Welcome

Welcome to Sanctuary United Methodist Church, or Sanctuary UMC. My name is Melissa Rynders and I am the pastor at Sanctuary. Sanctuary meets in the Marana/NW Tucson Area.

Sanctuary is a unique congregation, made of a diverse group of people looking for ways to live out their call and share the love of Jesus Christ with the community around them. Our church community is a great place for everyone. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never attended church, have drifted away from church, felt like the church wouldn’t accept you for who you are, or gone to church every single Sunday your entire life, you are always welcome here at Sanctuary.

We spend time exploring our own faith through bible studies, sermons, prayer and worship, as well as reaching out into the world through missions, service and social justice. Our missions committee works hard to make sure that we are being the hands and feet of Christ through collecting toiletries, canned food, school supplies, making meals and so much more. We are truly a hands on people when it comes to giving love to those around us.

I invite you to come and join us in worship, fellowship, and study in a place where you will be welcomed and cared for. We will laugh together and cry together, we will be on this journey called faith together, and we will deepen our relationship with God together through Jesus Christ. See you in church!

--Pastor Melissa

our vision

Our vision and purpose is to be the kind of church where anyone is welcomed. If you have never stepped in a church or if it has been many years, we want to make sure you feel comfortable from the moment you step in our doors.

We strive to be the church where you feel “at home” from the moment you arrive.

We also believe that the Bible shouldn’t be something used to beat someone over the head with, but instead the stories should be inspiring and fun and exciting. Nothing says that church should be boring! It’s okay to have fun in church as you grow in your faith!

We try our hardest to live up to our mission statement: Be a vibrant and welcoming church that grows in faith, serves Christ, and shares God’s love!

Come check us out sometime and see why they call us, “The Welcoming Church.”

Find us at:
7620 North Hartman Lane, Suite 146
Tucson, AZ 85743
Phone: 520-207-6453

Get Connected

We have many groups and programs here at Sanctuary. Our hope is that you would like to "get plugged in" and go beyond a casual Sunday morning attendance.

We'd love for you to get to know more of the congregation and give us a chance to get to know you, form new relationships, and improve your relationship with God at the same time!

Here are some great ways to get "plugged in"!

  • Church Calendar
  • Join a Small Group
  • Bible Studies
  • Social Events
  • Volunteer
  • Adult Ministries
  • Get Involved with one of our upcoming Mission Projects:

    The Least of These - We are collecting handmade scarves and filling care bags for homeless vets.

    Join us Monday, Sept. 26th at 6 p.m. to assmble care bags.

    Sign up to join us on Saturday, Oct. 1st at 9 a.m. when we go to the VA Homeless Camp to distribute the bags. Call the church office to sign up or for more information.

Find out more! Give us a call today: 520-207-6453