, so all Stephen Ministers are trained in this regard in order for care receivers to participate, they must feel that they can trust this lay-oriented system.
Charlotte Saponas at 719-590-6608 or 719-200-2103 (cell)
Lenee’ Erickson at 719-528-6706 or 719-641-1097 (cell)
Norma Leger at 719-528-2496 or 719-930-0663 (cell)