New to Lynnewood UMC? Welcome!
Who is welcome at Lynnewood?
Everyone! As a reconciling congregation that dares to question, love and serve, we offer wide welcome to all people regardless of age, sex, racial or ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, family status, physical or mental ability or economic status.
All parts of our facility are wheelchair accessible. The sanctuary is equipped with a hearing loop. Those with hearing aids should switch to the T-coil (telephone) setting. For those who do not wear hearing aids but need hearing assistance or whose hearing aids do not have T-coils, we have hearing loop receivers. Please ask an usher for a device.
Service animals are welcome at all Lynnewood events. We welcome service animals in the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall. Comfort animals are welcome in the courtyard.
How do I get to Lynnewood?
We’re easy to find, just off Santa Rita on Black Avenue in Pleasanton (see Directions).
There’s plenty of parking. If the visitor spaces are taken in the small front lot, take the west driveway and park behind the church, or find a spot at the aquatic center across the street.
What time are worship services?
During the school year, services are at 9:00 am and 10:30 am. In summer, there is one service at 9:30 am. See Worship Options.
What will happen when I arrive?
You’ll be greeted at our nametag table near the church doors and offered a worship folder that lists the order of worship, the songs, and the activities for the day and week. Sit wherever you want, and feel free to ask an usher or greeter any questions that you may have.
Is there a nursery for my baby/toddler?
A nursery is available for infants through 2-year-olds throughout Sunday morning. You can take your baby/toddler to the nursery, located in the education building (across the courtyard from the church) at any time, or keep your child with you in church. There is a furnished “cry” room with visibility to and audio of the service.
Who works in the nursery?
Where does my pre-school/elementary-school child go?
Children stay with their parents through the Children’s Moment shortly into the 10:30 am service (9:30 am in summer), after which the children leave for Sunday school in the education building (across the courtyard from the church). For more information, see Sunday School. During the 9:00 am service, preschool children may go to the nursery, located in the education building, and older children stay with their parents. There are child-friendly packets available in the entry to the church. The packets will help keep the child busy during the service.
What about my middle/high-school child?
Middle school youth (6th – 8th grade) meet in the fellowship hall in the education building for confirmation and discipleship training following the passing of the peace at the 10:30 am service.
High school youth meet in the youth room, which is behind the church, following the passing of the peace at the 10:30 am service.
For more information, see Sunday School.
What should I wear?
Most wear what they wear to work or school. Some dress up a bit, some are more casual. We encourage you to come however you are comfortable.
What's the difference between the Sunday services?
The main difference is the hour people prefer to arrive, 9:00 or 10:30 am, and whether they have children in Sunday school, which is at 10:30 am. Childcare is available during both services. On the first Sunday of the month, the service is more informal, with guitar. For more information, see Worship Options.
What goes on between and after services?
Coffee/tea/cocoa/juice and bagels are always available in the courtyard after the 9:00 am and 10:30 am services (if raining, in the fellowship hall). Some come as early as 10:00 am for coffee and to mingle before the second service at 10:30 am. In summer, we have a large brunch in the courtyard after the single 9:30 am service.
Do you have Holy Communion?
Yes, generally on the first Sunday of the month we serve Communion at both services. During the school year, we also serve Communion at 9:00 on the third Sunday of the month. Anyone is welcome — you don’t have to be baptized or a member of the church.
What if I want to be baptized or confirmed?
Just call the church and ask to speak to a pastor. One would be happy to meet with you.
What if I want to learn more about The United Methodist Church and Lynnewood?
Membership classes are held several times a year, offering information and the opportunity to join, if you wish. Call the church for more information and see Membership Classes.
What do others say about Lynnewood?
Click on Testimonials to read about how Lynnewood is important in several members’ lives.
Call or e-mail the church if you have other questions!