Planning Your First Visit to Cranberry
Visiting a church for the first time is usually not as easy as as walking through the front door. Entering a community where you may not know anyone or much about them is a vulnerable and courageous thing to do. We want to make sure that your first visit (and every visit after that) is one full of welcome and care for you. Please feel free to contact Pastor Tiffany with any questions you may have prior to your visit. Below are some answers to some common questions that may help you as you plan your first visit to Cranberry:
What is The United Methodist Church and what are Cranberry's core beliefs?
Cranberry is a part of The United Methodist Church and shares in its rich theological heritage, witness and mission around the world. Cranberry claims the core beliefs of the UMC. (You can read about the UMC's beliefs here) At its core, the UMC has a commitment to social holiness, with a strong focus on putting our faith into action, striving to live out its vision "to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." At Cranberry we do our part to make disciples and transform lives by casting a vision for the ministry we do together: "Learn God's Word, live God's Word, and love God's peope so that everyone will know Jesus." Cranberry is part of our large and diverse connection of United Methodist Churches locally and around the world. We are a part of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference and the Baltimore-Suburban District in the Baltimore Region.
What is your worship service like?
Cranberry's worship has traditional elements that you will find at most United Methodist churches with prayers, hymns, scripture and a sermon every Sunday. We also utilize creative and contemporary elements, depending on what we are focusing on in worship. There are no assigned seats in the sanctuary, so please feel free to sit wherever you like.
The worship environment at Cranberry is laid back and light-hearted, full of warm and friendly people. Every Sunday, there is a time for people to voluntarily share their joys and concerns in the worship service, which helps keep us prayfully connected with one another. We always end our worship time together holding hands in a circle as we sing a song of blessing for one another and our world.
When do you serve Holy Communion?
Holy Communion is served every first Sunday of the month in the worship service. You do not need to be a member of the church to recieve communion. All are welcome to recieve Holy Communion at Cranberry. We serve communion via the method of intinction - by giving a person a piece of bread for them to dip into a cup of grape juice and then partake.
What should I wear?
People come to Cranberry wearing anything from dresses and suits to jeans and t-shirts and flip-flops. There is no dress code. You are welcome as you are!
Where are you located?
Cranberry is located in the Perryman area of Aberdeen, at 1632 Perryman Rd., just a few minutes away from Interstate 40. The Sunday worship service is located in the sanctuary and a time of fellowship and food happens every Sunday after worship in the fellwoship hall. All are invited!
Where do I park?
There is plenty of free parking available in the front, side and back parking lot around the church.
Is your building wheelchair accessible?
Our building has wheelchair accessible entrances to the sanctuary and the back of the fellowship hall.
Do you have childcare during the worship service?
All children are invited to participate fully in the worship service. We welcome children as they are and do not expect them to be quiet or still in the worship service. Please know that it does not bother us if your child squirms, roams or cries in worship. You are welcome to sit wherever you'd like.
Cranberry has a play area in the back of the sanctuary created especially for children to play and engage with quiet and creative toys. We believe that play is a form of worship and we encourage that from our kids during the worship service!
We do not have a nursery at Cranberry, but we are committed to helping support you and your child as you worship together. All children are invited to attend Sunday School in the fellowship hall after the Children's Sermon in worship. All volunteers who work with our children must go through Safe Sanctuaries and CPR/First Aid training, as well as pass a background check.