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Our Worship Service

The goal of blended worship is the joining together of the people of God in all their diversity, under one roof and in one service, to glorify God through the offering up of corporate praise. The term “blended” speaks of the artful weaving together of varying musical styles and other elements into a seamless tapestry which honors the Lord without alienating any particular group.

Sunday School 9:30 am
Worship Service 10:45 am.

Putnam City United Methodist Church

Frequently Asked Questions 

What Should I Expect?

We’re a friendly bunch at Putnam City so come ready to enjoy yourself as well as hear messages you can apply to your daily life. Our worship is casual with traditional and contemporary elements. At Putnam City you can expect authenticity from everybody. We strive to represent the community around us, so people from different backgrounds (ethnic, socioeconomic, national, to mention some) come every Sunday to celebrate God’s until amidst our diversity.

What Should I Wear?

There’s no dress code so you can wear jeans or a slacks, people dress in a variety of ways. We don’t care what you are wearing, we care about you.

Feel free to contact the church office and talk with our pastor before visiting. The pastor will be able to tell you more about our community and what you can expect.

Is everybody welcome?

Everyone is welcome at PCUMC! You can be searching for a church home or just searching for meaning in your life. So, wherever you are in your journey, come join us in worship, in a class, in a meal or in reaching out to others.

Do I have to be a member to take Communion?

In the United Methodist Church we believe that the Table of Holy Communion is open to anyone and everyone who wants to receive. The invitation is simple: come and eat of the feast. Not a meal to nourish the body, but to feed the soul. No one is turned away for God is the host!  So, every time the table is set – you are welcome to come and receive.

Do You Have Childcare?

We have a great nursery with loving folks ready to take care of your children. Our professional nursery worker and all volunteers who work with children at Putnam City UMC go through a thorough background check and screening process and we have policies church-wide to insure your child’s safety. For more information on our “Safe Sanctuaries” policy, contact the church office.

Once I get there where do I go?

Our main worship service are located in the far east part of the church building. We have Sunday School Classes… We have a fellowship before 

What if I'm not perfect?

You’ll fit right in with the rest of us then. The most important thing we want you to know about Putnam City UMC is that we’re a group of imperfect and broken people trying to follow Christ together. We aren’t worried about what you’ve done, but instead about where you’re going.

What's up with the lighthouse thing? This is Oklahoma!

 It says in Matthew 5 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill can’t be hidden. Also, people do not light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand. Then it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine so others can see it. Then they will see the good things you do. And they will bring glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (14-16)

The lighthouse is our symbol at Putnam City United Methodist Church.  Think of life in the modern world. Don’t we need someone standing near as we cross the sea of life? Don’t we need someone out ahead to guide us safely into the next harbor… The Lord Jesus is that light! At Putnam City U we lift up Jesus, The Light of the world.

What about Baptism?

The United Methodist Church recognizes baptisms of other Christian traditions. We believe that Baptism is a one time event. It is done worship because the congregation plays a critical role in the life of the person being baptized. 

If you have not been baptized, in order to join the church, you will be baptized and make a public profession of faith. By “profession of faith” we simply mean that you will answer “yes” to questions about faith in Christ and your intention to lead a Christian life.

What does it mean to become a member?

We hope that you will consider becoming a member of the First United Methodist Church of Alabaster. We believe that your life and the life of our church will be richer if you do. Membership in a church really is about discipleship. Because of that, at First UMC, we want to help all of our members and prospective members become followers of Christ, which we call discipleship.
When you join a United Methodist Church you will be asked, “Will you be loyal to The United Methodist Church, and uphold it by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service?

Prayers

Our commitment to uphold the Church through prayer is based upon the fundamental reality that we need God’s guidance in order to be the church. That is why we pray for our pastors, for our teachers, for one another, and for those who may never even enter our doors.

Presence

Our commitment to uphold the Church by our presence is a visible witness of our faith, both in the church and in the world. Our relationship to Christ is nurtured by our presence in worship where we find spiritual guidance, comfort and strength. We also uphold the Church by our presence at home, at work, at school, and in the community. Wherever we are, our presence should be an expression of our commitment to Christ.

Gifts

Our commitment to uphold the Church by our gifts is a thankful response from the heart for all God has given us. The giving of our money also helps to establish and maintain ministries that no individual or single congregation could fund alone. These worthy causes include youth and children’s ministries, hospitals, colleges, rehabilitation centers, food and clothing distribution, evangelistic and educational work, and emergency relief.

Service

Our commitment to be loyal to the Church and uphold it by our service further reflects our commitment to follow the example of Christ, who came not to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a sacrifice for many (Matthew 20:28). God has entrusted all of us with certain talents and abilities, and sharing these gifts is a means of sharing ourselves out of love and gratitude toward God and love for one another.

Witness

“Witness” was added by the 2008 United Methodist General Conference to highlight the mission and evangelistic responsibilities of church membership. It reminds United Methodists to live out their vows publicly. As we respond to the baptismal vow: “to resist evil and repent of our sin. We commit to resist injustice and oppression and work against them.”

How do I become a member?

We hope that you will consider becoming a member of the First United Methodist Church of Alabaster. We believe that your life and the life of our church will be richer if you do. Membership in a church really is about discipleship. Because of that, at First UMC, we want to help all of our members and prospective members become followers of Christ, which we call discipleship.
When you join a United Methodist Church you will be asked, “Will you be loyal to The United Methodist Church, and uphold it by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service?

Baptism & Profession Of Faith

The United Methodist Church recognizes baptisms of other Christian traditions. We believe that Baptism is a one time occurrence. It is typically done in one of the worship services because the congregation plays a critical role in the life of the person being baptized.

If you have not been baptized, in order to join the church, you will be baptized and make a public profession of faith. By “profession of faith” we simply mean that you will answer “yes” to questions about faith in Christ and your intention to lead a Christian life.

Transfer From Another Denomination

We recognize your baptism and profession of faith from your previous church. We believe that your coming to join PCUMC is a statement of renewal of your faith in Jesus Christ. We will ask you to be loyal to the United Methodist Church and uphold it by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, and your service.

Transfer From Another Denomination

We are happy to receive you by transfer from another United Methodist Church. We will only ask if you will be loyal to this congregation of the United Methodist Church.

So, if you have decided to join Putnam City UMC, you can contact one of the ministers you can indicate your desire to join on the attendance registration pad (one of the ministers will then contact you).

When the storms of  life are raging…
 O Lord, calm peace comes from you, peace comes to my lone soul.

(Lonely The Boat UM Hymnal 476)