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Multicultural Family Christmas Dinner – December 17 @ 5:30 p.m.

Sunday December 17th at 5:30 p.m.
Tyson Hall

As is our tradition here at the Leonia United Methodist Church, we will be having our Family Christmas dinner and party in Tyson Hall on the Sunday before Christmas Eve.  The dinner will include a story time and time with Santa Clause for children, as well as our traditional Yankee Swap. This year, we are encouraging those bringing food to bring dishes that are representative of their cultural/ethnic identity or heritage. (If you aren’t certain you have a cultural/ethnic identity or heritage, adopt one for the evening!) Leonia Church is also encouraging those who attend to dress according to their cultural/ethnic identity or heritage.

You will find a sign-up sheet in Tyson Hall for food, set up and clean up. You may also use your connection card on Sunday morning or contact the church office (office@leonia.church or 201-944-2970).

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Free Professional 8×10 Photo of Your Family – Leonia Church Photo Directory

Sign Up Dates:    Sundays,  December 10,27,24,31 and January 7
Photo Dates:       Tuesday January 16 and Wednesday January 17

When was the last time you and your family had a professional portrait taken?

A professional portrait is not only a way for us to have an attractive directory, it is also an opportunity for you to capture a moment in the life of your family. Portraits are valued family keepsakes that preserve a moment in your lifetime. There is no cost to the church and no sitting fee for your family. You will receive a free 8×10 portrait and a free copy of the directory for participation. You will be professionally photographed, choose your pose for the directory and have the chance to make additional purchases all in one trip to the church.

Leonia Church is creating a pictorial directory of the members and families of our church. You can sign up online, or on Sunday morning, or by calling the church office (201-944-2970) during regular office hours.

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Our Beliefs

Our local church is a congregation of the United Methodist Church. We have a heritage that is much older and a fellowship that is much larger than Leonia Church. While the future of Leonia United Methodist Church is innovative and relevant ministry in the name of the Jesus Christ, our beliefs are founded upon the historical and orthodox Christian faith.

Learn about the United Methodist Church and our Beliefs:

What We Believe
The United Methodist Church

Our Story

Here you can find the timeline of our church’s history, from the beginning of the modern evangelical movement, to the church today.

1720s

In the 1720s, God used John Wesley – Anglican Priest and Oxford Fellow – to begin the modern evangelical movement in Christianity through a program of small groups.

1790s

In the 1760s, the Methodist movement came to America and began to benefit from and become a critical part of the “Great Awakening.”

1784

In 1784, the Methodist Episcopal Church was started as a denomination in the United States of America. The church soon benefited from the Second Great Awakening and experienced exponential growth into the mid-to-late 19th century.

1880s

In the 1880s, small groups of Christians began to gather in homes in Leonia to keep up with one another, care for one another, share a meal, pray, sing, study the Bible, and learn about following Jesus. This local small group movement was started and initially guided by Methodists from nearby Englewood who were moved by the Third Great Awakening – or Social Gospel Movement.

1890

In 1890, these Christians came together to worship in Leonia’s Lyceum. The Leonia Methodist Episcopal Church was formally incorporated that very year and our first pastor was appointed to serve the brand new church.

1894

In 1894, the church was strong enough to build its first building on the corner of Broad Avenue and Harrison Street. The property and building were sold to St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and Leonia UMC thereby played a small role in getting another church started in the community.