Wesley Freedom Worship:
Join us for worship at our Main Campus every Sunday! We know that the Christian tradition has many valuable expressions of worship, so find the one that resonates with the way that you most naturally communicate with God.
Indoor Service with Holy Communion
Worship in our main sanctuary with scripture, prayers, and hymns in a traditional United Methodist worship service. Children are invited to hear a Children’s Message during service and worship with their family.
At this service we will celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion every week
Indoor Service with Sunday School
Worship in our main sanctuary with scripture, prayers, and hymns in a traditional United Methodist worship service.
Grade Level Sunday School for children preK-High School & Adults is held indoors during the 9:30 service.
School Year: Children are dropped off to their teachers before service and picked up once service is completed.
Summer: Children begin in worship with their parents and are dismissed to Sunday School after a Children’s Message during service.
Nursery care available for infants – preschoolers
11:00AM Indoor Contemporary Worship
Worship in our sanctuary in a music-driven service led by our band!
Children are welcome to worship with their parents for the whole service, or go to one of our Children’s opportunities before the sermon begins:
- 2nd Sundays: “Mission Minded Kids” hands-on mission project
- 3rd-5th Sundays: “Praise Kids Choir” rehearsal
Nursery care available for infants – preschoolers.
Our first two services (8:00am & 9:30am) are casual-traditional. They are in the sanctuary and the congregation sits in pews (long, cushioned benches). You will hear music from our organ and piano, and we mostly sing hymns. Sometimes the congregation will have some speaking parts (prayers & responses) that will be projected on our screens for you to read out loud.
Our contemporary service (11:00am) has music led by our band and sings mostly modern worship music. The feel to this service is more informal and you are more likely to see our youngest members moving around and playing during the service.
On Sunday Mornings, we have grade-level Children’s Sunday School at 9:30 am for children 3 years old – 12th grade (and adults).
During the 11:00 service, children K-5th grade are invited to leave worship after a Children’s Message on the the 2nd Sunday of each month to participate in hands-on mission projects ( Mission Minded Kids). On 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays, K-5th graders can rehearse with our Praise Kids Choir and sing in worship on 1st Sundays.
Indoor Nursery Care for younger children is also available during the 9:30am & 11:00am services. For more info on our Children’s Ministry click here.
We also have programs for High Schoolers & Middle Schoolers that meet in the evenings during the week. Click here for more information on our Youth Ministries.
There is no fee for any of these ministries.
It really is the truth that you should wear whatever you are comfortable in. But, we know that for most people being comfortable also has an element of not sticking out.
For our indoor services, many people wear business clothes or business casual (slacks and a collared shirt or button-down). But you will also see members in jeans or leggings, and shorts at our Traditional Services in the summer, and year-round at our 11:00 am Contemporary Service! Really, you should wear what makes you feel most like yourself.
If we hold an outdoor service, please dress for the weather! During the hot summer months, wear your shorts and a t-shirt. If it’s chilly, bring a sweater or blanket to wrap yourself in.
We celebrate Holy Communion every week at 8:00am and on the first Sunday of the month at the 9:30 & 11:00 services. We use bread and unfermented grape juice. During services with Holy Communion, those in the congregation are invited to walk up to the front of the church, receive a piece of bread, and dip it into a cup of juice and eat both elements together. Gluten free elements are available.
All persons who are present are invited to receive Communion during our services. United Methodists practice an “open table.” This means that you do not need to be a member of our church or any specific church to fully participate in Holy Communion.
Customarily, Holy Communion is a meal for baptized Christians. If you haven’t been baptized yet, you can also participate in Holy Communion with us, but if God is calling you to receive this sacrament, you should talk to a pastor after the service so that you can be baptized as soon as possible.
Wesley Freedom has lots of free parking in our parking lots.
You can enter our main parking lot by going into our driveway entrance next to our large, black church sign on Johnsville Road. Our second parking lot is next to our cemetery. Feel free to park in either!
A map with our location can be found further down on this page, and the address of the church for your GPS is: 961 Johnsville Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784.
Wesley Freedom’s Sanctuary, Community Life Center, Pre-School and Offices are fully accessible. The first floor of our north wing and Fellowship Hall are accessible from exterior doors.
For those with difficulty hearing, a radio receiver is available for use during services that can amplify readers & preachers during worship.
If you have more questions or concerns, feel free to email Pastor Ian.
Methodism began in the Church of England in the 1700s as a network of small groups that focused on practicing Christianity and applying it to the way we live everyday life. After the American Revolution, Methodists in America formed an organized church and today The United Methodist Church is one of the daughter-churches of that original movement.
United Methodists are committed to the historic Christian faith as found in the Nicene Creed & Apostles Creeds and the belief that God’s love and salvation are available to absolutely everybody. On other questions, Methodists have a large diversity of opinions, and that’s okay!
Masks are optional for all persons in following with the current CDC risk assessment for Carroll County.
Filtered masks are encouraged for those who are high risk or unvaccinated. If you have any symptoms of illness, please worship from home.
It is our intention to have our policies be in accordance with the CDC’s guidelines for our county.