Who we are
The mission of the Retreat United Methodist Church is to provide opportunities to grow in understanding of who God is and what it can mean to follow the teachings of Jesus in a setting of love, joy and cooperation by reaching out to others in our community and sharing our resources with others in need around the world.
We are a faith family that has a long and rich history. Since our founding as a Methodist congregation in 1867, we have continued to serve the Retreat / De Soto area with the love of Jesus Christ through various community projects, missions, and Sunday worship. Our worship features solid biblical teaching and traditional hymns in a family-friendly atmosphere. We are an active church with many opportunities for everyone to share in. We also support many world-changing programs locally, regionally, and globally.
Whether you live in the area or are simply passing through the local countryside, we invite you and your family to worship with us any Sunday morning.
8:00 a.m. Worship
9:00 a.m. Sunday School (Sept. - May)
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What should I expect when I visit the Retreat UMC?
The people of the Retreat United Methodist Church believe that a church is a faith family that everyone is invited to be a part of… so come as you would to a family event. You will not be judged by your appearance. Some of our Sunday crowd arrive in a t-shirt and jeans while some like to dress up a little more.
We have plenty of parking available and our facilities are all handicap accessible. Two gravel parking lots are available, one located on the west side of the church and another located on the east side of the church. Both parking lots have access to County Highway N. The church building is easily accessible from both lots. Simply go up the wooden ramp to the main entrance facing the roadway. Someone will be there to greet you and answer any questions you may have.
The fellowship hall is located behind our church building and is also easily accessible from both parking lots. If you wish to enter into our fellowship hall during any of our events, please enter through the doorway that is facing the parking lots.
We are warm and welcoming, and want everyone to feel accepted. When you arrive you will be greeted by our hospitality team who can answer any questions you may have. You will also be handed a bulletin upon entering which details the order of worship for the day and any other important information you may need. If you would like to see an example of our weekly bulletin, feel free to check out the bulletins from our recent worship services.
Our services are very relaxed and free-flowing. Feel free to be yourself. If you find something amusing, feel free to let out a laugh… you likely will not be the only one! The cries of children are always welcome. We love to hear them and delight knowing that they are in the presence of the Lord! The music featured during worship is traditional and is often songs that many are quite familiar with. We occasionally do introduce new, possibly unfamiliar music and hymns and we welcome everyone to sing along to the best of their ability!
Many who attend our services arrive early and/or stick around after worship to enjoy fellowship with one another. Beverages and sometimes snacks are available during this time. Feel free to enjoy these during worship as well.
All children are invited to participate in our Sunday School program. We welcome all of your children to participate in worship with us at 8 a.m. Sunday School then starts following worship at 9 a.m. and typically runs until 9:45 a.m. Parents are also welcome to stay and participate with their children. Our Sunday School is in session from September through May.
In the United Methodist Church, the table of Holy Communion is the Lord's table, not the table of the United Methodist Church or even our local congregation! We invite everyone to participate regardless if you are a member of our church or not! All we ask is that you seek to respond to God's great love and to lead a new life of peace and love.
In our church, we celebrate Holy Communion one Sunday each month, generally on the first Sunday and on other special days throughout the year. Again, everyone is welcome to participate.
Facility Use Policy
The Retreat UMC often opens its doors and allows community groups and families to use its fellowship hall and sanctuary for events like meetings, weddings, funerals, and other family gatherings. For more information on our facility use policy and any charges associated, feel free to contact us via email or call the church office at (608) 648-2528.