Hurlbut Memorial Community UMC





Midweek Vespers

Where Worship Welcomes


Highlights of the Church Year
"This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!"


Hurlbut Church celebrates the seasons of the Christian year which begins early in December with the traditional Hanging of the Greens to prepare the church and our hearts for the season of Advent. Crafts and activities for people of all ages are offered. A hearty meal and Christmas desserts are highlights. The evening ends in the sanctuary with a worship service.

We gather around the Advent Wreath each week. Families offer prayers and readings while they light the candles of love, hope, joy and peace.


On Christmas Eve we welcome the Christ Child with two candlelight services featuring the traditional scripture readings, special music and joy-filled hymns.


On a Sunday in January (usually the fourth) we welcome the Chautauqua Reunion Choir. Choir members gather for a weekend retreat and sing very special music at Hurlbut's Worship service on Sunday.

On winter weekends Chautauqua Institution hosts sleigh rides around the picturesque grounds. On a Sunday afternoon in February there is a sleigh rally to attend.

In the spring we celebrate Boy Scout Sunday and Girl Scout Sunday with scouts participating in the worship service with their families as guests.

Fun, food and fellowship are eagerly anticipated at Hurlbut Church Family Camp each February. Fun learning activities are planned for people of all ages in a weekend retreat at nearby Camp Findley.


We enjoy a delicious Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper followed by a worship service to prepare our hearts and mind for the season of Lent.

Wednesdays during Lent we serve a light breakfast and hear a message to help us practice the spiritual disciplines.

On Maundy Thursday we attend the congregatonal Passover meal followed by the solemn Service of Darkness, the Tenebrae.


Alleluia! Easter dawn finds us near the Miller Bell Tower on the shore of Chautauqua Lake to witness the empty tomb. It is usually chilly and we linger over hot coffee and treats following the service.

The traditional Easter service in the sanctuary is spectacular with joyous hymns and fragrant lilies!

Hurlbut's active youth groups prepare a Soup and Muffin Luncheon for worshipers on the first Sunday of every month. A free will offering is used for a mission of the youth group's choice.



During the summer we serve the community by being summer home for the Chautauqua Hebrew Congregation. We host various Chautauqua Institution Summer School classes and community groups. Church leaders serve the Department of Religion as Youth leaders, and take responsibility at various denominational houses out the grounds.


Through our summer Meal Ministry we serve weekday lunches and weekly Thursday night dinner to the Chautauqua community during the summer season. In the summer of 2004 130 volunteers served over 6000 meals. Proceeds benefit the mission and ministries of Hurlbut Church.

On Commitment Sunday in the fall we celebrate the gifts we've been given and ask God's will for sharing our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service with others.

On the Sunday nearest All Hallow's Eve we solemnly remember church friends who have passed away during the year.






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