By Belinda M. Paschal
PIQUA — Positive changes designed to reach a broader audience are afoot at Greene Street United Methodist Church.
The church, which currently offers Sunday services at 8 and 10:30 a.m., will change that on March 9. “Currently, the two Sunday morning services are very much alike, but our new format will offer two different styles of worship,” Pastor Kenneth Stewart said.
“At 9 a.m., there will be a very liturgical, traditional kind of service with hymns and lots of liturgy-type readings. The 10:30 a.m. service, which we’re calling ‘Unveiled,’ will be a more intimate type of service. We’ll have more modern musical selections and a simplified order of worship. It’s really geared toward people who maybe have had no church experience. It’s something we want to do to bring in others who have been unreached.”
The new service isn’t the only thing being “unveiled” at Greene Street. Also on March 9, the church will debut a new choir and praise team.
The church also is launching a new children’s ministry that will include a “Music and Movement” program, Stewart said. “We’ll be doing some large motor skills, singing and dancing, then we’ll come down to more of a lesson,” he explained.
In addition, Greene Street will open its new Sunday preschool and fully staffed nursery/daycare for infants through sixth-graders. “Hopefully, we’ll cover the gamut of services for children,” Stewart said. “The congregation is excited about these new changes and ready to go.”
“We believe that children are vitally important,” he added. “Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me,’ so we really feel we want to place a high importance on those kinds of ministries, especially since we already have a long-standing reputation in the community for providing quality ministries and care for children during the week, so we wanted to continue that into Sunday.”
Greene Street’s weekday daycare and preschool is open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The church also offers a children’s ministry from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays from September to May, as well as a ministry for older youth (grades 7-12).
“We also offer something called Chrysalis, a weekend youth ministry where high school students take three days, sort of like a retreat, and are introduced to the Christian faith and learn what tools they need to grow,” Stewart said.
The retreat offers two annual weekends each for boys and girls, with the most recent ones being held in January and earlier this month. The next programs will be held in July and are open to any high schoolers, not just members.
A food pantry ministry is open 10-11 a.m. each Monday and Wednesday at Greene Street. Visitors just need simple identification for one visit every 30 days.
Greene Street UMC is located at 415 W. Greene St. To learn more about the church, call (937) 773-5313 or visit its website at www.greenestreetumc.org.
Belinda M. Paschal may be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.