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Missions and Ministries

Children's Ministry

Sunday School is offered on Sunday from 9:15-10:00 am for children in preschool through 5th grade. Children are excused from the Sunday Break worship service with their teachers to hear the scripture and message of the day on their level in a curriculum written by our teachers.

 Half-Day Happenings is a program we    offer to all elementary children a fun, safe, and faith-based afternoon program designed to fill child care needs during both Fall and Spring parent-teacher conference days,  Registration forms are found on our website and are distributed at the elementary school. The school provides busing to our programming. 

Vacation Bible School for our community children is offered with the other downtown churches usually the first week after school lets out.  Keep an eye out for the dates and programming next summer!

To help protect our children we have  a Safe Sanctuary Policy: 

Youth Ministry

This is a growing year for our youth. three of our youth have been involved in leadership on the conference level of the church and are bringing their skills and leadership to Penn Yan. 

We are planning on meeting once a month as a church group and onece a monthas a community-wide group with other youth groups and individuals in the community. Mission opportunities for youth will be ongoing.

In the Fall and in the Spring we send a large group of our youth to the conference gatherings for a great time of worship and fellowship. 

Confirmation Classes are offered every year from February through June with other area Unitd Methodist Churches for students in seventh grade and above who wish to learn more about their faith as thy prepare to confirm their faith and become full members of the chur

Camping Ministry

During the summer we send children and youth to camp. To help defray the costs we have fundraisers and budget scholarship funds. In 2018 we were able to send 14 children and youth to camp, next year we hope to send even more.

Family Ministry

Once a month our young families gather for a Family Fun Night or an outing together. More information will be coming soon.

Women's Ministry

 Morning & evening United Methodist Women (UMW) meet during the school year.  This year we hope to see returning members and also some new faces!  You have a choice of attending the first Thursday evening of each month at 7:15pm or the third Tuesday morning at 10:30am, both in the Memorial Bldg.

Men's Ministry

On the last Saturday of each month the men gather in the Fellowship Hall at 8:00am for  a home-cooked breakfast, Bible study, music, time of sharing and prayer.  In the fall and spring we also have an overnight and a one day men's retreat.

Music Ministry



 The Sunday Break Praise Band, led by Jim Russell, is a group of individuals, vocalists, and instrumentalists who come together to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and the love of God to anyone who will listen. We welcome those who are interested in doing the same to join us. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7:00pm.

We play and sing Christian music, mostly contemporary, but sometimes traditional, covering a wide variety of styles. We help lead worship at the 9:00 am Sunday Break service and sometimes at combined services.  We are fortunate sometimes to even take our music outside the walls of the church building to various other worship opportunities. 




The Outcross band brings it with a higher energy of music for the Saturday Night service at 5:00pm. Wanting to share our Lord’s blessing of music and faith with others.

Experienced rock ‘n rollers Tharon Smart, lead guitar and vocals; Syd Kidder on bass guitar; Jay Hillyard, drums and vocals; also on guitar is Nathaniel Hillyard and from the millennial generation, Ariana Wood on keyboard and vocals. Performing a mixture of contemporary Christian songs you will know from the radio, and many other originals by the band. Our songs all have a meaning and a message, ranging from the softer side with three part harmonies, to driving rock style and everything in between, all interpreted in sign language by Judy Hillyard.




The Sanctuary Choir, led by Philip Mann, sings primarily for our 11:00 am worship service. Its purpose is to lead the congregation in singing and to provide special music for the service. We are responsible for a Choral Call to Worship and an Anthem. The Sanctuary Choir is a group of dedicated, loyal people – many of whom have been choir members for many years.  Our music is chosen to coincide with the lectionary and theme for that Sunday. Our goal is to help bring a message to the congregation and to lift their spirits. Other services we are responsible for are Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday.

We invite anyone who would like to sing to join us on Thursday evenings at 7:30 pm.



 Gabriel’s Bunch is an instrumental ensemble that plays regularly for our traditional Sanctuary service. Under the direction of Philip Mann, the group provides a ministry of music and accompanies the hymns on the Sundays they perform. They rehearse Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 pm and welcome new members at any time. 



 The Memorial Ringers rehearse under the direction of Mary Anne Cooper on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. We perform one Sunday a month, usually the third Sunday, at the traditional Sanctuary service.  We welcome anyone who is interested in ringing to join us Wednesday evenings.  We do welcome suggestions on musical pieces from the congregation. 


Small Groups

Monday Bible Study


This small group meets Mondays at noon in the Memorial Building Dining Room. Currently they are discussing one of the devotions in the Upper Room devotional. Ann Hicks is the leader.

Caring and Sharing


This group, formerly known as the BIG Small Group, meets on Mondays at 7:00 pm. Although we are a large group, our group is open to all.  We focus on opening our hearts to God and each other through Bible study and fellowship.  Co-leaders are Linda Snyder and Sandy Harris. For more information, call Linda Snyder at (315) 536-8844 or 

Conversations with God


This meditative small group meets on Wednesdays at 6:15pm at Sue Heller’s home, 2829 W. Lake Rd., Penn Yan. Have you ever wondered about the difference between prayer and meditation?  Thought about trying guided relaxation or meditation?  Need a dedicated time to slow your life down so you can connect with God?  You can join with no commitment to regular attendance; for questions, call Sue Heller at (315) 536-2761 or 

Friendship Circle


This small group meets in the Bride’s Room, below the sanctuary every Wednesday at 10:00 am.  We knit and crochet items to be sent to our sister church in Nome, Alaska as well as prayer shawls to surround people locally and other items. Bring your needles and hooks and come join us. Ursula Clark is the leader.

Book Club


This small group meets Wednesdays at 1:00 pm at  Betsey Comstock’s home, 6 Crescent Drive, Penn Yan; to study a chapter of a selected book that we all are reading each week. For more information and to find out the current book,  call Betsey at (315) 531-1982.

Dance Fitness Group


 If you like to dance and exercise, there is a new dance workout ministry called “Instep with the Lord!”  The sessions will be a half hour of dance, fun, laughter and community.  We meet the first and third Wednesdays each month!  Please come and enjoy the fun! Colin Weichenthal and Felecia Smalley are the co-leaders.


Community Cafe


Every last Tuesday of the month we open our doors to the community for a free meal at 5:30 pm. Some months there is a theme and others it is potluck with people from the church bringing in food to supplement what has been prepared in the church kitchen that afternoon. We serve about 150 people and there are always left overs for people to take home. Connie Glover and Linda Snyder are co-coordinators.

The Living Well


When the Red Cross closed their local office in Penn Yan in 2013, the 11 UMC's in Yates County worked together to open a local mission at the same location -  121 E. Elm Street. Open Monday through Friday, the Well offers help and support to people in the county. For more informtion see our Facebook page:

Homeless Families


This year we have begun to support the Gorham UMC as they take on the responsibility of hosting homeless families one week per quarter throughout the year through Family Promise of Ontario County. We will help with feeding people and being there as needed. The first week begins November 4th.

Mission Trips


Each year a team heads off to help somewhere in the world. We have sent teams to Red Bird mission in Kentucky, Texas, Costa Rica, New Jersey, and the Southern Tier of NY.  Often we go in response to hurricanes and flooding, If you are interested in going watch the bulletins and newsletters for the next one.

One Day Mission Trips


If you are not able to commit to a week away, we have developed a number of trips that are local and can be done as a day trip. We have gone and helped paint at the Onondaga Nation UMC south of Syracuse and at the Mission Hub at the conference office in Liverpool. We have handed out sack lunches to people on the streets of Syracuse, and helped feed people at the Samaritan Center there as well. We are hoping to find opportunities in Rochester and other locations in and around Yates County.

Celebrate Recovery


Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a life-changing ministry offered for people here in Yates County on Monday nights from 6:00-9:00pm at PYUMC with a simple meal and fellowship, large & small group time. CR is for people struggling with all sorts of bad habits, hurts or hang​-ups. There is childcare available in the nursery. For more information see our Facebook Page: