What to expect

If you come to Pittsfield United Methodist Church, you can expect a congregation full of welcoming, smiling faces. We have a predominately older congregation but there are also a lot of younger families and children who are active members.

Worship Time: We worship at 9 and 11 a.m. every Sunday. The 9 a.m. is traditional and the 11 a.m. service is contemporary.

Sunday School: We have Sunday School at 10 a.m. every Sunday for children, youth and adults.

Dress: You will see a variety of dress on a Sunday morning, from sports jackets to jeans. Church attendees are encouraged to dress as they wish. Please just come as you are, come as you are comfortable..

Kids: All churches say that they like kids, but some actually only like the idea of kids. At Pittsfield UMC, we like real kids – the kind that make noise, that don’t sit still, that ask peculiar questions.

Handicapped accessibility

Pittsfield UMC is fully accessible through use of an elevated lift and motorized chair lift. Access to the lift to the main sanctuary is through the west entrance in the Narthex . Access to restrooms, classrooms and the our fellowship hall is the elevator lift on the west side of the church.

Communion and Baptism

Communion: We celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday. We, as United Methodists, believe in an open table. This means that all are welcome to partake of the bread and cup. Our cups are filled with unfermented grape juice, because we would not want abstinence from alcohol to keep anyone from experiencing Communion. You do not have to be a member of the Pittsfield UMC or any other church to partake in the Sacrament. Even our toddlers look forward to sharing in the Lord’s Supper.

Baptism: Baptism is a work of God and the Holy Spirit. It marks a person as God’s and enters them into the family of Christ. For this reason, all ages are welcome to be baptized. If you are an adult seeking baptism, or if you want to have your infant baptized, please contact the pastor. The pastor will want to meet with you a few times. If you were baptized once, and want to be baptized again, we want to remind you that the work of baptism is God’s work. Once is enough. It counts regardless of what you have done since your baptism. And we accept your baptism whether you were sprinkled or immersed.

Confirmation and Membership: The process of confirmation and membership is really a three-step process. Baptism is the acknowledgment of professing the Christian faith; and then confirmation is a declaration that a Christian’s expression of faith is best lived out in The United Methodist Church. The final step is then to be received into membership of a local congregation.

Persons who have never been baptized would go through all three steps. Persons who transfer their membership from another Christian denomination would go through steps two and three and persons transferring from another United Methodist Church would simply be received into the Pittsfield UMC.