Welcome to Valhalla United Methodist Church

Our Sunday morning Worship Services normally at 10:00am have been cancelled until further notice. We have posted excerpts from the service we would have had last Sunday below. Welcome to church in the age of Coronavirus!

Fourth Sunday In Lent | Bible Verse: John 9: 1 – 41

Welcome to our second Sunday Service in this age of Coronavirus. Please feel free to share it with others. We are following our Bishop’s recommendation to suspend all services until at least April 5. Until then we will be using social media and our daily email as we ask God for the grace to cope with the affects of pandemic on our lives, the lives of family, our friends, work colleagues and the world.
Call to Worship:
L: The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
P: He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;
L: He restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake.
P: Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me.
L: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
All: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
Prayer for Illumination:
Send, oh God, into the darkness of this troubled world, the light of your Son.Let the star of your hope touch the minds of all people with the bright beams of mercy and truth; and so direct our steps that we may ever walk in the way revealed to us, as the shepherds of Bethlehem walked with joy to the manger where he dwelled, who now and ever reigns in our hearts, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Time with our Children:
A song (This Little Light of Mine), an activity and a lesson to share with children)
"This Little Light Of Mine"


Object: a battery operated electric candle.
  • Tell about the meaning of Epiphany as God’s Light coming into the darkened world. Turn on the electric candle and ask the children what light is useful for (vision, beacon, warmth–let them feel the heat of the bulb).
  • Tell them that “God’s Light” is a picture word (metaphor) for a person who came into the world and whether they know who it is. Ask them why they think Jesus is called God’s Light (he made blind to see, he helped us understand God in a new light, he saved us from sin…).
God’s Light is still in the world today, shining in the form of the church of Christ. We are the church, you and I are God’s little lights and we are called to shine in the darkness around us–to make this world a better place.  Examples?
The Lesson – Rev. Kevan Hitch
Special Music: Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
The Morning Prayers: If you have a joy or concern you would like to share, simply write it in an email and send it to simply reply to this email and it will be included in the next day’s email.
Source of all life and bright Light of the world, we come before you in joyful anticipation of the ways in which you are making your presence known to us today. We invite you to come among us in your gentle and healing ways.
Already you have given us reason to rejoice in your salvation through Jesus, who lived and walked among us, gently reminding us of your love and care for us. By healing the sick and opening the eyes of the blind, you have shown us your great love and mercy toward all humanity.
Open the eyes of our hearts, we pray, and fan the flickering flame of our faith into a mighty light that shines brightly in a world of dark shadows–a darkness that has already been overcome by Christ Jesus, the Light of the world. Amen.
We continue to pray for:
  • People who are infected with COVID-19 or facing quarantine.
  • Medical professionals, caregivers, and researchers responsible for fighting the new coronavirus.
  • Medical professionals, caregivers, and researchers responsible for fighting the new coronavirus.
  • Families adjusting to new ways of life.
  • For the disease to stop spreading.
Closing Prayer:
Thou who art over us, Thou who art one of us, Thou who art:
Give me a pure heart, that I may see thee; a humble heart that I may hear thee;
a heart of love, that I may serve thee; a heart of faith, that I may abide in thee. Amen.
Closing Hymn: Shine Jesus Shine by Hillsong
Shine Jesus Shine by Hillsong ( with Lyrics )





Readings for Worship in March:

Sunday, March 22, 2020 – Fourth Sunday in Lent
1 Samuel 16:1-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41

Sunday, March 29, 2020 – Fifth Sunday in Lent
Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45

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