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-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) 11:00 am


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What’s happening now

What to know for

this week


 Upcoming Events

“Living in Covenant with God”, An 11am Sanctuary Service Series

Lenten Lectionary Sermon Series 2018

For the Season of Lent, Pastor Dennis will present a  5  Week Sermon Series on, “Living in Covenant with God”

Sundays at 11am in the Sanctuary

This five-week sermon series will explore the character of God that calls us into covenant for renewal and salvation. We begin our covenant journey with Noah and God’s promise not to allow human sinfulness to destroy the earth. We then explore the covena …


“The Cleansing,” A LifeSong Sermon Series

The Cleansing

A LifeSong Sermon Series

February 18th — March 11th,  9:15am

As we journey through the season of Lent, we are compelled to examine ourselves under the revealing light of Jesus. What are the evils that lie beneath keeping us from the life God has purposed for us?

In this four-week series we will allow the light of Christ to both reveal and restore; a much needed cleansing!

We will use the story of Naaman from 2Kings to:

Week 1: Acknowledge our sin and our need to be cleansed
Week 2: Actively move towards God for cleansing
Week 3: Navigate the world’s pushback on our pursuit of cleansing
Week 4: Maintain the cleansing God has done


Pastor Bryan


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

Listening for His Footsteps

Listening for His Footsteps
​I recently heard a quote from the great 19th century German statesman, Otto Von Bismarck, who once said, “A statesman must wait until he hears the footsteps of God marching through history, then leap up and grasp the hem of His garment.” This was more than a thought for Bismarck, it was his vision; and many historians saw Bismarck as “a visionary who was instrumental in uniting Germany and keeping peac …


Change can surprise you.


I tried something new.  Every time I attempt something new as a pastor, for the benefit of the church, I am reminded of that cautionary tale.  It can be summed up in one sentence. “Nobody likes change except for a baby with a dirty diaper.”  But since the church (and pastors) can act like babies from time to time, the story has moved from cautionary to instructional.  So, there is a slim chance that someone out there might appreciate the change!

But …


Common Ground


Christians in North America often have very diverse ways of practicing their faith. There is diversity in worship … traditional and contemporary and blended. There is diversity in theology … conservative and progressive and centrist. And of course, there are shades of diversity in each practice and thought. But is there common ground in which Christians of diverse thought and practice come together? In Marcus Borg’s book, THE HEART OF CHRISTIANITY, he says that there are five …


Worship Opportunities

Sundays @ 9:15 am
This service combines modern, upbeat, band-led music with dynamic visual and dramatic effects.
Sundays @ 9:15 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 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 @ 10:15 am
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 @ 10:15 am
youth Center
Junior and Senior High youth.
More info?  Click here.

Twenty Somethings

Sundays @ 10:15 am
Room 204
a class for those in their 20’s currently studying lessons from “a purpose driven life.”

Circle of Friends

Sundays @ 10:15 am
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 @ 10:15 am
room 107
Mixed class of Senior adults with an emphasis on scripture as it relates to our lives.

Mary and Martha’s

Sundays @ 10:15 am
room 201
Middle to older aged women with a bible study focus on prayer, encouragement and support.

Men’s Bible Class

Sundays @ 10:15 am
Room 204
Older men’s discussion style class using the adult bible series

Growing in Grace

Sundays @ 10:15 am
Room 207
Mixed Class of adults with families.  Finding the bible’s life applications in a discussion setting among friends.

The Reasoners

Sundays @ 10:15
lower level
A long running biblically based class for adults.

Open Fellowship

Sundays @ 10:15 am
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

Starting Sunday September 10th 2017  
6-7 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

2018 Bible Study-

The Apocalyptic Writings within Daniel and Revelation

Starts the Week of January 7th

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