What is your church like?

Well, first off, it isn't our church! It is God's church, and you are welcomed by the God who welcomes us all. Worship happens at 9 and 11 am every Sunday, and Sunday school classes meet at 10:00.

Lots of different kinds of people fill the pews at North Decatur UMC on Sunday mornings, so it is a little hard to say what the church is like, exactly. On any given Sunday, you will worship with native Atlantans, Katrina transplants, high-powered lawyers, retired teachers, fifth graders, spiritual refugees, actual refugees, young families, older widows and widowers, dyed-in-the-wool Methodists and even a Presbyterian or two. 

We're sort of an eclectic bunch. Some of us have been members for sixty years, some are brand new to the United States, let alone the church. You'll have to come see for yourself, but fair warning: you are likely to feel at home here.

What is worship like?

Worship is at the heart of everything that happens at North Decatur UMC. You are invited to participate in the weekly worship services in the sanctuary of NDUMC at 9 and 11 am.

Worship at North Decatur UMC follows a fairly traditional pattern in both The Table at 9 and Traditions at 11. On an average Sunday, there are about 200 of us. We sing hymns, we pray for our community and the world, we read scripture together, and on a good day, we hear a pretty good sermon. Children actively participate in worship (more on that below). We celebrate Holy Communion every Sunday at The Table at 9 and the first Sunday of the month in Traditions at 11. Our Director of Worship and Arts is incredible; she brings creative leadership to worship, so we shake things up every now and again, and we frequently have special elements (special music, dance, art) to help us worship God.

At North Decatur UMC, you're likely to experience worship in a way that feels traditional in some ways, innovative in others ways, but never, you know, dead. After all, we worship a living God!

(Oh, and in case you were wondering, we never do that weird thing that some churches do where they make new people stand and introduce themselves in front of God and everybody. It's hard enough going somewhere new without having to worry about whether you're going to have to do something so terrifying. So know we're just grateful you're here.)

What should I wear to worship?

Anything. I mean, something, please, but anything. Some of us wear flip flops and some of us wear suits. So far, nobody has worn flip flops with a suit, so if that's your thing, there's an opening.

Do you have Sunday school?

Yep. Christian education is important to all we do. Sunday school for all ages meets at 10:00; nursery care is provided on the first floor for children through age two.

We also have Small Groups and United Methodist Women circles that meet throughout the week.

Are there kids and teenagers?

You'll see children and youth everywhere on Sunday mornings. In fact, children are actively involved in leading worship! During The Table at 9:00 am, children dance, sing and play instruments during the Songs of Welcome. They even create the communion table cloth. During Traditions at 11:00 am, children carry LED candles to the altar during the prelude.

Your little ones may stay with you during the entire service, play at our children's area in the back of the sanctuary during the Table at 9, or during Traditions at 11, all children are welcome to join the children’s staff for Kids Zone, a time of biblical discovery and play. Nursery care is available from 8:30 to 12:15 for children up to three years old.

Parents, we want you to be comfortable to worship in the way that is best for your family; whether that means utilizing the nursery to enjoy an hour with yourself and God, having your children stay with you (and know that we're all okay with the natural movements and noises of kids!), or any combination.

There's more information on our website on our ministries for Children and Families and Youth. And oh! If you are looking for a preschool, check out SAND - the School At North Decatur!

Do you have to be a christian to come to church at north decatur umc?

No. Several among us are exploring faith for the first time, and we don't check your credentials at the door! We hope NDUMC is a safe place for you to explore matters of faith and life. Of course, you might experience such authentic love here that you start getting interested in Jesus, so, you know, fair warning.

Do you have to be a united methodist to come to church at north decatur umc?

No. A big part of our theology is the idea that all people are children of God, and so all people are invited to take Communion and participate in the life of the church. That includes all denominations, creeds, and questions. We even have a former Baptist or two here! But, again, a fair warning that we think the United Methodists have pretty great theology, not to mention the best potlucks: you might find yourself interested in learning more about what it means to be United Methodist. You can start right here.

Where are you located?

North Decatur UMC is located at the intersection of North Decatur Road and Church Street in Decatur, Georgia, across the street from Whole Foods and next to Emory Decatur Hospital (formerly DeKalb Medical). There are parking entrances off of North Decatur Road and Church Street. For driving directions, click here.

Our address is 1523 Church Street, Decatur GA 30030.

Where should i park?

There are three entrances to our parking - one on Church Street (accessible by north-bound traffic only) and one on North Decatur Road lead to our visitor parking lot at the corner of Church St and North Decatur Rd, and a second entrance on North Decatur Road leads to additional parking lots behind the church and at the hospital.