Frequently Asked Questions

What are worship services like?

Worship is a time when the whole church gathers to sing songs and hear a sermon from the pastor. We pray together and take an offering (but as our guest, don’t feel obligated to give the church money). At UMCE, we think of worship as “love training” – an opportunity to gather together with friends and strangers in the presence of God to practice and learn more about loving God, loving others, and loving ourselves.

At UMCE, we have one service on Sunday mornings, online and in person.

Our Sunday morning service meet in the sanctuary. Our service is fairly laid-back with music, scripture, prayers, and a message that ties the lessons of scripture to our everyday lives. The music ranges from traditional hymns to more contemporary praise songs and our church’s choir sings occasionally. A special message for children and Sunday School for kids from Pre-K through 5th grade, as well as a nursery for the youngest among us also happens.

On the first Sunday of each month, we share together in the sacrament of Holy Communion. In the United Methodist Church, the communion table is open to all people regardless of age, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, membership status, or anything else. The communion table is Christ’s table, and all are invited and equal there.

Are there things for my kids to do at the church?

There’s lots!

On Sunday mornings, we offer in-person Sunday School for kids from Pre-K through 5th grade during the 10am worship service. The kids start out in worship with the whole congregation and then go into Sunday School after the children’s moment.

Our nursery care is available for kids 6 months through 4 years during the 10am worship service. The kids can go directly to the nursery at the beginning of worship, or stay in the sanctuary through the children’s moment and then head to the nursery.

Sunday afternoons the youth group is open to kids from 6th to 12th grade. They meet at the church from 12:30-3:00 pm and have lunch, devotions, and lots of fun with games and more!

To find out more about what the kids are up to at UMCE, check out the pages for our Kids ministry and Youth ministry, or contact our Director of Children and Youth Ministries, Sarah Sailor ( If you would like to know more about our children’s ministry policies and procedures, you can check them out here.

What should I wear?

Folks at UMCE dress in all sorts of ways for worship, from dresses and jackets to jeans and sweatshirts. Wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable and know that we are glad to have you with us no matter what you’re wearing!

Where do I park?

There is a parking lot at the front of the church. There is an upper and lower parking section in our lot, as well as an upper parking lot. Accessible parking spots are located outside the main church doors and at the side door entrance as well.

Where do I go?

There are two main entrances to the building. The main entrance (red double doors) leads directly into the lobby outside of the sanctuary. There is also side entrance located on the south end of the building. When you come in the side entrance, follow the directional signs to the sanctuary. 

Will I have to stand and introduce myself?

No! You can expect that folks at church may come and introduce themselves to you, but you will not be asked to stand and introduce yourself during the service (or any time). We do ask that first-time guests let us know they are joining us by filling out a guest attendance sheet with contact information. Feel free to leave as little or as much information as you’d like. We promise to only use it to contact you or send you updates from the church – we won’t give it to anyone else or enroll you in a jelly of the month club or anything like that.

Is the church building accessible?

The main part of the building (sanctuary, bathrooms, offices, fellowship hall, library) are all located on the main level with no stairs up from the front door of the building. There are several accessible parking spots located outside the main church doors and at the side door entrance as well. The bathrooms on the main level are not currently ADA accessible, but we are planning to renovate them to make them accessible in 2022.

Does the church have COVID protocols in place?

Yes we do. Following current Jefferson County Public Health guidelines, masks are requested for all people over the age of 2 while inside the church regardless of vaccination status. 

Is this church part of a denomination or larger church body?

We are part of the United Methodist Church, a worldwide denomination that you can find out more about here. Our church is part of the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church which is made up of United Methodist Churches in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana. Our conference is led by Bishop Karen Oliveto

Who is the pastor?

Her name is Sarah Clark and she has been the pastor at UMCE since July 2021. Before that, she served for 7 years as the pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Billings, Montana. Pastor Sarah is originally from central Illinois and has a BS in Speech Communications from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can get in touch with Sarah by emailing her at