Welcome to First United Methodist Church (FUMC) of Baraboo, Wisconsin! We are glad you are here and hope you have to opportunity to learn more about us. Have a question? Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
How do I get to your church?
Where do I go once I’m inside the building?
What should I expect during worship?
Is the church handicapped accessible?
What should I wear?
Do I have to give money?
What will my kids do?
I’m a little nervous about my first visit.
What if I have questions after being a guest at worship?
- Location: We are located on the “square” of downtown Baraboo, at the corner of 4th and Broadway.
- Parking: We have a parking lot on the 4th street entrance, or you can also park on the street or across the street in the Courthouse parking lot.
- Entering the building: On Sunday morning, all doors of the church are open! Our ‘main’ entrance is considered to be the one by the parking lot.
- When you enter through the parking lot doors, you will go up one flight of stairs (or take the elevator to Level 1) and enter the doors on the left:
- This will bring you into Fellowship Hall:
- Once you are in Fellowship Hall, you’ll see the open gathering space with tables and chairs. Straight ahead you’ll find the restrooms, the nursery, and the doors to the sanctuary on the right:
- Our beautiful sanctuary! Just before worship starts (see Worship for our morning schedule) you’ll want to find a seat in the worship space. When you enter the Sanctuary, prepare to be wowed! It’s gorgeous! It has lots of beautiful woodwork, many stained glass windows and a high ceiling. You’re also welcome to go up the stairs to the 2nd floor and sit in the balcony for a bird’s eye view.
- Greetings! Typically we have a time to greet each other during worship, called “Passing of the Peace.” People will introduce themselves to you and offer to shake your hand.
- Traditional and informal worship style. Worship at FUMC is both traditional and informal. Expect “churchy” things like organ music, hymn singing and spoken prayers. You can also expect some parts of worship to feel casual. Our sharing “joys and concerns” is pretty informal and gives us the chance to hear and pray for the celebrations and challenges that are happening in the lives of our congregation. After a soloist or one of the choirs offers special music, people often clap. It’s OK to clap here! Once a month, children and youth do scripture readings in the service. They also light the candles, receive the offering plates and greet people before the service.
- Communion – Communion is celebrated on the 1st Sundays of each month. All are welcome to receive Communion; you do not need to be a member of this church or a member of the United Methodist Church. This is the Lord’s Table; he is the host and we are all his guests. At the direction of the ushers you will be invited to come forward, and you will be given a piece of bread which you can dip in the cup as it is offered to you. Gluten free communion wafers are available upon request.
Yes. We have an elevator right at the entrance of the parking lot doors. There is also an additional wheelchair to use at the ground level. When you come into the sanctuary, there are places where your wheelchairs will fit just fine. An usher will be glad to help you find a place where you’re comfortable!
Our one rule is to “wear clothes!” What you wear is up to you. On any given Sunday you may see folks wearing jeans, dresses, “business casual” attire, suit coats with a necktie, or biking/hiking attire. Our pastor often leads worship wearing a pants suit, or a skirt and jacket. For Communion Sundays and baptisms, she will wear a stole and liturgical robe.
Guests are not expected to give money in the offering plate when it is passed.
- Sunday school programs. We have Sunday school programs for toddlers through high school from 9:15 – 10:15am during the school year. The younger children and youth meet downstairs for lessons, crafts, and activities. The older youth (Middle School and High School) often meet for coffee to discuss current topics and challenges they face.
- Join us in worship! Children are always welcome in worship. We have a “children’s message” during the first 10-15 minutes of church where all children are welcome to sit on the steps of the altar and listen to the pastor’s message. She often reads a story or acts out a message with her stuffed animals, “Carlos, Winnie and Ellie”! We also have “busy bags” containing crayons, paper and books for children to use during worship.
- Play in the nursery! We have a staffed nursery for infants through age 5. The nursery is available during Sunday school and worship.
- Be your authentic self! There’s only one mistake you can make while visiting our church: that is to not be yourself. We don’t pretend to be who we are not and we don’t expect you to do that either. We try to be authentic, and invite you to be who you are too!
- We’re all different and that’s OK! There are some people who have been in this church for many, many years. Others are relatively new. Some are single. Some are part of couples or extended family groups. We don’t all think exactly the same. We don’t all vote the same way.
- We have important things in common! We share a commitment to each other as a community of faith, love for God and the desire to be a blessing to the greater Baraboo/Sauk County community.
Contact Pastor Marianne Cotter at 608-843-9641 and she’ll be happy to answer any questions via email, phone or in person.