On Souper Bowl Sunday, February 4th, our congregation is continuing the tradition of holding our own Souper Bowl.  You’ll see the big soup pot as you enter the sanctuary bring your canned and non-perishable food items to share or place a few dollars in the pot as church people across the nation make a difference to the hungry among us. Last year more than $9.5 million dollars was collected for hunger relief.  That’s less than two minutes of commercials cost during the big game, but together we can make a difference in the lives of hungry children.


The calendar brings us an interesting coincidence this year: the Christian season of Lent begins on Valentine’s Day as Ash Wednesday, and it culminates on April Fool’s Day, Easter Sunday.  Two favorite scriptures come to mind: “For God so loved the world” (John 3:16) and “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (I Corinthians 1:18).

We will begin our 40 days of Lent with a 7:00 p.m. service on Ash Wednesday. But beforehand, we get together at 6:00 p.m. in the Coffee Hour room for one last indulgence with a pizza dinner.  I’ll invite all the kids to help me burn the leftover palms from last year to make the ashes for the service.  There will be an occasion during the service to receive ashes that mark our limitations as human beings and our desire to shape our lives after the pattern of Christ.  We invite you to make this memorable service a part of your spiritual journey during this holy season.


The media guru from the 1960’s, Marshall McLuhan, famously declared “the medium is the message”.  His statement highlighted the understanding that how information is presented impacts upon the information itself.  And that is one of the reasons why we’ve been having “off campus” Lenten studies for the last several years.  Where we meet and the ambiance of our gathering place impacts the message itself.

So during the five Tuesdays between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week (beginning February 20th at 7:00 p.m.),  we will be meeting at the Valhalla Crossing restaurant by the Metro North train station in Valhalla.  They’ve provided a cozy room for us to “nosh” and have our Lenten discussions.  In past years we have dealt with such topics as “Are People Inherently Good?”  and “Is There Such a Thing as Good Materialism?” and “Who Are We, Really?”  We’ve always had great discussions and interactive activities to move our studies along in order to find our spiritual focus for the Lenten season.  Join us this year!

VUMC Nursery School

The Valhalla United Methodist Church is proud of our quality Nursery School and the service it has rendered for many years to the children and families in the Valhalla area.

Our Christian-based curriculum was adopted after careful research, review and in-service education by our staff with the support of our Pastor and of the Nursery School Board. Our programs are constantly evolving, emphasizing the qualities of sharing, teamwork, cooperation and other significant social skills appropriate for preschool children. Kindergarten readiness will have a high priority in our planning and program. The Christian curriculum will also allow the children to recognize the presence and role of God in their lives.

Located in the heart of Valhalla, New York, The Nursery School operates from 200 Columbus Avenue, Valhalla, NY 10595. We can be reached at (914) 289-0489

Because children best master and integrate information through first-hand experience, play using real materials has a major role at the Valhalla UMC Nursery School. Each classroom has a book area, a science area, a computer, a water/sand table, a dramatic play area, art supplies, large and small blocks, and a variety of manipulative materials and games.

Our library is central to fostering a love of reading and writing, housing over 5,000 books, tapes and videos for children as well as a parent resource area. Each class enjoys weekly library time; library books are also used for daily story times, and to furnish the Book Area in each classroom.

We have a playground, where children play daily, honing gross motor skills, exercising both bodies and imaginations. We have access to an indoor gym for creative movement, dramatic play, yoga, music and special events. During inclement weather children run and play in the gym rather than outside.


Open Hearts | Open Minds | Open Doors

Ministers:  The Members of this Church
Pastor:  The Rev. Kevan T. Hitch
Minister of Music:  Mr. Evan Alparone
Lay Leader:   Dr. Claudia Lampel

In 1835, a small group of people planned and built a church which came to be incorporated as “The North Castle Zion Methodist Episcopal Church of Westchester County.” Fifty years later, it was sold and replaced by a second church called the Kensico Methodist Church, which grew and prospered. As a result of their mission outreach, a small chapel was built in 1900 in the railroad community of Valhalla at the southern end of Kensico Lake.

With the construction of the Kensico Dam, the entire village of Kensico, including the Methodist Church, was completely demolished and disappeared under the floodwaters in January 1917. On a clear summer day you can still see the steeple from atop of the Dam’s walkway. The stained glass windows were preserved and given to a new church in North White Plains, now known to as Castle Heights. The church bell was given to the chapel in Valhalla, which was enlarged and dedicated in 1912 as the Valhalla Methodist Church.

Ground was broken for our present building in 1964 on land purchased from New York City, and in 1968, we became the Valhalla United Methodist Church through a merger with the Evangelical United Brethren.

The physical destruction of the old Kensico Methodist Church, our mother church, produced two new churches ours which survives today and the recently disbanded Castle Heights Church.

Valhalla United Methodist Church
200 Columbus Avenue
Valhalla, New York 10595

Church: (914) 949-6252 ●   Fax: (914) 949-5560
E-mail: valhallaumc@verizon.net