What to Expect

Thinking of visiting Saint Joseph at the YMCA? Here’s what you can expect…

What opportunities are there for my children? Saint Joseph Kids is the children’s ministry of Saint Joseph at the YMCA. On Sunday mornings, we offer nursery and childcare for newborns through age 3. On the first Sunday of the month, we encourage families to worship together in the worship space. We value and appreciate the life-giving, joyful noises children add to our worship gathering. On additional Sunday’s, we invite the children to participate in our “breakout” session. During breakout, the children are invited to gather in the YMCA Teen Room for lessons, games, crafts and other activities!

What should I wear? We want you to be comfortable. Therefore, you should feel free to dress as you like. Saint Joseph at the YMCA is a relaxed and informal church. The common dress style is casual. On any given Sunday, you might see individuals wearing “church clothes” and others wearing jeans, shorts and flip-flops (which we also call “church clothes”).

Is there a youth group? Yes! Saint Joseph at the YMCA is a worshipping community of Saint Joseph UMC. Therefore, we invite all of our students to participate in the student ministries at Saint Joseph UMC. We encourage our youth to participate in our worship gathering. We also encourage our students to find ways to serve at Saint Joseph at the YMCA. If you have questions or would like more information, contact us at: sdaniels@stjoemin.com

Do I have to be a member of the YMCA to attend? No, you do not need to be a member of the YMCA to attend Saint Joseph at the YMCA.  All are welcome at Saint Joseph! Of course, we do encourage people to invest in their physical wellness and the Jackson R. Lehman Family YMCA is a great place to do that! Visit the JRL YMCA website to learn more!

What is the worship gathering like? Our worship gatherings will feature modern worship music. We will also regularly use non-Christian music that connects with the theme of our gathering. There will be meaningful, relevant, Bible-based messages. There will be times of prayer and reflection. We will also regularly incorporate other avenues of creative communication (video, artwork, drama, interactive participation, etc.).

How long is the worship gathering? Our worship gatherings will generally last one hour.

Why Saint Joseph at the YMCA? We are a community of faith aspiring to live, serve and love like Jesus. Our partnership with the JRL YMCA allows us to gather together in a safe, comfortable and non-threatening environment. It also gets outside the walls of the more traditional church setting. Saint Joseph at the YMCA is a relaxed, informal, family-friendly worshipping community. We offer exciting children’s programs, engaging worship, meaningful messages, excellent music, opportunities to serve the community and connect with others. Not only are all welcome, all are wanted! You have a place at Saint Joseph at the YMCA.

Is Saint Joseph at the YMCA affiliated with any particular denomination? We are part of the United Methodist Church. We are a worshipping community of Saint Joseph United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne, IN.

Tyler Moreland, Saint Joseph Kids Coordinator
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