We're honored to regularly host outside groups, small and large, for various events. Learn more below, and feel free to get in touch with our church office with any inquiries.
Our church library contains an outstanding, curated collection of books available for check-out. You can see available titles here.
PVUMC (Paradise Valley United Methodist Church) offers a place of belonging to a multi-generational, diverse community of individuals interested in bettering our world. More than a Sunday morning experience, we are people seeking to nurture a deeper spirituality through life-giving practices. Centered in God’s love, we act authentically and generously through our connections at church and in service to the community. Our vision is to be a diverse, inclusive, and spiritually thriving congregation committed to being God’s Love in Action. We exist to serve and not to be served.
There are many times when our facilities are not used to capacity by church-related groups, so in the spirit of Christian service and stewardship, we will occasionally make these facilities available to non-profit groups who offer a redeeming service to our community and to for-profit groups who are of assistance to the church in carrying out its ministry.
Our building environment needs to be safe, healthful, and exemplary. Smoking, tobacco products of any kind, vaping, alcohol, and drugs are prohibited in any area of the church campus. Only Service animals are allowed on campus unless otherwise specified or for unique events.
If you are interested in renting our facility for a meeting, corporate/club dinner, concert please complete the rental request form.
A wedding is a special event in a couple’s life. We celebrate and take great joy in this occasion. We strive to establish a relationship with each couple because you are special in God’s eyes and in our eyes, as well. We want to provide you with a sacred ceremony that is joyful, reverent, and memorable.
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church offers two indoor locations for your ceremony. Our Chapel is available for smaller, more intimate ceremonies and our Sanctuary is available for traditional and larger ceremonies that may want to include music from our pipe organ. Some couples, like the one pictured here, have photos taken in our Biblical Garden following their indoor wedding.
Your wedding service will be consistent with the ritual of the United Methodist Church, conducted by one of our Paradise Valley United Methodist Church ministers in consultation with you. In addition, every couple will enjoy a time of pre-marital counseling with our clergy. We’ll do all we can to assure your wedding day and your life together are everything you hope they will be.
Wedding services at PVUMC are not restricted to its members and are available (subject to clergy availability) to all who desire a sacred ceremony that emphasizes Christian marriage. Each wedding service is conducted as a sacred experience with reverence and professional care.
If you are interested in scheduling your wedding at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, call the church office at 602-840-8360.
Paradise Valley United Methodist Church Funeral/Memorial Service Policy
The death of a loved one is a difficult experience. The Paradise Valley United Methodist Church (PVUMC) Funeral/Memorial Service Policy is meant to assist the family in creating a meaningful and spiritual service.
Our ministers officiate at funerals/memorial services that are held in our Sanctuary, Chapel, Columbarium Memorial Garden, graveside, or at a funeral home. Arrangements are made by calling the Church Office at 602-840-8360 and asking for the Memorial Service Coordinator who will ascertain which minister is available at the requested date and time.
Funeral or a Memorial Service
Broadly speaking, a funeral is a service with the body of the deceased present. A memorial service is held with either the cremated ashes in an urn or no physical remains present.
Sanctuary holds 450
Chapel holds 100
Amphitheater is available for outdoor services
Columbarium Memorial Garden can accommodate 20 people
A minister on staff at PVUMC will officiate at all funerals/memorial services. If a minister not on staff is requested by the family to assist the officiating minister, if approved, an invitation will be extended to the guest minister. All guest ministers are expected to adhere to the policies of PVUMC.
Service for Non-Members
Holding services for non-members is at the discretion of the officiating minister. If held, all rules, regulations and policies of PVUMC will be followed.
A service will not be held on the following days: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Memorial Day, or Labor Day.
Service of Worship
A funeral/memorial service is a service of worship, celebrating the deceased’s life and the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ. Consequently, all parts of the service are to be consistent with the present worship practices of PVUMC and generally, the outline for the service will take on a traditional form. The family may suggest other items to be included with the approval of the officiating minister.
A meeting will be held with the family, the officiating minister and the memorial service coordinator to plan the order of worship.
The Music & Arts Ministries Director/Organist should be requested to play at all services. If a guest organist/pianist is requested, the director must approve, and a bench fee will be charged.
PVUMC is blessed with quality musicians and the use of recorded music is discouraged. Sacred or Christian music is appropriate. Recorded music needs the approval of the officiating minister.
If an outside musician is requested, payment is the responsibility of the family.
If a video is to be displayed during the service, it must be provided to the church 24 hours prior to the service.
In decorating for the service, it is important that all symbols of the church be respected. Significant church symbols such as the altar and cross cannot be moved or covered. All seasonal items on the altar will remain and will not be covered. Pictures, flowers and the urn will be arranged on a table in the chapel or in front of the altar in the sanctuary. If flowers are to be delivered, the florist should be told to deliver them two hours prior to the start of the service.
PVUMC will prepare a service bulletin at the request of the family. A picture of the deceased will be provided for the front of the bulletin and other pictures, a poem or the obituary can also be included.
Streaming and Recording
The service can be streamed and recorded for a fee. Once the service is over, a recording will be made, and a link sent to the family.
Members and/or regular attenders will not be charged a fee for the use of the facilities, however, non-members will. Fees will be charged for other items. Payment is required to be made 24 hours prior to the service.
If the family requests a contribution to the church or a charitable organization in lieu of flowers, PVUMC will not manage, receive or distribute designated funds for an outside institution. Undesignated funds and funds designed for a project or ministry at PVUMC will be received by the church and applied accordingly.
PVUMC has rooms available for a reception. Depending on the room, the seating ranges from 35 to 250.
If the reception is catered, it is the responsibility of the family to contact the caterer and provide the Memorial Reception Coordinator with the contact information. Payment to the caterer is the responsibility of the family.
If a cookie reception is requested, the Memorial Reception Coordinator will be responsible for the purchase of the cookies, drinks, table decorations and paper products. A fee will be charged to cover the costs of these items. An additional fee for the use of the facilities will be charged to non-members.
Whether death comes as a sudden, unexpected shock; or following an extended illness, we are never completely prepared. Remember, you are not alone. PVUMC is here to walk with you through every step of your grieving process. In addition to assistance with the funeral/memorial service, PVUMC offers grief classes and a monthly grief newsletter with articles to assist you through the grief process.
Sited next to our Biblical Garden on the west side of campus, our Columbarium Memorial Garden is a secluded place. Shaded by trees and filled with the sounds of nature, it is a place of peace for meditation and prayer, reflection and remembrance.
The Columbarium provides niches for a final resting place of the cremated remains of the deceased. Names of loved ones can also be inscribed on marble spires in the Memorial Garden. Make arrangements by calling the church office at 602-840-8360.
We are located at 4455 E Lincoln Dr. Paradise Valley AZ 85253.
Office hours are 8 - 5, Monday - Friday.
You can reach us by phone at 602-840-8360.