1) Where are you located?
6817 Franklin Ave, at the northwest corner of Highland and Franklin, in the heart of Hollywood, CA. Click here for directions.
2) How do I get to HUMC and where do I park?
HUMC is easily accessible from many areas of the metropolitan Los Angeles area. We have a large parking lot on site, and overflow parking is available across the street at Hollywood and Highland for $2 with validation. Click here for directions.
3) What time is Sunday Worship Service?
Our worship service begins at 11:00 am. We offer a time of gathering music for quiet reflection and prayer beginning at 10:45.
4) Is nursery care available?
Nursery care is available on Sundays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and on Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00pm during the fellowship dinner and kids' choir rehearsal.
5) What are the worship services like?
Our worship service runs for one hour or a bit longer at times. This worship service blends traditional and contemporary worship elements. Music is particularly diverse, ranging from classical to pop, gospel, and show tunes.
6) What should I wear?
Dress comfortably. Some of our members dress up for church, and some wear shorts and t-shirts. Be aware that our historical, spacious sanctuary is not heated or cooled, so take the weather into account when choosing what to wear.
7) What is the size of your congregation?
We are a mid-sized congregation, small enough to maintain a sense of family, but large enough to offer a variety of programs to our members, visitors, and the surrounding community. We have about 250-300 in worship each Sunday.
8) Can anyone participate in communion at HUMC?
Our communion table is open. All are welcome to participate in the Lord’s Supper. At HUMC, we celebrate Eucharist on the first Sunday of every month during the service, and all other Sundays after the completion of the service. Communion is served by intinction, in which the bread is dipped in the grape juice and both are taken together.
9) Do you serve wine during communion?
No. In order to maintain an open communion table and to not exclude those who do not drink alcohol, we serve grape juice.
10) How can I get involved at HUMC?
Hollywood UMC offers a number of opportunities in which to get involved and make a difference, from teaching or ushering on Sunday mornings, to music and the arts, and a variety of mission opportunities. Feel free to contact one of the pastors if you would like more information.
11) What types of outreach do you do?
Hollywood UMC seeks to live out the gospel by making a difference in the community. For details about our outreach activities and to learn how you can help, see the “Get Involved” section of this website.
12) How do I become a member?
Hollywood UMC is an inclusive community where all are welcome. To learn more about how to join our church as a member, see the “Joining” section of this website.
13) What do you offer for my children?
Hollywood UMC has an active children’s ministry with a variety of activities and programs, including education, music and fellowship. For more information, contact Becky Stambaugh
our Children's Ministry Coordinator.
14) Are there any mid-week activities?
The primary focus of our mid-week activities is our Thursday night Fellowship Dinner, when we gather for a meal from 6:00to 7:00 PM. There are often other activities on Thursday night, as well, like choir practice and small group study opportunities (child care is available). In addition, there are other small group opportunities at various times throughout the year.
15) When was HUMC founded?
The vision for Hollywood United Methodist Church as “a sanctuary of hope” began back in 1909 when the first congregants started to organize. See our History page
for more info.
16) What is the significance of the Red Ribbon?
Hollywood UMC has a long history of support for those affected by HIV/AIDS. In 1986, Lyle Loder, an active member of the congregation shared that he was living with AIDS. In 1987, Lyle was the first of the HUMC family to die of complications of this disease, and 32 others have followed him. A memorial plaque inside the church narthex carries their names. On World AIDS Day, December 1, 1993, members of HUMC fashioned two giant AIDS ribbons and attached them to the tower of the church. More permanent ribbons replaced them and were mounted on the tower in 1996. These ribbons were repainted and dedicated on June 14, 2004, with assistance from Comcast Cable Company.
17) What does being a “reconciling congregation” mean?
The United Methodist Church is open to all persons who seek to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. In acknowledging our oneness with all of God's creation, a reconciling congregation invites gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons to share our faith, our community life and our ministries. But it does not stop there. A reconciling congregation affirms the same for all persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, economic status, or physical or mental condition. We at HUMC seek to be an inclusive congregation. We proclaim our commitment to seek reconciliation of all persons to God and to each other through Jesus Christ.
18) Who was the architect of the current building?
Well-known ecclesiastical architect Thomas P. Barber designed the Hollywood UMC structures in the English Gothic Revival style with varying ornamentation and high artistic values. Barber’s principal inspiration for using the style was Westminster Abbey in England.
19) How can I film on location at HUMC?
Conveniently located in the heart of Hollywood, Hollywood UMC offers a variety of spaces suitable for filming. Our facilities have been used for filming a number of productions, including the movies Jarhead, Sister Act, Back to the Future, and Anger Management. For more information about filming on location at Hollywood UMC, see that the "Facility" section of this website, or call our Film Locations Coordinators: Ashley Reed and Haviland Stillwell at 310-633-3004 or email email@example.com
20) What is The Oaks School?
The Oaks School is a private K-6 school that rents their classrooms from the Church. www.oaksschool.org