Our Mission Statement:
We hope 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.
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.
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 - (804) 357-6731
Meetings:Men's Breakfast - Third Saturday each month at 8:00 AM.
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.
Contact:Erin Halye and Steve Jarvis
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 Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bible Studies occur periodically through the year. Contact Pastor Lauren if you are interested.
Community Easter and Halloween Events
Brunswick Stew Sale
Christmas Craft/Bake Sale
We now have two AEDs. One is upstairs near the office. One is downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. The Automated External Defibrillator (AED) requires no training to use. An electronic voice prompts the user step by step.
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