Churches abound in Lea County, reflective of the close-knit communities, with a focus on family values and spiritual worship. In the pioneer days, one building might have served as both a schoolhouse during the week, and a worship center on the weekend. In fact, after the post office and the school, one of the first buildings to appear in Lea County communities was a permanent church building. Today, each city in Lea County revolves around conservative religious values represented by the various religious denominations and supported by an active congregation. Spiritual worship remains an important part of the community, and those seeking a religious home can choose from several dozen churches of all denominations.
The spiritual community shows its support by working hand-in-hand with such outreach programs as the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. In addition, many churches sponsor singles’ groups, youth programs, musical opportunities, Vacation Bible Schools, missionary work and ecumenical activities during special services at Christmas and Easter.
Sunday morning in Lea County finds many of its residents in small groups studying the Bible or their book of worship during Sunday school and then worshiping together as a church family.
Lea County is noted for its annual Prayer Breakfast sponsored by the University of the Southwest. This has become the region’s largest day of prayer for our country and its leaders. All denominations are welcome to participate and share in this day of thanksgiving.