Church doesn’t just happen when we’re sitting in the pew. Church happens when we reach out to those who are hungry, sick, or forgotten. When we work together to end disease and relieve suffering, when we stand together for justice and inclusion, and when we open our hearts to those who are struggling, that’s putting beliefs into action. That’s what it means to rethink church.
from: Rethink Church.com
We have many opportunities for you to be involved, both locally and globally..
The heart of Methodism during the life of John Wesley was the Class Meeting. This was a small covenant discipleship support group where members were accountable to each other, confessed their faults to one another, prayed for each other, and encouraged one another to love and perform good works. They examined the teachings of the Bible in light of actual personal experience and provided nurturing and equipping leaders. KUMC has two adult Sunday school classes that meet at 10 am.
- The Wallace Group: a mixture of singles and married adults, studying the Old and New Testaments as well as seasonal studies for Advent and Lent, led by Ken Passno.
- Christ in the Current : an inter-generational class that focuses on applying the Wesleyan Quadrilateral to current events and social concerns to discover how we can be more faithful and active Christians in 21st-century society, facilitated by Sean Claes.
- The Story : following along with the sermon series, this class is similar to a “book club,” with discussion about the week’s chapter.
We also have two groups that meet on days other than Sundays–check the calendar for days and times:
- Women’s Bible Study: there are two studies meeting locally at a member’s house, with both groups will be studying a book by Jen Hatmaker.
- Reconciling Group: meeting twice a month this group is dedicated to providing a safe and open environment to explore God’s word, Christ’s teaching, and Biblical contemplation with an emphasis on justice and grace for ALL Gods children… meaning ANYONE who has been hurt, marginalized, demonized, demoralized, pushed aside, or made to feel less than human in the name of our Savior.
Looking for a group of people that gather together to talk, have a brief devotion, eat/snack, do an activity and/or play a game? We have several groups to choose from. Here you can take time out of your busy schedule to enjoy life a little, share, and develop deep, loving friendships. If you are interested in joining a group, check the calendar for upcoming events, and join right in!
- Young Adults Group: a new group that seeks to empower persons between the ages of 22 and 35 to “Grow” as faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Those interested in joining should email youngadults [at] kyleumc.org.
- Over 55 Group: On the first Monday of every month, everyone aged 55 years or older is invited to meet for lunch in the Family Life Center for fun, food, and fellowship!
- Crafts Group: this group meets every Tuesday evening at 6 pm to fulfill their mission “To Make A Compassionate Christ-Centered Contribution To The Community”. This is a great time of fellowship and creation of special gifts for various individuals/organizations in our community that need uplifting.
- Pray Ball! Kickball Team: Support our ministry to our community through sport! A game and signup schedule can be found on the City of Kyle’s website under the Parks and Recreation Department.
You can also join groups that serve our community both internally and externally:
- Missions Committee: the core team that seeks to fulfill God’s mission throughout the world and to participate in the United Methodist Church’s outreach across all boundaries that divide the human family.
- Family Ministries: this team fosters missional projects developed around increasing connections within the family as well as inter-generational connections in the church at large.
- Visitation Committee: this team visits those that are ill, homebound, or are otherwise unable to attend service for fellowship and worship.
- Bereavement Committee: this team provides comfort, and food to aid families in mourning after the loss of a loved one.
- Worship Team: a creative team that works with the pastor to help the congregation engage in worship in meaningful ways. Areas of service include ushers, greeters, music, technology, set-up, creative art.
- Children’s Education volunteer: be part of the team that ministers to our children and youth as a Sunday school instructor, VBS volunteer, nursery/pre-school worker, or any other area where our kiddos congregate. Safe Sanctuary training is required to be a volunteer, see our Education Coordinator for details.
- United Methodist Women: a supportive, inclusive community of women committed to mission. Here women grow spiritually, develop as leaders, and serve and work to create a world in which all women, children and youth thrive.
- Walk to Emmaus: as a church we support this lay-led spiritual movement. Contact the church office for more information on the groups, and check the calendar for Emmaus events.
“Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.” ~Martin Luther
The Music Ministry of Kyle United Methodist Church is comprised of two primary groups.
- KUMC Choir – Our inter-generational choir serves the 9 a.m. service. All are welcome at any time! Contact our music director if you are interested. Rehearsals are at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings, and before service at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
- Praise Band (Joyful Noise) – our wonderful praise band serves the 11:15 a.m. service and is made up entirely of volunteers who simply want to share their joy with the rest of the congregation. People interested in playing in the band should contact our music director. Rehearsals are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings.