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Sunday Worship Service What do I wear? Wear whatever you want. If you like to dress up, dress up. If you are most comfortable in jeans and t-shirts, by all means wear them. Our congregation has a mixture from casual to dressed up.
What time is your service? Sunday School: 9:30 AM Worship: Sundays 10:45 AM Family Night: Wednesdays 6:30 PM
Am I going to be hounded for money? We believe that giving is an important part of our growth in the Lord. Although we occasionally teach about it, it is not something we use to hound people.
Baptism Do I have to be baptized at Blue Water in order to attend there ? No. Baptism is important for Christians and was both modeled and commanded by Jesus, but you do not have to be baptized to attend. If you have been baptized in Jesus name elsewhere, we are glad to affirm you into our fellowship.
For Parents What do I do with my baby? We have a nursery equipped with people who love babies and are good with them, and you are welcome to leave your baby there. If you prefer to keep your baby with you, that is fine also. If during the service your baby gets fussy, please do not feel embarrassed or uncomfortable, as we are a family church! Just slip out quietly to the cafe area. It is wired with a monitor and speaker so you can tend to your baby and still see and hear what's happening in the service. Feel free to come back in when you baby is ready.
What is your children's program like? Our chidlren's program features both small and large group activities. Blue Water believes all people should be connected closely to a group of friends who can support them and this is how we encourage this among our children. The goal is always to help kids understand more about God and to see them commit to serving him with their lives. Our staff is trained and committed to children. We believe your child will love our program.
When do I pick up my children? Little ones can be taken to the nursery at 9:30am and can stay right until the end of morning worship service . Our card check-in policy will ensure your child's safety. Children ages 4years to 5th grade can attend our children's church, which dismisses after the morning offering.
Will my child be safe? Along with the nursery card check in policy, everyone working with your child (nursery-youth) has undergone a Michigan State Background Check and been approved of by the Pastor and Board of Ministries.
I have children older than fifth grade. What does Blue Water have for them? We have a youth ministry, UTX, program for those in grades 6-12. Please check out our "Youth" section on this website.
General Am I going to have to give someone all my personal information and then get a ton of phone calls, letters, visits, emails and other contacts? A ton? No, not at all. You will receive a letter from our pastor and a visit or phone call, but you can request that we not visit you and we'd honor you and your request.
What do you think about other churches? We do not believe Blue Water is for everybody and have no illusions that our way of doing church is "better" than all other ways. We are just doing what we know we are supposed to do. Find a church that is right for you!
What does Blue Water want from me? We hope you will come with a desire for God, or a desire for more of God, and a sense that there is a great deal to be learned about a relationship with Jesus and one another.
Membership Can I be part of Blue Water without becoming a member? Absolutely! Some of Blue Water's most dedicated people are not currently members of our church. We cannot imagine our community without them. Yet most of them are moving toward membership and looking forward to the time when they will be ready to take this step. The difference between being a member and not being a member is not that members are better, more holy, more spiritually evolved, or anything like that. Members are simply people who say, "I embrace the values and purpose of this church and I commit to partner with these people to fulfill that purpose." Membership involves commitment and accountability.
If you don't want to pursue membership, don't. If you want to see what it's all about, talk to our Pastor and he can help you.
Sermons What kinds of sermons are preached at Blue Water? Good ones, we think! The approach is scripture journey-based, with the pastor leading the congregation in thinking through God's Biblical truth and how it directly relates to our lives.
What we believe What Free Methodists are like We are proud of our history but important for the present day is the question, "What does it mean to be a Free Methodist now? What are Free Methodists like?" Free Methodists are: Devoted to Christ
Free Methodists are among those who have experienced spiritual birth through faith in Jesus Christ, as explained by Jesus to Nicodemus in John 3:1-17. John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, described his own conversion by saying that when Christ came into his life, "My heart was strangely warmed." The life-changing miracle of spiritual birth makes a Free Methodist, or any other believer, "a new creation" (2 Corinthians 5:17). A personal relationship with Jesus Christ and an obedient walk with Him characterize Free Methodist Christians.
Students of the Bible
The inspired, authoritative Word of God is the basis of faith for Free Methodists. They endeavor to live their lives according to its teachings (James 1:22-25). Their churches offer Bible classes for all ages, preschool through adults, so that all may grow in grace and faith.
Seeking to Live Holy Lives
As a people, Free Methodists seek to be filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), exhibit the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and live disciplined lives in accord with the Bible's teachings. The Bible speaks of being "Sanctified," which has two meanings: set apart and cleansed. Being set apart into Christ and cleansed and filled by the Holy Spirit is more than a goal. It is a way of life taught in the Scriptures.
Free Methodists seek to worship God "in spirit and truth" (John 4:23). From church to church, and in multiple services of some local congregations, varieties of worship styles may be found. Yet, the heart of worship is to glorify God and receive biblical instruction.
The goal of Free Methodists is to represent Jesus Christ in their daily living. They do this both through the way they live and in sharing the gospel's good news with others. Not known to be "hard sell" in their witness, they seek to be humble and winsome in showing Christ through their lives and lips.
Year after year, Free Methodists are at or near the top in per capita giving of tithes and offerings. Because of their love for the Lord, they follow His example in caring and in generosity. Their track record of compassionate outreach to those in need is seen not only in local congregations, but also in institutional ministries for those with needs Christians can help to meet.
Taking seriously the Great Commission of Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20), Free Methodists have gone across the street, into the inner city and around the world with the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. Local churches, followed by the denomination's Christian colleges, universities and seminary programs, train and equip men and women for Christian ministry at home and abroad.
A Belonging People
Free Methodists have planted the church and its Christian witness across the North American continent and around the world in nearly 50 countries. As a Christian denomination, Free Methodists belong to the Lord and to each other, even though they speak many world languages. They also belong to various evangelical interdenominational associations. If you would like to know more, please check out http://fmcusa.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/45/files/2011/07/FMC_Book-of-Discipline.pdf for our Book of Discipline.
Taking the Light of Christ to Our World, Making Disciples as We Go!