If you come to Otterbein United Methodist Church, you can expect a congregation full of welcoming, smiling faces, and an experience similar to a family reunion. We have a predominately older congregation but there are also younger families who will tell you how much they and their children enjoy having so many grandparents!
Worship Time: We worship at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. Although traditional in many ways, our service does not drag! In fact, many would tell you that they leave the service with a spring in their step due to the upbeat and positive nature of our worship and Christian fellowship.
Sunday School: We have adult Sunday School at 9 a.m. every Sunday. Children’s Sunday School takes place during the worship service, after the Children’s Sermon and Penny Collection.
Dress: You will see a variety of dress on a Sunday morning, from suits to jeans. Church attendees are encouraged to dress as they wish. Please just come as you are, come as you are comfortable.
Kids: All churches say that they like kids, but some actually only like the idea of kids. At Otterbein UMC, we like real kids – the kind that make noise, that don’t sit still, that ask peculiar questions. There are activity bags available for our children and during services they can attend church, or leave after the children’s sermon and attend Sunday School.
Handicap accessibility: Otterbein UMC is fully accessible through use of an elevated lift and motorized chair lift. Access to the lift to the main sanctuary is through the east entrance adjacent to the east parking lot. Access to restrooms, classrooms and the auditorium is via the chair lift on the west side of the church.
Communion: We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of every month. We, as United Methodists, believe in an open table. This means that all are welcome to partake of the bread and cup. Our cups are filled with unfermented grape juice, because we would not want abstinence from alcohol to keep anyone from experiencing Communion. You do not have to be a member of the Otterbein Church or of any church to partake in the sacrament. Even our toddlers look forward to sharing in the Lord’s Supper.
Baptism: Baptism is a work of God and the Holy Spirit. It marks a person as God’s and enters them into the family of Christ. For this reason, all ages are welcome to be baptized. If you are an adult seeking baptism, or if you want to have your infant baptized, please contact the pastor. The pastor will want to meet with you a few times. If you were baptized once, and want to be baptized again, we want to remind you that the work of baptism is God’s work. Once is enough. It counts regardless of what you have done since your baptism. And we accept your baptism whether you were sprinkled, immersed or poured.
Confirmation and Membership: The process of confirmation and membership is really a three-step process. Baptism is the acknowledgment of professing the Christian faith; and then confirmation is a declaration that a Christian’s expression of faith is best lived out in The United Methodist Church. The final step is then to be received into membership of a local congregation.
Persons who have never been baptized would go through all three steps. Persons who transfer their membership from another Christian denomination would go through steps two and three and persons transferring from another United Methodist Church would simply be received into the Otterbein UMC.
1 Thessalonians 3: 12-13
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.