Activities which help us to grow or serve also give us the opportunity to make new friends, renew old friendships, or both. Having Christian friends is so important to our spiritual growth and to our happiness.
We currently offer an in-depth Bible Study every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Both sessions are identical but offer different avenues of discussion and involvement. Pastor Ray leads both sessions and everyone is welcome to attend. All you need is your presence and your Bible!
Small Groups (Teams)
Morris Memorial has several small groups and teams which take responsibility for certain areas of the church's work and develop close relationships as they work. Among these groups are:
The Mission Team is the team that heads up and organizes the many missions that we are involved. These include Common Grounds, Neighborhood Mission Project, Union Mission, Community Development Outreach Ministries (CDOM), Heart and Hand, Angel Tree Project, Adopt-A-Family, "Undie Sunday", Habitat for Humanity, and Covenant House.
The Christian Education Team organizes and presents Sunday School classes, other alternative learning opportunities (i.e. short-term classes and directed studies), Vacation Bible School, and special seasonal studies. This team works with all aspects of the process of educating persons of every age in the Christian faith. This Christian Education team impacts all of our lives and the new persons who will be joining the Morris Family. They are elected yearly at the church's annual charge conference.
The Worship and Nurture Team prepares the Chancel area for services each Sunday. Working with the pastor, the team prepares for special services throughout the year. The team also coordinates communion on appropriate Sundays and for all special services.
The Nurture-N-Action meets weekly on Monday mornings to coordinate hospital and shut-in visits. They send sympathy or thinking of you cards whenever appropriate. Monthly cards are also sent to our shut-ins. The team provides and delivers small gifts to our shut-ins at Christmas and other holidays. Sympathy baskets containing various staple household items, are prepared in the event of a death in our church family. Each month, the team prepares lunch bags for the emergency room at Charleston's CAMC General Division. These bags are filled with non-perishable food items that the hospital can distribute as needed. Team members bring weekly bulletins, newsletters and other publications to their visits. Requests for visitations are on-going and can be sent to the church office. Individuals may join this team at any time.
The United Methodist Men meets the first Thursday evening of the month at 6:00 p.m. Our purposes are Christian fellowship, spiritual growth, and service. We have a great group of men of all ages.
The Men's Prayer Group meets each Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m. in the prayer chapel. We spend about an hour sharing prayer concerns and lifting them up together in prayer. The sharing which takes place has really drawn us together. If you would like to connect with other Christian men, the prayer group may be for you.
There are numerous mission ministries that need volunteers. We work with organizations such as Union Mission, Community Development Outreach Ministries, Heart and Hand House, Covenant House, Sojourners, Manna Meals, Common Grounds, and many more. We also form one-day work teams for disaster response when needed.
Adults have the opportunity to exercise three times per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) in our Family Life Center. The classes are designed to help senior adults to remain active. The program is open to all adults.
Our Children's Ministry teaches children how to love Jesus and to apply what they learn to everyday situations. We are dedicated to sharing the Good News of Jesus to children in a fun, loving, and meaningful way which is age-appropriate. Our goal is to help our children develop spiritually, emotionally, socially, and physically.
Children's Moments: Our congregation members share a biblical lesson with the children during worship each Sunday morning during the 11:00 service. The Children's Moments and the response of the children add to the worship experience of everyone present.
Kids For Christ: Although we are not meeting in-person at this time, we are very active in our Facebook Group. Please request to join by visiting our group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/morriskidsforchrist. You can also email [email protected] to be added to emails and text lists.
Vacation Bible School is a highlight of the year for us at Morris Memorial. It is an exciting time for children, and is also a good experience for youth and adults. Because we draw children from so many different schools, it is a great opportunity to make new friends.
This ministry is for ages Middle School and High School. Our belief is that Christ is best made known through relationships. We focus on building those relationships and then help facilitate the students' personal relationships with God. We provide opportunities for this with fun games, service, outreach, Biblical lessons, trips, and more. Join us on Sundays at 2 p.m. in the gym! Pre-Register
Chancel Choir: Music is one of the most important ways to provide a strong, spiritual emotion to those who gather to celebrate through worship. Singing together is a great way to make friends. Our chancel choir meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:45 (except in the summer) to practice. They sing most Sundays at the 11:00 service and also present two cantatas per year.
Praise Band: The praise band leads us in singing most Sundays during the 11:00 service. This group includes both instrumentalists and singers.
Kids Praise Choir: This musical, theater choir is for ages 3 years and up. We present two Christian musicals each year. Children are learning to worship through song. Biblical truths are made relevant through musical theater. Kids Praise gives children confidence to share their talents for God's Glory. Pre-Register