Marvin Methodist Church

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Some of the things you might want to know about Marvin.

Where do I park?

On Sundays, parking is available in a lot across from the church on Erwin Street, in the lot adjacent to the church on Elm Street, and in a lot across Elm Street (shaded in green on the map below). Parking is also available on the street. Meters are not enforced on weekends. During the week, parking is available in the lot adjacent to the church on Elm Street and across Elm Street.

Need a little help getting to the building from the parking lot? Each Sunday you can catch a golf cart to the door from the parking lot across Elm Street.

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Which Sunday service should I attend?

One church. Two distinct services. Marvin offers two service types at two concurrent times on Sunday mornings. Traditional Worship and Core Worship are both offered at 8:30 and 11 a.m. each week. Traditional services take place in the historic stained-glass sanctuary (currently meeting in Pirtle Hall during sanctuary renovation), and Core services are in the state-of-the-art worship center. Click the button for a taste of the different worship styles.

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Are there more worship services available?

Midweek Meditation is a 30-minute mid-week worship service including a meditation, scripture reading, prayer and communion with piano or organ music. It is a great opportunity for all those who are downtown or simply want an encounter with God during the middle of the week. Worship at 12:05 p.m. each Wednesday in the chapel.

What should I wear?

We care about you, not what you wear. At Marvin, there is no dress code. In sanctuary services, you will usually find men in ties or dress shirts and women in dresses or slacks, but informal dress is welcome. In Core services, you will usually see everything from suits and dresses to jeans and shorts. At Marvin, we ask that you dress in what makes you comfortable.

Where does worship take place?

There are three spaces on the campus used for worship.

  • Traditional services are in the historic sanctuary. Enter the sanctuary through the main doors on Bois d'Arc Street, or enter through the Elm Street or Erwin Street doors and follow the signs. You can also ask for directions or a map at the information center. (Please note: Traditional services are currently meeting in Pirtle Hall while the sanctuary is prepared for the installation of a new pipe organ. Services will return to the sanctuary in September.)
  • Core services are in Herd Worship Center. There are doors on Erwin Street directly into the worship center, or you can enter through the Elm Street atrium doors or the main Erwin Street doors.
  • Midweek services (Wednesdays) are in the chapel. Enter through the atrium doors on Erwin Street and follow the signs or ask at the information desk.

If you need help, stop at the information desk - there's always someone there ready to meet you and answer questions.

What about kids and students?

Bring them! We love having young people involved in the church!

  • Check in for nursery children (below kindergarten) is in the atrium across from the Welcome Center.
  • Children in kindergarten and up gather on the third floor. Take the elevator in the atrium, near the Welcome Center.
  • Need some private time with baby during sanctuary services? There's a family room (101) underneath the sanctuary that offers privacy and a live feed of the service going on above.

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What if I have questions or need help?

Want to talk to someone before you visit to get help and ideas? Please contact Alicia Manfrin, Director of Connections. She can answer your questions and will even make arrangements for a friendly face to meet you on Sunday morning.

On Sundays, you will find greeters waiting at the door to meet you and a friendly face at the information desk waiting to help you.

What if I get hungry?

Every Sunday morning in Horton Place, just inside the Erwin Street entrance, we have doughnuts and coffee. You will have the chance to spend time in fellowship with other church members, as well as pastors and church leadership.

Where do I enter during the week?

The weekday entrance is the atrium entrance off Elm Street. You will see a portico in the parking lot over the atrium doors. If the doors are locked, push the call button. The church is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Fridays.

How do I contact the church?

The easiest way to contact us is to fill out the form!

You can also call us at 903.592.7396. Our phones are answered in the Welcome Center during working hours (8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday) and they can direct you to the right person. If it's after hours, just follow the prompts on the phone. 

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Come join the Marvin family! When you decide to make Marvin your church home, you will be asked these questions: Will you uphold Christ’s work with your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness? You can join during a worship service, or if you'd prefer to join privately, you can do that, too. Just fill out the get connected form and we'll get back with you to answer any questions and make arrangements to welcome you into the Marvin family.

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