welcome-pastors

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to our website, and I’ll be even more delighted to meet you in person and to welcome you into this church community and its ministries. One great blessing at State Street UMC is that we have such a wide variety of ministries, programs, activities, and even worship services for people with varied interests and experiences. Another great blessing is that ours is a church family in which we can still get to know each other by name. I hope you’ll want to meet us in person, and until then, welcome to our site!

Jonathan Jonas,
Senior Pastor

Sunday Services

8-45

8:45 AM

9-01

9:01 AM

11-00

11:00 AM

Location

We’re not actually on State Street! Our church building is at 300 W. Valley Drive (the corner of W. Valley and Long Crescent Drive), just across from Virginia High School. When our congregation moved to this location from downtown in the 1950s, we kept the name State Street to acknowledge our identity and origins.
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Parking

Our parking lot is just off of Long Crescent Drive, behind and to the right of our church building. Limited parking is available along the front drive, parallel to W. Valley Drive.

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Entrance

Although our “front door” is on the columned portico facing W. Valley Drive, most people enter through the double doors adjacent to the parking lot at the rear of the building.

What To Wear?

There are no particular expectations. Our 9:01 service is the most casual of the Sunday morning services. The 8:45 typically is more casual than the 11:00, but there is a lot of variety in each. You are absolutely encouraged to come just as you are for the Thursday evening Recovery service.

Childcare

We happily provide nursery care for all worship services. Our nursery is located in the children’s wing. When you enter from the parking lot, turn left through the foyer, right into the main corridor, and then right again into the first corridor you encounter. The nursery is the last room on the left.

8:45 am

For this service, we meet in our chapel. It is a smaller, more intimate space compared to our sanctuary. The order of worship is very similar to the 11:00 service, and the music is accompanied by piano or organs; however, apart from the congregational hymns, a quartet or small ensemble may offer an anthem. Our pastors also alternate leading this service week to week.

9:01 am

For our Sunday morning contemporary worship service, we meet in the fellowship hall on the lower level. This sets a more casual and flexible worship space. The worship music is lead by a band, usually consisting of electric and acoustic guitars, bass, keyboard, and drums. This service includes multimedia audio and video as well as a coffee bar for your convenience as you enter the worship space. Our pastors alternate leading this service week to week. It begins at 9:01am.

11:00 am

Our most formal traditional service is held in the sanctuary at 11:00 on Sunday mornings. Our sanctuary choir sings every week, and our hand bell choir helps to lead music occasionally. To help support the choir and the congregation, we have an accompanist on our grand piano or our fairly elaborate pipe organ. Our senior pastor typically leads this service. 

Recovery at Bristol

Thursdays at 7pm

Our celebration service is a central part of the Recovery at Bristol program. With a band providing live, contemporary Christian music, exciting multi-media productions, and dynamic speakers, the Recovery at Bristol celebration service allows participants to put the day’s issues aside and focus solely on their Higher Power – Jesus Christ – and all the change that becomes possible through Him. This service takes place in the fellowship hall on the lower level.