When is worship?
Worship begins at exactly 11:00ish in the auditorium of the beautiful Clayton Center each Sunday.
The worship service will be held in the auditorium, but all are invited to arrive early or stay after for coffee or lemonade and wonderful fellowship. We are always excited to meet people!
How do I get there?
We are located at 111 East Second Street in downtown Clayton, NC. See the map on this page.
Where should I park?
There is ample parking behind the Clayton Center, on the surrounding streets, and in the Town Square public lot adjacent to the Clayton Center. Handicap parking is available behind the Clayton Center and in the Town Square lot.
Is the building handicap accessible?
Yes, it is easy to get into the building from any entrance. Handicap parking spaces are available near the entrances. Once inside, there are ramps leading to the auditorium and bathrooms, and there is an elevator should you need to go to the second floor nursery or Kids’ Church. The auditorium has designated handicap seating, and our communion stewards will come to you to serve you. If you need assistance of any kind, please signal anyone with an “Ask Me” lanyard and we will do all we can to make you comfortable.
What should I wear?
If you are comfortable, we are comfortable! You will see everything from dresses to polo shirts and khakis to shorts and t-shirts. Our pastor and worship leader usually wear jeans while the singers often dress it up a little.
What will worship be like?
If you have attended other churches before, you might be suffering from “bulletin-itis.” To help any who might be afflicted, please know that worship will include prayer, welcome, and a relevant message with great music surrounding it all.
We hope you leave worship with more than a warm feeling and a song in your heart—we hope you leave different than how you came. We want to challenge everyone to live out the message you hear and to share Christ’s love with everyone you meet.
I’m not Methodist. Can I still take communion?
We serve communion at every worship service—because it’s that important. One of the great things about the United Methodist Church is that we serve communion from an open table, meaning that you do not have to be a member of any church to participate. If you are in need of the grace of Jesus Christ, then you are invited to receive. Please proceed forward to any communion station when invited, beginning with those seated in the back of the congregation moving forward. Place your left hand over your right in the shape of a cross to receive the bread then dip it into the juice cup.
What kind of music do you play?
Our worship band plays mostly current Christian songs that you would hear on radio stations like K-LOVE, but they like to mix it up a little! Most Sundays we will have several singers, a lead guitar, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboard, and drums. We recently had a sermon series called “When Pop Music (Accidentally) Get it Right” in which we began with our band playing a cover of some of your favorite songs from the 80s and 90s!
Will I have to introduce myself during worship?
We do not ask guests—or anyone—to stand up or raise their hands or call attention to themselves in any way during worship. You are invited to fill out a guest registration card at the table near the auditorium entrance so that we may thank you for worshipping with us.
We do want you to be yourself during worship … sing loud or just stand and smile. Wave your arms or sit on your hands. God wants the real you to worship Him as you are in “Spirit and truth” (John 4:23).
What do you offer for my children?
We look forward to meeting your entire family!
Children age birth through preschool are invited to our nursery, led by a paid, professional, and caring staff. Our greeters will be happy to escort your family.
Elementary school children are invited to our Kids’ Church ministry during worship. For your safety, please register your children’s attendance in the lobby across from the auditorium entrance. You will be greeted by our awesome Kids’ Church team—feel free to ask them questions about the ministry.
All of our staff and children/youth ministry volunteers have been background checked and trained in Safe Sanctuary policies—as a means to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to the physical, emotional, and spiritual safety of all the children and youth God has entrusted to our care.
Children are also welcome to sit with their family during worship in the auditorium—whichever you are most comfortable with.
Look for folks wearing an “Ask Me” lanyard if you need additional help when you arrive. Or feel free to contact Pastor Matt prior to your arrival at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-632-3576.