Plan a visit

Getting to know each other

We know meeting someone for the first time can be intimidating, and going to a new church for the first time can be nerve-racking. We want to help make your first experience at Schweitzer United Methodist Church a great one!

Meet the team

Location & Directions

Our address is 2747 East Sunshine Street, Springfield, MO. We have two main places of worship, separated only by a strip of parking lot.

What can I expect?

We know every church is different, so here's what you can expect from us...

What's worship like?

Regardless of which service you attend, worship services are typically about 60 minutes in length—30 minutes of that (give or take) is the message. We do our best to keep worship engaging from the moment we start to the moment we're sent back into our daily lives. We know that worship can happen anywhere, but as a community, we've committed to gathering together each week to pray with each other, to encourage each other and to worship God as a local body of believers.

You'll probably hear us say something like, "now is the time where we receive the offering." Although we firmly believe that financial giving is a form of worship and an important spiritual practice, if you're new to our church, know that there is no expectation for you to give. Simply pass the bag to your neighbor with a smile and re-engage with whatever else is happening during this time.

"Amazing place to worship! They have such a variety in services and activities that they are able to reach so many people where they are and lead them to a closer relationship with God."
—Jessica L.

What's the culture like?

At Schweitzer United Methodist Church, we like to keep things fun and relaxed. There's no dress code, and no expectation for anything to be perfectly-in-order. We know that at the end of the day, we're all just people doing our best to follow God's commandment to love Him and to love others. You may even catch the people on the stage laughing at their own mistakes!

What about my kids?

We believe that kids should have a blast at church every single week—and at Schweitzer Kids, we make this a priority. The other thing we make a priority is your children’s safety. Because of that, we have a detailed check-in process for our Schweitzer Kids program the first time that you visit. You’ll want to leave yourself an extra ten minutes to get signed in for the Schweitzer Kids experience. Kids Worship is offered at every Schweitzer UMC service, from infants to 6th grade.



We want to meet you wherever you’re at on your spiritual journey and offer opportunities for you to take next steps. So, be yourself and know that you’re welcome here!

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Sheila Pippin

director of FIrst impressions

"I believe we are always at our best when we are serving others in the name of Jesus Christ. That's why I love to help people connect their God-given talents to the ministries of the church."

Email Sheila at [email protected]