of the Hills
United Methodist Church

26001 Muirlands Blvd.
Mission Viejo, CA 92691


30605 Avenida de Las Flores
Rancho Santa Margarita,
CA 92688

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First Time Visitors

Frequently Asked Questions About My First Visit.

What time should I arrive?

We worship at 9:00 am (Mission Viejo) or 9:30 am (Rancho Santa Margarita) for our "relaxed traditional" service, and at 11 am (both locations) for our "modern" service featuring new music, and a band.

Am I going to be conspicuous?

You won't be conspicuous, but you will probably be noticed and greeted. WE WILL CERTAINLY NOT ASK YOU TO STAND, RAISE YOUR HAND OR INTRODUCE YOURSELF! We recognize that there is a fine line between not wanting to be embarrassed and not wanting to feel like nobody cares that you are here. We will care, but won't make you feel like a sore thumb.


How do I behave in worship?

We have a user friendly traditional type service with a casual and relaxed approach. While we do sing hymns and read prayers together (at the first worship service), you won't feel uncomfortable as the words aren't a secret ritual that you have to learn - we try to make it easy. Our Modern worship is very relaxed with a positive, upbeat feel. On the first Sunday of the month we have our Communion service. Anybody is welcome to come forward to share in this very special meal in which we actively are reminded how much God loves us.

Will I be expected to give money?

If you visit with us, we want you to know that we will not be asking you for money. In fact, when it comes time for the offering we will ask you to let the plate go right past and not put anything in! As a visitor, we would like this experience to be a gift to you.


How should I dress?

Our dress is casual (if that is what you are comfortable in) or more dressy if you like to go to church in your Sunday best. The 11 am wervice is more relaxed (jeans and t-shirts) than the earlier service.

Are our children welcome?

Yes! At both services, children are invited to Sunday School, but may remain with you in worship.We also have a nursery available for young children. Youth have Bible Study every week during the first service and are invited to remain in worship during second service at 11 a.m.

Should I bring a cushion in case the service goes on forever?

No! Our worship usually lasts about an hour. Following worship, we have a simple fellowship so you can meet folks and check things out.