OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP
“I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.”
Each Sunday, we worship at 11:00 a.m., using song, scripture, prayer, sermon, and silence to hear the voice of God. A children's lesson during the service provides a simple version of the message, before kids (ages 3-9) have the opportunity to attend Children's Church elsewhere, while adults hear the sermon. We take time to greet one another with a sign of peace, we have opportunities to give to the ministries and mission projects of the church, and we celebrate holy communion once a month.
Court Street UMC is devoted to praying to God, listening to God, and praying for one another. Our email prayer chain is a central part of our lives as a church family. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have joys or concerns you'd like us to lift up in prayer.
ADULT CHANCEL CHOIR
The Court Street chancel choir, under the direction of Josephine D’Arpa, does more than simply fill the choir loft on Sunday mornings. Since 1986, the choir has presented The Living Last Supper by E.K. Emurian (a musical dramatization of the famous painting by Leonardo da Vinci) each Maundy Thursday. Easter and Christmas cantatas are performed every year, along with various other special events. The choir participates in the Historic Neighborhood’s annual Victorian Candlelit Christmas celebration by singing Christmas carols during the church’s Open House. Please join them one Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary for choir rehearsal!
Each year on December 24, we hold an evening candlelit worship service in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, with Holy Communion.
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER SUNDAY
Beginning with Palm Sunday, the week before Easter includes a variety of worship opportunities, particularly on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
All Saints Day (November 1st) commemorates our loved ones who have died, and on All Saints Sunday, we give special attention to the members of Court Street who have died in the past year.
During worship most Sundays, children have the opportunity to attend their own Children's Church during the sermon. On Wednesday evenings, children rotate through arts and crafts, bible study, music, and a monthly intergenerational family night.
Children's Sunday School is at 9:45 each Sunday, using the "Deep Blue" curriculum from Cokesbury, a division of The United Methodist Publishing House.
VACATION BIBLE CAMP
VBC is an annual summer extravaganza, where children are given the opportunity to sing, play, and learn about God. The sanctuary and church are transformed into a themed environment where we do arts and crafts, witness Bible characters come to life in interactive skits, and learn songs to present the next Sunday morning.
(Please note: All volunteers and staff members are required to complete a Background Investigation Consent Form prior to working with our children.)
On Wednesday evenings, youth meet with Pastor Brad and other mentors to share our stories, pray together, and learn how to follow Jesus in new ways. We use games, video, and discussion to make our time interactive and meaningful.
Two different Sunday School classes for adults start at 9:45 a.m., and all are welcome. On Wednesday evenings, adults meet for prayer and bible study after the community meal.
SENIOR ADULTS ("Goodtimers")
With programs coordinated by Susan Dickey, our senior adults at Court Street stay quite active as "Goodtimers" and committed members of the church family. Once a month, senior adults of meet for coffee and small group discipleship with Pastor Brad. We send cards to church members who are homebound or in prison. Additionally, the Goodtimers attend musical performances in the community and go out to eat once a month.
UNITED METHODIST WOMEN & UNITED METHODIST MEN
The UMW and UMM meet intermittently for small group discipleship and mission projects. The United Methodist Women sponsor many acts of generosity around the church, including meals for families after a funeral. The United Methodist Men sponsor small-scale scholarships for students getting their GED or needing help paying for basic school supplies and fees.
GIVING & SERVING
YOUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Court Street UMC is committed to being a church family that includes all kinds of people, regardless of any status. In order for Court Street to provide worship and discipleship opportunities for people of all financial means, we depend on the extravagant generosity of so many people. I hope you'll consider supporting our ministries and mission at Court Street.
YOUR TIME, TALENT, & MENTORING MAKES A DIFFERENCE
By helping meet the deep needs of others, we become followers of Jesus Christ. You can serve others at Court Street as a teacher of children, a mentor to youth, a worship leader, a choir member, a kitchen helper, an outreach organizer, and a steward of our communal resources. We can't be the Body of Christ without a variety of different members, each with different callings toward service.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT COMMUNITY MEAL
Nearly every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., we gather to eat as a church family. ALL people are welcome, regardless of whether they can contribute financially.
"THE STUDIO" @ COURT STREET
To honor and exemplify the love of Jesus Christ, it is the mission of The Studio to repurpose the earth’s discarded resources and to inspire independence, self-confidence, friendship, new skills and talents for people with disabling or disenfranchising conditions through socially integrated Eco-art activities and the supportive outreach ministries of Court Street United Methodist Church. To volunteer, contact Director Jamie LeJeune.
EDWARDS STREET FELLOWSHIP CENTER & FOOD PANTRY
Each month when we celebrate holy communion together, we also take up an offering to support the Edwards St. Fellowship Center Food Pantry. As we feast at the Lord's Table, we give to those who need quality nutrition in their everyday lives.
"BLESSING OF THE BACKPACKS" & WHITE CHRISTMAS
Before school begins each fall, Court Street provides backpacks and school supplies for children in our church and community. So many families can't afford this extra cost. Additionally, we make sure all the children in our church have a "White Christmas," with age-appropriate gifts supported by a special offering taken up in early December.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
Each spring, Court Street provides lunches for college students spending an "alternative spring break" in Hattiesburg helping build houses for low-income families. Way back in 2007, our congregation helped our church member Tyquel Barnes construct a new Habitat home for her family. Our next Habitat project was the "Faith Build" in September 2009, when a number of area churches partnered for a round-the-clock building blitz. Court Street members and friends dedicated incredible time and energy to help our second church family, Anita Carter and her children, realize the dream of home ownership. Most recently, church member Jeffrie Holliman received, by popular vote, a Habitat-sponsored renovation to her kitchen.
"LIVE AT FIVE" OUTREACH
On Friday nights in April and October, Court Street has a booth at "Live at Five," the music and food festival in Hattiesburg's Downtown Square Park. While strengthening our community relationships, we sometimes sell coffee and snacks to raise money for various ministries and mission projects.
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT & ASSISTANCE
An Economic Empowerment and Assistance Program has been developed for members who need zero-interest loans to help overcome financial hardship, while maintaining dignity.
PINE BELT COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS
Court Street is part of the Pine Belt Coalition to End Homelessness, a group of agency sharing resources and working together to serve those without stable housing. Visit "Mississippi United to End Homelessness" at www.muteh.org
WEDDINGS & FUNERALS
The beautiful Court Street sanctuary and chapel are regularly used for weddings and funerals, and we consider it a ministry of hospitality to welcome all people into our church for these ceremonies. Because weddings typically involve extra time and expense for cleaning, audio/visual set-up, and the use of utilities, we ask non-members to pay a higher fee than members. Wedding parties also need liability insurance for the event.