If you’re searching for something to believe in or belong to, you’re not alone.
Our Hearts, Our Minds, and Our Doors are always open.
-The People of Gray United Methodist Church
through 5th Grade
6th grade and up
2108 Oak Street,  Gray TN  37615  (423) 477-3792
Sunday Morning Services
Heritage Service (Chapel) 9:15 am
Lifesong–Modern service (Sanctuary) 9:15 am
Traditional Service (Sanctuary) 11:15 am


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What’s happening now

What to know for this week


 Upcoming Events

“Away From a Manger”, A dinner theater “Whodunit”

“Away From a Manger”

Dinner Theatre on December 17th at 5:00 p.m.

While enjoying a wonderful meal between the acts of the play, the audience will see characters of a church Christmas pageant thrown into investigative turmoil as their “baby Jesus” nursery doll comes up missing after an untimely power outage. Accusations soar and secrets are revealed as the cast sets out to find the true leading role before the curtain opens.

Cost is $10.00 for ages 5 and over. 5 and under are free.

RSVP required.

E-mail peggy@grayumc.org or call church office 477-3792.


Christmas Vacation Bible School

Dear Parents, Avoid the post Christmas slump! Pump your kids up about CVBS!!!! Ages 5 thru 11
December 28th,29th,30th
this includes a special star gazing night with Victoria Cavaliere from WJHL on Dec 28th!


Gray United Methodist Church is a United Methodist Church.

Contact Us with any questions or comments
We are located next to the Appalachian Fairgrounds at
in Gray, Tennessee.
Magnify the Lord with me!
    Together let us lift his name up high!”
Psalm 34:3
Pastor’s Pen

Jesus is Coming, Again!

This past Sunday we kicked off Advent with a focus on the teaching that Jesus is coming, again. In Advent, we remind ourselves that we live between the two Advents, the 1st Advent when Jesus was born and the 2nd Advent when Jesus will return. What do we do as we wait?
Read I Thessalonians this Advent. A reference to the 2nd coming is found at the end of every chapter in I Thessalonians. Paul uses imagery like trump …


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!  Really? 


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! 
     The Christmas season is now upon us and my heart is now singing, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”  But my head thought, “really?”  There’s no snow on the ground, many homes are not yet decorated, our Christmas tree just went up in our house, and my dear wife hasn …


Stop – Look – Listen!

Stop – Look – Listen!
If there are but three words I hope you will remember this Thanksgiving weekend, let them be “Stop” … “Look” … “Listen.” If you’re like me in any way, my tendency is to remember these three words … “Turkey” … “Football” … “Black Friday.” Okay, that’s four words, but who besides you is counting? Whatever! Truth is these three words of “stop” and “look …


Worship Opportunities

Sundays @ 9:15am
This service combines modern, upbeat, band-led music with dynamic visual and dramatic effects.
Sundays @ 9:15am

The Heritage Service is a causal, friendly traditional service with a country feel.  The service is held in the chapel and expresses our connection to history and heritage.

Sundays @ 11:15am

This service includes traditional creeds and prayers with lively anthems and choir specials.


Looking for somewhere to belong?

Get involved in a small group, Christian education class, or discipleship opportunity.

Weekly Meetings

Sunday Morning Groups

Sundays @ 10:15am
Childrens area
kids age 3 – 4th grade will study the same Bible story for one month in a variety of ways.  Kids rotate with their age group to a different workshop each week to experience the story in a new way.
Sundays @ 10:15am
youth Center
Junior and Senior High youth.
More info?  Click here.
Twenty Somethings
Sundays @ 10:15am
Room 204
a class for those in their 20’s currently studying lessons from “a purpose driven life.”
Open Box
Good News
Sundays @ 10:15am
room 107
Mixed class of Senior adults with an emphasis on scripture as it relates to our lives.
Mary and Martha’s
Sundays @ 10:15am
room 201
Middle to older aged women with a bible study focus on prayer, encouragement and support.
Men’s Bible Class
Sundays @ 10:15am
Room 204
Older men’s discussion style class using the adult bible series
Circle of Friends
Sundays @ 10:15am
Room 205
Mixed class for married or single adults of all ages 
learning god’s truths through study guides and open discussion in a caring atmosphere among friends.
Open Fellowship
Sundays @ 10:15am
room 206
Mixed class of older adults open to any age.  Study god’s word using adult bible series and discussing applications for daily living.
Growing in Grace
Sundays @ 10:15am
Room 207
Mixed Class of adults with families.  Finding the bible’s life applications in a discussion setting among friends.

Sunday Evening groups

Children’s Gathering
Starting Sunday September 10th
5 to 6:15 pm
Check back for more information as we finish our revamp of children’s activities!
20 minutes of play
10 minutes of snack
15 minute lesson
15 minute music
Student Ministry
5-7pm Sunday Evenings
More info?  Click here.

Mid-Week Groups and Studies

open box
open box
Men’s Bible Study
Meets on the 1st and 3rd monday of each month starting
September 18th.
Taught by Pastor Bryan
Wednesdays @ 7pm
in the Sanctuary
The GUMC choir is a volunteer group.  no audition is needed.  if you love to sing and lift your voice in praise of god, come and join us.
Wednesdays @ 6pm
in the Handbell Hallway
The GUMC handbell group is open to musicians of all levels.  for more information contact Melissa Powers, or the church office.  423-477-3792
Grace Station
Praise Band
Thursdays @6:30  
(subject to change)
Grace station leads worship for the LifeSong worship service.  if you are interested in joining, contact Bryan Orchard or the church office.  

Monthly Meetings

4g’s (Gray Girls Growing Godly)
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
Gray Girls Grow Godly is for females of ALL ages who want to learn, serve, pray, worship, nourish and commune with GOD while enjoying the fellowship and support of other females.
For more information, click Here
United Methodist women
Groups are forming now, so keep checking back for more information
“…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and
glorify your Father in heaven.” 
Matthew 5:16


Here at Gray UMC, we support many local and worldwide mission projects, and are involved in several outreach projects at any given time.  below are a few highlights.

Appalachian Fair

Offer them Water, offer them Christ
Each year thousands of people walk by our church on their way to the fair.  
for info on how we greet them.

 Gray Community Fest

This Year’s Community Fest is October 1st.  
Community Fest is a way for Gray UMC to show the love of Christ to the Community of Gray through Fun, Fellowship and Worship.
More info here

Holston home for Children

Each “5th Sunday” we collect a special offering for Holston home for Children.
We also have several special events throughout the year to support this ministry.
more info here

Chichicastenango, Guatemala

we are in partnership with the local methodist church, raising up leaders, and working closely with Hogar del Nino (orphanage) 

Czech Republic Partnership

A partnership between the United Methodist Churches of Johnson City and the Czech Republic
more info here


to Walk

Hope to Walk brings hope and a future to amputee patients in developing nations by designing low-cost prosthetics and training local providers to manufacture and deliver them.
more info here

One Acre


The café was established to further address the escalating issues of hunger and food insecurity in our community.
more info here