Frequently asked questions

How long do worship services last?

The Worship Service lasts 45 minutes to an hour.

What should I expect on Sunday?

Our members and visitors come from all walks of life, nationalities, multiple ethnicities, various demographics, all partner preferences, new Christians, life-long Christians from a variety of denominations, and even those seeking Jesus for the first time in their lives. We are proud Gretna UMC strives to display the true diversity of the Kingdom of God that Christ intended for us all. We promote connecting diversities to a lifestyle devoted to Jesus in everything we do. On Sundays, you would likely share our worship experience with many people who may look like you and have a lot in common with you, and many others who may not. It's what diversity is all about. A love and yearning for Jesus in each our lives is all we need in common. We have members, non-members and guests worshipping with us every Sunday and celebrating Jesus together. The only requirement is to come with an open heart to explore and seek Jesus. All are welcome, so invite a friend, a family, a neighbor and a community. We hope to see you Sunday.

What should I wear?

The normal dress on a Sunday varies form jeans with a t-shirt to a coat and tie for men and jeans or pants with a shirt to a nice dress for women, and everything in between. We never want a strict dress code to deter anyone from experiencing the love of Christ. Wear whatever is comfortable for you on Sundays so you can focus on why you are there, which is to praise, worship, and love Jesus together with us.

Where do I park?

Guest parking is available and is marked with signs in the visitor park spot. We also have handicapped parking. All of our parking is located on the back side of the sanctuary. You enter the parking lot by turning into the parking lot on Whitney Avenue.

What special programs are available for children?

On Sundays We have a nursery for children 3 and under that is avaialble during both worship services and during the Impace Hour. Please ask an usher or greeter for assitance in locating the nursery. Let our children connect, our heart and lives through spiritual education, guided by Twila Stevenson and the Children's Ministry. There are two children's groups, Pk to 2nd grade and 3rd to 5th grade that meet in the Education Building during the Impact Hour at 9:30am every child is welcome to join. On Fridays Friends Following Faith meet once a month on Friday from 6pm to 8pm. Children ages 4 to 18 are welcome. They will learn bible verse and songs about Jesus, play board games, have dinner and make new friends. Check the Events page for upcoming dates for Friends Following Faith.

Am I expected to give money if I attend?

No. We want all of our guests and first time visitors to open their hearts to Jesus to explore and seek Him in their lives, and to grow in their spiritual walk with Christ. Only when someone decides to make a committment to join our church as a member do we formally ask them to prayerfully submit a pledge as part of their committment to Christ and His church. We promote a culture of joyful voluntary givers who give back to God out of genuine love and thanks for His Grace and the Good News of Jesus Christ in each of our lives. Your decision to give and how much to give is a decision between you and God through prayer.


Gretna United Methodist Church serves the community through spiritual healing as well as impacting lives through small groups. Let us serve you. The office is open Monday to Thursday from 9am to 3pm.


1309 Whitney Avenue

Gretna, La 70056

(504) 366-6685

GUMP (504) 367-5841

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