Bridgewater United Methodist Church
35 School Street, Bridgewater MA 02324
508-697- 9165 Church | 508-807- 0801 Parsonage
Parking available behind the church
As you are considering attending our church you may have questions about how we worship and what you can expect. These frequently asked questions may help you to better understand our church community and feel more comfortable in your decision to visit us.
What if I am not interested in joining a church or making any commitment?
We invite you to come to our church and see what it is like. We will not pressure you to join our church or to give money or to participate in any way in which you are not comfortable. We know that selecting a church home or making a commitment is a process. We are happy to have you as a guest and discover if we are the right church community for you.
What type of service do you have? Is it formal? How long does it last?
Our service is a traditional Methodist service which consists of music, congregational singing, presentations by our Adult and Children’s Choirs, contemplation and meditation, pastoral sermon, prayer, and Holy Communion. But we would not consider our church to be “formal”. We have announcements, a time for prayers and concerns within the church community, and a time after church dedicated to community fellowship. Our services typically last between an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.
Where can I park?
There is adequate parking in the lot behind the church which can be entered on either School Street or Cedar Street.
What do you have for children?
Children and families are central to the mission of our church. We provide a nursery for younger children that is open throughout the service. There is a part of the weekly worship called “Children’s Time” specifically designed to engage children at their developmental level. Following this special time, the children go downstairs to Sunday School to continue their learning. Throughout the year there are special activities designed specifically for families including an Easter Egg Hunt, ski trips, and movie nights.
How do people dress at your church? What is considered appropriate dress?
You will see a variety of styles of dress at our church. Some people dress up, some dress casually, and some wear jeans and shorts in the summer. Our concern as a church community does not focus on this type of thing, and we want participants in our community to feel comfortable as they worship.
Is the church prepared to handle persons with disabilities and physical challenges?
Yes. The church has a walk-in entrance at the side where there is an elevator that provides access to the sanctuary and basement. We also have access to hymnals and Bibles in braille, and special hearing devices with our sound system. Our congregation is prepared to provide special assistance to anyone and we consider ourselves to be a congregation that is embracing of differences.
How would you describe your church community? Are you fast-paced, big, small, friendly, family-focused, formal, diverse?
We are a small church community and as such you will find that most people know and talk with one another and many people socialize outside of church. We think you will find that we are a friendly and welcoming community. We are not fast-paced or demanding, but we do have a lot of things going on and there is opportunity for a lot of participation if that is what you want. While small, we are large enough to have a variety of small groups to meet the special interests of those in our community; and we are flexible enough to start new groups and promote new interests as new people join our community. We represent the diversity within our community. We welcome college students, those with disabilities, and persons of all ages. We do have a lot of young families in our church and as such seek to offer family activities, but we try to meet the needs of all members of our community.