The Christian faith is grounded in the love and grace of God, experienced through Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Christian life is our response to God’s love and grace. The church calls our response to God Christian discipleship. Discipleship focuses on actively following in the footsteps of Jesus. As Christian disciples, we are not passive spectators but energetic participants in God’s activity in the world.
Adult Sunday School
Germantown United Methodist Church has many opportunities for study and fellowship in our adult Sunday School classes. We have numerous classes ranging in topic and demographic. Please refer to our campus map for class locations. If you would like more information about finding a Sunday School class, contact at 754-7216.
While worship is central to GUMC, it is only part of the “disciple making” experience of following Christ. A small group Bible study enhances the worship experience by providing opportunities to learn more about the Bible, discuss current issues, develop close personal friendships, grow in faith, and learn how to apply the Christian faith in real life situations.
Updated August 29, 2017
Introduction to Methodism and GUMC Ministries | Next Date TBD
Join Rev. Tim Carpenter to learn about the roots of the UMC going back to John Wesley and his devotion to inviting people to experience God’s grace and grow in their love of God through disciplined Christian living and by putting faith and love into action. Hear about the United Methodist Church structure, sacraments, and get an overview of the mission and work of Germantown UMC. This seminar is open to members, prospective members, or anyone wanting to know more about the United Methodist Church. Childcare is available by reservation. Register online or call Mary Groh.
Church-Wide Thanksgiving Dinner and Advent Workshop | Wednesday, November 15 | 5:30 PM | OLEC
Join your church family for turkey, dressing, and all the trimmings while sitting at tables decorated by our United Methodist Women in the Owings Life Enrichment Center, followed by our ADVENT WORKSHOP at 6:30 pm in our children’s education wing. Children and parents will have a chance to make Advent wreaths, Advent decorations, and nibble on cookies and punch. This cherished GUMC event is a wonderful way to prepare for the season of preparation. A “not to be missed” evening of food, fun, and fellowship!
Monday Monthly Book Club | 10:30 AM-Noon | Room 338
September 25 | Kind of Kin | Rilia Askew
October 23 | The Life We Bury | Allen Eskens
November 27 | Beale Street Dynasty | Preston Lauterbach
January 22, 2018 | One of Ours | Willa Cather
No registration is needed, just purchase the book (or check-out from the library) and join us for a spirited discussion!
Men’s Sonrise Prayer Group | Tuesdays | 6:30-7:15 AM | Room 338 This weekly men’s fellowship is open to all men interested in sharing prayer concerns and discussing topics of interest as relates to our relationship with Christ. Discussion typically revolves around a book of interest chosen by the group. For more information visit http://gumsonrise.shutterfly.com or email Skip Miller at .
Rutherford Intercessory Prayer Group | Wednesdays | 6:30-7:00 AM | Fellowship Hall This group is open to all GUMC men for a mid-week time of devotion, fellowship, and intercessory prayer. We have recently relocated to the Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall, so we have plenty of space for visitors and new members. The Rutherford Prayer Group offers prayers for those on our congregational prayer list and other friends and families within and outside the church. Our ministry includes sending cards to each person on our prayer list and visiting those who are in the hospital or away for an extended time. We meet every Wednesday morning. After adjourning, members enjoy breakfast and fellowship at a nearby restaurant or reconvene to work on various projects at GUMC or other project sites. For more information about the group or to submit a prayer request, please contact Jimmy Wright (email: , phone 848-9737) or Randy Lewis (email: , phone 354-4875).
Wednesday Nights at GUMC
The popular midweek venue featuring fellowship, classes, Chancel Choir rehearsal, and programming for all ages will begin on September 6 and continues through November 15 (skipping October 11th for Fall Break).
From 6:00-6:30 there will be a worship service for children, youth, and families in the chapel. This service is intended to offer an alternative worship experience to meet the needs of children and youth. There will be music, a lesson, and worship response designed especially for these age groups. Families are encouraged to attend together, but children and youth are invited to attend unaccompanied. Don’t have children or youth? No problem! Come and join us if you would like to experience worship in a new way.
We have Wednesday night programming for children ages two through high school.
Preschool-aged children are invited to the Hamilton Nursery are for curriculum and games beginning at 6:30. Childcare begins at 6:30.
Elementary Expedition: EE is a children’s ministry equivalent of youth group. Elementary children are invited to meet in “The Huddle” at 5:30 for a “kid-friendly” dinner ($3.00/child at the door. Online reservations required.) After dinner, we will move to family worship in the chapel. Following worship, we will move into small groups for more lesson and games. We finish at 7:15 in the children’s wing. (For parents taking classes that extend to 7:30, we will gladly keep your child until you have completed your evening class.)
Middle School youth are invited to join the children for dinner at 5:30 ($3 at the door). They may also skip dinner and join us for worship at 6:00 in the chapel followed by some awesome small group time at 6:30. At the end of the semester we’ll go somewhere off campus! 6:00-7:00
High School youth will meet off-campus each week from 7:00-8:30. Snacks, Bible and book study, and small groups!
Adult Classes and Chancel Choir meet in the Hamilton Ministry Center starting at 6:30.
There will be no children’s or youth programming on October 11th for Fall Break. There will be preschool childcare in the Hamilton Nursery.
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In 2016, GUMC launched a weekend event series entitled Faith Seeking Understanding. The series, which is slated to become an annual event, features noted religious scholars, preachers, musicians and others who can inspire and challenge the congregation and community beyond our current routines and comfort zones.