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HDUMC Announcement - Services Resuming

Services are resuming with restrictions:


High Desert UMC will return to in-person worship on Sunday June 7. Since we were not allowed to celebrate Easter on April 12th, we will have our Easter service on June 7. In order to comply with the State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and to ensure the safety of the congregation, the following procedures have been implemented:

1. Must wear face mask

2. Use hand sanitizer on entering sanctuary

3. Chairs have been spaced in groups of 2 and 3 to maintain social distancing of 6 feet

4. No handshaking or hugging

5. There will be solo hymns, but no congregational singing

6. Sanctuary will be disinfected prior to each service

7. Will use prefilled communion cups with juice and wafers for communion on the first Sunday of the month

8. If you feel sick, please stay at home and view the service on the church’s website

While there have been changes due to the Coronavirus, we still come together to worship God and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  

Please come and join us.


Seating Changes

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Join Us

Worship Service

Join us on Sundays to celebrate Jesus. All are welcome and we have many activities for all ages. Including bible study, Sunday school and many activities for you to get involved in through the Methodist Church.

Sunday Services:

9:00am - Traditional Service

11:00am - Blended Music Service

Children Sunday School

Sundays at 9am and 11am

Bible Studies


Sunday 10 am – Adult Bible Study

Tuesday 1:30 pm – Studying Women of the Old Testament

Wednesday 6:30 pm - Studying the Acts of the Apostles

Learn More

Are you interested in learning more about our church? Please call our office at 891-4206 or email us.

Transportation Assistance

Need a ride to church?

Need a ride to and from service? High Desert UMC has a bus ministry that will pick you up and drop you off. 

If you need a ride to church please call the church office at 505-891-4206. To schedule a ride on the church bus, please call Jeff Pratt at 505-780-2611.

The bus is also available for special fellowship outings during the week.

Call the office to schedule a pick up.

Bus Driver:   Jeff Pratt

About Us

Reuben Thomas High Desert Pastor

Reuben Thomas - Pastor

Rev. Thomas comes to High Desert UMC after serving for 6 years at St. Paul's UMC in Socorro, NM. Prior to that appointment, he served seven years at First UMC in Grants and 3 years as associate pastor at St. Stephen's UMC in Albuquerque. Reuben is a second career pastor having working for thirty-one years for the Federal Highway Administration. He is a graduate of Clemson University with degrees in Civil Engineering and, following retirement from the Federal Government, he completed the required course of study at Perkins Theological Seminary at Southern Methodist University to become a licensed pastor. The primary focus of Reuben's ministry are biblical preaching and teaching, hospitality, missions, spiritual growth and a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.


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Contact Us

Church Office Hours

Stop by and see us during our office hours:

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

9am - 12pm & 1pm - 4pm

Our Mailing Address is:

P.O. Box 45378

Rio Rancho, NM 87174

High Desert United Methodist Church

1201 Golf Course Road, Rio Rancho, NM 87124, US

(505) 891-4206