A local church is using worship style and worship content to attract the people of Grayson County. First Methodist Sherman, one of the Best of Texoma Best Place to Worship winners, offers three services on Sunday mornings.
The chapel service is at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, the traditional service is at 11 a.m. Sunday, and Mosiac Sherman, the modern worshipping community associated with First Methodist, has service at 9:45 a.m. Sunday.
“Different people resonate with different types of worship,” First Methodist Sherman Pastor Chris Dowd said. “I think that there are two elements at play here. That is worship style and worship content. While the styles may differ, the overall meaning is the same.”
Dowd said that worshipping is about celebrating God’s love.
“The style is what makes you comfortable, but content is the same,” he said. “Some people resonate with tradition and some people resonate with a more modern style of worship where the service feels more like you are sitting in your living room.”
What Dowd loves about First Methodist Sherman is that it has three distinct types of services.
“At our main campus, we have a traditional and chapel service and then across the street we have a more modern service,” he said. “It’s the same theology and same message no matter the service.”
Some longtime members of First Methodist, Dowd said, have moved over to Mosiac when they realized how appealing the modern service could be.
“We really focus on God and the love of God at our services and I think people really enjoy that as well,” Dowd said.
Other winners in the Best of Texoma Best Place to Worship category are Joshua’s Crossing in Denison and Sherman Bible Church.