United Methodists trace their heritage to John and Charles Wesley, who led a renewal movement within and beyond the Church of England in the eighteenth century. John Wesley traveled 250,000 miles by horse to preach in all manner of places, including outdoors, and Charles Wesley wrote thousands of hymns, some of which have become the best known in many different denominations. John’s preaching related the gospel of Jesus Christ to the social and personal needs of his time, and Charles’ music combined popular melodies with thoughtful messages. We continue that great tradition, which combines the depth and richness of the liturgical churches like Roman Catholic and Anglican with the heartfelt enthusiasm of frontier revivals. Above all, in worship, the focus is on how well we “tune our hearts to sing God’s praise” (hymn number 400, “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”).

Our worship space reflects our value on balance. Designed by renowned architect Alden B. Dow and built in 1960, the Church of the Dunes was meant to blend in with its natural back-dune setting of a mature beech-maple forest. Our front doors, with handles from top to bottom, were designed to convey a welcome to persons of all ages and sizes.

The towering Sanctuary windows of clear glass offers a sweeping panorama of God’s amazing creation, as we sing about and reflect on God’s amazing grace.  The rising ceiling draws the eye to the large wooden cross, mounted at the very highest point in the front-center of the Sanctuary.  The United Methodist Church of the Dunes Worship Commission’s goal is to provide meaningful, thought-provoking, life-changing, and faith-growing worship experiences.

Our current worship schedule is 8:30 a.m. & 10:30  a.m. each Sunday in the Sanctuary. We feature a range of musical traditions, expressed in traditional vocal choir settings and classic as well as contemporary congregational singing (see Music Ministry for more details on choirs).  There are other special services planned for other significant times, too, such as Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, (the Thursday before Resurrection Day), Good Friday, All Saints, and Christmas Eve.

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month at both services, and like all United Methodist churches, we offer communion to all those who hold Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

We look forward to seeing you at our Worship Services!

Do You Offer Handicapped Accessibility?

As a church with open hearts, open minds, and open doors, we strive to embody this by being accessible to all who wish to worship and participate in our many activities.  We have multiple handicapped accessible parking spaces, and our church has an elevator that goes to the main and lower levels, and handicapped accessible bathrooms near the Sanctuary and the Wiltse Center multi-purpose room.  A wheelchair is always available at the church.  Plus, we have space in the middle of the sanctuary for wheelchairs to slip into so that all individuals can be part of the community of believers.  To assist with hearing, a T-Coil system is available in our Sanctuary and Fellowship areas.  Plus, we have an automated electronic defibrillator machine for those who may require assistance in the event of an emergency.

United Methodist Church of the Dunes

717 Sheldon Road, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Telephone:  616/842-7980


Missed a Service?

If you missed Sunday morning worship, or would like to hear or watch the sermon again, sermons are posted on our website, here: http://umcdunes.org/category/videos/