Worship at Discovery...
All are welcome to join us for worship at 9:30am on Sundays. Our worship services usually feature a Message (also called a sermon), prayer, liturgy, Scripture reading(s), faith sharing, and music. We offer a blended worship experience at Discovery, which means that the music varies every Sunday. Some Sundays feature traditional United Methodist hymns while others highlight contemporary praise music provided by our band. Our music directors also enjoy providing genre-specific Sundays such as Celtic, bluegrass or jazz. One thing is for sure—there is something for everyone at Discovery!
F.A.Q.s about Sunday Worship
First things first: where do I park?
You are welcome to park anywhere in the Discovery parking lot, but we want to make it easy for you. Go ahead and park in one of the “Reserved for Newcomers” spaces; they are nice and close to the main entrance. We also offer handicap accessible parking right next to the building.
I’ve parked. Now what? Where do I go?
As you walk through the main entrance and into the lobby, you will see the Sanctuary directly in front of you. This is where we worship.
Is there a dress code stated or implied?
No. Most people arrive on Sundays in business casual attire but you will certainly not feel out of place in a dress, suit and tie or a t-shirt and jeans. All are welcome exactly as they are.
What happens before and after worship?
People generally socialize in the lobby over coffee and refreshments. Please join us!
Is childcare offered on Sunday mornings?
Yes. We offer professionally staffed childcare between 9am and 11:30am in our nursery (just off of the lobby) for infants, toddlers and Pre-K children. But if you and/or your child(ren) would prefer, children of all ages are always welcome in the Sanctuary for worship.
Is children’s programming offered on Sunday mornings?
Yes. Along with the assistance of our adult volunteers, Discovery’s Director of Children and Family Ministries leads children ages three through sixth grade in
Children’s Worship. Children begin in worship with their families until they are invited (both verbally and in the program) to leave for Children’s Worship. At that point, they can exit the Sanctuary and head to the Children’s Worship classroom located at the end of the hallway on the left-hand side. Parents/Guardians are welcome to send or to bring their children to Children’s Worship and then return to worship in the Sanctuary. All children should be picked-up from the Children’s Worship classroom upon the conclusion of worship. Children’s Worship is not offered on the first Sunday of the month when we celebrate Holy Communion. Instead, children are encouraged to worship with their families and partake in the Sacrament of Communion. A special Children’s Message is shared with the children during worship on these Sundays. Worship bags are always available for children to pick-up and bring with them into worship. These bags contain books, activities, crayons, etc. and can be found on a small bookshelf in the back of the Sanctuary, to the right of the main doors.
Is there programming for middle and high school students on Sunday mornings?
Yes. Our volunteer youth director leads the students in conversation around everything from faith and spirituality to school, friends and relationships after worship from 10:45am-12pm in the youth room (the first room on the left as you head down the hallway).
How does financial giving work at Discovery?
No member or guest is obligated to contribute to the weekly Offering received during worship. Instead, giving is lifted up as a way that people can directly fund and support the church's ministries. Many members and friends of Discovery participate in electronic funds transfer (EFT) while others prefer to give during the Offering or via website.
How is Communion observed and who is welcome to receive it?
We celebrate Communion during worship on the first Sunday of each month, almost always using intinction (where a small piece of bread is given to you from the larger loaf and you are invited to dip it into the cup of grape juice before consuming it). A gluten-free option is always available—just indicate that preference to your server when it’s your turn to partake. We in the United Methodist Church believe in an open Communion table. In other words, we believe that Christ is the true host of the meal and that all are welcome to receive the bread and cup. Church membership is not required for participation. Similarly, your age doesn’t matter, nor does your gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. All of God’s children have a place at the table. If you are unable to come forward to the front of the Sanctuary to receive Communion, please inform an usher and he/she will see that you get served at your seat.