The Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church was built in 1875 on property which was donated by the Rev. Robert W. Rayne, a local merchant and lay preacher, in memory of his son, William, who was fatally wounded in a Civil War Battle at Chancellorsville. A stone tablet on the wall of the Sanctuary bears this inscription: “To Him who redeemed me and hath kept me all my life, and in memory of my son, William, who was fatally wounded at Chancellorsville.”
In the renovations following extensive hurricane damage in 1915, nine stained glass windows made in Germany were installed. In 1925, the Westerfield Building housing the Fellowship Hall, kitchen, parlor, offices, choir and youth rooms were completed and in 1952, the Bynum Children's building housing the Rayne Early Childhood Program and the children's Sunday school was built. In 1968, the Hannah Chapel was dedicated. For 133 years, within these historic and holy walls, a community of faith and love committed to the mission of Jesus Christ has worshiped, celebrated the sacraments, studied, prayed and reached out in service to the world.
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and once again our historic buildings were damaged. The tall and graceful spire was snapped and fell into the sanctuary roof creating a huge hole through which the sanctuary suffered water damage. Thankfully, none of the stained glass windows suffered any damage at all. On August 24, 2008, the restoration of the sanctuary and steeple was completed.
For many decades Rayne has been known as “The Church of the Lighted Steeple.” Every night, the steeple, illumined from the inside out, shines its soft light over the city of New Orleans, a beacon of hope and peace. You are invited to “tour” our buildings via our web-site and to plan a visit to our city and our worship in the near future!
4-5 pm Youth Praise/Chapel Choir 5 pm For Parents of Teens 5-7 pm Youth Fellowship 5-6:30 pm Men’s Spirituality Group 5-6 pm Bible Study 6-6:30 pm Covenant Group 6 pm Tulane Wesley Worship
10 am Staff Meeting 5:15 pm Sacred Yoga at Rayne 6 pm Centering Prayer 6 and 7 pm Ministry Meetings 6:30 pm AA Meeting
12:30 am Intercessory Prayer Group 3 pm Luke’s House Set-Up 6 pm Young Women’s Bible Study 6-8 pm Luke’s House Free Clinic 7 pm Handbell Choir Rehearsal
9:30 am Mom’s Bible Study 5:30 pm Joyful Noise! and Celebration Singers1 pm Living with Loss Group 7 pm Chancel Choir Rehearsal 7:30 pm Neutral Ground Rehearsal
9:30 am Sacred Yoga at Parker 10 am Space for God 7 pm Stop 22 for Young Adults 7 pm Al-Anon/AA Meetings
9-11:30 am STAIR Tutoring
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 amTraditional Worship Service, SundaysService in SanctuaryRefreshments Following
3900 Saint Charles Avenue New Orleans, LA 70115 504-899-3431 email@example.com
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!
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