All in-church activities are currently suspended. We are still active, though. Read below for more details.

Pastor Thom

from Pastor Thom...


The news is pretty overwhelming. Take this as a time of rest, a time to make your life a little simpler. Begin with prayer. And, as always, remember that even in these strange times, the best of it is, God is with us.

There will be no in-person worship services at our church until at least June 1. Click here to read why.

Click here to read the Iowa Annual Conference Crisis Response Re-Entry Plan.

We are posting sermons online; click here to find them.

Stay connected by visiting our Facebook page. You can click here to reach it.

Click here to read Pastor Thom's Monthly Message.


A community
in the service of Christ

The Van Meter United Methodist Church
is a friendly small-town church
with lots of activities.
We would love to have you
drop in for a visit.

Click here for directions on how to find us.

Call us at: (515) 996-2572

Email us at:

Sunday Worship

I know that this is a strange and anxious time for all of us. Being connected to each of you in spite of not being able to gather together in person brings me much peace, hope, love, and joy!

Pastor Thom's sermons are available online. Click here for links to his latest sermons.

Be the Church

VBS: Vacation Bible School

VBS is going to be a bit different this year. We still want to be able to share the Word of God and the fun that VBS brings with you and your children, but we need to adapt to our changed times. Learn more by clicking here.

Limiting Church Activities

All in-church activities are suspended until at least June 1. The church office is also closed (but we are checking our email). We are posting services online and frequently update our FaceBook page.

Click here to visit our Facebook page.

Kids Care is open!

Click here to visit our KidsCare page and learn about our new procedures for this summer.

Parents, please check your Bloomz account for regular updates and a helpful video about the new check-in procedure.

At-Home Activities & Studies

Our Christian Education Director, Stacy Peterson, has put together a collection of activities and resources for home studies. Click here to reach our Home Studies page.


Vacation Bible School




Kids Care

God's Word

Help in Our Community

If you, or you know of someone needing assistance, let them know of these resources. Please do reach out to us so that we might find the best next help. We are apart, but never alone.

Assistance Helpline A Van Meter helpline for grocery, medications, and other assistance has been established. If you live in this area and need help with deliveries of essentials or can help with delivering essentials, please call or text (515) 210-8282.

Adel Food Pantry Support The Pantry is in need of paper goods, case quantities of food items (no single food items at this time please), financial assistance and volunteers.

Drop off your donation at the VM Music trailer at the School’s East Ball Fields. Click here to visit their site for financial donation and volunteer information.

Lend a hand

Adel Food Pantry needs donations

Giving Garden

A group of us have started planting the first plants in the Giving Garden. If you would like to make a donation to help offset additional costs for plants, tools, etc., or you would like to volunteer, here's how:

click here to donate

click here to volunteer

Help in the Giving Garden

Giving Garden plants

Note from Our Treasurer

During this national crisis, we are supporting our church staff. We are continuing to pay everyone on the church payroll and Kids Care employees as well.

You can tithe by using your online Bill Pay function through your bank or credit union or by mailing us a check. Checks can be mailed to:

Van Meter UMC
P.O. Box 149
Van Meter, IA 50261


UMC logo - Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

The Van Meter Church is part of the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Plan from Iowa Annual Conference

Three simple rules: Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God.

Click here to read the Iowa Annual Conference Crisis Response Re-Entry Plan.


Letter from Bishop Laurie

Click here to read a letter from Bishop Laurie.

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