Hurlbut Memorial Community UMC



Midweek Vespers

Hurlbut Visitor


Where Worship Welcomes


Welcome to Hurlbut Memorial United Methodist Church. We are a community church, on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution. Hopefully you'll find within this site the direction you need regarding our worship services, pastor, ministers, and missions. Feel free to contact us if you need any further information.


Join us Sundays for Church School at 9:30
and Worship at 10:45

 Midweek Vespers second Wednesday of each month

Pot luck dinner at 5:15 pm

Worship at 6:15 pm


Welcome to the Hurlbut Memorial Community Church! We are an
United Methodist Church, with an ecumenical outlook serving God in the Chautauqua community with unique ministries and opportunities.

We are located on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution (a summer season cultural center for learning and enrichment) on Chautauqua Lake in western New York. The church was founded to provide an ongoing worship center following the Chautauqua season.

Hurlbut welcomes everyone to this "place of God" and reaches out in service and support to God's children in our neighborhood and extended community. Please join us!

Mission Statement

"To share Christ with the community and the world by being a year-round center for Christian worship, education, fellowship and service."



When We Worship

The local congregation of about 130 meets on Sundays September through June for Church School at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:45 a.m. and at 5:30 Wednesday s for Midweek Vespers. During July and August, we meet at for communion at 8:30 am Sundays, and we share in the Chautauqua programs and worship at the Chautauqua Amphitheater. Hurlbut is a "church home away from home" for many seasonal Chautauquans and visitors.

How We Serve in Summer

We serve our community by being a summer home for Chautauqua's Hebrew Congregation and various Institution Summer School classes.

Church leaders serve the Department of Religion as Youth leaders and take responsibilities at various denominational houses on the grounds. .

We serve weekday lunches and a Thursday evening dinner to the Chautauqua community during the summer season. In 2004, 130 volunteers served over 6000 meals. Proceeds support the mission and ministries of Hurlbut Church.

Ongoing Missions

We are a United Methodist Church in mission and ministry nearby and around the world via outreach support to local ministries. Hurlbut is a Global Mission Partner. General Board of Global Ministries

We are helping to support the following local ministries: Ptoject Chacocente, Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity, Chautauqua County Rural Ministries, Literacy Volunteers, WNY Conference Ministries of Camping, Ashville Food Shelf, and Western New York Conference Campus Ministries,Joint Neighborhood Project of Jamestown Hispanic Ministries and the Hispanic Ministries of the Dunkirk UMC.

Leaders and youth from Hurlbut Church are involved in the North East Jurisdictional Mission of Peace.

Why We Are Here

Hurlbut Memorial Community United Methodist Church is a church of God. We know God as our Creator, Jesus as our Redeemer, and God's Spirit as our Sustainer. The Hurlbut family is a family of God striving to live life faithfully as God calls.

Dr. Jessie L. Hurlbut

The church is named after Dr. Jesse L. Hurlbut (1843-1930), a Methodist minister and educator. He was a leader of religious education at the Chautauqua Institution and the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle activities for 50 years. He designed Palestine Park, the model of the Holy Land beside Chautauqua Lake. He is author of Hurlbut's Story of the Bible, a religious classic, and The Bedtime Bible Story Book, featuring 365 stories.



Rev. Dr. Paul Womack, Pastor
716-357-4045  email us
Pratt at Scott, PO Box 33, Chautauqua, NY 14722