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

Scripture for November 26
         Ephesians 1:15-23

 Upcoming Events

Community Thanksgiving Meal

On November 23rd at 12pm,
Gray UMC will host our annual
“Reba Rowland Community Thanksgiving Meal”.   
This free meal is open to the whole community.  Everyone is welcome.  We will provide the Turkey, Ham and fixings.  Bring a side dish if you like.  Please let us know that you are coming by calling the church office at 477-3792.
Do you know someone who might be spending Thanksgiving alone?  Invite them to share Thanksgiving with the community.  


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

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 …


Are you a Christian? Why?

 November 14, 2017

Are you a Christian? Why?

Has anyone ever asked you that question? The first time I ever had this question put to me was when I was in seminary in the early 1980’s. I was working a part time job at a children’s shoe store called, Jeff’s Stride Rite, in Fayette Mall. The job helped to pay the bills. I worked at the store with several students from a nearby university. One night, when it was a really slow night at the store, the university student I was working with that night asked me why I was a Christian.
I confess that the question caught me off guard. I know it really shouldn’t have, but it did.


Saying “No!” to a Culture of Violence

November 7th, 2017
     26 dead in church shooting:
that was the headline in the Johnson City Press on Monday, Nov. 6. Think about it … over the past number of years we’ve had shootings take place in high schools … elementary and middle schools … in malls where people shop … at Walmart … in movie theatres … at outdoor concerts … in workplaces … and in churches, just to name a few places. It seems there isn’t an institution left that is completely safe from this insanity.
     I worry that we have created a culture of violence


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

Pastor Bible Study
Tuesdays at 10am
Room 206
Starting sptember 12th, come study the book of Matthew with Pastor Dennis.
Becoming a Disiple-
A Doctrine Study
September 14th through November 30th 
Taught by Pastor Dennis, Pastor Amy, and Pastor Bryan.
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