What to Expect

It’s Sunday morning.  You say, “Maybe we should go to church this morning, but I’m not sure what to do or what to expect.”  Here are some things that might be helpful to know about Hammer Memorial!

Location: In King City, Missouri, at the corner of E. Putnam and Hwy 169, right on the main drag. You can’t miss us! Big brick church, says Hammer Memorial United Methodist Church on the sign, red flame and cross on the front of the building!

Worship Time:  Morning service is at 9:30 am.  We pretty much start on time, and people begin to arrive anytime after 9:00 am.

Parking:  There are two parking lots, one on the north side of the church across the street; the other is on the south side of the building, both are right off the highway.

Entrances: One on the north side comes into the fellowship hall in the basement. If you don’t want to climb the steps, there is an elevator there.  (Don’t mind the choir, we practice down there before church.)  The main entrance is on the west side, and yes, there are many steps, but there is also a ramp.

Dress: You will see a little bit of everything here, as we are just happy to have you come and worship with us!  From shorts, jeans, flip-flops, t-shirts, to suits and ties.  We are pretty informal, and no one cares what you wear!

Greeters: If you come in upstairs, someone will meet you at the door, with a “how-do-you-do” and a bulletin. You will also be directed to a seat if you don’t have someone to sit with.  Unfortunately, we don’t have those wonderful greeters at the downstairs entrance-that is something we need to work on!

The Service: We spend some time at the beginning with announcements, joys and concerns. As you will see, we are a big family, and our neighbors’ joys and concerns are also our own.  We laugh together, cry together, and pray together.  It’s how we get through life- together.    Music is a big part of our service, and there will be getting up and down-just follow the crowd and you will be fine.  Yes, we do take up an offering.  No, we don’t have expectations for a certain amount of giving.  Whatever the Lord lays on your heart to give.  The Word of God is preached here, pretty straightforward, and altar calls are offered.  We share the Communion cup and bread the first Sunday of each month, if that helps you to know.  All of this together is what we call “Worship” and it is all designed to glorify God.

Sunday School: Sunday School follows church at 10:30 am, or thereabouts.  There are classes for all ages, and someone will show you which class is appropriate for your children, and where the adult classes are.  Some rooms are upstairs off the sanctuary and some are downstairs.  We have five adult classes: the Young and Restless (mostly younger parents), Path Finders (all ages), Pairs and Spares (mostly baby boomers), Heavenbound (all women), and the Dependables (older, but wiser!).

Some classes offer “treats” and most have coffee, water or tea (or soda).

We hope by now you have decided to come join us!  See you Sunday morning!  If you have other questions, or just want to talk to someone about coming, please call:                                                                                        

Pastor Gene Hinrichsen- church: 660-535-4551; cell: 636-293-0201

Suzy Trude (Sec) cell: 660-605-2746           Jo Bryson (Worship Chair) cell: 816-261-4620