Gay Street United Methodist Church worships twice on Sunday Mornings:
8:30 a.m. Early Service
Held in the Chapel at the Gay Street ground level entrance, this small, intimate service provides a simple but meaningful worship experience.
10:30 a.m. Service
Held in the Sanctuary, you may enter using the Gay Street steps to the sanctuary, or enter using the Chestnut Street side entrance which has a ramp and is wheelchair accessible.
Mission & Vision
The mission of the United Methodist Church and Gay Street United Methodist is to "Make disciples for the transformation of the world."
Our vision for accomplishing this mission with the help of the Holy Spirit is by "Connecting to God, to all people, and the world through ministry."
We practice our faith through worship, devotion, compassion, and justice.
First Visit FAQs
What do I wear?
Generally, worshipers wear casual or business casual clothes, anything from jeans to khakis. Our older attendees tend to wear coats and ties. However, come as you are, there is absolutely no dress code.
What can I expect on Sunday morning?
You can expect to be greeted and made welcome. Rest assured, you will not be called out publicly as guests. Both services follow the Methodist outline of worship with scripture as the basis of all elements, Call and Response readings and prayers. The Word is both proclaimed and explored. In the 10:45 service, the various choirs, hand-bell choirs and organ leads us to lift our hearts up to God. The 8:30 service is more relaxed, intimate, and interactive. Both services are intergenerational with children, youth, and adults leading us in worship. On the first Sunday of the month we practice an open communion. Everyone of all ages are invited to partake in God's grace available at the Lord's Supper.
What will my kids do during worship?
A nursery is available for children 0 - 3 years during both services, in which they have access to a wide range of toys and Christian-themed books. A snack is also given, so be sure to let our child caregivers know your preferences. An information form must be filled out on the first visit, including any allergies your child may have and your cell phone number. Texting is used to notify you in case your child becomes uncomfortable. Parents must sign their children in and out of the nursery. Siblings may not sign a younger child out.
Children 4 years through 3rd grade are welcome to attend Children's Worship following the Children's Message at the 10:45 worship service. This is a time for children to engage and learn the Bible story of the day at their own level to connect with Jesus through prayer and activities. Children 4th grade and above stay in worship with their parents.
In the pews are green prayer request cards and Let's Get Connected laminated information sheets.
A Caring and Connected card is found in the bulletin if you care to give any information about yourself or sign up for a ministry.
Hearing enhancement devices are available for worship in the Sanctuary. Please ask an usher for assistance.
The Bulletin, handed out on your way in, contains the worship outline, announcements, and a church calendar for the week.
You are encouraged to contact Rev. Karen Oehl, Lead Pastor, or Rev. Deacon Lauren Miller with any questions you would like to discuss. Call the church office, 740-392-6626, to set up a time to talk.
Children's Christian Education
Children's Sunday School is a Bible-based Christian education program offered every Sunday morning from 9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Exception: When the 8:30 and 10:30 services are combined into a single service there is no children's Sunday school.
Children's Sunday School is for children ages 3 through fourth grade. Children's Sunday School is on the third floor of the church. Enter the church from one of the two lower Gay Street entrances. Follow the stairs to the third floor - when you reach the top, go straight. Younger infants and toddlers may go to the nursery on the second floor where two attendants will care for them. While Children's Sunday School is in session middle school, high school, and adults attend their own classes.
All children are welcome on any Sunday. Our program makes it very easy for a visiting grandchild or cousin to participate. You will be asked to fill out an emergency form if your child is likely to be a regular.
At 9:30 the children gather in one group for an opening. At about 9:45 they are divided by age and taken to one of three workshops. On the fourth Sunday of each month, the total group has a special activity. Instead of going to a workshop, the Early Learners often go to their own room with one or two highly qualified early learning specialists. On some Sundays they participate in a workshop with the kindergarten and first grade group.
The children go to a different workshop each week. Schedules are posted and the adult travel guides make sure children get to the assigned workshop.
Parents may check the posted schedule and then go directly to the classroom to pick up their child at 10:15. If it is more convenient, the travel guide will bring your child tot he red parlor just outside the sanctuary to meet a parent or other designated person. If you have special instructions, tell the travel guide.
Child Care During the Church Service
Children older than nursery sit with their parents or other adults until invited to go to children's worship. Following children's worship children ages second grade and under are escorted to the nursery. At the conclusion of the 10:30 service parents may pick up their children. At the entrance to the sanctuary there are special clipboards with crayons, coloring sheets, and other activities for children. Children's choir participants sit in a group on the Sundays they sing in worship.
Children's Music Ministries
Click here for more information on the children's Music Ministries.
Camps and Retreat Ministries
East Ohio Camps and Retreat Ministries offer something for everyone - children, youth, adults and camilies - and can provide accommodations year-round for a small intimate setting or a large group gathering.
Whether it be fun in the sun at Summer Camp or cozying up to the lodge fire while on retreat, East Ohio Camps and Retreat Ministries offer you the opportunity to listen for God's whisper among the towering timbers and refreshing waters of our three unique camps sites.
Camp Aldersgate, Camp Asbury, and Camp Wanake each offer Summer Camps and year-round retreat facilities. Participants have incredible experiences while they make new friends, try new things, learn about God, learn about themselves, and then take it all home.
Our goal is to provide comfortable settings and quality programs through which people can experience Christ's love for them and all creation, and have the opportunity to share that love with others.
We invite you to explore God's greatest gift - "the Wonder of Nature: - with memorable camping and retreat experiences in East Ohio.
Please remember that the church will help with the cost of the registration fee if you so choose.