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
Blessings for your journey,
Lane Cotton Winn,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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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.
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.
, 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
Lane Cotton Winn
Pastor Lane came to Pearl River UMC in July of 2014. She is a graduate of Ben Franklin High School and Loyola University in New Orleans. She earned her Master of Divinity from Emory University in Atlanta, and was ordained in 2011.
Prior to serving Pearl River UMC, she pastored at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Slidell, LA and First United Methodist Church in Amite, LA.
Lane’s husband, Ben Hartman, is a 6th grade teacher at Mandeville Middle School, and their daughter Julian is 2-years-old. Julian loves playing in the nursery and making new friends at church.
Director of Congregational Care
& Family Ministries
Worship Leader &
Interim Coordinator of Music Ministries
Secretary & Children's Church Coordinator
Kids Day Out Director
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.