Church services bring us closer to God and help bring together a community of faith. As we gather weekly, the scripture we hear and the prayers we say together remind us who God is and of the amazing gifts we have been given. Each service has a different feel, but they all express the joy we experience through our relationship with God and with each other.

Emanuel UMC offers two styles of worship on Sundays, traditional and contemporary Many people have asked what is different about the two services, and how one should choose between the two.

Choosing between a traditional and contemporary worship service should be a decision based on one’s personal spiritual needs, not necessarily on demographics. Each style of worship offers believers an opportunity to learn more about their faith and grow spiritually.

Sunday Morning Worship


Our traditional service
begins at 9:00 am. It’s based on traditions and beliefs which have survived for since our inception in 1893. The traditional hymns of faith sung at our traditional service often have profound and meaningful histories of their own, and performing sacred rituals such as baptism and communion often help us feel a connection with our collective past. As you might guess, through our Methodist roots, we are a musically robust congregation, and our traditional service features our choir, our pianist/organist, and periodically, special musical presentations such as our handbell choir (The Emmanu-bells) and musicians from our membership. At times, we also feature cross-cultural and international musical artists to enhance our message of faith open to all.

Our contemporary service begins at 10:45 am. This service prominently features our praise band delivering the message in an energetic and upbeat format. The music, drawn from today’s contemporary Christian playlists, is a gift to God and strives to be authentic to the culture of our worshipers. Like all music, it endeavors to facilitate divine spiritual encounters that are contextually meaningful, relevant, and substantive. Our praise band is drawn from our membership and professional musicians, and they perform several musical selections at each service. And, as our traditional service steeped in our all-inclusive persona, we aim to periodically represent music performed by cross-cultural and international artists.

Sign Language Interpretation

Sign language interpretation is offered at our 10:45am service on the first and third Sunday of every month. Sign language interpretation is also offered on other Sundays and special events upon request.

Other Sunday Morning Activities

9:00 AM – Sunday School for Ages 3 – Adult

Religious education for all ages is provided weekly. To find out more information, contact Donna Meoli at eumcyouth@eumclaurel.org or 301-725-5200.

10:00 AM – Together @ Ten

Getting to know each other is time well spent.One of the ways we connect at Emmanuel is during our fellowship time “Together at Ten”, in between our Sunday morning worship services. This is an opportunity to greet those we know and meet those we don’t…while enjoying delicious snacks and fair-trade coffee and tea…as we chat and get better acquainted. If you are willing to be a part of a team that provides Together@Ten, contact the church office at office@eumclaurel.org.

Childcare is provided in the nursery for our 9am and 10:45am worship services for children up to 6 years old. During our 9am worship service we have a Preschool Sunday School class for children. Our childcare providers are trained, supervised and CPR-certified. Childcare is provided for other church events as needed. To find out more information, contact Donna Meoli at eumcyouth@eumclaurel.org or 301-725-5200.


For accessibility requests or to share concerns, please contact Rev. Leo Yates, Jr. at RevYates@eumclaurel.org or by calling the church office at 301-725-5200.