Your First Visit

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How To Get Here

Our church is located just southeast of the intersection of Dye Road and Highway 67 about a mile south of Ramona. The driveway to the church is connected to Chapel Lane which is off of Dye Road just east of Highway 67. There is plenty of parking. The church is easy to find with its roof top steeple and large stained glass window facing the driveway.  There are even special “Visitor” parking spaces for first-time guests.  The church is fully wheelchair accessible.  There is an interactive Google map with directions to the church at the bottom of every page on this website.

What to Expect

What kind of Church are we?

Our church is a United Methodist Church. We have roots going back over 150 years in the Methodist heritage, and hold it as an important element of our history. We connect with our past, yet we serve a living God so our mission is always unfolding before us.

Most importantly, Ramona UMC is a safe place for people who are looking for answers to their spiritual questions. It’s also a place where those who have decided to follow Jesus Christ can learn and be encouraged in their spiritual growth.

Our mission is To be an inclusive community of faith, learning and serving for the glory of Christ.  We take this seriously and welcome everyone in our doors to hear the good news of Jesus Christ.  All are welcome.

What should I wear?

Feel free to wear whatever clothes make you feel most comfortable. We care more that you’re here, than what you wear.

How long are our services?

Our services generally last an hour and 15 minutes, but sometimes go a little longer and sometimes a little shorter.

What are our services like?

Our services focus mostly on worship and preaching. We’ll share some announcements during the morning, express our hearts to God through music, share in our community’s concerns and celebrations, and hear a teaching from God’s word. The service begins at  9:45 am and combines elements of traditional Methodist service such as a choir and contemporary worship. The sermon is always relevant and includes a challenge for the week ahead.  After the service, our fellowship time is a great opportunity to talk more with people you’ve met and grab a cup of coffee and some sweets.

Do you serve Communion?

Communion is a special tradition in our church, like many other Christian churches.  This monthly event is a remembrance of  Jesus’ final meal with his disciples.  We call it a sacrament.  Sacrament means a special moment of God’s grace. It is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual experience of God’s grace.  In communion, each participant eats a small piece of bread after dipping it in a cup filled with grape juice as a reminder of Jesus’ teachings and sacrificial love, and our physical and spiritual connection with each other and with God through Jesus Christ.  We serve communion on the first Sunday of each month as part of the normal worship service.  It is open to all who are seeking God’s grace and love, but you are not required to participate.

Will I have to say anything, sign anything, or be singled out?

Rest assured you won’t be put on the spot, singled-out, or embarrassed. Though we do receive an offering, your first worship service is our gift to you so please don’t feel obliged to give during this visit. We do like to collect some basic information from people in our guest registry, but if you’d prefer not to, that’s all right with us.

What about the kids?

Children are an important part of our ministry especially Sunday mornings. Children of all ages are always welcome to stay in the sanctuary with their parents, however, we offer a variety of options.  There is a rocking chair in the back of the church for little ones to be rocked.  A staffed nursery is also available during the service.  Sunday School, which begins part way through the worship service, is an exciting option for kids.  Children ages 4 through 6th grade begin the morning in worship with their families.  They are then released to Sunday School after the Children’s Time message during the worship service.  Parents are always welcome to attend and observe any of our children’s ministries.

 

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