What to expect
When you come to LFMC for the first time, you can expect to be greeted at the door by friendly people who will help you find your way. If you come to the 8:30 a.m. (traditional) worship service, you are invited to stay for Connect Group Hour at 9:30 a.m., and if you prefer contemporary worship, we also invite you to come at 9:30 for Connect Groups before our contemporary service at 10:45 a.m. Coffee is available in the lobby at 9:30 a.m., after the traditional worship service and before the Connect Group Hour. (And yes, it's fine to bring your coffee with you to your group meeting space and in the auditorium.)
Our traditional worship service (8:30 a.m. on Sunday) features traditional music (primarily hymns) accompanied by organ and piano. At 9:30 a.m., we have a Connect Group Hour, during which adults attend age-based discussion and fellowship groups, and there are programs for children and teens from birth through 12th grade. Contemporary worship begins at 10:45 a.m., featuring contemporary worship music accompanied by a worship band (guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, etc.), and liturgical elements similar to those in the traditional service. Both services conclude each Sunday with communion (the Lord's Supper, the Eucharist), which is open to all who profess faith in Jesus Christ. There is also a seasonal choir that rehearses during certain seasons of the liturgical year (e.g., Advent, Easter) to present special choral productions.
We make full use of our media resources during our worship services. Song lyrics and sermon media are projected on a large screen, and we occasionally incorporate video content into our worship services. For those who use a Bible app on their mobile devices, limited guest wireless access is available in the worship center.
Our church culture is (for lack of a better term) relatively "laid back"--on any given Sunday morning you might see some people dressed up a bit, some dressed "business casual," and some in shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. We are friendly, we are welcoming, and most of the time we are relatively informal. It is our aim to help our guests and visitors to feel comfortable and welcomed. (We think you'd like us, if you knew us.)
We care about your family
Our children and teen ministries are geared toward helping your children learn what it means to follow Jesus, and we use a variety of creative and fun ways to get them involved. If you visit our children's ministry area, you'll find rooms that are decorated in imaginative ways, staffed by volunteers who will love your children and do their best to make them feel welcomed and included. There is a children's worship team that leads the large group in worship prior to the various smaller group times. In our teen area downstairs, there is a great game room with plenty of ways for students to interact and have fun, and spaces for worship and learning, as well. We participate each summer in camps for children and teens, and our summer VBS program is great fun for kids. Many of our teens help as volunteers for VBS, as well.
We are increasingly missional
Our church has a long history of participation in world missions, and we are very involved in the support of missionaries in the Philippines, Colombia, Costa Rica, and in a "creative access country." In recent years, many have participated in short-term construction and medical missions trips to places like Peru, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Haiti. We also participate in our community's efforts to meet local needs, working with organizations such as Family Promise of Lawrence (we are a host site several times a year), Heartland Community Health Center's food pantry, and Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen (LINK). Many of our members volunteer for these organizations and many others on a regular basis.
We'll help you plug in
If you have a heart to serve, there are many ways you can plug into volunteer ministries at LFMC. "For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45, ESV). Serving others knits our hearts to the heart of Jesus, and contributes significantly to our spiritual health and growth.