Frequently Asked Questions
What is Baptism?
Baptism is a symbol of new life and a promise of God’s saving love. For United Methodists, baptism is the sacrament of initiation that joins us
with the church and with Christians everywhere. In the United Methodist Church, both infants and adults can be baptized. A person receives
the sacrament only once in his or her life. Water and shells are the special symbols of baptism.
The Lord’s Supper (also called Holy Communion) is a meal of bread and wine (non-alcoholic juice is used at Advent) that symbolizes the body and blood of Christ. By sharing this meal, we give thanks for Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins. The Lord’s Supper helps us recall the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and celebrates the unity of all of the members of God’s family. In the United Methodist tradition, The Lord’s Supper is served at an “open table” and any person who wishes to receive the sacrament may do so. Children are welcome at the discretion of the parents. A Communion preparation class is offered to Second Graders on the first Sunday of February every year. Advent offers Communion on the first Sunday of every month and occasional special services as well.
Can I have my wedding at Advent?
We are pleased to be able to offer our support and ministry to you at this very important and memorable time in your life. Your most immediate concerns are probably around the details of your wedding day. This is your wedding. We wish to help you make it special by supporting you in preparing a meaningful and worshipful wedding service. Our Wedding Coordinator along with Pastors Rory Swenson, Pastor Cindy Yanchury or Pastor Grant Spencer will meet with you for an initial intro/planning meeting to begin coordinating all of the details.
In addition to our concern for the actual details of your wedding day, we must also be very concerned about the many days of your life together after that! There are increasing pressures on marriages and expectations in family relationships these days, and often there are fewer stable natural support systems available to couples as they embark on the journey of marriage. At Advent, we not only pray for God’s blessing as you share your vows but seek to provide a context to consider the challenges of marriage. We are available to support you in developing better understanding of the dynamics of your life together through pre-marriage counseling, using the PREPARE pre-marital inventory to explore aspects of your unique relationship. This preparation is required if you wish to be married at Advent UMC. We wish to assure you that we are personally interested in you, and will be glad to respond to your questions anytime along the way.
How are funerals conducted at Advent?
We are here to serve our community in any way we are able during the difficult time that surrounds losing a loved one. Please contact the church office to get more information and to schedule funeral services.