General FAQs

If you are fully vaccinated, masking is optional. If you are not yet fully vaccinated (including children), there are times that we will require masks, like during indoor activities and Children's Sunday School.

 

More information can be found here.
Our indoor services (8:00am & 11:00am) 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 outdoor service (9:30am) has music led by our praise band and sings mostly modern worship music. Bring your own chair and sit in our outdoor worship space. 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 outdoor Children's Sunday School at 9:30 am for children 3 years old - 5th grade. Sign up each week at the welcome on your way to the worship space. 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 in the summer! Really, you should wear what makes you feel most like yourself.

 

At our 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 on the first Sunday of the month using bread and grape juice. Because of the COVID19 pandemic, we are currently celebrating using individually packaged wafer/juice kits. Gluten free kits 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. During the Summer, one of our Parking Lots will be closed so we can use it as an outdoor worship space, so you will see cones preventing cars from entering.

 

You can enter our main parking lot by going into our driveway entrance next to our large, black church sign on Johnsville Road. 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 21117.
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!

 

You can learn more about what United Methodists believe here.