Welcome to our church
a little about us
Download: The Grapevine.pdf
What time should I come?
We offer two services each Sunday morning. Our 8:30 Cafe Service is a casual gathering in our Fellowship Hall. You are encouraged to enjoy coffee, light refreshments, and fellowship. The Cafe Service is music free.
If you prefer a more traditional service, we invite you to the 11:00 a.m. service in our beautiful Sanctuary. This service features traditional hymns and music from our Adult Chancel Choir, our Carillon Choir and the Children's Cherub and Crimson Angels choirs.
Both services hear the same message each week, and include Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month.
May I take Communion at LPUMC?
At our church we have what we call an "Open Communion Table" which means everyone who worships with us is welcome to participate in and receive the sacrament of holy communion. The only requirement is that you desire to have your sins forgiven, and that you believe Jesus died on the cross to take away your sings. You don't have to be a member of this or any other church and you don't have to be baptized first. We use ordinary bread and grape juice in order to make communion available to all.
What should I wear?
No need to worry abut your dress. La Plata welcomes all who want to worship, and you are free to come as you are.
What about Offerings?
As a visitor, we are simply happy to have you worship with us. The service is our gift to you. Please do not feel obligated to give in any way. We hope that you simply enjoy the opportunity to draw closer to God through our Lord Jesus.
How do I find you?
We are located at 3 Port Tobacco Road, La Plata, MD 20646. We are at the intersection of U.S. 301 and State Route 6, right behind a Sonic Restaurant. A map and directions are available below.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Where should I park?
Visitors are welcome to use the dedicated and marked "Visitors" spaces adjacent to the church and there is plenty of free parking at La Plata in our main lot. Additional parking is available in an adjacent gravel lot with overflow parking offered in the Outback Shopping Center lot across the street. On days when the church lots are full, we have Charles County Sherriff's Deputies to assist in crossing the road from the shopping center lot. Marked Handicapped parking is available near the church entrance.
I've never been to a church before. Should I be nervous?
You can relax. Our goal is to make your worship experience as rewarding and pleasant as possible. No one will pressure you in any way. Returning visitors often tell us that one of the things they found most enjoyable on their first visit was the friendliness of the people they met. We pride ourselves on being a warm, welcoming congregation, and would love the opportunity to prove that to you.
BECOMING A MEMBER OF OUR CHURCH
DID YOU EVER WONDER...
...What the word "church" means?
What Are Acolytes and What Do They Do?
La Plata UMC receives folks into the membership of the church about three times a year. We don't have a set pattern. If you've been worshiping with us for a while and you are ready to join, you may indicate your interest by marking the box on the fellowship folder in each pew, or by speaking to our pastor, or by calling the church office. We'd be happy to provide you with more information about the church. Visit our CONTACTS page for contact options.
Rev. & Mrs. Jones usually host a New Members' Party and Orientation at their home during the weekend that people are scheduled to join. In some cases, there are two dates selected that season to accommodate those whose travels take them out of town. Usually new members are received early in the year, in late spring or early summer, and in the fall.
The two requirements for membership are historical requirements since the beginning of Christ's church: 1) you need to be baptized (we accept other churches' baptisms or we can baptize you); and 2) you need to believe in Jesus, be grateful for his sacrifice on the cross to forgive your sins, and invite him into your heart as your Lord and Savior." If you are transferring your membership from another church, our church office will write to your previous church for the letter of transfer.
Ever wonder about those children and sometimes adults who light the candles before worship services each week? Just click on the image to learn more. Information is provided courtesy of the Virginia Theological Seminary.