The Adult Discussion Group meets each Sunday before the service at 9:30 AM in the overflow area at the back of the sanctuary. This group does not meet during the summer.

GLOW, (God Lights Our Way), our children's program, is held at the same time as the Sunday worship service.

Our Wednesday night program for youth kindergarten through 6th grade is Kids' JAM. It runs 6:00-7:30 PM during the school year.

A staffed nursery is available for the care of young children during the worship service.

from Rev. Beth...

Rev. Beth Harbaugh,
Pastor VMUMC

Pastor Beth

"For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope." Jeremiah 29:11
We have been given the ability to use our God-given abilities to discern together what these plans are for the Holy to give us a future with hope. Then, through Christ, we have been given a witness of how to go about it: with love and integrity. That sounds like marching orders to me!

Click here to read Rev. Beth's Monthly Message.

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The Van Meter United Methodist Church is a community in the service of Christ.

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Community Service:
Build Candy Kabobs
Wednesday, May 29, 6:00-8:00 PM

The Youth Group will build these treats which we will sell at Raccoon River Days to raise money for youth and children's programs at our church.

Learn more about youth meetings and activities here.

youth logo - abstract neon fish and cross

Wednesdays, June 5 - July 31
1:00-2:30 PM
Summer Bible Series:
"Believe It or Not" 

for middle-school students, grades 6-9
We'll have Bible study, prayer, games, hands-on science, and loads of fun.
To sign up, email 

June 17-21, Monday-Friday
1:00-3:30 PM
VBS: Vacation Bible School

Children going into TK-5th grade will gather each weekday at the church for fun with a focus of learning more about God at our Vacation Bible School. We'll have crafts, songs, science, story time, outdoor games, and snacks.
Register here; learn more and view pictures from prior years here.
We're looking for volunteers (click here) and donors (click here to go to our wish list on Amazon)

VBS logo with undersea theme. "SCUBA, diving into friendship with God"

UMC logo - Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

The Van Meter Church is part of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Missions of the Month

Women at the Well
This United Methodist congregation is located within the walls of the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville, Iowa.

Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Adel
We are collecting deodorant for the pantry. Learn more about the food pantry here.



Sign up to be a Worship Helper
You may use this link or just talk to Leslie Herman.

Nursery Available
We offer care for the very young during church services in our staffed nursery.

Nursery (drawing of a rocking horse)

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Each month, we meet at a different home to make shawls and blankets of comfort. Call the church office to learn where the next meeting will be held.

Bread Ministry
We have a bread ministry in cooperation with Panera Bread company. We need help picking up packages from Panera and bringing them to the church. Sign up for a one-time delivery or several. Sign up by clicking on this link.

Need Help?
Our church is a member of the Adel Ministerial Association (AMA). The AMA has an emergency fund which is used as a shared resource. Learn more here.

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