WHERE TO COME
First United Methodist Church Of Desoto a beautiful rolling campus of three buildings located in a neighborhood in DeSoto, Texas. Our church is located at the corner of Roaring Springs Drive and Reunion Drive (click to go to a map). From I-35, exit Beltline Road (1382) and head West. You will turn South on Roaring Springs Drive, a residential street located between the Westlake Plaza and East Junior High School. Guest parking and Handicap parking is available, which are near the sanctuary. The Sanctuary and Education Building will be on your left and the Church Life Center that houses our Sunday school classrooms will be on your right.
WHEN TO COME
DURING THE WEEK: Some people first come to our church for one of the activities during the week, such as Bible study classes. On Wednesday evenings we offer youth activities and music/worship arts program; please contact us for more information on what is going on this week.
ON SUNDAY MORNINGS: Sunday School is at 9 A.M. Our worship service is at 10:30 A.M. If you come to worship, you will find a friendly, caring congregation. Please enter through the doors on the parking-lot side of the sanctuary. Greeters will have worship bulletins for you. Please register your attendance during worship. Large-print bulletins and hymnals also are available in the narthex (entrance hall).
We welcome children into our worship services. A special children’s time is held each week in worship. Children’s church is also held each Sunday except the first Sunday of the month. The first Sunday of the month we offer communion and the children stay in worship to participate in communion. If you wish to take your young child (birth through age 3 years) to the nursery, you will find a well-staffed, nursery in the Educational Building.
What to Expect During a Worship Service: The worship service begins with a welcome and a time for everyone to greet others. Do not worry: we do not make visitors stand by themselves, but people will informally welcome you. The announcements will be mentioned. While the organist plays the prelude (introductory music), acolytes (candlelighters) will enter the sanctuary and light the candles to symbolize that we are in the presence of Christ, the light of the world. You will find hymnal page numbers and instructions for standing printed in the bulletin and mentioned from the pulpit.
The morning worship service includes a time when children may walk to the front of the sanctuary and sit on the steps for a message designed for them. Various church members and staff enjoy leading this time with the children. After the children’s sermon at the morning worship service, children ages 3rd grade and under may attend children’s church. They will continue worshiping with a service designed especially for children. Children younger than 4 years may go to the nursery or return to their pews. Older children in grades 4 through 6 may return to their pews. After the worship service ends you may pick up your children in the Education Building.
Because we believe that we respond financially to God with our tithes and other offerings, the ushers will pass offering plates. First-time visitors are asked to fill out a visitor’s card in the pew rack and place it rather than money into the offering plate.
The service will close with a pastor saying a benediction (closing words) and with the pastors walking out with the acolytes as everyone sings the choral response in the bulletin. When the music stops, people exit their pews. If you would like, please introduce yourself to the pastor and others when you leave.
As a traditional United Methodist congregation, we place Christ foremost. We believe in one God in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Each one is equally God. God the Son became a human two-thousand years ago in Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus lived, taught, preached, healed, called for social justice, and died on the cross on our behalf. Dead three days, Jesus was resurrected (brought back to life) on a Sunday. His resurrection proved that Jesus Christ overcame sin and death. He opened the way for all to have the possibility of eternal life.
We stress the grace of God. Grace means that God loves us, not because we earned God’s love, but because our God loves us. Our denomination’s founder—Reverend John Wesley of England (1703-91)—taught that Christ offers grace to everyone. Such “prevenient grace” allows us to know that God exists and enables us to respond. God offers “justifying grace” to everyone, but it is too bad that not everyone accepts it. God loves us humans enough to give us the free will to decide whether or not we want to accept Christ’s grace. Everyone who accepts Christ’s grace will receive eternal life, which begins upon acceptance and continues in heaven after death. A Wesleyan emphasis is that God does not leave us as spiritual newborns; rather, God gives us “sanctifying grace” to empower us to grow in our love of God and other people.
Because we cannot and do not have to earn God’s love for us, we offer Holy Communion to visitors and members of all ages. Because Christian baptism is one of the tangible ways that we receive God’s grace, it makes sense that we would want to receive it as soon as possible; therefore, we baptize infants (as well as older children, youth, and adults). If someone wants to join our church who was baptized in another denomination, we gladly recognize their baptism because Christians are baptized into Christ’s universal Church rather than into a particular congregation or denomination.
Our congregation’s mission statement reflects that of The United Methodist Church. We are “to make disciples of Jesus Christ.” We want to reach out to those who do not know Christ, receive them into the life of the church, help them to grow in the faith, and equip them to go out and serve others in Christ’s name.