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We hope that you will find ways to be a part of the many active groups at Gum Spring UMC. Click on an activity to learn more. Call the church office (804) 556-3494 or send us an email (Office@GumSpringUMC.org) for more information.


Adult Choir

Bell Choir

Missions

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Seniors

Singles

United Methodist Women (UMW)

United Methodist Men (UMM)

Youth


Annual Activities

Other Activities




 

Group:            Singles of GSUMC

Summary:        Single, divorced, widows, or widowers are all welcome to join in the fun. We meet once a month to have a meal out at a restaurant or someone’s home. We have fun playing cards, going to plays or the horse races. Come and join the fun.

Meetings:         No regular meetings – watch for announcements in the bulletin and newsletter.



 

Group:            United Methodist Women (UMW)

Contact:          Tammy Stull

Summary:        Any woman who is a part of the congregation of GSUMC is welcome to participate.

Activities:        As a local unit of the United Methodist Women, we participate and support many missions on our church, community, and worldwide. In the past year these include:

Providing an infant New Testament Bible to all infants baptized at GSUMC;

Support of our Church Mission Teams and other local causes such as the Ronald McDonald House with monetary contributions;

Sponsoring and participating in a church-wide non-perishable food collection for Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services; Toiletries collection for Heart Havens (a UM home for developmentally disabled adults) and for the Goochland Women’s prison;

Sponsoring and participating in an annual church-wide “Kits for Conference” drive, including Layette Baby Kits, Sewing Kits, School Kits, and Health Kits. These kits are delivered to Church World Services and distributed to those in need.

Meetings:         First Monday of each month, 7 pm, at the church (no meeting in August). Child care is provided.



 

Group:            United Methodist Men (UMM)


Contact:          George Mitchell

Meetings:         Men's Breakfast - Third Saturday each month at 8:00 AM.




 

Group:            Prayer Shawl Ministry

Contact:          Doris Wiltshire          

Summary:        Our prayer shawl ministry, begun in April 2006, has about 12 active members. We knit and crochet shawls, lap robes, bookmarks, and prayer strips. We also have several people that work at home making fleece throws and blankets. All of these items are distributed to anyone that needs God’s loving embrace and comfort, not only in our church family, but in the surrounding community, to weather-ravaged areas of the US and the world as well as to our soldiers, wherever they serve. More than 100 have already been distributed.

We invite you to join us in continuing this outreach ministry. Your prayers, monetary gifts, and yarn will be greatly appreciated. If you would like to learn how to knit or crochet and become a part of this group, then come out on Tuesday evenings and we will get you started.

Meetings:         Every other Tuesday evening, 7 pm in the church fellowship hall.



 

Group:            Bell Choir

Contact:          Charlotte Parrish

Summary:        The GSUMC Bell Choir leads us in worship during the year and carries a musical message of love to care facilities in the Richmond area. Each year, the Bell Choir plays at Colonial Williamsburg’s “Grand Illumination” to open the Christmas Season.

Meetings:         Every Wednesday at 6:45 p.m.



 

Group:            Adult Choir

Contact:          Susan Duty                Music@GumSpringUMC.org

Summary:        The Adult choir leads us in worship most Sundays. The choir traditionally sings Christmas and Easter cantatas, as well as provides special music for Homecoming and other special occasions.

Meetings:         Every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.



 

Group:            Seniors

Contact:          Dottie Reynolds

Summary:        The senior adults from several local churches meet each month for a time of fellowship, learning, and lunch.

Meetings:         Third Thursday of each month (except Jan and Feb), 10:00 a.m.



 

Group:            Youth

Contact:          Erin Halye

Summary:        All youth from 6th to 12th grade are invited to join in. Besides the weekly meeting of fellowship, learning, games, and food, the youth are active in mission projects. Each summer, they choose a mission emphasis. These can be work camps where they perform building repairs/improvements or other types of projects as they are presented to them. During the school year, they serve locally, with projects such as wheelchair ramps and yard work.

Meetings:         Sundays, 4 - 7 p.m.



 

Group:            Missions

Contact:          Becky Bruce                

Summary:        One of the ways Gum Spring UMC is involved in mission work is by serving those in need. We have sent numerous teams to various parts of the US and the world to work with weather-ravaged victims of earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and the like. We hope we are leaving behind not only tangible evidence of how God provides but the love in our hearts as we share God’s love in very personal ways.

We have many local projects as well - such as roofing, bathroom and plumbing repair as well as insuring handicapped accessibility for those with impairments that make simple navigation of their home difficult. We have worked on the restoration of the historic Shady Grove School in cooperation with Shady Grove Baptist Church.

While skilled laborers are appreciated, we have opportunities for volunteers of all skill levels.




 

Annual Activities

Homecoming is celebrated on the first Sunday of August. We have a guest preacher and a wonderful potluck meal after the 11 o’clock service. Many former members return to join us in worship and fellowship.

Revival is held on Monday - Wednesday nights following Homecoming. Come join us for exciting preaching and wonderful music as we seek to revive ourselves in our faith journey.




 

Other Activities

Bible Studies occur periodically through the year. Contact Pastor Lauren if you are interested.

Ladies Tea

Chili Cook-off

Community Easter and Halloween Events

Picnics

Brunswick Stew Sale

Yard Sales

Christmas Craft/Bake Sale

 
     
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