Hello! Welcome to the Mercer Island United Methodist Church.
We're located at the north end of the island, on First Hill.
You're considering making a visit, and we hope you will find the information here that you need to decide to come, and to be comfortable. Whether this is a one-Sunday experience, or a step into a new chapter of your faith life, we invite you wholeheartedly.
Our building was built in 1905, purchased in 1963 by Methodists for a new congregation, and soon remodeled. The Little White Church on the Hill looks like a small New England country church, surrounded by cedars and fir.
Landscaping with northwest shrubs, trees and perennials is rich and abundant and is a good start to a Sunday morning spiritual journey.
Walk inside the church, and you will find it is light-filled, and much larger than it looks from the outside. The education building next door is light and fresh.
Visitors and other newcomers experience this faith community as genuinely warm and welcoming. This small church is not an exclusive clique or a family you have to be born into. As soon as you're ready to be considered family, it will be so.
Don't expect this to be a sleepy, content congregation isolated from "the real world." There is a broad stream of social justice here. We are a moderate - progressive congregation.
Come informal -- school or casual office wear will always be comfortable. The scriptures are printed in the bulletin, so we don't carry our Bibles.
Holy Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of the month, and all are welcome at the table, regardless of their membership in this or any other church. Children are welcome to receive. Communion may be celebrated on other Sundays as well. We use juice rather than wine in our tradition.
Children's bulletins are provided, and childcare as well.
We do not have a praise band. Our instrument is piano, and sometimes flute or rhythm instruments. Our worship songs are traditional hymns, new hymns, and hymns from other cultures -- world music.
Church can happen anywhere. It happens when we create learning opportunities that transform lives. It happens when we create safe environments where children can play and learn. It happens when education makes the path to citizenship a little easier. And when our sacrifices help nourish students’ minds and bodies. That’s putting beliefs into action.
Learn more at rethinkchurch.org