In the Community

Coralville United Methodist Church – part of the Coralville/Iowa City/North Liberty community

Jesus didn’t distinguish between loving God and loving our neighbor – they are one and the same. At Coralville United Methodist Church we encourage all church members to be active in our church and in our community, because these too are one and the same. Our members are involved in many ways both through the church and through other local organizations. Here are some of the community activities in which we participate as a church:

Operation Backpack

Operation Backpack is a HACAP-sponsored program that provides local elementary school children with nutritious, kid-friendly foods to help with hunger over the weekends. According to the USDA, 11% of households in the United States regularly do not have sufficient food to thrive.  Studies also show that children perform better in school when they eat three balanced meals a day.  Free and reduced lunches at school help children during the week, but there is a need for food on the weekends.

Coralville UMC supplies backpacks of food for students in need at Kirkwood Elementary School, delivered on Friday morning each week during the school year. Volunteers are needed to help package the food. The total time commitment is approximately 1 hour. All are welcome to participate! Contact Brenda Albright at

West High Food PantryWest High Food Pantry

Recognizing a need for food and supplies for students at West High School, Coralville UMC established a pantry at the school. The congregation collects food and school supplies, and at Christmas time we collect grocery gift cards to give to the students for their families. Coralville UMC members/friends who are teaching aides at the school transport, stock, package and distribute the food and supplies. 

Winter Clothing Distribution, Consultation of Religious Communities

Coralville UMC is an active participant in the area Winter Clothing Distribution. Each year, more than 350 people come through a designated church in our community to receive winter clothes. This is truly a community event! Volunteers and donations come from Coralville UMC, Community of Christ, First United Methodist, First Presbyterian, St. Andrew, Tiffin Grace UMC, Unitarian Universalist Society, Full Circle Faith Community, and the Iowa City School District. The Coralville Recreation Center donates some of their locker room baskets for shoppers to use. Many of our guests get involved too, helping set up the breakfast items, handing out numbers, and cleaning up in the waiting area. Watch this space for opportunities to participate in Fall 2020.     

What's New

On Sunday, December 11, CUMC is once again offering a soup supper in conjunction with Coralville's Annual Aisle of Lights.

Here are some of the ongoing activities available at CUMC.

Kids.Connect is available for all children, preschool-6th grade.  Children begin in the sanctuary at 9:30 a.m. to worship with their families. They will listen to the weekly Kids.Connect message, and then be dismissed to their classroom around 9:45. Parents will have time for a quick cup of coffee or treat after worship before collecting children from their classroom at 10:45 a.m.

We believe children should be seen AND heard.  We welcome children of all ages in worship on Sunday mornings!

SPLAT! Youth Group meets weekly on Sundays immediately following worship. Join us for a time of learning, serving, sharing, and fun!  All youth, grades 7 – 12, are invited to take part.

Coffee and Conversation, a Grief/Care Giver Support Group meets every 1st and 3rd Sunday at 10:30 am.

Choirs rehearse weekly every Tuesday evening. Under the direction of Jared Shulse, Bell choir meets at 5:45 pm and Celebration at 7:00 pm.  New voices and/or ringers are always welcome, so feel free to join the choirs as they prepare to “make a joyful noise.”

Brew Crew Fellowship after worship every Sunday in the Community Room.  Come share a hot beverage, a sweet treat, and a story or two with friends, old and new.

Our building is open and all are welcome to attend worship in-person at Coralville UMC! Our worship is on Sunday mornings at 9:30.  To all who are joining us for the first time, welcome!

We will continue streaming live from Facebook on Sunday mornings at 9:30 as well. All are welcome! You can find our Facebook page by clicking the icon at the top of this website. Or, you can find it here: Facebook CoralvilleUMC

Regarding our mask guidance, in keeping with the City of Coralville and Iowa City Community School District, we will follow the new CDC guidelines at our church. Please take good care of yourselves and be loving and respectful toward one another, understanding that our personal health and personal levels of comfort will differ.

We are reserving the group of pews on the far right of the sanctuary as you are facing the altar for those who choose to be especially cautious about masking. 


Now there are three ways for you to make contributions to CUMC!