UNITE! Worship coming to Avery UMC
Sundays at 8:30 am
Launch Day TBD (due to COVID-19)
After over a year of planning, we are making final preparations to add a second worship service at Avery UMC on Sundays at 8:30 am. Our 10:30 service of hymns, formal structure, and traditional elements will continue unchanged.
Is the UNITE! service for me?
Thinking of making church part of your life again?
Seeking a church that will inspire and uplift?
Seeking community with people who will love and accept you exactly as you are?
Unsure if God exists but curious what others think?
Enjoy energetic, modern music?
Spiritual but not religious?
Hurt by the church in the past, and hesitant to give it another try?
Desire a service where your kids can stand on pews and wiggle around free of judgment?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then UNITE! is for you!
We believe that God is calling us to provide a more modern or contemporary worship experience, which would include more modern styles of music, a different atmosphere, and a focus on hands-on mission and service as essential to the life of a Christian disciple.
Praise Band in development!
Our praise band already includes a guitarist and two singers. But we're always looking to add more musicians and singers!
NEW Sunday Schedule
8:30 am UNITE! Worship
9:30 am Sunday School for All Ages; Refreshments & casual conversation also available
10:30 am Traditional Worship
How did we get here? A brief history of the New Worship Service at Avery UMC
In the summer of 2018, a few people at Avery UMC felt a nudge from the Holy Spirit to explore the idea of a new worship service. The idea arose from experiencing different styles of worship at Annual Conference, the work of our vision team, and a desire to reach new persons for Christ in Washington, PA.
In Jan. 2019, Pastor Erik formed a team to explore this idea in more detail. This worship exploration team reviewed demographic data, attended alternative worship services in the area, and conducted interviews with more than a dozen people in Washington, PA who do not currently attend church. They used this research to creatively shape an idea of what a new service would look like, and considered what would be needed to start the service.
Over the spring and summer, they communicated these plans with church leadership, prepared a budget, and applied for a grant with the Annual Conference to help with funding. In October, we received a grant of $12,000 for start-up costs. In December 2019, the Church Council expressed verbal and financial support for pursuing this new worship service in the first half of 2020. Since then, a team of 12 people has been meeting to plan the details for this new service.