Welcome to the Access community at First United Methodist Church Richardson! My name’s Rich, the lead pastor for Access, and I’m really glad you’ve found us.
We’re here to connect people to each other and to God for the sake of our community. Make sure to check out our partnership with Mark Twain Elementary school. It’s a great example of how we do this and something that makes Access kind of unique.
We’re also a little unique in how we worship God. At any given worship service in addition to elements common to many churches like great contemporary Christian music and sound lessons from the Bible, you might also find yourself assembling gift bags for homeless persons or texting questions to Julie and me for a live Q&A after our sermon. In the coming weeks and months, you’ll also find us meeting at various times and locations until our church’s new Worship and Arts Center opens at the end of 2016.
Finally, I need to tell you that we’re a bit of a mess. When you hear Julie and me preach we’re going to tell you about how we’ve failed to be the people God wants us to be and how we have doubts and questions about God. When our congregation members text prayer requests for us to read during worship, you’ll learn about messiness in relationships, addictions, finances, spiritual lives, and more. We’ve discovered that when we’re open about our messy lives it’s more difficult to be preachy and judgmental, and we think that’s a good thing.
Please explore our website and come visit us soon. I look forward to meeting you!