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Fireside Books is your resource for spiritual growth materials. We offer the latest in Christian books, music and unique gift items.

Bookstore Hours

  • Sunday | 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Location

Fireside Books is located across from Safari Stop at the north end of the main building.

Dr. Ed Robb’s new book, Making Room, is now available for purchase through Fireside Books.

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Contact

Penny Schwartzkopf, 281.297.5914.

Safari Stop is open to the public for free play. Safari Stop is appropriate for children ages 3 through 9.
Please note that we no longer book birthday parties at the church.

Safari Stop Hours:

* NOTE: Safari Stop will remain closed due to COVID-19 safety protocols.

Safari Stop Location

Safari Stop is located across from the Fireside Cafe at the north end of the main building.

Woodlands Campus

The Woodlands United Methodist Church campus can accommodate both small and large weddings. The Robb Chapel can accommodate up to 300 guests, our Harvest venue holds up to 1,000 guests, and our Sanctuary can accommodate up to 1,800 guests. Chrysostom Chapel is available for very small weddings up to 30 guests. View panoramas of some of our venues.

Woodforest Campus

The Church at Woodforest worship center can accommodate up to 300 guests. Please contact the Ministry Coordinator, Pam Broussard, 281-822-8184 for an updated fee schedule and deposit requirements.


Schedule your wedding

Weddings can be scheduled up to 15 months in advance for church members and 9 months in advance for non-members. All weddings must be booked at least three months in advance. Once you’ve chosen a date, your rehearsal will be scheduled for the day prior to your wedding at either 5:00 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. You must be a member of The Woodlands United Methodist Church at least 60 days prior to your reserving the Church to receive "member status".

Fees

For the Woodlands campus, please contact the Facilities Coordinator, Dana Spencer (Woodlands campus), 281.297.5930.  For the Woodforest campus, please contact the Ministry Coordinator, Pam Broussard, 281-822-8184 for an updated fee schedule and deposit requirements. Your fee includes the following: pastor honorarium, wedding coordinator fee, church organist fee, Foundations for Marriage Premarital Seminar, Sound Technician fee, maintenance, security, custodial and room usage. Your balance is due one month prior to your wedding date (no exceptions). Initial deposit will not be refunded if the wedding is canceled within three months of the wedding date.

Ceremony Officiating

Ministers of The Woodlands United Methodist Church will officiate all weddings.

Wedding Coordinator

The Woodlands United Methodist Church wants to make your wedding worry and hassle free. With that in mind, you will be assigned a wedding coordinator to assist you with your needs at your rehearsal and wedding. Your wedding coordinator will meet with you twice prior to your wedding rehearsal. Any additional time required must be arranged between you and your wedding coordinator. Your wedding coordinator will conduct your one hour rehearsal. Outside wedding coordinators/planners are welcome; however, the coordinator assigned by The Woodlands United Methodist Church will coordinate the rehearsal and wedding. It is your responsibility to contact the coordinator once one is assigned to you to set up the initial meeting.

Music

Your service of marriage is a service of worship. The wedding therefore should reflect the God-centered focus that characterizes all worship services. The Woodlands United Methodist Church organist will be glad to suggest appropriate selections. You may, in addition, contract other musicians for your ceremony with approval of music selections from our music department and the minister. Recorded music and accompaniment tapes are not permitted. It is your responsibility to contact David McKenerythe Church Organist to book an appointment.

Photography

We ask that the photographers and videographers not be on the altar area during the ceremony.

Premarital Counseling

The Woodlands United Methodist Church recommends you attend Foundations for Marriage. All couples are required to participate in one of the following premarital preparation class/counseling sessions:

  • The Woodlands United Methodist Church, Foundations for Marriage seminar and workshop. The fee for this seminar is included with your wedding package. If you choose not to attend this seminar, the fee is non-refundable.
  • A marriage preparation series of classes at another church.
  • Three couple sessions of pre-marriage work with the counselor of your choice.

In addition, all couples are requested to meet with the minister officiating their wedding at least one month prior to their wedding date to get acquainted and discuss specific plans for your ceremony. Please contact Kathy Creighton.

Decorations

Nothing is to be moved or rearranged on or near the altar area. If using pew decorations, please use caution on the wood, so not to scratch. All candles used must be supplied by the wedding party and be drip less with plastic sheeting placed under them for additional protection. We ask that all flowers, candles and decorations be removed immediately following your pictures.

Building Access

In addition to the use of the Chapel or Sanctuary for your wedding, you will also have access to one of our Brides Rooms, a grooms Room and an adult classroom. These additional rooms can be used for pre-wedding preparations and dressing. The building and assigned rooms will be open for your use two hours before and one hour after your wedding for Robb Chapel weddings. Your florist may begin decorating the two hours prior to your wedding. For Sanctuary weddings rooms will be available three hours before your start time. Due to additional reservations made in rooms, we ask that you promptly remove all decorations and belongings immediately following your ceremony. If you require additional time for preparation, you may reserve these rooms for $50 per hour if available.

Wedding Receptions

For information on having your reception at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, please contact the Facilities Coordinator, Dana Spencer, via Emailor call 281.297.5930.

General Information

Smoking and the consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in and on the Church grounds. The Woodlands United Methodist Church is not liable for items left on the property.

“The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18

Funeral or Memorial Service Information and Guidelines

We are so sorry for the loss you have experienced that has led you to this resource. The Pastoral Care Team’s desire is to serve you as you think about next steps in honoring your loved one’s life.

WHO CAN HAVE A FUNERAL OR MEMORIAL SERVICE AT THE WOODLANDS UMC?

As an extension of God’s love for all people, we desire to walk with anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one. Guests, visitors, friends, non-members, and members alike are invited to inquire about The Woodlands United Methodist Church hosting their loved one’s Christian funeral or memorial service. We strive to care for families pending availability of our pastors and facilities.

DOES THE WOODLAND UMC PROVIDE A PASTOR?

Yes, all funeral/memorial services are officiated by The Woodlands UMC pastors and are specifically Christian in nature. Many services are conducted by our Pastors of Caring Ministry. Other The Woodlands UMC pastors may be requested; however, they often have limited availability and are unable to accommodate many families.

MAY WE HAVE AN OUTSIDE PASTOR?

At the family’s request, and upon agreement with The Woodlands UMC officiating pastor, another ordained Christian minister may assist with the service in a support role, such as offering the eulogy, a prayer or reading Scripture.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FUNERAL AND A MEMORIAL SERVICE?

In a funeral, the casket containing the body of the deceased is present. There is no casket at a memorial service, although sometimes there may be an urn containing the cremated ashes of the deceased. Caskets at The Woodlands UMC services are required to be closed during and after the service. However they can be opened prior to the service.

WHEN ARE SERVICES HELD?

Funeral or memorial services are held between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are unable to accommodate services on Saturdays or Sundays. In addition, seasonal ministry events may prevent services at certain times during the week. The Pastoral Care Team will help you schedule around those events.

WHAT SPACES ARE AVAILABLE?
  • Chrysostom Chapel - up to 30 guests (with no media support)
  • The Robb Chapel - up to 300 guests
  • Harvest venue - up to 1,000 guests
  • Sanctuary - up to 1,800 guest
WHAT’S INCLUDED?
  • Initial planning session and ongoing service coordination by members of the Pastoral Care Team to arrange and complete all details of the service.
  • Funeral/memorial service held in a space on The Woodlands UMC’s campus lasting approximately 60 minutes (or less).
  • Optional standing cookie and beverage reception immediately following the funeral/memorial service in a space on The Woodlands UMC’s campus lasting approximately 90 minutes (or less).
  • Cookie and beverage reception includes cookies, water, and coffee service for anticipated number of guests at standing reception. We are unable to accommodate luncheons, sit down meals, or outside food brought in for the reception.
  • Congregational Care Team volunteers present to handle all service coordination and aspects of Hospitality.
  • The Woodlands UMC’s media staff member to run all technology components of the service.
  • Design and printing of standard bulletins using one of our four design covers.
  • Any tables, with black tablecloths, or chairs needed in the service or reception space.
  • Audio recording link of the service available to you two weeks post-service to use however you like.
HOW MUCH LEAD TIME IS REQUIRED?

To provide your family and our staff with adequate planning time, we request a minimum of three business days between the service request/reservation and the day of the service.

WHO PROVIDES FLOWERS?

Altar flowers are not required. It is the family’s option and expense, and you may order from your choice of florists. If you choose to have altar flowers, please instruct your florist to deliver the flowers/plants on the day of the service at least one hour before the service time. Flowers sent as gifts by others will be displayed in the venue, narthex and other entry areas, and if you are holding an onsite reception, our staff will move them to the reception site during the service. The flowers have been a gift to the family and must be taken with you when you leave the church.

WHAT IS THE TYPICAL ORDER OF SERVICE?

Many of our pastors use a format outlined below. The pastor officiating your service will work with you to customize the service to fit your needs and wishes. This general order usually provides for a lovely service that fits a 60-minute (or less) timeframe.

  • Welcome: Pastor
  • Hymn/Song: Musician
  • Remembrances: 1-3 Loved Ones (2-3 minutes each)
  • Hymn/Song: Musician
  • Scripture reading
  • Message: Pastor
  • Hymn/Song: Musician
  • Lord’s Prayer and Closing Prayer: Pastor
MAY WE BRING VIDEO SLIDE SHOW OR DISPLAY PICTURES?

Yes, if desired, you may bring us a completed video DVD or PowerPoint of photos or video that you have created, with or without sound. Christian or secular music that is appropriate in a church setting may be used with the slideshow and shown during the reception. Please allow at least 1 business day before the service for The Woodlands UMC Media to test and set up the slide show. Framed photos and memorabilia may be arranged on a table in the narthex of your service venue immediately prior to the service. A Congregational Care Team member will relocate to the reception, once the service has started.

WHAT TYPE OF MUSIC IS ALLOWED?

Music is an integral part of any worship service here at The Woodlands UMC. Your pastor will help you choose Christian music for the service. Approved secular music that is appropriate in a church setting may be used with the slideshow at the reception.

DOES THE WOODLANDS UMC PROVIDE MUSICIANS FOR THE SERVICE?

We have many talented musicians here at The Woodlands UMC who can provide Christian music for funeral/memorial services in the traditional or contemporary styles. The Pastoral Care Team will identify and schedule musicians for you. Musician fees do apply and will be outlined clearly when planning the service. The Woodlands UMC musicians will always do their best to balance family wishes and song requests along with providing high-quality music for each service. However, be advised that musicians are rarely able to learn new songs outside of their existing repertoire in time for a funeral/memorial service. A list of suggested songs is included below.

Traditional
Amazing Grace
How Great Thou Art
It Is Well With My Soul
In The Garden
The Lord’s Prayer
Blessed Assurance
It Is Well With My Soul
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Surely the Presence
I Need Thee Every Hour
Because He Lives
Be Thou My Vision
A Mighty Fortress
Hymn of Promise
Be Still My Soul
My Hope Is Built
Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
He Leadeth Me
Nearer My God to Thee
When We All Get to Heaven
Contemporary
You Never Let Go
10,000 Reasons
I Will Rise
Amazing Grace/my Chains Are Blessed Be Your Name
How Deep the Father’s Love for Us
I Can Only Imagine
You Raise Me Up
In Christ Alone
How Great Is Our God
Heaven Song
You’re Beautiful
WHEN SHOULD WE ARRIVE THE DAY OF THE SERVICE?

We recommend arriving 30 minutes to 1 hour (for larger services) before the service.

WHAT HAPPENS THE DAY OF THE SERVICE?
  • Our onsite coordinator will greet you as you arrive, ensure your family settles into the family room, receive your payment, and answer any questions that arise.
  • If you are setting up a photo/memorabilia display for the service, the best time to do so is an hour before the service.
  • About 10-15 minutes before the service, the pastor will meet and pray with the family in the family room.
  • At the end of the service, the pastor will lead the family out and into the reception venue, if holding an onsite reception. Otherwise, you will be led to the exit. To ensure a smooth exit of all guests behind you, please proceed directly to the reception or exit until released by the pastor.
WHAT IS THE COST FOR A FUNERAL OR MEMORIAL SERVICE?
  • There is no charge for the worship venue, family room, bulletins, technical and custodial services.
  • Officiating pastor: Honorarium is discretionary, but generally starts around $200 by check payable to pastor.
  • Organist/Pianist/Guitarist $150. Payable directly to the musician.
  • Song leader $150. Payable directly to the song leader.
  • Soloist, vocal or instrumental minimum of $150. Payable directly to the vocalist.
WHAT IS MY NEXT STEP?

Contact a Caring Ministry Assistant to confirm the availability of our venues and clergy before planning your loved one’s funeral or memorial service.