We have a wide range of ministries that you can become involved with!

Children's Ministries

The children’s group here at Grace is known as the Grace Gang. Children ages 3 through 6 grade are welcome to come downstairs following the children’s moment during worship. Once downstairs the children follow their own order of worship. This includes a few songs, prayer time and then a lesson. The younger children are able to listen to a shorter version of the lesson and then are able to play, while the older school-age kids dive deeper into the Bible.

Our calendar year is very busy for the Grace Gang. In the spring we hold an Easter Egg Hunt for all to enjoy. In the fall we have Trunk or Treat – a great safe way to trick-or-treat and hear the gospel tied to a normally secular holiday. The children are able to lead 2 services a year through a spring and a Christmas program. They also join the adult choir for several anthems each year. The children are encouraged to help others through several mission projects each year – usually connecting to a local group to help those in need.

Two other special events for the children are Summer Day Camp and Vacation Bible School. Day Camp is four days in the summer. The children are driven to Camp Allegheny where they spend the day enjoying all the camp has to offer. Vacation Bible School is held for a week each summer at one of the 3 United Methodist Churches here in Somerset. It is a great time for the children to learn great Bible Stories and fellowship at the same time.

Youth Group

Faith On Fire is composed of young people in grades 6-12. It is a combined group including those who attend Grace UMC, Calvary UMC, or First UMC. All young people are welcome, regardless of church membership. The group meets during the school year on Sunday evenings from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Some of the activities for Faith on Fire are attending Creation Festival and other contemporary Christian concerts, going on mission trips, attending SPARK Conference, participating in 30-Hour Famine, flamingo flocking, Bible study, and fellowship.

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Women of Grace

All women of the church are invited to join and become active in this small but mighty group. In addition to regular meetings, special activities are planned throughout the year, including a summer picnic and a Christmas dinner. We do our best to help out wherever we see a need. Some of our fundraising events have included an annual drive thru chicken BBQ and apple dumpling sale, hard tack candy fundraisers, and baking and selling pumpkin rolls. One of our favorite ministries is our sunshine baskets which are given to those who could use a little extra cheer.

United Methodist Men

Our men, as part of the Somerset area United Methodist Men group, share with the local men in two annual dinner outings: a spring banquet and a corn roast in late summer. Both of these evenings include lots of great food and fellowship, along with a program of interest to men and older boys.

Chancel Choir

Most Sunday mornings from early September until the end of May, our chancel choir presents an anthem during the church service. Members of the choir rehearse on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Teenagers as well as adults are invited to join their voices in a variety of anthem styles. No auditions are necessary.

Italian Night

Each year we host two Italian Night dinners in our Fellowship Hall for church members and the community. One dinner is held on a Friday evening in the spring, with another on a Friday evening in the fall. We usually serve about 350 meals within a 3-hour time frame. In addition to spaghetti, these dinners feature a choice of another homemade pasta dish, as well as tossed salad, applesauce, homemade desserts, and beverages. These same items also can be purchased as takeout meals. A lot of help is needed to post flyers advertising the dinner, set the tables, prepare the meal, serve the meal, and then clean up after the meals are served. Adults and children work together to make Italian Nights successful. Signup sheets are available in the narthex for several weeks before each event. Unless there is a specific need within the church, all profits are donated to a worthwhile cause. Italian Night offers a wonderful opportunity for new church members to get to know other members by working side by side.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

If you knit or crochet, you might be interested in participating in this special ministry. Our own church members use yarn to lovingly make beautiful shawls, all the while praying for the eventual recipient. As a church, we pray over them in a special dedication. Then they are available whenever anyone would like to gift one to someone who might appreciate feeling the loving and warm embrace of God's love.

Holy Trinity Methodist Church of Celaya (Iglesia Metodisto de Celaya la Santisima Trinidad)

Grace Church participates in a partnership with the Holy Trinity Methodist Church of Celaya, Mexico (Iglesia Metodisto de Celaya la Santisima Trinidad). Two of our church members worship in this church while spending several months each year in the city of Celaya. Located about 125 northwest of Mexico City, Celaya has a population of over 300,000. The Methodist Church has a vibrant congregation which has recently started a new children's ministry called "Club Timotheo," or "Timothy Club." Our children have sent educational materials along with personal pictures and have recently received back handwritten notes and photographs of some of the children in the church. Our congregation sends support which helps the church and it's pastor to continue to reach out to the community in meaningful ways. As our partnership with this sister church continues, we look forward to sharing more about the ways that God is working through our siblings in Christ in Mexico.

Mountain Craft Days Booth

Our church operates a food booth during a 3-day festival that is held on the grounds of the Somerset County Historical Center during the weekend that follows Labor Day. Many volunteers are needed to prepare food in our church kitchen in advance as well as serve the food in the booth. Signup sheets are available in the narthex for several weeks before the event. Booth volunteers are asked to wear outfits appropriate for the late 1700s. (Many outfits are available that can be borrowed from the church for this event.) Profits usually are donated to a mission project.