Frequently Asked Questions – Click on any question below to see the answer.
1. Do I have to be a Methodist to attend services at HHUMC?
Everyone is welcome here at HHUMC. Whether you are in your first steps toward seeking God, a long-time member of another denomination, or a tentative believer with no denominational affiliation; our house of worship welcomes you.
2. Is HHUMC handicap accessible?
Yes, there is a ramp on the side entry of the church with direct access to the first floor. From there we have an elevator to get upstairs to the Sanctuary. There is also a ramp to get from the first floor to the Fellowship Hall. There is a restroom on each floor that is handicap accessible.
3. Can I take Holy Communion if I am not a member of the church?
Here at HHUMC we practice “open communion,” welcoming all who love Christ, repent of their sin, and seek to live in peace with one another. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to take communion with us.
4. How do I receive information about happenings at church?
- Email our church secretary, at the HHUMC office ([email protected] ) and ask
her to add you to the church email list.
- You can also like us on Facebook (Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church) to receive weekly
updates and other information.
- Weekly announcements and information are also posted on our website at www.hampdenhighlands.org
5. How do I become a member of Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church?
We would love for you to become a member of our church. While many people attend this church, those that are members have publicly professed their faith at church during a simple, special service. Please speak with the Pastor or a lay leader and let them know that you are interested in becoming a member of this church. There are different ways to become a member:
- If you have never been baptized, you will prepare for baptism.
- If you were baptized as an infant or young child and have not made a profession of faith and been confirmed, then you will reaffirm your baptism when you take our membership vows.
- If you are a member of another part of the church (such as Baptist, Presbyterian or Lutheran), then you can transfer your membership from that church to HHUMC.
- If you are a member of another Christian church that does not transfer membership, you can make a profession of faith and be received as a member.
6. How can I get involved?
Much of what we do here depends on the active participation of lay people like you and there are lots of ways to get involved. Some of the activities you may want to participate in include:
- Teaching Sunday School
- Assisting in the Nursery with the little ones
- Serving as a Worship Assistant which can include being a: greeter, usher, counter, or acolyte (for children ages 8 and up)
- Join a church committee
- Help with our Youth Group activities
- Help with food and prep for special events
- Help organize Vacation Bible School for kids
- Volunteer to work around the church grounds
- Join one of our small groups
- Host or participate in Bible studies
7. Do you cancel worship services for bad weather?
Our Pastor lives next door and typically does not cancel worship services for inclement weather. However, if the weather is very bad, please look for a cancellation on your local T.V. stations. We ask that you use your judgment and stay home if you feel the driving conditions are unsafe.
8. How can I become a member of a committee?
Each December, the Administrative Council makes recommendations of new members for each committee. A member position on a committee is typically 3 years in length. If you would like to sit on a committee, you may speak with someone from the Admin Council or the chair of the committee you are interested in. You may also ask the current committee chair member if you can sit in on an upcoming committee meeting to see if it is an area in which you might like to serve the church.
9. What does it mean to make a “pledge”?
Every fall the church has a pledge drive where they ask attendees to make a commitment or pledge to give a weekly or monthly offering to the church in order to keep the church running well. This pledge allows the church to plan for expenses by knowing how much will be given in offerings. When you pledge a certain amount of dollars each month, you are telling the church that you will be planning to make that monetary commitment for the next calendar year.
10. I have a suggestion about something at church. Who do I speak with about that?
You are always welcome to make suggestions to the Pastor, the lay leaders, or even the secretary. You can also make suggestions to member of committees that may be pertinent to your area of concern. The easiest way is to write your suggestion on the “Notes to Pastor” section on the weekly bulletin during worship. You can tear that section off, place it in the offering plate and know that it will get to the Pastor.
11. I have other questions about the United Methodist Church.
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