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Sylvan Hills                 United Methodist Church



Located in Sherwood, Arkansas, Sylvan Hills UMC is a vibrant and active congregation who prioritizes sharing Christ's love with our community and world. 




9921 Hwy 107 in Sherwood, Arkansas


9:30 a.m. on Sunday Mornings

Each week you will find all kinds of people and ministries taking place at Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church. Whether it is powerful and relevant worship on Sunday mornings, the laughter of our kids at our Early Learning Center, or a hard working crew at our community garden, there is never a shortage of opportunities to experience God's grace and joy. 

If you have never met us, we hope that you will join us in worship one Sunday soon, or check out our calendar and find many other chances to experience the powerful love of Christ through our faith family. 

Worship at Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church is casual, relevant, and empowering. We seek to allow God to speak through our words, music, and silence. We know that everyone experiences God in different ways and so we offer worship in creative and relatable ways. Everyone is invited to worship with us and we hope to see you soon. 


We worship every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary of Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church. If you enter the main doors on the north side of our building the sanctuary is easily found on your left. 


Anyone is welcome to worship with us, whether you are a long time Christian or someone who is exploring their faith for the first time. .


We encourage children to join us for the entirety of the worship service, however a nursery is available for anytime for children under 3 years of age and Children's Church is offered every Sunday beginning after the "Children's Moments" in the service for kids age 3-6. Worship activity bags are also available for kids up to age 12. 


Check out our archive of past sermons by clicking the link below:

Sunday Schedule
9:00 a.m. Coffee Fellowship
9:30 a.m. Worship
10:30 a.m. Sunday School

As the church, we are not just called to come in and worship, we are also called to go out and serve.  At Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church we take this call very seriously. We believe that God is at work here in Sherwood and it is up to us to get out there and be a part of it! Check out some of our ongoing missions!

— 1 John 4:12
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First Sunday Food Drive

On the first Sunday of every month we collect canned food for our local food pantry. Bring your non-perishable food items with you to worship on Sunday morning. 


Meals on Wheels

Every week we deliver meals to our older community members. We are always looking for more volunteers! 


Monthly Wellness Clinic

On the first Thursday of every month we offer a FREE wellness clinic to our community. Access to doctors, basic wellness checks, and free meals are always offered. 


Brother Paul's Kitchen

Every Monday during the summer months we take a group to Friendly Chapel in North Little Rock to make and distribute meals. This is a fun and direct way that we can make sure that all people have enough to eat. 

Mission Trips

Throughout the year there are opportunities to leave our comfort zones and head out into different parts of the world and serve. In the past year we have sent groups to Ozark Mission Project, UMCOR Sager Brown, and Rice and Beans in Costa Rica. 


School Partnerships

Throughout the year we work to support Sylvan Hills Elementary and other local schools through gathering school supplies in the fall, warm clothes in the winter, snacks for those who come to school hungry, and support for those kids who need an extra hand. We also have a mentoring program and a big back to school give away. 

Community Garden

In Fall of 2014 we got to digging and started our community garden. This garden is an educational tool for our school and community, along with a working garden that provides fresh produce to our neighbors and church. If you have a green thumb or wish that you did, stop on by and volunteer.


sunday mornings

Every Sunday morning we offer our children the opportunity to experience God in worship, fellowship, and Sunday School. During worship kids age 6 and under are invited to participate in Children's Church. After worship kids of all ages are welcome to continue learning and having fun in Sunday School. Older kids are also invited to be a part of the Kid's bell choir.

Continuing the fun

  • Sunday Funday: on the first Sunday of the month kids, youth, and their families are invited to join in a fun, family friendly event. 
  • Vacation Bible School: Every summer we offer a chance to dive into the Bible through this great ministry.
  • Easter Celebration: Each spring we offer an awesome opportunity for kids to experience the full miracle of Easter morning. 


The Sylvan Hills United Methodist Youth Group (SHUMY) is open to students in grades 7th - 12th grade.  The youth group participate in wide variety of activities during the year, including service projects, fellowship outings, and Bible study. 

Our goal is to equip our youth people with a faith foundation that will stay with them long after their teenage years. 

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Sunday School:  We meet in the Youth room downstairs every
Sunday morning from 10:30 to 11:30.  This is a time for the youth
group to dive deeper and explore the Sunday morning sermon.

Sunday Night Youth:  We meet in the Youth room downstairs every
Sunday evening at 5:30 for dinner.  From 6  to 7 pm the youth group
participate in a devotional and a game or activity.

Special Events: On top of these weekly meetings we go on retreats, camping trips, and participate in Ozark Mission Project. 

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"Each person should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." – 2 Corinthians 9:7

Jesus talked more about money and possessions that any other topic other than the kingdom of God itself. Often we can see where our priorities lie when we examine our spending habits.

Here are ways to give:

1) Give Online

Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church offers online giving! You can give to our operating budget, to a memorial fund, or offer a designated gift. Click the "DONATE" button below to donate online or contact our church office for more information on how to give through direct deposit - shumc@sbcglobal.net

You can designate your gift to the general budget or you can choose to fund specific ministries of the church. Each gift is confidential and secure.


2) Give In Person

When you're with us in worship, you can always give during the offering time. Even if you give online, its a beautiful witness to give during worship. For those with children, it is a teaching moment where your young ones can see you model what a life of generosity looks like. 

3) Give Through Mail

Donations by check can be mailed to Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church at 9921 Hwy 107 Sherwood, Arkansas 72120


Description: To serve as the official Pianist for the music ministry of the Church.

Accountability: The Church Pianist reports directly to the Church Director of Music Ministries.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

1. Services as pianist for the Sunday service(s).

2. Provides piano accompaniment for the Chancel Choir rehearsals once weekly and as needed for additional practices; rehearses and accompanies other church choirs, groups, and soloists (vocal and instrumental) that are agreed upon with the Director of Music Ministries when needed.

3. Consults with the Pastor, Director of Music Ministries, and/or individuals for specific services, including weddings, memorial services, and funerals, if needed; rehearses with soloist or group members.

4. Coordinates a substitute pianist when necessary in consultation with Director of Music Ministries.

5. Assists the Director of Music Ministries with locating vendors to maintain and repair the piano as needed.

6. Coordinates special music with the Director of Music Ministries and organist.

7. Substitutes for organist when needed by providing prelude, offertory, and postlude.

8. Attends music workshops, conferences, etc., to improve knowledge and skills.

9. Serves as a member of the Worship Committee and attends regular church worship staff meetings as able.

10. Performs other duties as assigned or deemed necessary.

Work Requirements

• Work is Part Time, Exempt.

• Criminal background check.

• Work may include early mornings, days, nights, weekends, and holidays;

remuneration for special services will be provided by the individuals requesting these services.

Knowledges, Abilities, and Skills

• Proficiency on piano and keyboard.

• Ability to perform a wide variety of music styles on the piano and keyboard.

• Ability to practice and prepare in advance of performance.

• Ability to sight and part read music.

• Ability to work flexible hours in keeping with required worship and rehearsal schedule, and other church programs as requested.

• Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

• Knowledge of music theory with an emphasis in piano and keyboarding.

Minimum Qualifications

Three years of experience in piano (or organ) performance preferably in a Christian setting with choral and vocal groups. Related education or experience may be substituted.

Apply by:  sending a resume and contacting Rev. Sara Bayles at sara.bayles@arumc.org. You will receive an confirmation of received email and resume once submitted. Preference given to applications received by May 27, 2019. Competitive compensation based upon experience and skill. For questions, email sara.bayles@arumc.org.