Worship is weekly at 10:25 am on all Sundays and lasts about an hour. We take Communion on the first Sunday in each month. All who desire a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ are invited to join us at the Lord’s table.
Sunday School for all ages starts at 9 and lasts an hour.
Sunday School for children and teens frequently focuses on the scripture to be used in worship, providing some background to make the sermon more meaningful for young people.
Currently two adult Sunday School classes are meeting:
“Discerning the Voice of God”: Having a hard time knowing what God is saying versus what others are saying? This Bible study is designed to help you know the voice of God through language, character and tone. By growing closer to God through Scripture, you will be able to discern God’s voice from the voice of strangers.
“Paul’s Letter to the Romans”: Background and class discussion about this foundational letter.
Bible Study: “Sisters of the Lord” is a women’s Bible study group that meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 9:30 a.m. in a member’s home. Please contact us for more information.
Thursday Evening Bible Study, 7:00 p.m.: Our next study begins Thursday, 1/17. In preparation for the General Conference, our new 4-week study will be “Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church.” How do Scripture, church tradition, other areas of study, and our own experience feed into how we understand and approach the issues around human sexuality? This study does not seek to persuade anyone to adopt a particular viewpoint, but will give us an opportunity to understand the views of faithful people from different perspectives. Book is required. Led by Pastor Carol.
Faith and Science Program: Zion UMC member and lay speaker Ron Myers has prepared a multi-media program entitled “Faith and Science Need Not Collide.” A physicist who worked in industry doing applied scientific work, Ron is a 40-year member of the American Scientific Affiliation, an organization devoted to faith-science issues. Ron is available to present his program to groups of adults or teenagers, in meetings, retreats, worship. You can see his program here.
Sunbeam Christian Preschool meets in our church building under the direction of owner Sandi Hood. 3-year-olds meet Tuesday and Thursday, and 4-year-olds meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Both groups have Bible lessons included in their schedule twice a week, led by their teachers and Pastor Carol. Pastor Carol will also be leading Bible Studies for parents, grandparents, and other caregivers during school hours. Call 567-246-9892 for more information or find them on Facebook: Sunbeam Christian Preschool.
Food Pantry: We run a community-supplied Food Pantry on the first and third Tuesdays from 10 to Noon. Doors open at 9:30 for a time of fellowship and refreshments. Anyone in residing in the Anthony Wayne School District needing food assistance is invited to come. If you would like to help, contact the church office at 419-877-5820. The pantry survives on donations from the community so if you would like to help by giving nonperishable food items, please call the church or email us at email@example.com. (Please, no expired items since we are forbidden to distribute such items.) If your garden is overflowing, we also have some capacity to hand out recently-delivered produce.
TAP (Tutoring Assistance Program): In three sessions in the fall and spring, we offer TAP (Tutoring Assistance Program), a tutoring program for primary students at the nearby Whitehouse Primary school who are in need of extra help. It is held after school every Wednesday for about 10 weeks. It is surprising how a little extra help and the same information said in a different way, combined with one-on-one attention, can make a big difference in a child’s life!
Once a month (usually the 3rd Wed.), we invite the families of our TAP students to join us for dinner, so that we can all get to know each other better.
Zion also serves through other community projects throughout the year such as Operation Christmas Child, the community-wide Christmas Assistance program, and clothing and blanket collections, and an Electronics Recycling Day.