What can I expect when I come to Mission Bend?
Located in the most diverse corner of the most diverse city of Houston, the people of Mission Bend United Methodist don’t fit any one picture of what “church people” look like. You’ll meet people gathered from 5 continents as well as native Texans, and older adults alongside our young people. Some folks will be dressed in business casual, but you can see the stalwarts in coat-and-tie alongside members in t-shirts and jeans — or even shorts! It is Houston, after all, which means you can count on some Texans jerseys in the fall also.
But more important than what kind of clothes to wear is what attitude you bring. We expect that God will be present with us as we gather, listen, respond, and are sent out. We bear with one another in many different ways: we’re human after all! So we expect to be grace-full also. Someone will introduce themselves to you no matter where you’re sitting and tell you more about us.
What kinds of Sunday School classes and small groups are available?
Our Sunday School classes meet at the 9:00 hour, providing strong relationships to go with in-depth Christian discipleship for all ages. There’s a class waiting to welcome you! Our children’s classes meet in the Education Building, the Youth classes and adult classes meet in the Christian Life Center, Education, and Main buildings. To learn more about which class might be right for you, please talk to a pastor; any member should be able to help also! We also have a number of opportunities for spiritual growth that don’t meet on Sunday mornings. Learn more about Christian Discipleship.
What can I expect in Worship?
Our musical style is varied: we feature traditional hymns, contemporary songs, and global praise regularly. We observe the liturgical calendar and our pastors wear robes and stoles. With doors open wide and worship strongly centered on Jesus Christ, we find a richness and joy in how we worship together.
Worship isn’t something that only the pastors and musicians perform for our benefit; we find meaning in our own full-throated participation as an assembly of human beings in God’s presence. Every time something is printed in bold text in the worship guide, please join in the response out loud as we greet one another, sing, and pray. You’re welcome to use any Bible (paper or app) during worship; we most often use the Common English Bible translation. You might see some numbers in the worship guide; these refer to the red United Methodist Hymnals which are available as you enter the Sanctuary. And please fill out the registration pads located in every row of chairs so that we can connect with you after worship is over and throughout the week!
The rhythm of 9:00 worship moves between hearing the Scriptures read and preached, and gathering around the table for Holy Communion. At 10:30, the Celebration Chorale leads us in song, and the focus is on a message grounded firmly in the Bible and connected to our lives in the world today. We celebrate Holy Communion in both services on the first Sunday of each month. Learn more about Sunday worship and music.