Can I get married at Wesley?

            Yes, you can.  Some churches require you to be members to get married in their church.  Wesley doesn’t.  We welcome you to use our facilities and staff to make your wedding day a memorable experience.  To arrange a wedding, contact the church office at (641)-423-6549.  We will send you a copy of our wedding policy which should answer many of your questions.  Premarital counseling sessions are required and weddings are performed with the understanding that couples who seek a church wedding desire a Christian service. For more information see our Wesley WEDDING POLICY.

 

What is baptism and how can I arrange for a baptism?

Baptism is a celebration of a new relationship with God that is ours in Christ.  We recognize we have received a new identity as we renounce sin and the evil of this world and pledge to become a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.  This new relationship is initiated by God and we receive it as a gift.   

 The United Methodist Church not only practices adult or believer baptisms but also infant baptism.  Baptism is a one-time event therefore we don’t re-baptize people, whether they have been baptized as an infant or in another Christian denomination.  Our church does offer people the opportunity to reaffirm their baptism or to confirm their baptism.

 Baptism assumes faith in Christ and the receiving of what Jesus has done and is doing for us.  This means leaving behind the old life and beginning a new one, the life of a disciple.  In baptism a person is initiated into Christ’s church.  Whether a person chooses to be baptized or their parents choose to have them baptism, the vows assume faith and an active life of faith as part of the church.  

 To arrange for a baptism you can contact one of the pastors.  We’ll visit with you about baptism and, if appropriate, make arrangements for the baptism. 

For more information about baptism in the United Methodist tradition, CLICK HERE

 

Can I/how do I rent your facilities?

 Our facilities are available for rental.  The use must be compatible with United Methodist beliefs and social positions and appropriate for a church facility.  Contact the church office to check for facility availability and for a copy of the policy and rental form.  To view the Wesley rental policy click on this link: Wesley Room Usage Policy.

 

What is the connection between Wesley and Grace United Methodist Churches?
Wesley and Grace United Methodist Churches of Mason City have been sharing staff since 2005.  This arrangement has been helpful to both congregations and has also led to greater cooperation in other areas of ministry such as a joint choir and Lent and Advent services.
 

How do I become a member?

            The first step is to contact the church office.  “Welcome to Wesley” events are held every few months for people who are considering becoming members or for those who just want to learn more.  These events are small, casual group gatherings of church members and those interested in the church.  We usually gather for either dessert or a meal and visit about what it means to be a Christian, what it means to be a United Methodist, and what it means to be a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.  The atmosphere is relaxed and somehow we usually end up having a lot of fun.  These sessions last about an hour-and-a-half and are led by the senior pastor and church members. 

            At the end of this event guests are given the opportunity to make the decision to join.  People join the church either through transfer from another United Methodist Church or some other Christian denomination or those who haven’t had a previous church membership are received by “profession of faith.”  The actual joining of the church take place in a worship service where you can affirm your faith and be welcomed by our church family.
 
            United Methodists also practice “Confirmation” for youth.  Confirmation is an opportunity for youth to affirm their Christian faith and, if they received infant baptism, to confirm the vows made on their behalf at their baptism.  Confirmation consists of about 20 or so confirmation sessions which are led by the pastor.  

 

Do I have to become a member?

We would hope that you would consider becoming a member of Wesley but membership is not required to participate in any of our activities.  You are welcome to worship with us any time!  We have people who have been regularly worship with us for some time and have never officially joined the church. 

 

What is a United Methodist?

            Briefly, a United Methodist is a Christian who belongs to the United Methodist Church.  To understand what a United Methodist is, you have to take a look at who we are as a church, including our heritage, our beliefs, our organization, etc.  John Wesley, one of the founders of a movement from which our church grew, sought only to promote “scriptural Christianity.”  For Wesley and other ancestors of our church believed that the Christian faith was not only about personal holiness but also social holiness.  United Methodists continue to believe that the Christian faith impacts not only the life of individuals but also society.  It’s about personal salvation but also about addressing social issues.  In addition to our statements about what we belief, United Methodists also make statements about how those beliefs shape our positions on social issues. 

            For more information, check out the “Special Links” page of our web site.   

 

What are apportionments and why do we have to pay them?

United Methodist congregations send part of their local offerings to support the church beyond the local church.  These funds are called “apportionments” and the amount our church pays is based upon our local expenses.  Our apportionments are sent to the Iowa Annual Conference office in Des Moines are used for our share of district and annual conference expenses and for missions and ministries in the state, the nation and around the world. 

 For some great information about apportionments and other financial issues, CLICK HERE.  

 

Are my children welcome at Wesley?

            YES!  We love having children in worship!  Whereas some churches provide children’s services during the morning worship time, we believe in the importance of the family worshiping together.  That may mean a little extra noise once in a while but to us, it’s worth it! 

 13Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; 14  but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

                                                Matthew 19:13-14 (NRSV)

 Service include a time for children to come forward for a children’s message.  Chippy the ChurchChimp (see staff section) participates in most services, adding some extra fun for the kids. 

            Whether or not children participate in communion is up to their parents. Children may not comprehend what communion is all about but they are aware that this is a special time in the life of the church.  Our pastors would be happy to talk to children about communion.  Also, be aware that we do use grape juice!

 

Can we have a funeral at Wesley?

            Wesley wants to be there for you in your time of need, whether you are a member or not.  Our pastors are committed to honoring the life of your loved one as well as bringing the hope and peace that is ours in Christ into the funeral service.  Specific arrangements need to be made through the pastor who is doing the service. 

 

How is Wesley organized when it comes to boards & committees?

            Wesley is organized according to the rules set out in The Book of Discipline, the “rule book” for United Methodist Churches.  We recently adopted a “one board” model of organization, combining a number of committees into one council in order to streamline decisions and improve communication.  The “Church Council” consists of 8-12 members who are elected at Charge Conference, our annual congregational meeting in the fall.
 
 

What is communion and how often is it offered?

            Wesley celebrates communion the weekend of the first Sunday of the month, both at the Saturday evening service and the Sunday morning service.  You don’t have to be a member of Grace or be a United Methodist to join us for communion. For a discussion about United Methodists and communion CLICK HERE