Service Times: Sundays at 8AM & 10AM

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

St. Paul's United Methodist Church is a small, growing, family-style congregation of the United Methodist Church meeting in northwest Reno.

The community affirms faith and belief in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord and believes in forgiveness, redemption and eternal life.

The community views salvation as a lifelong journey in faith--not as a one-time experience only and thus encourages study, service and small groups. The community welcomes fellow pilgrims with love.

St. Paul's reaches out to the local community and to the world to share this faith and to bring the good news of Christ's love to our fellow human beings through action, as well as word.

Check out our Mission Statement and Core Values. Also, if you plan to join us, be prepared to laugh, humor is a large part of our worship.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are the services?

Sunday morning services begin at 8:00 am and 10:00 am. The 8:00 am service is about 45 minutes long and the 10:00 am service is about 1 1/2 hours long.

How do I get to the church?

We are located at 1660 Grandview Ave., Reno, Nevada. From I-80, take exit 12 for Keystone Ave. Travel north on Keystone Ave. for .7 miles, then veer right on Coleman Dr. Take the 2nd right onto Grandview Ave. We will be on the right at the top of the hill. View a map.

How large is the church?
 
We are small, but mighty. We have an average attendance of 15 at the 8:00 AM service and 90 at the 10:00 AM service.
 
Are your facilities handicapped accessible?
 
Yes, the church facility is completely a single story.  Two exterior ramp walkways provide access to the sanctuary and Thurmon Hall.

What are the services like?

We do our best to make sure that everyone who comes to St. Paul's is made to feel at home. From the time you walk through the front door, you will find people just like you who love God.

Our worship team will begin the service with music that sets the tone for each message. We have a blend of traditional and contemporary music so all feel at home. We raise prayer, hear about the activities of the church, hear a message from Pastor Susan, and have a closing song. There is usually quite a bit of joy and laughter in there too. The 8:00 AM Service has no music, but has Communion every week. The 10:00 AM service has Communion on the first Sunday of every month.

Would I be comfortable at this church?

Each person needs to find a church that is "home" to them. we are a very warm and accepting group. Visit us and see if we fit. You may find us to your liking. Be prepared, you WILL be welcomed!

Will you be using Church Talk that I won't understand?
 
Unfortunately, people in any group have specialized language for their interests that others may not understand. Have you talked to an auto mechanic lately? Churches are no different. We tend to throw around words like Communion, Ad Council, and Thurman Hall. We try not to, but it happens. It is OK to ask what it means, in fact, there are people who have attended our church for years that may not know the meaning, and appreciate someone stepping up and asking for a definition. We have a Glossary on this Web site which has the definitions for some of the church talk. We keep adding to it as we discover new words.
 
Will I understand the message even if I don't know much about the Bible?
 
Our pastor works to speak to people where they are and to connect the teachings of the Bible with the challenges modern people face today. Her messages are accessible to those new to the faith and nuanced for those who have been around for a while. To hear one of Pastor Susan's messages, check out our Media page on this website.
 
If I'm not a Methodist, can I still participate?
 
You don’t need to be a Methodist to participate in Communion with us, but we do ask that you have a relationship with Jesus Christ. If you are unsure if you should participate, please feel free to ask Pastor Susan before the service

What should I wear?

Please wear whatever you feel comfortable in. People who come to St. Paul's wear anything from t-shirts and shorts to business casual to dressy. Feel free to leave the ties and high-heeled shoes at home if that is not what you would normally wear. We believe that God is not concerned with your external appearance, He wants to know you!

What about my children?

Your children usually stay with you for the first part of the service. Near the beginning, there is a "Children's Time" message, after which the children go to Sunday School. They will be cared for and taught a Bible-based curriculum and returned toward the end of the service. We have a Nursery and attendant for the tiny ones. We bring them back on communion Sundays but otherwise we encourage parents to pick them up immediately after the service so teachers can clean up and try and get coffee/fellowship time themselves.

You can hear our "Children's Time" messages on our Media page on this website.

Will I have to say anything, sign anything, give anything, or be singled out in any way?

If you are a guest, please consider our services as our gift to you. We want you to remain as anonymous as you want to, but we encourage you to keep coming back to find out what Jesus is all about! Also, we invite you to join us after the service for a little snack, coffee, and visiting. We guarantee you will not feel like a stranger.

Please fill out a Welcome Card so we can get more information about St. Paul's Church to you. Also, this is our major fundraiser, selling your information to political parties, spammers, religious fanatics, Nigerian bankers, and the government! (No, really, we will send you a welcoming letter and some information, nothing else, we promise!)

Am I going to be expected to give money?
 
Absolutely not! However, during each service there is a time to worship God through the giving of tithes and offerings. This is an act of worship for our members and friends (those who consider St. Paul's UMC their church home), allowing them to share in the church's ministry to the community of St. Paul's and to the world. As a guest, please do not feel any pressure or obligation to give.
 
But I still have more questions! 

Please feel free to call us anytime - we'll be happy to take the time to answer any question you may have. Better yet, why not visit us this Sunday and see for yourself what a great place St. Paul's UMC can be! If you would like to contact us now, please check out the Contacts page on this website.