Nourish • Explore • Serve
Ever since it was first proposed in 1912, Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation Student Center has been a center for spiritual growth, service to the world, educational opportunities, and vital worship to the university community, to Ames, and to surrounding towns. Today, it’s a place where persons grow as disciples of Christ in a passionate, thinking, inclusive environment.
We invite you to nourish your spirit, explore your beliefs, and serve your neighbors with us! Whether you come to one of our worship services, a Sunday school class, or some other event, you can expect to be unconditionally welcomed just as you are.
What to expect when you visit: FAQs
If you’re coming for worship, you’ll find persons ready to greet and guide you at our Welcome Table in the Gathering Space. Worship ushers are also stationed at both Sanctuary entrances and are happy to help you if you need something.
Our 8:30 and 11:00 AM services (9:30 AM from June thru the Sunday before ISU classes begin) are fairly traditional in style, with hymns, scripture readings, prayers, a time for children, a sermon, special music, and other elements. A “worship folder” or “bulletin” is available from the ushers, and it will give you a full guide to the service. There are never group prayers for which you won’t have the words or songs for which there are no lyrics–we promise!
The 8:30 AM service (9:30 AM in summer) is a little more casual and usually is accompanied by a band. Various music groups and individuals take turn offering the special music. The 11:00 AM service is somewhat more traditional, with an organ and choir.
That’s really up to you! Some dress very casually, and others come in their “Sunday best.” Our advice: be comfortable. You’ll fit in just fine.
At our morning services, there is an offering taken near the end of the service. That’s also when we ask everyone to put their “Connection Card” in the offering plate, so everyone can participate regardless of whether or not they make a financial donation. As our guest, we hope you won’t feel pressured to give anything until you feel ready to call Collegiate/Wesley your spiritual home.
The offering goes toward all of our general expenses, from the staff and building to our programs and mission projects. Special offering envelopes are also available about twice each month which support particular ministries around the world, such as Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance or UMCOR.
All donations are tax-deductible. (Cash donations would have to be put in an offering envelope for us to give you credit.)
Many people give online, by the way. You can do that on a regular basis or just one time, if you wish, by clicking here.
It’s near the west entrance, on the way to the Sanctuary. If you come in the west entrance and turn left at the hallway, the nursery will be just a few yards down on your right.
Nope! You’re always welcome! And by the way, some of our classes occasionally use a book that has a small fee. However, you’re never required to purchase it, and we’ll always gladly give one to you if you can’t afford it.
This page should hopefully help you out. In general, if you’re coming for the first time, we suggest parking near and coming in the West entrance. If you can simply remember the building is a 3-tiered square, you’ll usually be able to find your way around.
Mostly, yes, but with a few small caveats.
- There is an elevator and a lift that can get persons with mobility issues to the various parts of our building.
- The restrooms on the first floor near the Gathering Space and the family restroom by the nursery are accessible.
- All entrances except the north stairway into the Sanctuary are accessible.
- A few pews in the sanctuary are shorter to accommodate a wheelchair.
- Assisted listening devices are available in the Sanctuary, and large print bulletins are available for worship.
- The Annex is much less accessible, and in particular there is no elevator. There is a wheelchair ramp on the west side of the building.
United Methodist churches have an “open table” approach to celebrating Communion. All persons are invited to participate…and we really do mean all. The Communion liturgy (that is, prayers, words spoken by the clergy, etc.) we use varies from month to month, and it’s always noted in the Sunday morning worship bulletin.
By the way, Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month and every Sunday at faithspring (which also has a much more casual style.)