Our Mission & Vision
Our vision and mission is to help connect people of all ages to faith
At LUMC, we are committed to providing ministry to all ages, worship to all congregants, and opportunities to gather in fellowship, create, imagine, and dream to our entire membership and greater community. From our Children’s and Youth Ministries that provide year-long learning, worship, and fun, to our all-ages Music Ministries that provide community and worship performance opportunities, to our sponsored Fine Arts Series, our Outreach Ministries, Volunteer opportunites, and study groups – there’s something for everyone here at Littleton United Methodist Church.
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Ministries at LUMC
Serving all ages, all family situations, all seasons of life, and a wide variety of interests, the Ministries at LUMC offer opportunities to connect, serve, and fellowship in whatever context you are looking for!
The Children’s Church at LUMC is led by Lisa Perkins, who holds a Masters in Education and previously served as an Elementary School teacher. Children’s Ministries are active year round, and serve infants-12yrs old. Sunday School for ages 3-12 every Sunday at 9am, and Nursery is available every Sunday for ages 0-3. Year round offerings include all kinds of gatherings and activities like movie nights, sprinkler parties, holiday celebrations, craft parties, pageants, and summer camps! Interested in getting your child involved, or volunteering in the Children’s Church? Reach out to Lisa Perkins for more info!
The Youth Program is thriving, and full of worship, friendship, and opportunity for your teenager to grow. Scott Hunter leads the Youth program, and provides year-long opportunities for youth ages 13-18 to come together in worship and study, participate in fun events on and off campus, play in sports leagues, and come into their own through mission trips, outreach, and service. Interested in getting your youth involved, or volunteering for the Youth Program at LUMC? Reach out to Scott Hunter for more info!
The extensive and diverse music offerings at LUMC has a place for everyone! Serving a variety of interests and settings, the Music Program under Dr. David Kates encourages and nurtures musicians of all ages and experience levels to praise God with joyful sounds. From the Rainbow Express Children’s Choir, to the Crossfire Youth Choir, to the adult Chancel and Jubilation Choirs, Handbell Ensembles, community musicals, and extra opportunities in worship, we welcome you to join us, lift your voice, and make a joyful noise! Please reach out to Dr. David Kates to find the best spot for you in our Music Ministries.
Our adult small groups and Sunday School classes span a diverse spectrum of interests and theological perspectives. Some groups meet at 9:00 am (before our Sunday service), while others may meet at different times during the week. In addition to study groups, LUMC offers many other opportunities for adults to connect and serve. Please reach out to our Associate Pastor, Rev. Amos Kariuki, for more information about where you can participate in our ministries!
LUMC hosts and organizes with several sister-ministries to serve the greater Littleton community. The work of the Church & Society Committee promotes outreach locally as a Community of Neighbors building relationships, and recruiting volunteers to recognize and serve needs in our community. We also are proud to host Break Bread – a free community meal program serving hungry neighbors, believing every situation is beloved, and serving in the loving spirit of Christ. Volunteers are needed – please reach out if you are interested in serving your community!
Who We Are
Our Team & Leadership
Littleton United Methodist's leadership and worship team is a group of seasoned, experienced, and educated professionals devoted to serving their community. Our leadership staff hold a variety of post-graduate degrees, our clergy leaders hold doctorates, and our children's director holds licensed education degrees. Our staff are focused on investing their time, energy, and resources not only into our congregation and faith community, but also into our greater neighborhood and community at large.
Our Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Tom Barlow
Rev. Barlow is an Ordained Elder in the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church. He holds a B.S. in Organizational Management from Colorado Christian University, an M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Religious and Theological Studies from the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology. His specific area of doctoral study involved the workings of God's grace in the thought of John Wesley (the founder of Methodism) and the more recent theologian Paul Tillich.
Tom’s passion for vital faith focuses primarily in the areas of preaching and teaching, helping to make God’s love relevant to both communities and individuals by dismantling the barriers so often created by the poor theology and fear which are prevalent in American Christianity.
He presently lives in the Denver area with his wife, Kirsten, who is also an Ordained Elder serving in parish ministry. Kirsten and Tom understand their ministry to involve service to God's creation, and an important part of their work involves providing "forever homes" to rescued Shelties.
Dr. Rev. Amos Kariaki
Dr. David Kates
Director of Music Ministries
Director of Children's Ministries
Director of Youth Ministries
Director of Great Escape ELC
The LUMC community has a long-standing culture and commitment of lifting up all members of our church, our neighborhood, and our greater community through worship, service, inclusion. We welcome and support all individuals, all families, and all seasons of life, and believe in the paramount teachings of Christ that all persons and situations are beloved. Welcome home!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you open for in-person gatherings and worship?
Yes! We have always followed the guidance and discretion of both the Tri-Country Health directives and the Mountain Sky Conference of the United Methodist Church in determining what is the safest approach in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. As of now, our facilities are open for gatherings and worship. We will keep you informed if that should change in the future developments of the pandemic.
Can I watch a sermon after the original worship time?
Absolutely! Our worship content, including sermons, anthems, Children's Messages, and devoltionals are all available in chronological order at lumc.tv.
What is the Church's position on LGBTQ inclusion?
The Church affirms that all people are of sacred worth and are equally valuable in the sight of God. It is committed to be in ministry with all people. The Church “implores families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends.”
Underlying this is the constitutional principle of inclusiveness of the church. Everyone is welcome to worship and actively participate in the life of our churches. Laypersons may become members and live out their faith through their local church without respect to sexual orientation or practice.
Is childcare provided during worship?
Yes! Our Children's Ministries and Children's/Youth church provide Nursery childcare for ages 0-3, Sunday School for ages 3-12, and Youth Group for ages 13-18. All are welcome!
How do I reach out for prayer requests or for clergY services?
Need the support of prayer? Submit a prayer request online, give us a call, or reach out to Rev. Amos Kariuki, our Associate Pastor, for support. We look forward to supporting you and holding you up in prayer.
How do United Methodists observe the christian calendar?
With other Christians, The United Methodist Church celebrates the special days of the Christmas season (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany) and the Easter season (Lent, Easter, Pentecost).
Other special Christian days fall during Ordinary Time, including Trinity Sunday, All Saints' Day and Christ the King Sunday.
Find out more about these special times of the year.
Do you accept donations for families in need?
While we appreciate your generosity, we are unable to accept donations of shoes, clothing, furniture, or medicine bottles. Please contact Love INC, a Littleton-based non-profit who repurposes these items for familes in need.
Does LUMC participate in a giftcard program?
LUMC no longer hands out gift cards to anyone, for any reason. The gift card program was disbanded many years ago. For Littleton area resources for shelters, food or other help, please click here. You can also check out our sister organization, Break Bread, for a free delivery or to-go hot meal every Wednesday and Saturday from 4-5.