VISITING FOR THE FIRST TIME?

 WELCOME TO LYNNHAVEN!
We're glad you found us and hope that you will visit in person soon. 
Link to driving directions HERE.

OUR PURPOSE
     Lynnhaven United Methodist Church is a body made one by belief in Jesus Christ as Divine Lord and Savior.  Our Purpose is to grow toward Jesus Christ and proclaim Christ to the world.  We find our growth and express our witness through worship, mission, fellowship, outreach and stewardship.  In all this, we seek to "Love God above all and to love our neighbor as ourselves."    

     Lynnhaven UMC is part of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church, Elizabeth River District.  LUMC began in 1873 as a small neighborhood church serving the farmers and fishermen of the rural Little Neck Peninsula.  The original structure was destroyed by fire in 1914 but members soon rebuilt and began worshiping in what is currently our Chapel, designated a Virginia Beach Historical Register site in 2009. As the surrounding community has grown and changed, so has the church. Many additions have been made to the building since the early days to accommodate the current membership of over 700.  But the church has never lost that “small church” feeling -- the special sense of connectedness, caring and "family." Years ago church members adopted the description “Where people care about people,” and it remains true today. 
     So, we extend to you a warm welcome and invite you to visit us soon! If you have questions that are not answered on this page, please do not hesitate to contact the church office or any of OUR STAFF for more information.  

On Sunday Mornings we offer two times for worship (8:45am & 11:00am) as well as Faith Formation groups for all ages. A nursery is available from 8:45am to Noon. Click HERE for a schedule and description of classes.  (Please note that during the months of July and August and occasional Sundays throughout the year, there will be only one worship service at 10am and no Faith Formation Classes.  Please check the church bulletin, weekly email, monthly newsletters, and church Facebook page to be reminded of those special dates.) 

Our Wonderful Wednesday activities take place Wednesday evenings in several sessions throughout the school year.   These age-appropriate discipleship opportunities are designed for fellowship, faith-building and fun.  A description of those options can be found HERE.  Please consult the church bulletin, weekly email and monthly newsletter for the session dates.
 
There are many opportunities to connect and participate at LUMC. Visit our MINISTRIES and MISSIONS sections to discover what’s currently available, and please know that we are always open to the Holy Spirit's leading.  If God is prompting you in a new direction of mission or ministry, please talk to the Pastor or staff about it!
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Can I blend in or will I be recognized as a first-time visitor?  We'd love to meet you but we definitely won't put you on the spot.  Our members are friendly, so expect that people will introduce themselves and want to learn your name.  We are a medium size church with average attendance for Sunday worship of about 300.  We're large enough that you can find a place to plug in, but not so large that you get lost in the crowd. 

Each Sunday guests who choose to identify themselves can raise their hand to receive an LUMC coffee mug containing information about the church.  You may also enter your contact information on the attendance pad located at the end of each pew.  These are passed during the announcements time at the end of the service.  A Hospitality Committee member will contact you to arrange delivery of a homebaked apple pie if you would enjoy receiving one. 
What's your musical style?  We praise God with a blend of contemporary worship music and the beautiful hymns from our past. Our choir sings during the 11am worship service.  We also enjoy occasional special music by our children's choirs, our Men's Chorus and Women's Chorus, and individuals in our church family. 
What is the style of dress?  Anything from casual to coat and tie.
Is a nursery provided for little ones?  During the morning worship times and Faith Formation Classes we have both infant and toddler nurseries staffed by loving and nurturing paid professionals assisted by caring volunteers.  Two of our wonderful nursery workers have been on staff for 20+ years!  There is a first-time registration process as well as a weekly check-in procedure, so allow a little bit of time for this on your first visit. 
Is there something available for young children during the worship time?  There is a special "Children's Time" with the pastor early in each worship service, after which children (age 4 through 3rd grade) have the option of going to "Children's Church" where they will hear stories from the Bible and participate in crafts and games and singing.  Our Children's Church is led by volunteers on a weekly rotating basis.
How will I know where to go for Faith Formation Groups?  You'll often find friendly greeters in the Welcome Center (next to the sanctuary) following the early worship service and they are happy to help you find a class that meets your specific needs and interests.  They'll even walk you to your room and make the initial introductions!  (Check out the information on the bulletin board in the Welcome Center or on the Faith Formation page of this website to help you find a class that's right for you.)