Frequently Asked Questions
Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call our office at 512-847-3109.
Where do I park?
Try and arrive at least 10-15 minutes before worship to allow time for parking and choosing where you
want to sit. This also allows you a little time to talk with members and learn more about Wimberley UMC.
Handicapped parking is also available in each parking lot. From the small parking lot, access the building on the first floor through the office entrance and then use the elevator to reach the sanctuary. From the larger parking lot, handicapped parking is provided near a ramp that gives access to the main entrance leading to the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall.
The larger parking lot provides access to the Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary. The Education building can be accessed through the Fellowship Hall as well.
Can I bring my children to church?
Children of all ages are always welcome in worship and at church. Childcare is provided in the First Steps Nursery for children up to age 4 during Sunday Worship if parents prefer. Kidz Church is provided for children ages 4 and up, after the children's sermon. A comfort room is also provided if parents want to participate in worship but are concerned about baby noises. To learn more, visit our Children and Youth pages.
Can my children play on the church playground when church is not in session?
Of course! Many local families come and play on the church playground. Parents must provide supervision to their children while on the playground and play at their own risk.
While the Bright Beginnings Preschool is in session however, the playground is closed due to child licensing requirements. Thank you for understanding.
We have noticed that the basketball court is lit up after dark; can anyone play on the court?
Of course! There are regularly scheduled pickup games on Monday nights at 6:30/7:30pm depending on the time of year and we hope you will come. Please note that our Youth programming has regularly scheduled events on Sunday and Wednesday evenings which often requires use of the court. Thank you for understanding. Other times of the week are open and we hope you will enjoy the court. Please don’t park on the grass and take care of the backboards so everyone can continue to enjoy the court.
Is there an active program for my child or teenager?
Weekly programming is available for Children and Youth of all ages. Jordan Rodgers works with Junior High and High School youth providing education, fellowship, and mission opportunities. Courtenay Kehl, as the Children’s Ministries Director, works with babies to 5th grade providing early Christian education opportunities.
Wimberley UMC also has a very well respected and loved Bright Beginnings Preschool that provides education and care to children Monday-Friday, 8:30am-2:30pm, with Extendicare options for working parents. Classes are available for babies to pre-k with certified teachers and small student-teacher ratios, providing the best Christian childcare available. There are often waiting lists for classes, so come and visit as soon as possible. To learn more, visit our Bright Beginnings page.
Will I feel out of place if I don’t know much (or anything) about the Bible or Church?
We certainly hope not. Many of us did not grow up in the church and have been worried about not knowing what to do or say too. Be patient with yourself and try something new. We hope you will take the time to get to know us, spend some time in a Sunday school class or educational opportunity, learning what Church is all about. One of the best parts of Church is the Church Family. It takes a little time to get to know folks, but well worth the effort!
Will you make me feel like I must attend every service if I come once, or if I join?
No one wants to feel forced to attend church. We hope that you will visit at least a few times before making a decision to join the church. A good relationship takes effort and we often get back what we put into them. We encourage you to try different worship services and different Sunday school classes, before making a decision to join. Take the time to meet lots of people. We expect you will be rewarded by the investment and so will we. We used to have a pastor who would tell us, “I don’t want to see you here every Sunday all year long. You need to be out in the community and spending time with family. And sometimes you just need to sleep in.” We don’t expect to see you every Sunday, but making time with God is an important habit to maintain.
What is expected of me as a new member?
Support the Wimberley United Methodist Church with your presence, prayers, gifts, service and your witness.
How do I join the Methodist Church?
Call the church office (512-847-3109) and schedule an appointment with our pastor to discuss membership in the United Methodist Church.
Do I have to volunteer? I am very busy with work and kids
No one has to volunteer; we hope you will want to as your relationship with the church strengthens and grows. Service is a great way to get to know others in the church and strengthen your Christian walk. There are lots of ways to be engaged with the church and your gifts could be of tremendous help.
Will I be forced to sing? I do not like to sing as I have a very bad singing voice
We don’t force anyone to sing. But no matter what our vocal talents may be, God hears our singing as a "joyful noise to the Lord."
How much will it cost me to join? Are there “dues” or specific amounts expected from each person?
When we join the United Methodist Church, we pledge to support the church with our presence, prayers, gifts, service and our witness. There is no specific cost to join and there are no specific dues. We hope each visitor and member will prayerfully commit to sharing their gifts with Wimberley UMC. Each year (typically in the fall) Wimberley UMC members and frequent visitors engage in the important act of discipleship and stewardship by making an annual pledge.
Do United Methodists believe that they are the ONLY true church? Are they tolerant of other religions or denominations?
The best way to answer that is to experience Communion and learn about the origins of the United Methodist Church. In the United Methodist Church, Communion is open to all. Communion is served the first and fifth Sundays of the month, and on Wednesday evenings during Lent and Advent.
The United Methodist Church is a Protestant movement and traces its roots back to John Wesley, an Anglican priest in the Church of England in the 1700s. Part of the mark of being a United Methodist is that we hold a wide range of theological beliefs. John Wesley said, "As to all opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think." In general, we agree on the major aspects of theology. We believe in a Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe in God’s love and forgiveness of all people. We believe in the mystery of salvation through Jesus Christ. And we believe in celebrating the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion.