Ministries

Worship

 We have a worship service each Sunday throughout the year.

During the summer and winter, a blended contemporary and traditional worship service is held in the air-conditioned Wesley Room at 10:00 AM. This service includes special projected images, video, and traditional and contemporary music, along with a sermon and our shared prayers. Following the children’s sermon during this service, the children leave for a special Junior Church. Refreshments are served before and after this worship service.

During the fall and spring, the service is held in our beautiful sanctuary at 10:00 AM.

Music

In the room in the far corner of our church basement, the sound of God’s praise reigns supreme. In room 7, on a Thursday evening, you’ll find the Chancel Choir preparing two anthems for each traditional service or the Praise Team rehearsing for the contemporary service; Sunday night, the Bell Choir might be preparing the sweet sound of handbell music. Solo singers may be heard in lessons and rehearsal. Drums, kazoos, and boom-whackers have also been known to flourish here. Our emphasis is on choosing the best music written and presenting it with the care and excellence worthy of the worship of God. Special Christmas events such as a Pops Concert, a Christmas Eve service, a musical drama, two major works each year, and other events keep our musical life interesting.

We welcome you to join any of our musical groups. Call the church office at 412.371.7421, or send email to our music director, Janet Lillich Stivanson, at janetS.saumc@verizon.net.

Christian Education

 After Labor Day (in September) through mid-June, we offer Sunday School classes from 10-10:45 am for all ages, children through adults. Come and experience the joy and fellowship of our education ministry. Worship and Christian Education can be a family experience.

The children’s ministry at South Avenue United Methodist Church celebrates the value and gift of all people. Through our Sunday School and Junior Church programs, we invite children to experience God’s love for them through Bible stories, creative play, music, and crafts. Stimulating Sunday School classes are offered for all children and youth at 10 am. During  our worship services, the young children can share the beginning of worship and then go to a Junior Church program after the children’s sermon.

We also offer adult classes: “Dialogues in Faith”. Dialogues in Faith meets in the Fanny Crosby Room. Our format recently has been to view a stimulating 5-15 minute DVD presentation on a theological, biblical, historical, or cultural topic. We then focus on responding to what we have seen .Please join us for a lively discussion.

Throughout the morning, from 9 am-noon, our nursery is staffed with loving, responsible supervision for your convenience.

For more information on any of these programs, contact Rev Rita Platt, Pastor.