Welcome to our church
Welcome to our church
We know you have many questions about our church, our worship style, the services we offer, the ministries we support and, of course, how you might be a part of our family.
It is our hope that the information on this page will provide answers that will help you decide to come and worship with us.
We are always available via phone or email to answer any additional questions you may have, or to provide information on the many programs we support.
We look forward to meeting you soon, and to having you become a part of our family and an active participant in the life of our church.
Visit our CONTACT page to reach us.
Open hearts - open minds - open doors - the people of the united Methodist church
United Methodist Church
a little about us
Download: The Grapevine.pdf
open hearts - open minds - open doors
the people of the united methodist church
Photography by Jim Berry
Methodist churches have been serving Charles County, Maryland since 1877. A parsonage was later erected for the Methodist preacher was built on Kent Avenue in La Plata when the county seat was moved from Port Tobacco. Serving an ever changing list of congregations in Southern Maryland, the pastor rode his horse all over the county. After World War II, three of these churches: Bethel, Dentsville, and McFerrin Chapel (in La Plata) came together to build a social hall and Sunday school to serve the three congregations. It was erected in 1946. Soon, this center of activity and fellowship became the site of weekly worship as well, and members of the three churches decided to merge and form a new church called, “United Methodist Church”. A new sanctuary (the one we still use today) was started in 1957 and completed in 1958. In 1965, the basement hall was enlarged by the addition of a kitchen and restrooms, and a new second story with Sunday school classrooms and the church offices was erected above the existing hall.
Ironically, in 1968, The Methodist Church denomination merged with the Evangelical United Brethren Church to create The United Methodist Church. So our church began to identify itself as La Plata United Methodist Church.
On April 28, 2002, an F-4 tornado struck the Town of La Plata and our church directly, causing tremendous damage. The offices were moved to the old 1950 parsonage temporarily, while recovery from the tornado was underway. After the church and education wing were restored, a new larger entry was added in 2005 to bring the building fully up to the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In 2017, an 11,000 sq. ft. addition was completed that provided a new larger fellowship hall, a dedicated Youth Room, new restrooms and 8 new classrooms upstairs. Finally, the older second floor was remodeled to house the church offices, a new parlor, a board room, and a nursery. This was completed in the spring of 2017.
La Plata UMC continues to serve the community, to be a resource for community groups, and to serve the needs of the poor of our area. We are growing in ministries, activities and in number; all by the grace of God.
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
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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.
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.
La plata united methodist church
3 Port Tobacco Road La plata MD
301-934-2288 [email protected]
La Plata United Methodist church