Adult Hospitality and Prayer

Red Parlor - 9:30 a.m. Education Hour

     During our Sunday morning hour, folks share together while working on prayer shawls and having "God Talk" in our Red Parlor. Some knit, some crochet,and some loom, while others join us for the conversation. We are so grateful that we have been given the gift of a skill that allows us to create and share with others standing in the need of caring and prayer.

     While we are gathered and working with our hands, we begin to talk and share with one another - cares, worries, joys and blessings. IMany find that while creating and praying for the person or persons that may receive the shawl, they personally grow spiritually in the process - becoming more aware of all that God does in life each moment.

     Our circle is open, come join us in the parlor on Sunday morning. You do not have to knit or crochet - just come and join in as we "be" and as we continue to discover God's pattern for our lives.

Wired Word

     We are all somewhat "tuned in" to the 24 Hour news culture and the Wired Word curriculum provides a way for us to take a look at what is current and making headlines in our world, through the lens of scripture.  This curriculum arrives via the internet each Thursday and includes a summary of the news story, biblical references related to the topic and questions from the staff at Wired Word.  Alternative stories are also included.  The class at Gay Street then engages in discussion each Sunday morning, sharing and growing in their understanding of God's presence in the midst of our time and the struggles throughout the world.

     Classes are held on Sunday mornings, 9:30 a.m. in Room 103 on the first floor.

     Want to be involved? Come and join the class!  Be sure to provided an email address to Jan at jtalbott@gaystreetumc.org so that you can receive the summary/scripture and questions in advance.

J.O.Y.  (Just Older Youth)

     This ministry was "birthed"  from a desire on Roger Marra’s heart to minister to those that would enjoy a monthly outing for fellowship and see sights they might not get a chance to otherwise. The outings have been varied in interest and have been well received and enjoyed by many.

     Some of the places we have visited have been: Annin Flag Company, Coshocton; Longaberger Village,  Dresden; John and Annie Glenn Museum, New Concord ; Franklin Park Conservatory,  Columbus; Ye Old Mill, Utica; Amish Country

     We have also enjoyed Christmas light displays, as well as organ recitals at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield.  Many outings have included great lunch fellowship. This ministry has been a blessing for many to enjoy

     Want to be involved?  

  • Any "youth" ages 18-90 + are invited to join our monthly outings.

Congregational Care Team

     The Congregational Care Team has ministered to our church family for many years. Members of the Team connect through cards with members at the time of illness and loss of loved ones. Through this correspondence, the Team strives to send a message of love, prayer, and connection with our members.

     We celebrate the annual Senior Luncheon that affirms our  senior members of our church family.  

     The Care Team is just that -- a caring team, praying for, and caring for, the members of Gay Street United Methodist Church.

     Want to be involved?                                                                                                    

  • Join our Care Team! Contact the church office 392-6626. 

Visitation Team

     Various health and life circumstances make it difficult for some of our friends to attend worship and participate in various ministries.  The people who serve on our Visitation Team provide an important link for these friends, connecting them with the church community through their ministry of compassionate listening, caring presence and prayerful encouragement. Over time, significant relationships are developed in which Visitation Team servants often say they receive so much more than they give. Visitation team servants are asked to make at least a monthly contact with the person(s) for whom they relate and to participate in bi-monthly meetings with the pastor.    

  • Call the church office 740-392-6626 to indicate your interest in serving on the Visitation Team, or to inform the pastor of someone who could benefit from receiving this caring ministry. 

Hospitality Table

     Striving to become the most welcoming and comfortable church anyone can visit, we are a small group ministry that provides coffee, tea, cocoa and assorted cold drinks, pastries and other finger foods in the Red Parlors after the 8:30 a.m. Chapel service and before and after the 10:45 a.m. Sanctuary service on Sunday mornings.

     We hope this entices people to remain after service, socialize and get to know one another better, and especially give us all an opportunity to greet someone new.

      Unless it is a special reception or occasion, the food is kept simple, and healthful.  The table is not laid out on Sundays,   when a meal is offered in the Fellowship Hall.

     Want to be involved?

  • We would appreciate a few more people on the team which meets occasionally  to evaluate how we are doing and make new suggestions.

  • Volunteers to host the table occasionally.  We have a sign-up sheet in the church office.  You can call the church office: 740-392-6626 to join our team.

The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make and mature disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Gay Street United Methodist Church

18 North Gay Street

Mount Vernon, OH 43050

740-392-6626       Fax: 740-393-3492

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