New to LUMC
Welcome! We invite you to come and get connected at Lenexa United Methodist Church! There are many opportunities to do this — through worship, Sunday School, music, ChristCare small groups, Preschool and Children’s Day Out, and so much more! Below are questions newcomers often have — we hope that providing answers you will quickly feel comfortable and welcome with us!
How do I dress for worship and other events?
There is no dress code in the Bible — or at Lenexa UMC. People dress for comfort, individual style, weather, and to set a personal tone for their time of worship and fellowship. On any Sunday at our church you will most likely see people dressed in heels, suits, ties, khakis, jeans, running shoes, open collars, etc. God accepts us all, no matter what we wear!
I don’t know that much about the Bible, is that a problem?
Absolutely not! We all are growing daily in our knowledge and understanding of God’s Word as we develop and practice our faith. Worship and Bible studies are opportunities to do this. There are Bibles provided in the pews, Church Library and Sunday School rooms for you to use. If you are wondering what version of the Bible might work best for you, our pastors can guide you with this decision.
Is the church accessible for people with disabilities?
Yes! Our accessible entry is on the west side of the building. We have an elevator to allow access to all floor levels. If you need special seating or need any other accommodations, please let someone in the church office know or talk with an usher Sunday morning. We can also accommodate your children’s special needs for Sunday School, etc. — just let us know how we can provide the best learning and most nurturing environment.
Is childcare available?
Yes! On Sunday mornings, the Nursery (Room 206, upstairs just down the hall from the Sanctuary) is available for infants and toddlers. (Note: children are always welcome to attend worship services.) Childcare is also available Wednesday evenings during the school year, for small groups, committee meetings, and for a variety of other gatherings. Childcare is free and always staffed by people who have successfully completed the United Methodist’s Protection Policy Training.
Are you going to ask for an offering from me?
We do pass an offering plate during worship, bringing our gifts to serve God. No one is ever expected or dictated to give, as this is a very personal decision. God’s Word teaches that our offerings should reflect our belief that all we have is God’s gift to us — it teaches us that with our offerings we worship and honor God. These offerings give us the opportunity to not only show love to Christ, but also to support the work of our congregation as we bring the Good News of Christ’s love to more people. If you have questions about this, you are welcome to talk with one of the pastors or our business administrator.
What do the Colors mean in the Christian Church?
We change the colors of the cloths at the front of the sanctuary throughout the year to represent the different Christian days and seasons, also called the “Liturgical Year.” The year begins with Advent, four Sundays before Christmas. The main colors for Advent are blue and purple, symbolizing royalty. At Christmas the color white symbolizes the purity of Christ. There really are 12 days of Christmas in the church year, followed by the season of Epiphany which begins in early January. During this season we focus on Jesus’ life among us and how we are called to follow and grow in Christ. We symbolize that growth with the color green.
The season of Epiphany is followed by Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday and leads us to Easter. During Lent, the color purple signifies humility, as we are called to reflect inwardly and prepare our hearts for resurrection life. On Easter Sunday we turn to white, once again symbolizing Christ’s purity. We continue this color until Pentecost (50 days after Easter), when red symbolizes the fire of God’s Holy Spirit at work in our lives. After Pentecost, we turn once again to green and focus on our work as Christ’s servants in the world. The colors change to white for All Saints Day (typically celebrated on the first Sunday in November), and for other special services throughout the year. You will also notice special banners and other visuals around the church and Sanctuary used to celebrate the seasons. These are all rich with symbols and meaning, helping to reinforce and deepen the message of the season and that of Christ’s love for us in general.