What people are saying:
When people talk about Monroe Free Methodist Church, the most common remarks include “real,” “authentic,” and “Christ-centered.” Here are a few testimonials made by our congregants:
I love this place. It’s a comfortable and encouraging church that combines the beauty of tradition without being stuffy.
When I tell people why I attend MFMC, I tell them it’s because the Pastor and his wife are genuine and are following God’s will for our church.
Monroe Free Methodist Church is a beautiful church. There’s no other place I’ve felt more welcomed and loved. It’s a place where I know I’m going to be close with my faith and feel God’s presence even in the worst of times. Love attending and will continue to do so.
What can you expect on Sunday Morning?
Our congregation is made up of all ages of people from all stages of life. Some of us wear comfy clothes like jeans & t-shirts to church, while others prefer dress clothes. It’s totally up to you! Each week around 80 people fill our pews. There is a beautiful variety of people including young adults, families with babies and young kids, middle aged families with teenagers, empty nester/retirees and the elderly. It’s a perfect mix, we think. We could go on and on about all that God has done in transforming us together into a community of hospitality and a people desiring deep spiritual growth. Pastor Kevin and Pastor Melanie Eccles say, “We love that He’s called us to make MFMC our ministry and our home.”
You will be greeted at the door and given a bookmark-style bulletin, along with the Monthly Info Packet (all sorts of ways to connect with the community and with our congregation). On one side of the bulletin is a service order and on the other side is the week’s daily scripture readings to keep in your Bible. (If you need a Bible, there are new ones available on the Resource Rack for you to take home.)
We begin our service at 10am. Our services are intentionally liturgical, following the Revised Common Lectionary and the Church Calendar to guide the flow of our planning. Musically, we find value and truth in a variety of styles including hymns and modern songs, and we allow the Spirit to direct to us to select songs which will emphasize the scriptural focus of the week as well as minister to the people who will fill the pews. We believe that music is pleasing to God and is a way for us to come before Him united. As Free Methodists we believe in freedom of simplicity in worship. We come prepared to lead, but we step aside to let the Holy Spirit do the work. You are always free to remain seated or to come to the altar or clap or lift your hands. We seek authenticity in our worship.
We place equal emphasis on scripture, song, giving, and sermon. Interspersed with songs, we will hear Scripture passages drawn from the weekly Lectionary. We invite you to follow along in your Bibles or use the pew Bibles (we provide the page numbers to help you find your way). Time is set aside for quiet prayer and responsiveness to what God is doing in our lives. We commit to gratefully thank the Lord for his provisions by giving to him our tithes and offerings in a spirit of cheerfulness and trust.
Prior to the sermon, kids are invited up front for a short children’s sermon and then they’re dismissed with their teachers to Children’s Church. Pastor Kevin or Pastor Melanie will preach a sermon around 20 minutes in length, drawn from the Lectionary Scripture passages. On the first Sunday of each month, we partake in Holy Communion and everyone is invited to the Lord’s Table. After the closing benediction (a prayer of sending) around 11am, everyone is dismissed.
Head out to the fellowship hall for a time of Coffee & Conversation. Pour a cup of hot chocolate or herbal tea, or enjoy the freshly brewed “Parishioners Blend” of coffee. (Our coffee is locally roasted at Frenchtown Roasters and is certified organic and fair trade!) This time of fellowship is just as important to our Sabbath day as the sermon. Spend time together; learn what God is doing in one another’s lives; hear about the wins and struggles; pray for each other. Carry the work of worship and Word with you into your everyday interactions.
3928 E. Dunbar Rd.
Monroe, MI 48161
1-1/2 miles west of Telegraph Rd.
call or text 734-863-4321