who we are

Merrill Wesleyan Church family draws from multiple communities in the Saginaw Valley, including Saginaw, Midland and Gratiot Counties. We are strategically located 3 1/2 miles north of M-46 so that we are more accessible to a broader section of the Saginaw Valley.  Our families come from Midland, Saginaw, Freeland, Shields, Hemlock, St. Louis, Breckenridge, many other Mid-Michigan Communities and of course, Merrill. 


When you come to MWC, you will discover a Faith Family that loves God and each other. We are committed to teaching and living by the Bible, God's Word. We design our services with a deep desire to meet with God and allow Him to change us...making us more like His Son, Jesus.  


We hope you join us this Sunday and begin to experience God's love and forgiveness in a church that wants to be part of your family.

where we are

MWC Address: 

3765 N Chapin Rd.

Merrill, MI 48637


We are located 3 1/2 miles north

of M-46 on Chapin Rd in Merrill.

First Sunday?

WHAT TO EXPECT


When you visit Merrill Wesleyan Church...you can expect to be welcomed with a smile

and to meet a friendly group of people who will treat you like family. 

There will be people to open the door for you and help you find anything that you need.


  • First Sunday Jitters?

    We've all been there. Anytime a person attends a church for the first time it comes with butterflies, anxieties, and fears over the unexpected. Consider yourself normal. I (Pastor Brad) even get uncomfortable when I walk into a church for the first time. It feels like a blind date...not knowing what to expect...hoping it will be good...but preparing for the worst! I pray these short notes will help settle your heart on what your first visit to MWC might be like.

  • What should i wear and when should i get there?

    What to Wear? In terms of 'dress', Merrill Wesleyan is a "come as you are" church. Some men wear blue jeans - others wear dress shirts - a few wear ties. Some ladies wear slacks - others wear dresses. Seriously, from your pastor, wear what is most comfortable. 


    What time should I arrive? Depends. If you have no children and are easily 'mobile', then arrive by about 8:50 am to be in the Worship Center in time for our 9:00 am Classic Connection. If you are planning on trying out our Current Connection service, you will probably want to arrive by 10:15 am. We start worship at 10:30 am sharp! I like to show up 10 minutes early to get acclimated to the surroundings. If you have children or need additional time to get around, I would recommend about 15 minutes before the start of each service, which will provide enough time to get settled. 


    Are visitors asked to stand up?  No. Years ago, when I visited a church, they asked all the "first-time visitors" to stand so everyone could see them. No way in the world was I going to stand up! I didn't know what they were going to do to me! On a typical Sunday, we will verbally welcome all of our guests who are visiting for the first time. We want you to feel welcome at MWC - but we don't want you to feel embarrassed or singled out. We will have a gift for you following the service...should you choose to accept it.

  • What is the worship like?

    Our 9:00 AM service is called our Classic Connection. Our goal is to help connect you with God and friends who make you feel like family during a traditional time of worship. This service includes Piano and hymns and last about 60 minutes. 


    Our 10:30 AM service is called our Current Connection. The word in Christian circles is: contemporary. Worship in this service will include a Praise Band with Contemporary Choruses as well as modernized Hymns. This service is longer than the Classic Connection...with a running time of about 70 minutes. We worship the One True God in both Connections and encouraging your participation. 


    Are Visitors asked to Stand Up?  


    No. Years ago, when I visited a church, they asked all the "first-time visitors" to stand so everyone could see them. No way in the world was I going to stand up! I didn't know what they were going to do to me! On a typical Sunday, we will verbally welcome all of our guests who are visiting for the first time. We want you to feel welcome at MWC - but we don't want you to feel embarrassed or singled out. We will have a gift for you following the service...should you choose to accept it.

  • What is there for my kids?

    For Children K-5th Grade we have our Kids Connection (10:30 Service only). When you arrive, let one of our greeters know that you are interested in this ministry for your child. Our Kids Connection meets in the lower lever of our education center. 

    Our nursery (birth to 2 years) is well staffed as is our Toddler Church (ages 3-4). Of course, if you feel more comfortable, parents are welcome to keep their kids with them during the worship service.


    Will my kids be safe?


    We have made every effort to ensure the safety of our children and adults. Childcare workers have approved background checks run through law enforcement agencies. We value the lives of every person who walks in our doors.

Sunday Morning connection points

Sunday is our biggest day of the week to collectively CONNECT with God and each other.  For that very reason, we have created multiple CONNECTION points.  Each of these opportunities vary in size, age, style and purpose.  Some of our gatherings are age graded smaller groups while others are small or large group inter-generational opportunities.  As a church, we believe all types of gatherings are needed for us to grow and fulfill our purpose.  We need each other and can learn a lot by gathering multiple generations together to encourage and build each other up.  We hope you will find at least one CONNECTION point to make as your weekly commitment.  You might find multiple connections that meet your needs as well as grants you an opportunity to serve.  As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Classic connection

    9:00am

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  • Coffee

    Connection

    10:oo AM

    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM: AWANA Club K - 5th grade (October through April)

    5:30 PM -7:00 PM: APEX Youth - 6th - 12th grade

    6:00 PM- 7:00 PM: Adult Study - The Book of Daniel





  • Current

    Connection

    10:30AM

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Sunday evening connection points

Sunday Night is a great time to gather with other believers

to grow in our faith and learn in different peer groups.

  • Apex Youth

    6th - 12th

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  • Awana kids

    Pre-School - 5th

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  • Adult bible study

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