Frequently Asked Questions

Any Questions?

We're excited you're thinking of visiting us! After reading this, if you have any additional questions, please ask or call our helpful Church Office.

Getting Here

Okay, so I'm thinking of visiting...what do I need to know?

Non-Summer Hours

We have two Sunday services (Labor Day through Memorial Day).

At 8:30 am, join us for our Communion service. It's about 30 minutes in length.

At 10:30 am, join us for joyous worship service, including choir. It's about an hour in length.

Summer Hours (Memorial Day – Labor Day)

At 10:00 am, join us for summer worship.

See our church calendar to be sure when we transition from regular to summer hours.

Our main entrance is off of N.E. 8th. It has a level entrance without stairs, for ease of access for strollers, walkers and wheel chairs.

Where can I park?

We have two lots. If the front lot (on N.E. 8th) is full, proceed by connected drive to the back lot. You can also reach our back lot via Northup Way.

There is plenty of room for everyone, and a number of handicapped accessible spots near the front door.

What if I'm riding the bus?

There are several bus stops flanking our front and back driveways, so it's just a short walk.

Okay, so, once I get there, what can I expect?

When you come into the sanctuary, there'll be a person there to greet you, or if they've stepped away, a small table containing the programs (we usually call them bulletins) for the service. You're probably going to want one of these, since they'll give you an idea of what's coming up next and which songs we're about to sing throughout the service.

What should I wear?

We have a variety of dressing styles in the congregation. If you like to dress up a bit for church, you won't be the only one. We also have plenty of people who come in comfortable weekend clothes.

Can I bring my kids?

We'd love that! Bring them with you into worship! About 10 minutes into the service, there is a Centering Prayer. After that, those who wish to attend Sunday School are escorted down to the nursery (or you are welcome to accompany them), where you can pick them up after the service. We have classes for children 4-years-old and up. Childcare is available in the Nursery for younger children.

If you prefer, you are welcome to keep your children with you in worship. We welcome families of all shapes and sizes, and are not at all bothered by a little bit of chaos!

Where are the bathrooms?

There are male and female bathrooms clearly marked on both floors of the building. Those on the ground level are just across the sanctuary to the left of the drinking fountain. In the back of the church, go downstairs and turn right to find another set. You can find two uni-sex (gender neutral) bathrooms at the base of the front stairs.

Is there a nursery?

Yes! From the front of the church (also called the Narthex), go down the hall and you'll see it on the right.

Can I check my email on my phone/fact-check the sermon/update my Facebook/live tweet the service?

Yes! Go right ahead. Our Twitter feed is @St_PetersUMC and Facebook page is SPUMCBellevue.

If you're quietly checking your phone, we probably won't even notice. We do appreciate you turning off your ringer and not answering calls during the service, though.

What is in the seat in front of me?

Bible – you should see a Bible. The first section is the Old Testament and the second section is the New Testament. When we come to the part of the service for a Bible reading, you can follow along with the Bible in your hands, or see the passage displayed on the screen.

Hymnal – Book of songs we sing during the service.

The Faith We Sing – thinner, soft cover hymnal which is an addendum to the Hymnal

Where should I sit during the service?

Church members and visitors tend to distribute themselves around the sanctuary; some people have their "regular" spots; some people switch it up frequently. If you're comfortable nearer to the front, don't be shy! If you'd rather sit where you can see everyone from the back that is absolutely fine.

We have a spot on the right side of the sanctuary for wheelchairs. Let the usher know if you need a large print bulletin or an assisted hearing device.

What if I'm late?

Not a problem! There is never a service without a few people showing up after we start. Grab a program (bulletin), have a seat, and make yourself at home!

Can I bring my coffee/tea/water bottle into the worship service?

YES! We're definitely a pretty laid-back congregation, and plenty of guests and members bring their coffee along.

The Service

What happens during the service?

Our services are structured, but not stuffy. There's an order to things. Certain recitations in places. Some singing. A well-timed and meaningful sermon. The bulletin and projection screen guide the way.

What is Communion?

Communion is a part of the service to receive bread and wine (we actually use juice) to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All are invited to celebrate communion, but you can choose whether or not you wish to participate. Put your hand out and a little chunk of bread will be placed in your palm. Take the piece and dip it in the glass of juice and place in your mouth. Sometimes, we give each person their own little cup.

What happens after the service?

It's time for conversation and snacks in Fellowship Hall, the room across from the sanctuary! The pastor will be there, so if you'd like to talk to him yourself, that is a good time to catch him. Otherwise, help yourself to some goodies and make yourself at home!

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