Katonah & Purdys

United Methodist Church

Our Vision

It's so simple.  Jesus said the two greatest commands are to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself.

Everything we do is based on these simple (but not easy!) commands - love God and love your neighbor.

Adult Ministries

Whether we're balancing work and family or dealing with the challenges of aging, illness, or financial struggles, we all need a connection to spirituality and community.

  • Book Group - We gather once a month to discuss a book with a faith-related theme, such as The Shack.

  • ​Shepherd Groups -  Every family in our church has a "shepherd" who keeps in touch with them.  We all pitch in to help when people are living through illness, grief or other challenges.

  • Prayer Circle meets every Wednesday at 12:00 pm. All are welcome.​

Children & Youth

Young people are a top priority in this church.  Here are some of the ways we work to give them a faith foundation and a place to belong:

  • Sunday School - We teach the same Bible story or theme for 6-8 weeks, using a variety of learning styles (Art, Cooking, Science, Games, etc.) each Sunday.

  • Children's Time -  Whether it's learning a song with hand motions or seeing a Bible story illustrated with a magic trick, Pastor Melissa always has a special message for the children.

  • Nursery - We offer safe and nurturing child care during worship services.

  • Youth Group - Middle & High School Youth Sunday evenigs  for Faith, Food & Fun.  The youth group also participates in service projects such as Midnight Run, educational events such as visiting Chuang Yen Monastery, or fun outings such as Grand Prix New York.


This church is often described as "small but mighty." Here are just a few of the ways we make a difference in our world:

  • Faith in Action Sunday - We replace our regular worship with service projects such as singing in a nursing home or doing yard work for an affordable housing project.

  • Emergency Shelter Partnership - We provide shelter and three meals per day for the homeless for a week during the winter.

  • Rising Hope - We teach, correspond with, pray for, and support prisoners.

  • Appalachia Service Project - We spend a week in Appalachia making homes warmer, safer and drier.

  • We give volunteer and financial support to organizations such as The Community Center, The Emergency Shelter Partnership, A-Home, and Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

  • We participate in ecumenical ministries such as the Women of Faith Bible study series.

  • We established the non-sectarian Katonah SPACE: SPirituality, Arts & Community for Everyone.