Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT YOUR FIRST VISIT

  • What are your Worship times?

10:45 am on Sundays and 6:30 pm on Wednesdays·

  • Where do I park?

There is parking on San Antonio street—the front of the church across from the Courthouse.  There is also parking behind the church in the lot which you can enter from San Antonio St.  There is more street parking on S. Walnut

  • How do I get to the Sanctuary?

From San Antonio St, come in the front door and turn left.  From the parking lot, you can walk down to San Antonio.  It is not far.

  • If I have children are they welcomed in Worship?

Children of any age are welcome in worship.  We do have a children’s church available after the children’s time on Sundays as another option.

  • Is there a nursery for my kids?

Yes on Sundays

  • Is there plenty of seating?

Yes

  • Does your church take an offering? Do you expect me to give money? How much?

We take an offering.  You are welcome to give whatever you would like.  It is not a requirement

  • How will I follow along in service?

We have a bulletin (program).  It is also projected onto screens in the front.

  • Will I be pressured to join or make a commitment when I visit for the first time?

No

  • Who is your Pastor?

Pastor Dr. David Bachelor.  *See the staff page for more information on the church staff.

  • What should I do after church?

We would love to take you to lunch after your first visit but there is no obligation.

  • I just want to visit. Are you going to make this awkward?

No

  • Why should I fill out the visitor slip in the bulletin?

It is an option so that we may follow up to answer any questions you might have following your visit.

  • Should I call the church about Pastoral concerns such as birth, death, hospitalization or other personal needs?

Yes you may do that.  The church office number is 830-334-9494. Our email is PearsallfirstUMC@gmail.com

  • What's the sermon like? *VIDEOS?*

The sermon is presented by the pastor.  Sometimes there is power point to go along with it.  There could also be a video illustration.

  • I have a physical disability requiring a wheelchair. Where should I sit?

We have several spots in the Sanctuary where the pews have been adjusted in size to accommodate wheelchairs. 

GETTING INVOLVED

  • What opportunities do you offer for kids?

We have Sunday School at 9:30am on Sundays, Wednesday Bible School from 4:00 to 5:30 and many seasonal activities. For more information on  children's ministry see the Ministries page and/or email children@pearsallfirstumc.org

  • What opportunities do you offer for my teenager?

We have a youth group meeting twice monthly at 1:00pm on Sundays.  For more information, see the ministries page and/or email youth@pearsallfirstumc.org.

  • How can I grow in my Faith at Pearsall FUMC?

By attending worship regularly and by joining a study group.

  • Do I have to be a member to participate in small groups or other activities?

No

  • How do I join the Pearsall First UMC?

If you are already a Christian you may attend one of the membership classes offered by the church. If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your savior and Lord, please come forward during the last song of a Sunday service or you may make an appointment with the pastor to learn more. 

  • Are you going to want to meet me?

We try to meet everyone who attends.

  • How big is your congregation?

About 250 in membership.  Average worship on Sundays is 85 and Wednesdays 25

  • How can I get to know people more closely?

By joining a group.  We have several opportunities for small group studies. 

 

UNITED METHODIST BELIEFS

  • What are your beliefs?

* REFER TO BELIEFS PAGE*

  • What is your belief in communion? When? How?

Communion is one of the two sacraments of the United Methodist Church. It is a celebration of the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples. At this meal Jesus told them when he broke the bread, "This is my body." When Jesus took the cup, he told his disciples, "This is my blood." Regarding the two components of this sacrament, Methodist's believe in "real presence." This means that Jesus' words "this is my body" and "this is my blood" become real when the church celebrates this meal.  Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month. The usual method of distributing the elements is by coming forward to receive the bread and being offered the cup. The bread in dipped into the cup before consuming both elements together.