We are pleased you are considering joining us for a worship service or other special occasion. We have provided this information because we know it’s easier to visit a new place when you know what to expect.
- What time does your Sunday worship service begin?
- Can anyone attend church school at Morris Brown AME Church?
- What are the worship services like?
- What should I wear?
- Where should I park?
- Where do my children go during worship services?
- Am I allowed to take Communion?
- Can you accommodate large groups of visitors?
- Do you acknowledge visitors to the church?
- How do I become a member of Morris Brown AME Church?
We have an hour-long early morning Sunday worship service that begins at 8:00 am and a mid-morning Sunday worship service that begins at 11:00 am. Church school begins at 9:45 am.
On the fifth Sunday of the month and on days marked by special worship services (Men’s Day, Women’s Day, etc.), we meet as one church family in a single service beginning at 10:00 am. Accordingly, church school on those days begins at 8:45 am.
A reminder of the change is typically noted on the church calendar.
We welcome everyone to attend church school with us. On a typical Sunday, church school begins at 9:45 am. On fifth Sundays and Sundays marked by special worship services, church school begins at 8:45 am. To confirm the start time for church school on any given Sunday, just click here to consult our calendar.
Our services represent a combination of the familiar elements of worship and contemporary music and ministry. Our choirs sing a collection of traditional hymns and modern christian music, and we also have a Praise Dance ministry and a Mime ministry. There’s something for everyone to enjoy during our services.
The order of service, including the lyrics to the featured hymns, is printed in the weekly worship guide distributed when you arrive for services. You will also find the scripture lessons noted in the bulletin. For your convenience, Bibles and Hymnals can be found in the shelves located on the backs of many of the pews. The contemporary 8:00 am service lasts around a hour, while mid-morning services run about two hours. On First Sundays, we worship as one church family beginning at 10:00 am; that service runs a bit longer.
We want you to feel comfortable at our worship services. Typically members and visitors wear their Sunday best; members of the ministerial staff dress conservatively, as do many officers of the church. Others dress more casually, but always respectfully. Just come as you are — we’re sure you’ll fit in!
For your convenience, parking is available at no cost in a surface lot behind the church; you may enter this lot from the rear of the church on Saint Phillips Street. There is a parking attendant on duty to direct you if you arrive around 15 minutes before to 15 minutes after the top of the hour. Please note there are spaces reserved for church staff, and others are reserved (during specified hours) for businesses located near the church. There is additional free parking available in an unpaved lot adjacent to the surface lot behind the church.
We caution you to obey all parking signs located around the church property as violators are subject to towing.
Regardless of where you park, we ask that you enter the church from the front (Morris Street).
On second and third Sundays, children ages 3 to 12 are directed to meet in the Z.L. Grady Fellowship Hall for Children’s Church. The session begins with a message appropriate for children delivered by a member of the ministerial staff or representative. Following the message, children are separated by age group where they have the opportunity to engage in age-specific activities.
In our church, we celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion on the First Sunday of each month. As is the tradition of the African Methodist Episcopal church, our communion is an open table, available to all professed Christians, be they members of other churches or members of other denominations.
If you are physically unable to come to the altar to partake of Communion, you can wait for a member of the ministerial staff and an usher to come to your seat in the sanctuary and administer your Communion there.
If your children are attending Children’s Church in the Fellowship Hall, a Christian Education department volunteer will escort them to the altar with the other children should they wish to participate in communion.
We will gladly accommodate the seating of your large group, such as a family or class reunion, with prior notice. Kindly call the church office at (843) 723-1961 or email our Visitors Support contact by Friday before the Sunday you plan to attend. We can also help to make arrangements for bus parking, if required.
We publicly recognize visitors during a portion of our worship service. Visitors are asked, upon arrival, to complete a “Visitor’s Card.” The pastor will read the name on each card requesting the visitor to stand to be welcomed by the church. Each visitor will receive a personal missive from the pastor the week following visitation.
During each worship service, we extend an Invitation to Discipleship where we invite people in need of a church home to join us at the altar. This invitation is offered to people who are new to the AME church, people who are members of another church and wish to transfer their membership to Morris Brown and to those who wish to temporarily affiliate with Morris Brown while they are away from their church homes.
The pastor welcomes new members and introduces them to the congregation. New members are then asked to see a designated member of the church to whom they will give their contact information. You will also be provided information on new member classes.
You may also call the church office at (843) 723-1961 to discuss your prospective membership with the Pastor.