Here are some of the most common questions we hear at Maple United Methodist Church today, along with easy-to-understand answers designed for
a general audience.
If you still can't find the answer to your question, please don't hesitate to call the church office at (269) 964-1252. Welcome to Maple!
Will I be welcome at Maple?
Absolutely! All people are welcome at Maple United Methodist Church. No matter what your background, personal preferences or religious affiliation, we have a place for you at Maple. You’ll find we’re a very friendly church with lots to offer and plenty of ways for you to get involved. To read a special welcome message, please click here now.
When are your Sunday worship services?
9:30 a.m. -- Adult Sunday School & Developmentally Disabled Sunday School
(Sunday School does not meet June, July, and August)
11:00 a.m. -- Worship Service
Noon -- Coffee Hour immediately after service
(Holy Communion is served the first Sunday of each month.)
Where are you located?
Maple United Methodist is located on the northeast side of Battle Creek at 342 Capital Ave NE. (See map)
Directions: From downtown Battle Creek, drive north on Capital Avenue about one mile and look for the church on the right side (east side) of the street. The cross street is Merritt Street. You’ll see a large sign on our front lawn. For a photo of the church exterior, see the image at the top of this web page.
Are you handicapped accessible?
Yes. Enter on the lower level through the Social Hall door for access to our elevator.
When is the church open?
The church office is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. On Sundays, the church opens at about 8 a.m. and remains open until all activities are concluded. Various meetings and special events are also held throughout the year at the church.
When is the Food Pantry at Maple United Methodist open?
The NorthEast Neighborhood Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 11:45 a.m. (It is closed on recognized holidays and in severe weather emergencies.) The pantry dispenses much needed food to those in need and is the only pantry to supply baby items such as food, formula and diapers. Contact them at (269) 969-2451.
Who is the Pastor of Maple United Methodist?
Our Pastor is the Rev. Linda Stoddard. Linda is a graduate of Albion College and Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. She's been an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church since 1970. Linda has more than 40 years of experience in the pastorate, having served three parishes prior to her part-time appointment to Maple in July 2008. (Read more about our Pastor)
Can I meet with your Pastor?
Yes. To arrange a personal meeting with Rev. Linda Stoddard, please call the church office at (269) 964-1252. Or speak with her following Sunday worship services. She’ll be delighted to talk with you!
Where can I find your calendar of upcoming events?
Upcoming events at Maple are listed on our Calendar page (click here now) and in the monthly newsletter posted on the Home page. If you have additional questions about church meetings and programs, please call the church office at (269) 964-1252.
What do Methodists believe?
Methodists are Christians. We believe that faith in God is the powerful, joyful force that guides our lives and relationships - a matter of both heart and soul. To explore our beliefs and theology in greater depth, please click here now.
What is a worship service like at Maple?
At Maple UMC, you'll find our services are both casual and reverent, with no dress code. Feel free to come as you are and bring along a friend. All people are welcome at Maple. To learn more, click here now.
What should I wear to worship services at Maple?
Wear whatever you want to our worship services – there is no dress code. Wear what makes you comfortable for the season. Our sanctuary is air-conditioned in the summer.
Where should I park if I’m coming to Maple?
Free parking is available along the side and at the rear of the church.
Do you to have to be Methodist to come to Maple?
No. All people are welcome at Maple, no matter what their background, history or affiliation.
How can I get involved at Maple?
To find out about our many programs, please click here now. Additional opportunities are printed in our Sunday bulletin and in our monthly newsletter, which is updated monthly on our Home page.
Do I have to be a Maple UMC member to get involved at the church or in its outreach programs?
No. Volunteers are always needed at Maple! Even if you’re not a Maple member, you’re welcome to participate in our Food Pantry, neighborhood outreach programs, community events and many public events throughout the year. To learn more, visit our Programs page or call the church office at (269) 964-1252.
Do you have Sunday School programs for Adults?
Yes. Our Adult Sunday School begins at 9:30 a.m. We also offer Sunday School for Developmentally Disabled people starting at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.
(We do take a break in the summer with no classes June-August)
What programs do you have for seniors?
Quite a few, actually. Many seniors participate in our faith support groups, breakfast club, Golden Maples potluck dinners, Women’s Support Group, and The Boys of Maple. To learn more, click here now or call the church office at (269) 964-1252.
Do you have a group for women?
Thie Women's Support Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at noon for a light lunch and program. The group supports the church with service and financial aid for special mission needs. The group delivers home baked cookies to the church shut-ins quarterly. All women are invited to attend the meetings for fellowship and sharing.
What about a group for men?
The Boys of Maple do not meet on a regular basis, but they do -host various events for the church. Founded in 2013, they have served a dinner to the congregation, honored the women on Mother's Day, sponsored a concert and hosted trips to a BC Bomber's baseball game.
What is the Food Pantry at Maple?
The NorthEast Neighborhood Food Pantry is housed in our building. It dispenses much needed food to those in need and is the only pantry to supply baby items such as food, formula and diapers. The Food Pantry is open onweekdays from 9:00 – 11:45 a.m. (They are closed on national holidays and in the event of weather-related emergencies.) Volunteers are always needed! To volunteer your time, call the NE Food Pantry at (269) 969-2451.
What is the history of Maple United Methodist Church?
You’ll find a complete history of Maple and the Methodist Church movement on our History page. Click here now to read more.
Who can I call for more information?
For more information about Maple and our many programs, please call the church office at (269) 964-1252. Or you may send an email message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Welcome!