You belong here!

At UMCE, we extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, LGBTQ, straight, wealthy, financially struggling, young, and old. We welcome those who are over 60 but still have not grown up yet, and teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome those who don’t like organized religion and those who are visiting from out of town. We welcome soccer moms, Boy Scout dads, NASCAR fans, vegetarians, exercise enthusiasts, and junk food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery and those who are still battling addiction. We welcome people of every race, ethnicity, and cultural background. We welcome people who are passionate about Jesus and people who are wrestling with their faith.
But most of all, we welcome you.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are worship services like?

Worship is an opportunity to gather together in the presence of God to practice and learn more about loving God, loving others, and loving ourselves. Our worship 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 most Sundays during the school year.  We also have a special moment for children led by our Director of Children's Ministries and we take an offering (though as a guest, please don't feel obligated to give the church money.)

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 (youth@evergreenumc.org). 

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 Connect Card 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 attempt to sell you an extended warranty for your car 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 2023.

Does the church have COVID protocols in place?

We continue to follow  current Jefferson County Public Health guidelines. If you have tested positive for COVID, we expect that you will worship from home until your quarantine period has passed. If someone in your household is currently positive for COVID, we request that all members of your household attend worship online or wear a mask when attending in person. While masks are not currently a requirement, we welcome and appreciate anyone who feels more comfortable masking for worship. (This question was last updated  on 3/14/22)

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. Pastor Sarah , her husband Jerry, and their teenage son live in Evergreen with their dog Sammy. You can get in touch with Sarah by emailing her at pastorsarah@evergreenumc.org.