Welcome to Gray!

Gray United Methodist Church is a congregation of people
striving for open hearts, open minds and open doors.



Sunday Morning Worship 

Heritage Worship in the Chapel at 9am
LifeSong Worship in the Sanctuary at 9am
Sanctuary Worship at 11am
To find out more about our worship services, click here.


Worship Opportunities

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

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 @ 11:00 am

This service includes traditional creeds and prayers whith Hymns and anthems led by our Chancel Choir.

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.
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News and Information


Magnify the Lord with me!
    Together let us lift his name up high!”
Psalm 34:3
Pastor’s Pen

The power of self-forgivness

“On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone …


Those Good Four-Letter Words

Those Good Four-Letter Words

            My mother used to have a rule in our house … “no bad four-letter words allowed to be spoken, and if we thought them, keep them to ourselves.”  As a young boy I used to think that all bad words were four letter words, but now I have discerned


Regarding the Resurrection of Jesus…..plainly put, the evidence is in.

Proof #1 Opponents could have easily ended the early accounts of the resurrected Jesus by simply finding His body. Even when Peter preached at Pentecost in Jerusalem 50 days after the death of Jesus, no one challenged


Silence can be Sacred

          I ran across a quote recently that really caused me to pause and think … “The letters that spell the word “silent” are the same letters that spell the word, “listen.”  It’s true.  The other side of silence is to listen.  It is no wonder the psalmist wrote,



Looking for somewhere to belong?

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

Weekly Meetings

Sunday Morning Groups


Sundays @ 10 
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
youth Center
Junior and Senior High youth.
More info?  Click here.

Twenty Somethings

Sundays @ 10
Room 204
a class for those in their 20’s currently studying lessons from “a purpose driven life.”

Circle of Friends

Sundays @ 10
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.

Good News

Sundays @ 10
room 107
Mixed class of Senior adults with an emphasis on scripture as it relates to our lives.

Mary and Martha’s

Sundays @ 10
room 201
Middle to older aged women with a bible study focus on prayer, encouragement and support.

Men’s Bible Class

Sundays @ 10
Room 204
Older men’s discussion style class using the adult bible series

Growing in Grace

Sundays @ 10
Room 207
Mixed Class of adults with families.  Finding the bible’s life applications in a discussion setting among friends.

The Reasoners

Sundays @ 10
lower level
A long running biblically based class for adults.

Open Fellowship

Sundays @ 10
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.

Sunday Evening groups

Children’s Gathering

Sunday Evenings 6-7pm
20 minutes of play
10 minutes of snacks
15 minute lesson
15 minute music
Click to learn more about our children’s programs.


Student Ministry

Transform, our junior/senior high student ministry which meets on Sunday evenings from 5-7pm, will wrap up our spring series calendar with Out of This World(April 8-April 22nd), a look at how to navigate our faith and culture simultaneously, and Forward Motion(April 29-May 6th) which will provide our students with tools to incrementally progress in their faith journey.
Click to see what we are up to.

Mid-Week Groups and Studies

2018 Bible Study-

The Apocalyptic Writings within Daniel and Revelation

Tuesday, January 9 at 10 a.m.— Lower Level

Thursday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m.— Lower Level


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.


Men’s Bible Study

Meets on the 1st and 3rd monday of each month starting
September 18th.
Taught by Pastor Bryan

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.


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

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

2017 Community Fest was October 1st.  Check back for date for 2018 Community Fest
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