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The historic Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church, with its unique and lovely Gothic-revival architecture, built in 1875, has had for 136 years, a strong and active ministry in the heart of uptown New Orleans. Because of its tall, graceful spire illuminated at night, she has become known as “The Church of the Lighted Steeple.”   Committed to a ministry of "open hearts, open minds, open doors," Rayne welcomes all regardless of race, class, gender, or sexual orientation and is a Reconciling Congregation.

Worship At Rayne

Traditional and blended worship services are offered each Sunday morning. Service times are 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. Learn more...

Rayne Ministries

Rayne has a diverse and growing congregation with a wide range of musical, spiritual, and educational ministries for children, youth, and adults, as well as ministries for college students, mature singles, and seniors. Learn more...


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Photo Galleries

The people of Rayne, serving, worshiping and playing together. View our photo galleries to see the life of Rayne Memorial UMC. View gallery...

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Sermons, music, and more. Download the current and past services and sermons at Rayne. View the complete library...

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, April 23, 9:30am - 11:00am
Mom's Bible Study

Wednesday, April 23, 5:30pm - 6:00pm
Centering Prayer

Wednesday, April 23, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Chancel Choir Rehearsal

Thursday, April 24, 10:00am - 11:30am
Space For God

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Weekly Events

Close All | Open All


4-5 pm Youth Praise/Chapel Choir
5 pm For Parents of Teens
5-7 pm Youth Fellowship
5-6 pm Bible Study
6-6:30 pm Covenant Group
6 pm NOLA Wesley Worship


10 am Staff Meeting
5:30 pm Centering Prayer
6 and 7 pm Ministry Meetings
6:30 pm AA Meeting


12:30 am Intercessory Prayer Group
3:30 pm Open Table Hospitality
6 pm Young Adult Bible Study
6-8 pm Luke’s House Free Clinic


9:30 am Mom’s Bible Study
5:30 pm Joyful Noise! and
Celebration Singers
7 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal


10 am Space for God
7 pm Stop 22 for Young Adults
7 pm Al-Anon/AA Meetings

Luke's House Free Clinic



8:45 am
The Celebration of
The Lord’s Supper
Open to All
The Hannah Chapel
Refreshments Following

9:45 am
Sunday School for All Ages
A Nursery is Provided.

11 am
Traditional Worship Service, Sundays
Service in Sanctuary
Refreshments Following

Pastor's Message

This Kind of Place

August 08, 2013
I have often said that one of the things I love most about our community of faith is that there is so much “oxygen”—that is to say, the fresh open air of acceptance to breathe deeply, room to grow freely, liberty to...

Who Am I to Judge?

August 01, 2013
Ever since his election, I have been greatly impressed by Pope Francis—his down-to-earth unconventionality, his humble identification with the poor, his openness to those of diverse traditions, his regular guy shoes, his humility, simplicity, and authenticity.  He likes to tango.  He watches...

Look Ma, No Hands!

July 18, 2013
I took my hands off the steering, my foot off the accelerator, my eyes off the road.  I shut down the computer, took time off, left town, and went to the beach for a week.  I wrote no sermon, taught no class,...
Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church

3900 Saint Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115

We invite you to browse our web-site, to contact any member of our staff, and to come for a visit soon. If you would like to know more about the life and work of this community of faith, please call our office at 504-899-3431 or e-mail the church. A member of our staff will be glad to be of assistance. Call us to schedule a tour of the facility or to meet with one of our pastors!