Why come to Pleasant Grove?
At PGUMC we strive to be the body of Christ who welcomes all. Following Jesus’ example, we celebrate the sacred worth and dignity of all persons. If you are just wondering about God and want to learn more, you are welcome here. If you have been a believer your whole life, you are welcome here. If you have questions, you are welcome here. Through worship, programming, and an all-inclusive approach, we hope to reach all through hospitality, engage all in ministry, and enable all to grow spiritually.
What does it mean to be Methodist?
John Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today. The distinctive shape of our theological heritage can be seen not only in this emphasis on Christian living, but also in Wesley’s distinctive understanding of God’s saving grace. Although Wesley shared with many other Christians a belief in salvation by grace, he combined them in a powerful way to create distinctive emphases for living the full Christian life.
What is traditional vs. non-traditional?
Is there a dress code?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. If that means your “Sunday best” or blue jeans, we want you to be comfortable while we worship together.
What is communion?
Communion is a celebratory act of our community in which we give thanks for the ever-abiding presence of God's spirit and the all-inclusive reach of God's grace. The sacrament of communion is a mystical reality in which the presence of Christ is made real to us, and by God's grace, it forges us into one body so that together we can extend the merciful touch of Christ into the world. Communion is practiced by a process we call intinction. As one comes forward to the front of the sanctuary they will take the bread (body of Christ) given to them and dip it in the cup (blood of Christ) before partaking.
How does PGUMC operate? Who makes the decisions?
Pleasant Grove finds its structure in the United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline. Committees lead the congregation in decision making with Administrative Council being the overarching administrative body. Committees also support Pleasant Grove staff's decisions in regards to programming and day-to-day decisions.
How can I get involved?
There are several ways to get involved at Pleasant Grove! We offer several Bible studies during the week as well as Sunday School class on Sunday mornings. We also have larger groups that come together for various fellowship and outreach events like United Methodist Men and Women. Volunteering to help with worship is also a great way to get involved and meet people. For more information on ways to get involved that fit your personality, contact Ashley Yohman.
Are children allowed in the worship time?
Absolutely! We offer a variety of choices for children during worship. Nursery is available during all services in Room 103E of the Education Building. Special worship bags and activity sheets are available to help with the wiggles if your child wishes to stay in the service.
At our 8:30 and 11:00 services, we offer a special children's time where children are invited to the front for a short lesson with Pastor Jay. After children's time, children four years of age to first grade are welcome to attend Children's Church where they will receive a short Bible lesson followed by playtime until the end of the service. Children can be picked up in room 102E of the Education building.
At the 9:45 service, Sunday school is offered for all children to participate in.
We also love to get kids involved in worship through acolyting and ushering!
What safety measures do you take for kids and youth?
Pleasant Grove adheres to a Safe Sanctuary policy to create a community of faith where children and adults can grow safe and strong. Specific measures we take to ensure safety is having two adults in all rooms where children and youth gather. We also have those that have regular interactions with our children and youth submit to a background check. To see more specifics to our policy, click here.
What is our inclement weather policy?
Regularly Scheduled Worship Services
The personal safety of our community is of utmost importance, especially during and after adverse weather conditions. Attendees are urged in the strongest terms possible to use their own discretion and judgement at all times in determining if conditions warrant attendance to regular worship services.
In such conditions, it shall be at the Senior Pastor’s discretion whether to hold, reduce in number or cancel regularly scheduled worship services. If adverse conditions warrant, a single Sunday morning service shall be held at 11:00 am in the Sanctuary. Childcare shall not be offered for this service.
Church staff shall be responsible for informing the congregation of worship service status as soon as is practical. At a minimum, this shall be done through updates to the Church’s website and answering machine, emails to the Church’s email recipient list and notification to WRAL for posting on its television broadcast and website. Church staff shall coordinate with the Communications Committee as necessary to notify the church community.
If the potential for adverse weather exists, church staff shall notify the church community as to current status regardless whether or not services are to be cancelled. At a minimum this shall be done through updates to the church’s website and emails.
In all adverse weather notifications to the church community, church staff is urged to use the following (or similar) statement: “We ask that you please use your personal discretion to determine if it is safe for you to leave your home and travel to church.”
Other Church Activities
The personal safety of our community is of utmost importance, especially during and after adverse weather conditions. Attendees are urged in the strongest terms possible to use their own discretion and judgement at all times in determining if conditions warrant attendance to other church activities.
In such conditions, it shall be at the Group Leader’s discretion whether to hold or cancel the group activity.
The Group Leader is responsible for notifying those involved in the activity. Group Leaders are reminded to cancel scheduled childcare should they cancel their group activity.