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.
Bible Study: We are pleased to offer several different Bible Studies
Our Wednesday morning study meets year-round at 10:30 a.m. in the conference room. Pastor Mark comes well-prepared to lead us in our discussion, but everyone is invited to join in. We have a great time together studying the Word. Many of us stay after the study session and enjoy a delicious lunch together. It is a great way to fellowship with Christian brothers and sisters.
Except for a few weeks off in the summer, we offer a Bible Study on Wednesday evenings. This is a smaller, more intimate group, and we have a great time together. Come a 6:00 if you would like to have dinner with us in the Family Life Center. Our study group meets at 6:30 upstairs in the "Quilt Room."
On Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m., we offer a Small Group study that studies the bible in a topical way. We meet in the conference room unless it is needed for some other activity.
Most years we offer two different levels of Disciple Bible Study, starting in the fall. This is a systematic in-depth study of the scripture which also brings people very close together. Ideally, those who participate in Disciple Bible Study start out with a new class in September. The first year class offers a great overview of the bible. Subsequent classes go into greater depth with selected books of the 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 organizes our Sunday services and any special services throughout the year. The team coordinates Communion Sundays and prepares the Sanctuary for each service. This team also organizes our Fellowship time each Sunday between our worship services.
The Nurture-N-Action meets weekly and is responsible for setting up visits for shut-ins and/or hospital visits. The team is broken down into two-person groups and each group is assigned certain persons to visit each week. 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 the Visitation Team at any time.
The United Methodist Men meets the first Monday 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.
Sermon in a Sack: The pastor shares an object lesson with the children during worship each Sunday morning (in both services). Most Sundays the Sermon in a Sack has essentially the same message as the sermon which is delivered later in the service. The Sermon in a Sack and the response of the children add to the worship experience of everyone present.
Kids For Christ: During the 11:00 worship service on second and fourth Sundays of the month, children age 3 years through 5th grade are invited to go to Kids for Christ after the Sermon in a Sack. This program is designed to offer children a meaningful worship experience on their level. It is usually held in the prayer chapel behind the balcony.
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. Our 2018 Bible School theme is "Shipwrecked-Rescued by Jesus." We will have fun with the peppy new music. There will be a light dinner for everyone each evening, so parents don't have to rush around to get dinner for the children before they come. We will make boats and race them, and we will have all sorts of other fun learning activities. The youngest children stay in a self-contained classroom each evening, but the other children are divided into crews according to their ages, and they travel to different learning centers each evening.
We will have a series of youth activity days on Mondays July 23-August 13 for students entering grades 6-9. We will incorporate service work, bible study, and fun activities into this program. We will meet each day at 8:30 a.m. at the church, and we will finish up at 1:00 p.m. If this creates a transportation issue for anyone, just let us know.
After school starts, we will have confirmation class on Sunday evenings for interested students in grades 6-9. We will learn about the basics of the Christian faith.
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: Kids Praise is for children 3 years old through 6th grade. They meet on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:00 p.m. for dinner, then they sing and engage in fun learning activities. Their session ends at 7:30 p.m. This group has taken a summer break but will resume in late July.