Luray United Methodist Church
See the Love, Share the Joy
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 am - Contemporary
11:00 am - Traditional

Join us in service and study

Upcoming Activities
Local Mission/Service
Global Mission
UM Women
Bible/Book Studies
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The vision for Luray United Methodist Church is: “See the Love, Share the Joy”

The mission of the church is our primary goal, while the vision is the way God is enabling us to meet our mission right now. Join us in seeing the love of God in our church and world, and sharing the joy of a life with Jesus Christ!

Upcoming Activities

The Corner Journal

  • April 26 - Faith on Tap, 6:30 pm, Hawksbill Brewery
  • April 29 - Combined Worship (10:30) followed by Potluck
  • April 30 - Meeting on Basement Use, 7 pm
  • Spring collection for UMCOR Relief Kits , bring donations on or before Change the World Sunday
  • May 27 - Change the World Sunday, various opportunities
Recent church newsletters:

Change the World Sunday

A Sunday in late May or early June is a concerted effort of LUMC members to impact our community.  Although many of these things happen year-round, this is one time that they happen simultaneously and give us all a chance to try a new ministry:
  • Page One
  • Relief kit assembly
  • Music & communion in the nursing homes
  • Adopt-a-highway litter patrol

Serving Children

Fellowship Opportunities

I Can Club connects kindergarten and first graders with extra support as they learn to read.  Transportation is provided from school to LUMC two days a week, October through March, 3:30- 5 pm.

Each summer we offer a week of Vacation Bible School. Each year has a different theme and involves Bible stories, music, crafts, games, snacks. It is an opportunity to help children grow in their faith!

Scouting groups use our facilities throughout the year.
Holy Grounds Coffeehouse meets in the auditorium on the first Friday of each month at 7 pm for coffee, games, and fellowship.

Faith on Tap is a co-hosted with Stony Man Lutheran Parish at 6:30 pm on the fourth Thursday of each month at Hawksbill Brewery Co. (22 Zerkel Street in Luray).  

Local Mission and Community Service

It is our goal that all members will be serving in at least one mission activity.  We are undertaking a variety of mission activities where everyone can serve.  Christ asks us to be humble servants and serve others - the poor, the sick,  and those in need of the spiritual love of God.  We need your help!

Christmas Outreach

Operation Christmas Child in November.
Weekly music recitals in December.
Live Nativity one weekend during Advent.

Food Ministries

For the month of April, we are collecting for Choices.  The wish list: boxed dinners, Tuna Helper, mac & cheese, canned pastas, fruit, veggies & meat, peanut butter, jelly, juice, cereal, rice, pasta, and any non-perishable food. Place your donation in the grocery cart in the sanctuary.

Loaves & Fishes Ministry provides meals over the weekend to Luray Elementary School children who depend on the school breakfast and lunch program for their nutritional needs.  LUMC collects oatmeal packets and vienna sausages which you can leave in the grey bin in the sanctuary.  At Christmas and Easter, 28 oz. jars of peanut butter are needed to stretch the usual weekend food over the school breaks.

Opportunities come up throught the growing season for gleaning fields and orchards once the major harvest has happened. The fruits and vegetables are donated to local and regional food banks.
  1. Blessing of the BIkes
  2. Gleaning
  3. Nursing Home Visits
  4. Live Nativity
  5. Operation Christmas Child
  6. Care Packages
  7. Page One Stocking
  8. Page One Sorting


  1. Warm colors in horizontal pattern
  2. White and beige shawl
  3. Block pattern in shades of green
  4. Block design in stained glass colors
  5. Cross stitched on bright fabric
Shawls, quilts, and cloths handcrafted to be a tangible reminder of the prayers of the LUMC people for those struggling with illness, grief, loss, disappointment, or loneliness.

Global Mission

  1. Managing Director
  2. Managing Director
  3. Managing Director
  4. Pastor Irinia

Russia Covenant

We have covenanted with two Methodist Churches in Russia - Pyatigorsk and Stravropol.  We want to exchange culture info and spiritually help each other. 

United Methodist Women

The purpose of UMW is to

  • create and nurture a community of women whose purpose is to know God
  • to develop a creative, supportive fellowship of women
  • who are committed to support mission activity aimed
  • particularly toward improving the lives of women and children

The UMW offers a variety of fellowship and ministry/mission opportunities and activities throughout the year.
Childcare will be offered for most events.

 March 17, District Spiritual Life Retreat at Manor Memorial UMC in New Market, 9 am - 1 pm

District Evening Together, April 12, 7 pm at Mt Tabor UMC in Harrisonburg..

Friday & Saturday, April 19-20, 8 am - Noon, LUMC Fellowship Hall: Spring Yard Sale.  A fundraiser that is fun!  It's a good way to spend time with each other and to invite community people into the building.  We will need a couple of volunteers per day on April 15-18 to receive and price yard sale goods from donors, and several volunteers on each of the two sale days to help.  Contact one of us if you'd like to help.  The money is used for local missions such as Camp Overlook scholarships, Loaves & Fishes backpacks, I Can Club, Page Free Clinic, Page One, CHOICES, The Life Center, and WRE.

Conference Spiritual Life Retreat April 20-22 at Eagle Eyrie in Lynchburg.

Collection period in May and June (weeks prior to Annual conference, June 15-17).  Conference Kits are groups of items that the UMC requests each year that will be distributed where needed throughout the world by the United Methodist Committee on Relief.  More details to follow about which kits are in demand and what items we need.

Monday, June 4, 6:30 pm, LUMC Fellowship Hall: Giving Tree Banquet.  A lovely evening that includes a nice catered meal, entertainment, and the chance to recognize someone (either in honor of or in memory of) by "buying" a tree blossom with a $5 donation.  The money raised is used for local missions such as Camp Overlook scholarships, Loaves & Fishes backpacks, I Can Club, Page Free Clinic, Page One, CHOICES, The Life Center, and WRE.

District Prayer Breakfast on Satureday, September 8, at Evangelical UMC in Elkton at 9 am.

Saturday, September 22, 9 am, LUMC Fellowship Hall: Prayer Breakfast. Another wonderful gathering - fellowship with a good breakfast and an inspirational speaker followed by prayers for our church, community and world.

Monday, November 5, 6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall: Salad Supper. A pot-luck dinner of our favorite salad dishes and desserts dedicated to spending time visiting with one another in fellowship.  One of our favorite events!

Christmas Luncheon, date, time and location is yet to be determined.
Bible Studies @ CHOICES:  One exciting ministry of the UMW is offering a regular Bible study at Choices.  In 2016, a team of LUMC women began offered a regular time of Bible study, prayer and fellowship with adult residents at CHOICES while another team spent that hour in fellowship and activity with their children.

Women Encountering God Bible Study during the Christian Education hour on Sundays is an opportunity to share more about the sermon scripture among women of UMW.

Continuing Bible/Book Studies

These are ongoing groups open to anyone with time or interest.
Disciple class, "Under the Tree of Life" meets in the Fellowship Hall at 4 pm. The study concentrates on Old Testament Writings, the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John, James, Jude, and finally, Revelation.

Pastor Ellen leads a study on the Holy Spirit in the fourth floor Image classroom at 11 am.

Discipleship Nurture Action (DNA) at the parsonage, 7 pm
Celebrate Recover: Donna Miller is gathering interest for another series of Christ-centered recovery based on biblical truth to address hurts, hang-ups, and habits.
Men's Bible Breakfast Club meets in the Fellowship Hall at 7:15 am discussing a variety of topics over the meal.

Noon Bible Study meets in the fourth floor Image classroom.   Study of John's letters to believers.

Ladies' Book Club meets at various homes on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.  Current book and location are in the weekly bulletin.