Parking: Parking is available in the lots entered from both Central Avenue and Valleyview Drive, with a few spaces reserved for first-time guests. Parking for physically handicapped persons is also available in both areas and in front of the Valleyview entrance to the church. All three levels of our building are serviced by a centrally located elevator.
Entering building: While there are entrances from every parking lot, the Valleyview Drive and Central Avenue entrances are our “main” ones. Greeters will be happy to direct you to the sanctuary, Sunday school rooms, or the coffee pot! Many of our members wear name tags, so you can easily identify those who can help you.
We offer three services and each of them features a different style of worship:
8:30 a.m. service is a blend of contemporary and traditional styles
9:45 a.m. is our traditional service
11:00 a.m. service is contemporary
Holy Communion is offered at each of these services on the first Sunday of every month except the 8:30 service, where Holy Communion is served weekly.
Yes. Everyone, without exception, is welcome at the Lord’s table at Epworth. Holy Communion is most often served by intinction. Ushers will direct you to the altar where you will be given the bread, which you will dip into the cup. We do not drink out of common cups.
We welcome you to dress how ever you feel comfortable. If being surrounded by a more casually dressed congregation is important to you, we suggest the 11:00 a.m. contemporary service. While you are certain to see more business casual or suits in the 8:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. services, you are still likely to see others in casual dress.
No. You can expect to be welcomed one-on-one, but we will never put you on the spot, ask you to stand or make you wear any visitor identification. We pass around an attendance card, but filling it out is optional. We are very interested in getting to know you, but we will be here when you are ready to connect.
No. The members of our church have pledged their prayers, presence, gifts, and service. We do take a collection, but your presence does not require a gift. If you choose to make an offering, there are envelopes available in the pews that may be used. If you contribute, we thank you for helping us support our ministries.
We hold a monthly Service for Healing and Wholeness on the second Tuesday of each month. The service is held in the chapel at 7:00 p.m. Each month a personal testimony of God’s healing touch is shared by an Epworth member or guest speaker. The whole community is welcome to come for prayers and anointing with oil – for your own concerns or for others’. Holy Communion is also served.
There are so many opportunities at Epworth that it is difficult to answer this question fully.
To keep informed, visit this site regularly and check our weekly bulletins, subscribe to our weekly email update, our monthly newsletter (The Epworth Tower), or contact us if there is something special you are seeking.
Epworth’s policy does allow weddings for nonmembers with some restrictions; and it is possible that the church can be used for funerals or other events depending upon availability. For more information, please view our Care and Support page.
New member classes are required, during which you will learn what it means to be a Methodist. Upon completion of the classes you can join Epworth by Profession of Faith, Reaffirmation of Faith, Baptism or by transfer of membership from another Church. Talk to any of our pastors if you have any questions about membership.
If you are interested in becoming a member of Epworth, reach out to a member of our pastoral team and sign up for a Quarterly New Member Class. We are delighted to accept new professions of faith as well as transfers of membership. You do NOT have to already be a member of the Methodist church.
How to Get Involved
Membership is not required to attend Worship or join a group or committee. We invite you to connect with us at Worship but also at any of our many classes or special events. Membership is not required to attend any of these events. We want you to be able to experience Epworth fully to make sure you feel at home.
New to the Area?
If you are new to the Northwest Ohio/Southeastern Michigan area, welcome to the neighborhood! We have many members that have joined us from across the US after moving to the area. We know how important it is to make connections as you enter a new area. What better way than through the continued learning of your own journey to become closer to God.