Welcome to Valhalla United Methodist Church

After months of worshiping virtually for the past six months our Sunday morning in-person services resumed on Sunday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. Our worship experience will reflect the current Coronavirus situation. The following guidelines, mandated by New York State and the NY Annual Conference, may help you to know what to expect when you come to church on a given Sunday:

  • The wearing of a mask is required.  There can be no exceptions.  If you don’t have a mask, one will be provided.  If you choose not to wear a mask, you will be asked to leave.  If an individual refuses to wear a mask and will not leave, worship will be cancelled.
  • Glove and hand sanitizing stations will be conspicuously placed at entrances to the sanctuary.
  • Congregational singing is prohibited for the time being.  Our music director, Evan Alparone, is preparing special presentations by our own individual choir members and guest soloists.
  • Families and couples may sit together.  But social distancing will be encouraged by the seating markings that the Trustees have put on the pews.
  • Hymnbooks and Bibles will not be available. You may either bring your Bible from home or follow the scripture lessons as they are printed in individual church programs that will be distributed.
  • Coffee Hour will not be held for the time being.
  • Sunday School for adults and children will being at a later date.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged.

These guidelines may feel restrictive to some people.  Others may not feel comfortable in joining us for worship at this time.  But our hope is that these guidelines will enable us to resume our in-person worship as we move toward a “new normal” in our church.  

During the last five months, we have been connected as a church family through the daily “Call to Worship” emails. The “Call” will continue until such time as it is deemed redundant.  If you would like to subscribe to this daily email contact us at valhallaumc@verizon.net.

We hope to see you in the coming weeks in church.  But if you are not comfortable in returning to church just yet, please let us know how we can best serve your spiritual needs. You can connect to us using valhallaumc@verizon.net.

Happenings

Sunday Morning Worship

After months of worshiping virtually for the past six months our Sunday morning in-person services resumed on Sunday, September 13 at 10:00 a.m. Our worship experience will reflect the current Coronavirus situation. The following guidelines, mandated by New York State and the NY Annual Conference, may help you to know what to expect when you come to church on a given Sunday:

  • The wearing of a mask is required.  There can be no exceptions.  If you don’t have a mask, one will be provided.  If you choose not to wear a mask, you will be asked to leave.  If an individual refuses to wear a mask and will not leave, worship will be cancelled.
  • Glove and hand sanitizing stations will be conspicuously placed at entrances to the sanctuary.
  • Congregational singing is prohibited for the time being.  Our music director, Evan Alparone, is preparing special presentations by our own individual choir members and guest soloists.
  • Families and couples may sit together.  But social distancing will be encouraged by the seating markings that the Trustees have put on the pews.
  • Hymnbooks and Bibles will not be available. You may either bring your Bible from home or follow the scripture lessons as they are printed in individual church programs that will be distributed.
  • Coffee Hour will not be held for the time being.
  • Sunday School for adults and children will being at a later date.
  • Social distancing will be encouraged.

These guidelines may feel restrictive to some people.  Others may not feel comfortable in joining us for worship at this time.  But our hope is that these guidelines will enable us to resume our in-person worship as we move toward a “new normal” in our church.  

During the last five months, we have been connected as a church family through the daily “Call to Worship” emails. The “Call” will continue until such time as it is deemed redundant.  If you would like to subscribe to this daily email contact us at valhallaumc@verizon.net.

We hope to see you in the coming weeks in church.  But if you are not comfortable in returning to church just yet, please let us know how we can best serve your spiritual needs. You can connect to us using valhallaumc@verizon.net.

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.

LOCATION
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

CLASSROOMS
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.

LIBRARY
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.

PLAY AREAS
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.

About

THE VALHALLA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
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

 

Contact

Our Sunday morning Worship Services normally at 10:00am have been cancelled until further notice. Checkout our Facebook page for Pastor Kevan’s lessons and Evan’s music. Welcome to church in the age of Coronavirus!