Our church is on the east side of Cooper Road in between Elliot and Warner Roads. The address is 331 S. Cooper Road, Gilbert, Arizona, 85233.
Where do I park?
When entering the main parking lot from Cooper Road there are specific spaces marked for visitor parking. You will drive to the front of the parking lot and turn either left or right. The visitor spaces are marked at the front of either parking lane as the spaces closest to the church. You are also welcome to pull up to the front curb and unload any passengers there before parking your car.
What will the Sunday services like?
8:00 am and 9:30 am are Traditional Services. We have music from the Chancel Choir and sometimes our Bell Choir. The service also has traditional hymns. In the Traditional Services Communion is served on the first Sunday of every month. Typically our 9:30 am service has the largest attendance.
11:00 am is a Contemporary Service. Our Praise Band leads us in contemporary songs of worship and Communion is served on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.
There is also a time of fellowship between all services in our Activity Center, the building located to the south of the Sanctuary.
Must I be a member of First UMC of Gilbert to partake in Communion?
The Communion Table is open to anyone who seek right relationship with God. From children to adults, members or first time worshippers all who come are welcome to take part in this Holy Mystery. The Methodist tradition is to service grape juice rather than wine as part of this openness. Read more about the United Methodist’s stance of Communion here.
Is there a dress code at First UMC of Gilbert?
“Mortals look on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7
Wear what makes you comfortable. It is Arizona and it can get hot! We encourage you to wear what makes you feel comfortable. When you worship with us you will find people in a whole range of dress, from shorts and sandals to formal dress. We encourage you to come as you are and experience the love of Christ.
How early should I arrive for service?
On your first visit we encourage you to arrive 10-15 minutes before the start of worship. This will help you not feel rushed in finding a parking space and navigating around our campus. We encourage you to check in at our red Welcome Cart, located just outside of our Sanctuary. Friendly volunteers stand ready there to help you with any questions or directions you may need. In fact you can click here to fill out a form letting us know you are coming and to keep an eye out to meet you.
Where do my children go during service?
All are welcome in Worship Service. In addition, to listening to the service as a family in the Sanctuary there also is an option of a Children’s Room where you and your children can listen to the service in a room. In this room you can hear the service but others can’t hear what is happening in the Children’s Room. Ushers can direct you to this room.
That said, we do have different options for children and youth depending on what service time you attend. Our Nursery is available from 7:45am – 12:15pm every Sunday for kids 6 months through preschool. During the 9:30am worship time we have Sunday School available from Preschool through Senior High. There is also Children’s Church available for Elementary kids during the 11:00am worship hour. This hour is when we strongly encourage our youth to attend worship service. More information on our Nursery, Children’s Ministry and Youth Ministry are available at the red Welcome Cart.
How do I find out more information about the preschool?
Visit the preschool website at gilbertpreschool.org. Visit the East side of the campus so see where the preschool is located and contact the preschool directors for a tour, firstname.lastname@example.org.