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FAQs: Worship


What will happen during a typical worship service?

Learn what a typical worship service at a United Methodist church may include. Read More

I want to visit a United Methodist church. What should I wear?

There is no dress code for United Methodist churches. In most churches, people dress in a variety of ways. Read More

Do you have to go to church to be a Christian?

Read the United Methodist response on church attendance and Christianity. Read More

What do the letters IHS stand for?

IHS are the first three letters of the name "Jesus" in Greek. Read More

Can we use electric candles in the sanctuary?

There is a great diversity of practice among United Methodist congregations. Read More

Are there guidelines for placing flowers in the sanctuary?

There is no church policy prohibiting artificial flowers. Read More

Who is in charge of worship in the local church?

The appointed pastor is given this responsibility. Learn why here. Read More

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Can we have an American flag in our sanctuary?

There is no denominational policy concerning the use of flags, including national flags, in the sanctuary. Read More

For United Methodists, membership requires active participation in a local congregation. Photo by Kathleen Barry, UMNS

What does it mean to be a member?

Discover what it means to be part of a United Methodist congregation. Read More

United Methodists affirm the usefulness of a number of translations and versions of the Bible as being helpful for study, teaching, memorization and other purposes. Photo by Kathryn Price, United Methodist Communications.

Does The United Methodist Church have an official Bible translation?

Find out which versions of the Bible United Methodists use, and why. Read More

What is Aldersgate Day?

Aldersgate Day is celebrated on May 24 (or the Sunday closest) to commemorate the day in 1738 when John Wesley experienced assurance of his salvation.  Wesley reluctantly attended a group meeting... Read More