About Us


Welcome to Pearl River United Methodist Church! Whether you’ve walked through our doors, or are coming in through the window of your computer screen or smartphone, we’re glad you’re here. We are a family of faith who welcome all seekers into an abundant life with Christ. Wherever you are on your life's journey or faith walk, you are welcome at Pearl River UMC.

We invite you to explore our website and worship with us on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. I invite you to contact me to arrange a coffee or lunch visit by calling the church office at 985.863.7452 or emailing pastor@prumc.net

Blessings for your journey,
Susie Thomas, Pastor

I'm New

Welcome to Pearl River United Methodist Church. We are committed to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. That’s why we do what we do!

Plan to Visit This Sunday
We are always pleased to welcome guests to our worship services or other events and hope you will visit us soon. If there is anything we can do to help with your visit, please contact us in the church office at 985.863.7452 or email us at secretary@prumc.net.

What to Expect
We know that visiting a church for the first time can be stressful. Every church is unique. We also know that you probably have some questions before you visit. Below are answers to a few questions that most people have before they come to worship.

What time is your worship service?
We worship at 10:00 a.m. every Sunday morning in our Sanctuary building, which is the brick building with the large steeple and cross on top.

What should I wear?
You can worship God in whatever you feel comfortable wearing. That being said, most of our people wear casual or business casual attire. It's more common for you to see people in jeans and a Saints jersey than a coat and tie. We think you'll fit in no matter how you dress.

Where should I take my children?
We love having children in worship and welcome your family to our church. Every Sunday, we have a special time for children during the service. Children leave the service following Children’s Time and go to the Agape Center for Children's Church, where they will continue to engage in activities specially designed for them. We also offer a nursery for infants through 2-years of age located in the Agape Center, which is the building next to the sanctuary.

What is your worship service like?
Our service is a blending of traditional and contemporary styles and music. A typical service includes announcements, singing of hymns and praise songs, prayer time, a time for offering our gifts to God, Children's Time, scripture readings, preaching, and Holy Communion.

Am I expected to put money in the offering?
If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to put money in the offering, and you are welcome to just let it pass you by. If you consider Pearl River UMC your church home, we'd love for you to prayerfully consider giving to PRUMC. You can give by check or cash during the service, or you can set-up an online giving account.

As a Visitor: You will NOT be asked to stand up or be recognized in any particular way during worship, but you may be greeted and welcomed by any number of our church family. An attendance pad is passed during the service and we ask that you sign in. You will receive additional information from our church, a note during the week, or possibly a phone call welcoming you back. We hope to see you Sunday!

Still have questions when you arrive?
Please go to the entrance of our Sanctuary. Inside those doors is the "Gathering Room" where you will meet a friendly usher who can answer your questions, point you in the right direction, and give you a welcome bag. We hope to see you Sunday!


We are located approximately 2.5 miles north of the
intersection of US Highway 11 & LA Highway 41

Traveling north on Highway 41 we are on the right side
of the highway just past Creekside Junior High School

Click HERE for Printable Directions

Who We Are

We are a place of grace, love, and welcome. We are about relationships—with Christ, with one another, and with God’s hurting world.

We love Jesus
Everything we do here at Pearl River United Methodist Church is in response to our love for Jesus Christ. Our love for Christ is in response to the unconditional love God has for all of us.

Our Mission
Because of our love for Jesus Christ and the grace that we have received from God, we want to share Christ with others. We are about making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

We are a family
PRUMC understands family in very broad way. The traditional family is highly valued in our fellowship. Of equal importance and value to us are families blended from previous marriages, those with a single parent, and older families who have seen their children grow and start their own adult ventures….all are honored and supported in here. We welcome you to become part of the PRUMC church family.

What We Believe

We believe in a God of grace. God loves us unconditionally. There is nothing we have done or can do to earn that love, and nothing will ever separate us from it.

We believe that God’s grace was revealed fully in Jesus Christ, who lived, died and was raised from the dead. His life, death and resurrection set us free from sin and empower us to love as God loves.

Jesus is present to all God’s children through the power of the Holy Spirit.

The final word in matters of Christian belief and practice is Holy Scripture as found in the Old and New Testaments.

Holy Scripture requires interpretation that is informed by reason, experience and Christian tradition.

The Scriptures are best understood when they are read and interpreted within the community of faith.

The church is the Body of Christ in the world, called to do as Jesus did by, among many things, feeding the hungry, welcoming the outcast, sharing our possessions, offering healing and hope to the lost, and sharing the witness of faith.

Our United Methodist Heritage

The United Methodist Church, of which we are a part, believes four things contribute to our faith and understanding of God: primarily the Scriptures, in conjunction with the traditions of the church; reason (our intellectual ability to think, process, and discern the truth of God); and each person's experience of God in their life. We believe that God is made known to us in a variety of ways and experiences.

The United Methodist Church has always been a church filled with a diversity of opinion and belief. We believe this can only strengthen our Church as we strive to learn from one another the reality of God in our lives.

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement in the 1700s, and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience God’s grace and to grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. They placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as “practical divinity” has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.

The distinctive shape of our theological heritage can be seen not only in this emphasis on Christian living, but also in Wesley’s distinctive understanding of God’s saving grace. Although Wesley shared with many other Christians a belief in salvation by grace, he combined them in a powerful way to create distinctive emphases for living the full Christian life.

Pearl River UMC is part of the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church. For more on what we believe as part of The United Methodist Church, visit www.umc.org.


Susie H. Thomas
Senior Pastor

Cindy Kaupp
Associate Pastor
Congregational Care
& Family Ministries


Leslie Craddock
Worship Leader &
Coordinator of Music Ministries
Kandy Ward
Office Assistant

Christina Bordelon
Youth Director


Susan Kolb, Felicia Lasso & Valerie Little
Co-Children's Ministry Coordinators

Sarah Shultz

Jennifer Miller

Our History

The history of Pearl River United Methodist Church began in 1880 when a Methodist Circuit Rider from Mississippi arrived on horseback to spread the gospel. In 1904 the white clapboard sanctuary was built in the heart of town, and it quickly became a gathering place for the community. Hospitality and a welcome have been part of our DNA from the very beginning, as we opened our doors to the town of Pearl River. Both the Baptist Church and Catholic Church met in our white clapboard sanctuary for a time, and the building also served as the town’s first schoolhouse.

Landlocked and realizing the town of Pearl River was growing westward, the congregation relocated to our present location on Hwy 41 in 1989. In celebration of our past, we brought our historic sanctuary building with us, which now serves as our Chapel.

The years in the little white church were marked by a gradual growth. The need for more fellowship and educational space was as great, and in 2001, we built the Agape Center, which includes a large open room for congregation-wide gatherings, such as dinners, meetings, and youth group; a full-service kitchen; a bright and welcoming nursery; as well as several other classrooms. Our Kids Day Out Program currently meets in the Agape Center.

By the early 2000s, the growth of the congregation and the passage of time had made the old white clapboard structure unsuitable for the needs of the future. We built our current Sanctuary in 2004, which doubled our worship capacity and added a beautiful gathering space for fellowship, small groups, and special events, which we call the “Gathering Room.” We experienced immediate, steady growth when we moved into the new sanctuary, and we continue to enjoy vibrant, heart-felt worship and fellowship in our beautiful sanctuary building. Though we still maintain our beloved “Chapel,” and utilize it from time-to-time, its primary purpose is as the worship space for another Christian congregation, who rents the chapel. Over 110 years later, this historic landmark is still a house of worship and a blessing to the community.

We when relocated to our current campus, the only structure on the 7-acres was a small cottage, which over the years was used as a nursery, kitchen, and later as a church office. Though the church renovated the cottage over the years, it was prone to flooding and was no longer meeting the needs of our growing congregation. In 2014, we razed the cottage and built our Grace Center, which has much-needed office and meeting space, as well as additional restrooms and showers.

More important than a history of our facilities is the history of the warmth and sense of family and fellowship experienced here. This feeling of a spiritual home within the community has characterized Pearl River United Methodist Church. You are invited to come “home,” to Pearl River UMC and become part of the continuing our story into the future.

In anticipation of the Grace Center building project, we created a 2-part video history of PRUMC. The buttons below link to YouTube, where you can view them.



Worship Info

Worship - Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

Our worship service is at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings in our Sanctuary. The sanctuary is the brick building with four white columns and a tall, narrow steeple with a cross on top.

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Worship is an integral part of our life together at PRUMC. Our service is open to all who are in need of God's love and the fellowship of other faithful believers.

Our service is primarily about bringing praise to God, and we do that through prayer and reflection time; relevant sermons; inspirational music; Bible readings; the offering of gifts to God; and sharing Holy Communion together, which we do weekly.

Church is about community. It's about relationships. In addition to praising God, we also deepen our connection with one another during worship. Many people arrive early for the 10:00 a.m. service to grab a cup of coffee and visit in our Gathering Room outside the sanctuary. Our informal, family-friendly service creates opportunities to draw closer to God and closer to one another.

Children in Worship
We love children, and we welcome you and your family to worship. During the service, children will be invited to come to the front of the sanctuary for an engaging lesson designed especially for them, called "Children's Time."

After "Children's Time," they are escorted to the Agape Center next-door for Children's Church, where they continue to deepen their understanding of God and form friends in the faith. Children are brought back into the sanctuary at the end of the service so they can share Communion with their church family. We also have a nursery in the Agape Center for our littlest disciples.

Our Pastor, Lane Cotton Winn creates meaningful and inspirational sermon series throughout the year that link scripture to relevant topics and themes in our life. You will be challenged to live for God more passionately, consider the great truths of the Christian faith, and seek answers to your questions of faith.

We enjoy a blending of traditional hymns played from the piano or the organ with contemporary praise & worship songs played by our praise band. From longstanding favorites, like Amazing Grace and Blessed Assurance, to current Christian artists, like Chris Tomlin and Hillsong, we sing a variety of music throughout our services.


Our pastors preaching inspiring, relevant messages of grace and love each Sunday.

We invite you to worship with us anytime. All are welcome.

Listen to the Word ...
Sunday Sermon


We celebrate Holy Communion every week during worship. Holy Communion (also referred to as the Lord’s Supper or Holy Eucharist) is a sacrament: meaning it is an act of worship that was ordained by Christ and is a "means of grace," a channel by which we receive God's love and grace.

All Are Welcome
Holy Communion is a family meal: all who intend to lead a Christian life, together with their children (including young children), are welcome and invited to receive the bread and cup. You do not have to be a member of this church or any church to share in this gift from God.

There is no obligation, but if you wish to be closer to God, we invite you to come and experience the presence of Jesus Christ in these elements of bread and "wine" and the fellowship around Christ's Table.

How We "Do Communion"
We serve Communion by the ancient means of "intinction," which is a fancy word for saying that we receive Communion by dipping bread in wine/grape juice. As is the custom of United Methodist Churches, we serve unfermented grape juice in the place of wine out of respect for those who struggle with alcohol addiction or who abstain for other reasons. This is done so as to be inclusive to all God’s people.

Communion is celebrated near the end of worship and children participating in Children's Church are escorted back into the sanctuary so they may receive communion with their families.

When Coming For Communion
Here are some tips as you prepare to receive Communion with us at Pearl River United Methodist:
  • After a prayer of consecration over the Communion elements (the bread and cup) our pastor will invite everyone to come forward to be served.
  • When you come forward, bread will be placed in your hand.
  • Then, you will dip the bread in the cup and eat.
When given bread:
  • The server will offer words of affirmation, such as "The body of Christ, broken for you" or “The bread of life given for you."
When given the cup:
  • The server will offer words of affirmation, such as “The cup of salvation” or “The blood of Christ shed for you.”
  • You can be silent and not say anything or,
  • You can say, “Amen” or,
  • You can say, “Thanks be to God!” or,
  • You may also say whatever the Spirit leads you to say.
  • After receiving you may return to your seat.
Please note: The pastor and communion servers handling the bread sanitize their hands upon arrival at the altar table. At PRUMC all are invited to serve communion. If you are interested in serving, please contact our Lay Leader, Kirby Craddock, or our Pastor.

For more information about Communion click here.


In the United Methodist Church there are two sacraments that are celebrated – Baptism and Holy Communion. We baptize infants, children, youth, and adults. Traditionally we use the method of sprinkling for the act of baptism, but will also baptize by the method of pouring or immersion if requested by the individual being baptized. At baptism, we believe that sin is washed away by the grace of God, we are adopted into the family of God, sealed by the Holy Spirit, and given gifts for ministry.

Because we belief that Baptism is the work of God, United Methodists do not re-baptize, and we recognize baptisms from other Christian denominations. For persons baptized as infants or children, this claim is ratified by the individual in confirmation, where the pledge of Baptism is accepted.

If you would like to discuss being baptized or having your child baptized, please contact Pastor Lane. It would be our honor to share in that baptism.

Children's Church

Sunday's During Worship

Every Sunday, we offer Children's Church that engages children in age-appropriate faith lessons during a portion of our worship service. After Children's Time, a moment designed especially for children during worship, children ages 3 through 5th grade are escorted to the Agape Center for Children's Church. During Children's Church, participants watch a DVD Bible Story, hear a scripture reading, and engage in some sort of hands on activity, like a craft or game.

Children are welcomed back into the sanctuary during the end of the service so that they can participate in Holy Communion with their church family.

Children's Church is full of fun activities and Bible teachings that inspire children to live their lives for Jesus! It is led by a rotation of faithful volunteers and youth helpers. Kandy Ward is our Children's Church coordinator and can be contacted by email at secretary@prumc.net or by calling the church office at 985.863.7452


Children are precious to us at Pearl River United Methodist Church. We strive to make our nursery fun and stimulating for even the youngest child coming through our door. Trained childcare volunteers, who are members of our congregation, are ready to offer loving care for children, birth through 2 years of age, in the Agape Center nursery, which is in the building to the left of the sanctuary, if you are in the parking lot.

We love having children in worship with us, and welcome you to include your children in the worship experience. However, we also know how helpful a nursery can be for little ones, who need to move around and play. While we realize it can be difficult to leave your child in the care of others, we want to assure you that your child is in kind, loving hands.

Our nursery is a bright and warm environment for your little one to play and grow. We offer a loving, Christian atmosphere. Our nursery is safe, fun and filled with age-appropriate toys, games and books.


Adult Ministry

Here at Pearl River United Methodist Church, we have many Adult Ministries that offer great opportunities to connect, learn, and grow in your relationship with God and others.

Sunday School
Every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. our Adult Sunday School class gathers for a group discussion around a weekly scripture reading. The class members take turns helping guide the conversation, with the aid of a resource book, as they enjoy a time of fellowship, prayer, and spiritual growth together. There's no homework or preparation before class, and newcomers are always welcome. They meet in the Grace Center, which has white rocking chairs on the front porch of the building.

"Sunday's Scripture" Bible Study
Each Wednesday at 10:00, Pastor Lane leads a discussion-based Bible study on the passage of scripture to be used for the next Sunday’s message. There is no homework, and participants come and go from the group as their schedule allows. All that is needed to participate is an open heart and a Bible. (A Bible will be provided if you need one.) Friends, family, and newcomers are always welcome. "Sunday's Scripture" meets in the Grace Center.

Other Bible studies are offered throughout the year on a variety of other topics such as United Methodism, Spiritual Gifts, World Religions, seasonal topics, etc.

First Class
"First Class" is a monthly small group for parents and caregivers of children and youth that meets on the FIRST Sunday of the Month at 9:00 a.m. in the Agape Center. During each session, Pastor Lane and her husband, Ben, facilitate a discussion that offers insights and the opportunity to share ideas with one another to support you in the challenging yet rewwarding job of raising children. We will send you from "First Class" with handouts and strategies for engaging your family in faith-practices throughout the month. As always, friends, newcomers, and guests are always welcome.

"First Class" is part of our FIRST Program, which is a faith-growth program for the entire family on the First Sunday of the Month. During FIRST, children and youth are also engaging in their own sessions.

PrimeTimer’s is a group of fun-loving people who gather together the first Wednesday of each month to enjoy a good meal and friendly fellowship. This group is open to everyone, but it consists mostly of retirees and those with flexible daytime schedules. To find out about PrimeTimer's next gathering, check out the newsletter or contact the church office at 985-863-7452.

Men's Group & Ladies' Ministry Team
In addition to our regular Bible studies and small groups, we also have an active Men's Group and Ladies' Ministry Team. Both groups are engaged in service projects at the church and in the community. For more information about these groups please contact the church office at 985-863-7452 or email Kandy Ward, the church secretary at secretary@prumc.net.


During "Youth," we play games, eat a Snack Supper, get to know each other in fellowship, discuss our faith, and engage in service for God. It's a great time to hang out, grow in faith and friends, and do some good!

We also offer Sunday School for Youth at 9am on Sunday mornings in the Agape Center.

In addition to our Sunday programs, our students engage in outings, mission projects and go on the occasional road trip. Friends and newcomers are always welcome.

For more information about our Youth Program, please contact Christy Bordelon, our volunteer Youth Director at youth@prumc.net.


Here at Pearl River United Methodist Church our ministry for children is excited to partner with you to help your children grow mentally, spiritually and emotionally. Our goal is for them to learn what it means to be loved by God and how to spread that love to others through faith in Jesus Christ.

Children’s Time

During Sunday worship, we invite the children to come forward for a message created especially for them. Cindy Kaupp, our Director of Congregational Care and Family Ministries, is the coordinator and is often the one who offers this message.

Children’s Church

Children Church happens immediately following Children's Time during worship on Sunday mornings. It is specifically designed to provide Christian Education for our youngest disciples in an environment created especially for them. Children 3-yrs-old through the 5th grade are invited to go with volunteers to the Agape Center following Children’s Time. Children's Church is full of activities and Bible teachings that inspire children to live their lives for Jesus! Kandy Ward is the coordinator of Children's Church.


FIRST is our new high-energy, interactive program for children and their families, offered on the FIRST Sunday of the Month at 9:00 a.m., prior to worship at 10:00 a.m. During FIRST, children enjoy music, a multimedia Bible story, crafts, games, and other engaging activities that helps develop their faith. While the children and youth (6th-12th grade) are in their sessions, Parents and other caregivers are in First Class, which is a small group designed to offer tools and helpful hints on how to put God FIRST in their families.

Vacation Bible School (VBS)

Each summer PRUMC offers Vacation Bible School to its members, friends, and the community. This week long camp takes place for a few hours each night for children Kindergarten to the 5th grade, with Youth (6th-12th grade) serving as helpers. VBS includes music, crafts, science experiments, games, snack, storytelling, and more.

Check back for info on VBS 2017

Music Ministry

Music is an integral part of the worship life at Pearl River United Methodist Church. We encourage everybody to join in singing praises to God during worship, regardless of musical inclination. For over a decade now, we have been blending modern Christian praise songs and traditional hymns of our faith into a unique and engaging worship experience that reflects our rich heritage and our vision for the future.

If you feel a desire to be a part of the music ministry or would like to share your gifts of music in worship sometime, please contact Pastor Lane at the church office or speak with Leslie Craddock, our Worship Leader and Interim Coordinator of Music Ministries.

Care & Support

We offer a variety of caring ministries here at Pearl River United Methodist Church to meet the needs of our congregation and the wider community including the following:

 • Grace Notes Writing Ministry
 • Bread of Life Meal Teams
 • Email Prayer Chain
 • Hospital Visitation
 • Prayer Shawl Team
 • In-Home Communion

If you would like more information about Our Caring Ministries, please contact Cindy Kaupp, our Director of Congregational Care and Family Ministries by calling the church office at 985-863-7452 or email her at ckaupp@prumc.net.

Outreach & Missions

Pearl River United Methodist Church offers a variety of outreach and mission opportunities regularly which, enable us to respond to the needs of our community and the world through acts of service and love. Below are a few highlights of our outreach ministries.

Sweets for Seniors
On the third Sunday of every month, we invite you to bring desserts and other homemade treats for the guests of the Pearl River Senior Center. They are very thankful for the special treats we serve them.

Food Drives
Our Ladies Ministry Team, which meets on the second Thursday of every month, sponsors several food drives a year, to help stock the shelves at Second Harvest Food Bank right here in Pearl River. We also provide Thanksgiving Food Baskets to families in need in our community every November.

Men's Group Missions
Our Men's Group is a service-minded team, who gather together once a month for a time of devotion, fellowship and service. They assist in minor repairs, yard work, and other special projects out in the community.

Youth Missions
Our Youth Group regularly engages in acts of service, like creating "Manna Bags," filled with non-perishable food items, water, and socks for the hungry and homeless and a "Service Scavenger Hunt." During the summer, the Youth plan a mission trip.

Christmas Mission Offering
It has become our tradition to give away our entire offering on Christmas Eve to missions. We challenge each family to give an equal value of what they spend on Christmas gifts towards our Christmas Mission Offering. Together our offerings make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults both locally and globally. In 2014, we raised $9,000 for our Christmas Mission Offering, which was given away to the Louisiana United Methodist Children's Home, Camp Istrouma, the UMCOR Water & Sanitation Projects, the Cambodia Mission Initiative, and the Global UMC Apportioned Missions.

Vacation Bible School

Check back for information on Vacation Bible School 2017


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– Ephesians 6:18

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Membership in PRUMC

Why Should I Consider Membership in Pearl River UMC?

First of all, you do not need to be a member of this or any other church to participate in worship, Holy Communion, or other church activities. However, membership in a church family is a vital part of the Christian experience. Membership is for those who have been baptized, or will be, and who desire to formalize their commitment to the church by taking vows to support this local church with their prayers, their presence, their gifts, their service, and their witness.

Those who are of an age to humbly and in faithfulness make these vows can become members. Children are not normally accepted as full members until after they have completed Confirmation, or are past the normal age for Confirmation (6th grade).

What does Membership Mean?

United Methodists believe there are five essentials to following Jesus and growing in the faith. As a result each new member is asked to take the following membership vows when they join:


Participation in the spiritual disciplines in order to develop your personal relationship with Jesus.


Regular worship attendance and participation in a small group Bible study.

Commitment to give a tithe (one tenth of your income) or to work towards giving a tithe to God through the church for the work of Jesus Christ.


Identifying and using your spiritual gifts in ministry through the church to the world.


Sharing your faith with others and inviting them to join you in becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Who can Become a Member?

All persons, without regard to race, color, national origin, status, or economic condition, are eligible to attend our church’s worship services, participate in our ministries, receive the sacraments, be baptized, and upon taking vows declaring Christian faith, become a member. ( taken from the Constitution of the UMC as printed in the 2004 Discipline)

We accept members by Transfer and Profession of Faith. To ‘Transfer’ means you are a member of another church and want to join PRUMC. ‘Profession of Faith’ is for persons who are publicly claiming for the first time Jesus as their Lord & Savoir.

What about Baptism?

You become a part of the body of Christ, the Church Universal, by being baptized into it or by reaffirming your baptism. Baptism is a ritual made up of questions and promises, prayer, and washing. In most United Methodist churches Baptism is accomplished by sprinkling or pouring. Sometimes it is done by immersion.

Youth and adults go through a time of preparation and instruction before they are baptized. In the case of infants and children, the parents receive instruction. For a child to be baptized, at least one parent must be a member of the church, as the baptism of children is a commitment of the parent(s)to raise the children in the Christian faith, and we believe that best happens in the body of Christ, the local church. In this way they are helped to know God, the meaning of being "members of the body," and what it is they are committing themselves to.

The United Methodist Church accepts and affirms baptisms from other Christian denominations. As we believe God’s work needs no repetition, we do not believe in or practice ‘re-baptism’.

Baptism initiates a covenant of relationship between God and the baptized person and between the church and the person. When you are baptized or affirm your baptism, the congregation enacts God's grace toward you and welcomes you into the community of faith.

As a response to God's gracious initiative in Baptism, you will be asked to pledge your loyalty to the life and ministries of The United Methodist Church and to promise to uphold Pearl River UMC with your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. You will then be part of the universal Church and part of a particular community of Christians where you are known and watched over in love.

How do I become a Member?

Since all that seek to be members come with different experiences and backgrounds, there are a number of pathways to follow in becoming a member of Pearl River UMC. You may join Pearl River UMC at the close of any worship service or by contacting the pastor to discuss in greater depth what church membership means. We encourage you to contact our pastor, Rev. Lane Cotton Winn either by email or phone (985)-863-7452. She will give you more information about the journey of becoming a Christian and membership at Pearl River UMC. Answering your questions and helping you discern what next steps to take is one of the highlights of the church’s ministry.  


Online Giving

Thank you for considering a donation to Pearl River United Methodist Church. Your financial generosity is an expression of your love for God and your neighbor. These gifts support the ministries of PRUMC and the church around the world.

One-Time Online Gifts
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Just click the Donate button below and follow the easy steps.

Automatic Giving
Simplify your giving by setting up an automatic Electronic Funds Transfer (ETF) to PRUMC. It's a confidential and convenient way to support to the church, saving paper and time. Through our partners at Electronic Giving Solutions you can set up an automatic draft from your checking or saving account or charge to your credit or debit card. You choose the frequency, amount and where your donation(s) will be a blessing!

If you would like to set up an automatic Electronic Funds Transfer, please log in to an existing account, or register a new one. Once your personal account is set up, you can use it to create or change your donation plan at any time. If you need assistance with setting up your account, please contact us at the church office.

Thank you for your gifts and offerings to Pearl River United Methodist Church.

Why We Give

We encourage you to find greater contentment and simplicity in your life as you put God first in your giving and living and to experience the joy that comes from knowing our gifts honor God and change lives. Our challenge as believers is to find ways to grow deeper in our faith. One way to do this is to offer our financial blessings to God through our tithes and offerings. Through these gifts, we invest in God’s vision and purpose and create an opportunity for God to work through us. Our gifts to God each week are an act of worship; and our offerings are vitally necessary to change lives, transform communities, and renew mainline churches.

Why is giving important?

The Bible has much to say about wisdom and finances, with 2,300 verses that tell us to be generous and good stewards of our resources. Jesus taught generosity and sacrifice. He demanded that his followers serve not wealth but God, and in the parable of the talents he taught that God will hold us each accountable for what we do with all our earthly possessions.

What is expected of me?

The Bible teaches us to give a tithe, or the first 10 percent of what we earn, to God and the church’s work. For some, giving one tenth is a very difficult goal. For others, it is the starting point, and their giving far exceeds 10 percent. The important thing is that you start somewhere, that your giving be in proportion to your income, that your giving reflects an appropriate offering to God given your means, and that your offerings express both your desire to serve the Lord and your investment in God’s work. Begin by determining what percentage of your income you are giving to God. If you are not yet tithing, consider taking a step toward tithing this year. For example, if you now give 3 percent of your income, consider increasing your gift to 4 percent, and add 1 percent each year until you reach the tithing goal. Our prayer is that everyone will grow in his or her faith through giving financially to the ministries of the church and experience the joy and blessings that come from financial generosity.

Everything we have belongs to God.

“A tithe [tenth] of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.” —Leviticus 27:30 (NIV)

Designated Giving

All of God’s people work together to provide monetary support for the General Budget of the church. We do this through regular, estimated giving and tithing. However there are also times in which persons are compelled to make over-and-above monetary gifts in honor/memory of a loved one, special occasion or as a way of showing gratitude for God. Below are the existing fund accounts that are available to give toward.

General Missions – Used at the discretion of the Missions Committee, Church Council & pastor to plan, support and undergird the work of carrying out the mission ministry emphasis of PRUMC. General Benevolence –Used for any person/family in need of food, gas, & other basic necessities. The pastor uses his or her discretion in each individual situation of how to best meet the need.

Church Family Benevolence – Used when a member of PRUMC is in need of replacing a major appliance or the repair of home or auto. The pastor uses his or her discretion in each individual situation of how to best meet the need. 1st Sunday Communion Offering – Used in a variety of ways such as mission projects, benevolent requests and/or other special needs as determined by the pastor and the Church Council.

Nursery/Children Ministries –Used ‘in house’ in the areas of infant thru 5th grade students. Equipment, books, toys, games, Bible study resources, etc., and/or the updating of the physical space are some ways these funds are used.

Youth Ministries –Used ‘in house’ in the areas of 6th grade thru 12th grade students. Equipment, books, games, videos, Bible study resources, etc. and/or the updating of the physical space are some ways these funds are used.

Vacation Bible School – Used annually for expenses which might include curriculum; snacks; activities; craft supplies; videos; music CDs; and/or other resources.

Children & Youth Camp/Trips – Used to help defray costs associated with our young people attending United Methodist sponsored summer camps, mission trips, and other special events associated with the United Methodist Church.

Men’s Group –Used for special projects and/or programs led by the men of PRUMC. Home repairs, wheelchair ramps and other ministries which help persons in need are just some examples.

School Supplies –Used to purchase school supplies for students in the Pearl River community.

Sanctuary Building Fund –Used to pay down the existing mortgage of the Sanctuary.

Ministry Building Fund – Used to go toward the building of a new Ministry Center/Office/Pastoral Study.

Christmas Mission Offering – These funds are mainly collected on Christmas Eve each year and then distributed to ministries selected by the Church Council. In giving to this fund throughout the year, monies are held and then added to the Christmas Eve offering in December.

Pastor’s Discretionary – These funds are used at the pastor’s discretion to fulfill special requests that spring up from time to time and are not presently represented in the General Budget or existing Dedicated Funds.

If there is a particular ministry area in which you would like to make a designated gift that is not reflected above, please speak to the pastor or one of the Finance Committee members. When making a designated gift, please indicate on your check/envelope the name of fund.

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