I Don’t Have My ST*FF Together. Can I Still Come?
Everyone from all walks of life is welcome here, regardless of where you are in your spiritual journey, regardless of what you believe. When you come on Saturday nights, you’ll see business executives and folk between jobs, a young professional and a young adult in treatment. We’re cool if you’ve been in the back of a cop car or you drive a cop car. Whether you’re part of a family, struggling to raise teenagers or just out of a tough relationship—we’ve got a seat for you.
We believe a different kind of community forms when we set aside what can easily separate us, things like being Republican, Democrat, a Texan or die-hard Cowboy fan, two days sober or never touched a drink, documented or undocumented, introverted or never met a stranger, worn out or energized. We are a part of the United Methodist tradition which means we believe the grace of God is available to all, offers forgiveness and calls us to a life of justice and mercy.
What’s The Worship Service Like?
Saturday night at Mercy Street is filled with live music, authentic stories and practical messages set in a casual come as you are environment. We extend a gift of Christian community to everyone, no matter what faith, religion, addiction, or experience.
We’re paper free so there's no bulletin, but here’s what you can expect: homemade cookies and coffee, sing a few songs, short prayer/meditation, and open-mic celebrations for what God is doing in our city. Then we read from the Bible, usually some fascinating story of the unholy, uncertain yet hope-filled people guided by a God known for radical grace and love, and our pastor gives a 25 minute message. Aftewards, we have 12-step meetings, a mental health peer support group and small groups. The first Saturday of the month we celebrate Holy Communion—all are welcome to the table. The second Saturday of the month we go to dinner at Buffalo Grille (Voss & Woodway) after the service.
We enjoy conversation and connection before and after each service. We start the service right at 5:30PM so come a little early to hang out, enjoy homemade cookies and coffee, and grab a seat before 5:30PM.
What About My Kids?
We love kids and have a special program designed just for them. Come by our Kidz Table when you walk in to sign in your children and meet the volunteer.Nursery is 3 months (or when baby is holding her head up) – Kindergarten. These young ones can be checked-in when you get here and you can pick them up again once the service or your meeting is over. Children 1st - 5th grade stay with their parents in the main service during the music andare then released to the kids program where they explore God's word with kid-friendly worship and lessons. Crafts, games, interactive songs, and skits mixed with a little imagination and a lot of fun are also on the agenda. Our leaders love kids and we value the privilege of teaching and encouraging them.We also have a strong youth program. Teenagers worship with their parents in the main service and then head to the game room after announcements for a time of socializing and playing games followed by dinner and time to talk deeper about the Bible. Mercy Street Students is a great place for students to make life long friends and start to learn more about their own faith.
Where Is It?
NOTE: It’s a fancy zip code with a laid-back atmosphere. We’re located in the Fellowship Hall of Chapelwood United Methodist Church at 11140 Greenbay, Houston, TX 77024. If you arrive off Greenbay, just drive to the back church parking lot and you’ll see the Mercy Street banner over the middle entrance. Once inside the church look for signs for the Fellowship Hall. If you take the bus, catch #70 from the Northwest Transit Center to Memorial & Greenbay. It’s a 7 minute walk from there. Here’s a map of the church.
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What Should I Wear?
Whatever you want. People here dress casually; you don’t need to cover-up tattoos and you can wear your Jimmy Choo’s or Chuck Taylors if that’s your thing.
Aside From Saturday Night Worship What Does Mercy Street Do?
We have many ways to connect with people and God during the week, including projects that serve Houston, Bible and book studies, and community-wide events... Check out the links below to see all the stuff we have going on.
Can I contact someone and get more info?
Our question and answer guru is Kris. Feel free to call or email her: firstname.lastname@example.org || 713.354.4487