Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to be a member of Central Church?
There’s one thing that Christians worldwide can agree upon: if you have been baptized, you’re already a member of the church. Being part of a particular United Methodist congregation means placing your name officially on its rolls. Our membership affects our voice within the larger denomination. Being a member also allows a person to fully participate in and vote in church conferences.

Are all United Methodist churches the same?

No. While all United Methodist churches follow the Book of Discipline in regard to doctrine and practice, churches are as varied as people. Some have a very conservative nature and others are more liberal.

Can someone attend worship without being a member?
Of course! We welcome everyone!

What are the demographics of Central's congregation?
Our membership comprises individuals of many income groups, racial and ethnic backgrounds, and political persuasions.

What does being a “reconciling congregation” mean?

The United Methodist Church is open to all persons who seek to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. In acknowledging our oneness with all of God's creation, a reconciling congregation invites gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons to share our faith, our community life and our ministries. But it does not stop there. A reconciling congregation affirms the same for all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, economic status, or physical or mental condition. We at Central Church seek to be an inclusive congregation. We proclaim our commitment to seek reconciliation of all persons to God and to each other through Jesus Christ. We work diligently to make the larger United Methodist Church inclusive and welcoming of all people.

Are children welcome at services?
Absolutely. We believe that the presence of children make us a more faithful and vibrant congregation. We even have two rocking chairs for parents to use during a service.

Can I get texts or recordings of Sunday sermons?
Yes. Texts of the sermons are posted on our website as well as audio recordings. Sermons are also available as podcasts.

Can anyone participate in communion at Central Church?
At Central Church our Communion Table is open to all. Anyone is welcome to participate in Holy Communion at Central Church.  At Central Church we celebrate Holy Communion as a regular part of our worship service on the first Sunday of every month.  Communion is served by intinction.  The bread is received and dipped in the juice and then eaten by the person receiving the sacrament.

On the Sundays when Holy Communion is not served as a part of the worship service, Communion will be served around the Communion Table following the 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.  Those wishing to participate are invited to come to the front of the Fireside Room or the Sanctuary at the conclusion of the service to join in this sacred meal.


Our Location

3700 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, California
(209) 466-5046

Join Us For Sunday Worship

8:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room of the Knoles Building

10:15 a.m. Cambodian Language Service in the Fireside Room of the Knoles Building

11:00 a.m.  Worship in the Sanctuary