Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
Have you been thinking about visiting Mountain View UMC? Are you new to the area? Do you have questions about our service or programs? Questions about us? Then this is a good starting point. If you don’t find the answer here, contact us. Pastor Mike will be happy to meet with you personally.
FAQs About Our Church
What is Methodism?
Methodism began as an 18th-century movement founded by John Wesley that sought to reform the Church of England from within. The movement, however, became separate from its parent body and developed into an autonomous church. The movement got its name because of the habits of John Wesley, his brother Charles and a group of other earnest students who were dedicated to frequent attendance at Holy Communion, serious study of the Bible, and regular visitations to the filthy Oxford prisons. The members of this group, which Wesley came to lead, were known as Methodists because of their “methodical” devotion and study.
They were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
The distinctive shape of our theological heritage can be seen not only in this emphasis on Christian living, but also in Wesley’s distinctive understanding of God’s saving grace. Although Wesley shared with many other Christians a belief in salvation by grace, he combined them in a powerful way to create distinctive emphases for living the full Christian life.
Our United Methodist heritage is rooted in a deep and profound understanding of God’s grace. This incredible grace flows from God’s great love for us. Did you have to memorize John 3:16 in Sunday school when you were a child? There was a good reason. This one verse summarizes the gospel: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” The ability to call to mind God’s love and God’s gift of Jesus Christ is a rich resource for theology and faith.”
For more in depth information on Methodism, visit UMC.org’s “Our Wesleyan Heritage” page.
When is it okay to visit?
Anytime! Our regular schedule is:
- Sunday Worship – 9:30 a.m.
- Sunday School/Bible Study – 10:45 a.m.
- Wonderful Wednesday Fellowship Meal – 6:00 p.m.
- Wednesday In the Word Bible Study – 6:30 p.m.
Additional activities and events are listed on our calendar!
How often may I visit and what should I wear?
You can visit as often as you like and are able. Membership in the church is not an attendance requirement. Likewise, there is no dress code at Mountain View. You’ll find we wear everything from jeans and cowboy boots to “Sunday clothes” to t-shirts and shorts. Wear the clothing that makes you comfortable. Your presence is more important to us than your outfit!
What happens during Sunday Service?
Sunday services at Mountain View are mostly traditional. Music includes both contemporary and traditional hymns, as well as anthems by our Chancel Choir and/or special music. We have a “children’s time” near the beginning of our service, after which kids have the opportunity to retire to “Children’s Church” or return to sit with their families. We have a time for prayers and praises, tithes and offerings, and then the message. Communion is offered on appropriate holy days and on the first Sunday of each month, following the message. We close our service with a hymn and a benediction.
What about receiving communion?
Communion is offered the first Sunday of every month, and may be offered on additional holy days. You do not have to be a member of our church, a Methodist, or a member of any church to receive communion. The Lord’s table is open to all.
At what point am I required to become a member?
There is no requirement that you become a member of our church. If, however, you feel you are ready to become a member, the first step is to talk with our Pastor. He will explain the process to you and make the appropriate arrangements.
Where do I park and where do I enter the church?
We have a large parking lot in front of our church and you are welcome to park anywhere that is convenient for your needs. We have two spaces designated for handicapped parking as well as several designated specifically for visitors.
There are two points of entry for the church. The main entrance for Sunday Service is through the double doors leading to the Narthex and Sanctuary. The second entry point is through the panel of glass doors next to the Family Life Center.
Do I have to sing, bring a Bible, or give money?
Psalm 98:4 says, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”
If you’re not comfortable with singing, though, you’re not required to sing during communal hymns.
We have King James version bibles in the hymnal racks in every pew for those who need or want one during service.
Although God loves a cheerful giver, tithes and offerings are not a requirement. Give what you can, when you can, if you can.
How much is the Wednesday meal and do I need a reservation?
Our Wednesday meals are an opportunity for fellowship with one another. A $5.00 per person ($15 maximum per family) contribution to the meal is encouraged, but don’t let that keep you from joining us! You are always welcome at our table!
We also encourage you to let us know you’re coming (and how many are coming with you) so that the hosting group can plan accordingly but, again, don’t let lack of a reservation keep you away.
What about my kids?
Children are more than welcome at Mountain View. We have “Children’s Time” during our worship service, Children’s Church immediately following for those interested, and a Sunday School class just for K-5 students. We also provide a nursery during Sunday service, Chancel Choir rehearsals, and other events at the church.
Throughout the year, we have activities designed with kids in mind and a variety of holiday activities just for them.
What about my teens/young adult children?
Mountain View currently has a Youth Bible Study group for 6-12 grades that meets after Sunday Worship Service, and an arts-based youth group called The River that meets alternating Sunday afternoons from 3-5 p.m. As youth/young adult participation grows, other programs and activities will be added and the current programs adapted to meet that growth and the needs of the participants. For more information, visit the MVUMC Youth website, or follow them on Facebook or Instagram.
Can you accommodate people with disabilities?
With the exception of the choir loft, Mountain View UMC is fully ADA compliant!
What happens when I decide to join the Church?
The first step is to meet with our Pastor, who will visit with you about joining, what being a member means, and determine what steps need to be taken:
- If you have never been baptized, you will prepare for baptism.
- If you were baptized as an infant or young child and have not made a profession of faith and been confirmed, then you will prepare to reaffirm your baptism when you take the membership vows.
- If you are a member of another part of the church (such as Baptist, Presbyterian or Lutheran), then you can transfer your membership from that church to a local United Methodist Church.
- If you are a member of another Christian church that does not transfer membership, you can make a profession of faith and be received as a member.
Where can I learn more about United Methodists?
Sunday Morning Schedule
9:30 a.m. - Worship Service
10:45 a.m. - Sunday School & Bible Study
Knoxville, TN 37920