What to Expect

    Home » I'm New » What to Expect Visiting a church for the first time can sometimes be intimidating. We want you to feel right at home from the moment you set foot on campus! Here are some answers to frequently-asked questions about visiting First Methodist Grapevine. Still have questions? Contact us anytime at 817-481-2559. 

    When is worship? 
    Our Sunday services are at the Downtown Campus at 8:30, 9:00, 9:45, and 11:00 AM.

    What are the worship services like?
    • 8:30 AM - Traditional Worship in Founders Chapel (usually with communion)
    • 9:00 AM - Contemporary Praise & Worship in the Family Life Center
    • 9:45 AM - Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary 
    • 11:00 AM - Blended Worship in the Sanctuary
    • 11:00 AM - Culto de Alabanza (Bilingual Spanish/English Worship) en Founders Chapel
      Este culto es informal, con música de alabanza con el piano y la guitarra.
    • Live worship stream is available at the 9:45 and 11:00 AM hours on Sunday morning.
    How long does it last? 
    55 minutes for sanctuary/chapel worship services. 45 minutes for Contemporary Praise & Worship.

    Do you have accommodations for the hard of hearing? 
    Yes! The Sanctuary and Founders Chapel are equipped with a hearing assistance system for the hard of hearing.  Ask for a receiver at the media booth in the back of the Sanctuary.

    What should I wear?
    You will see a variety of styles of dress here. Most people dress casually... you will see everything from jeans to slacks to dresses. 

    How early should I arrive?
    Just arrive a couple of minutes early.  You should have no problem finding a parking place or a seat in the sanctuary.

    Where do I park?  
    The church has multiple parking lots, please see map.

    Are the parking lots and building handicap accessible?
    Yes. Multiple parking spaces are available for disabled persons. The buildings are also wheelchair accessible. Look for the blue accessibility signs on the campus map for locations of handicapped parking.

    Will anyone talk to me?
    You will be greeted.  But we do try to meet people where they are.  Some want to be left alone and others would like to visit. We want to make it easy if you have questions or want more information.  If you have specific questions, consider visiting the Welcome Center on the left side of the Sanctuary Foyer.

    Will I be singled out as a visitor?
    No.  We will ask everyone to register their attendance during worship, but there will be no public recognition of visitors.

    Will I have the opportunity to speak with a Pastor?
    Yes. Pastors are available at the altar following each service. They are also available in the foyer area in between services. If you are in need of prayer, Pastors and Stephen Ministers remain at the altar following each service. Stephen Ministers are church members who have undergone hours of training on how to listen and respond compassionately. Click here for more information about Stephen Ministers.

    Where do my kids go during worship?
    Children may stay in worship with you if you wish. During each service we have a children’s time especially designed for the children to come down to the front of the sanctuary and be taught by one of our pastors. We also provide a packet of activities to engage kids in worship. If you'd prefer, we do have child care for ages birth through preschool during each service.  At 9:45 AM we have Sunday School for children starting at age 3.

    I have a special needs child. Do you have any accommodations for my family?
    Yes! The Helping Hands ministry is a group of volunteers that assists special needs children, youth and vulnerable adults each Sunday so that the parents/families can attend Worship and/or Sunday School.  more info...

    What else does First Methodist Grapevine have for my family? 
    We have all kinds of programs and opportunities for all ages. Sunday School for all ages is at 9:45 AM at the Downtown Campus. Check it out:  adults    youth   children

    Am I welcome to try adult Sunday School classes? Do I just show up?
    Yes! You are welcome to try any and all of our Sunday School Classes! Descriptions of the classes and their locations are available on the Adult Sunday School page.

    How big is First Methodist Grapevine? 

    First Methodist Grapevine has about 900 in worship each weekend, spread out over six worship services and two campuses (that includes five English-speaking and one Bilingual service on Sundays).

    How can I get plugged in or get more information? 
    You can attend Discover the Church, which will help you get better acquainted with the church. You can also contact a member of the staff to find out more about areas of interest to you.  Visit E-News and Check-In (found in Sunday's bulletin) to find out the latest information about what's going on in the church. You can also keep up with us via social media: Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

    What is First Methodist Grapevine’s mission? 
    Experience and Share God's Love!  more info...

    What is different about First Methodist Grapevine?
    We don’t have a long list of doctrines that everyone must believe. We all believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, but in the nonessential issues of the faith, we think and let think.
    • We believe that God has given us a mind for a specific reason.  You don’t have to turn it off when you come to church.
    • We believe that God inspires and works in the life of each Christian, not just the clergy.
    • Communion is part of our worship service the first Sunday of the month.  Everyone present in the worship service is invited to partake, not just the members.
    • If you have been baptized in another church, we accept your baptism and do not ask you to be baptized again.  We believe God has already acted in your baptism whether or not it was done in a Methodist Church.
    More info about the United Methodist Church is available on the official website of the United Methodist Church at www.umc.org.
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