We love Jesus and want to live, serve and love like He did. That’s why we are crazy about doing all we can to help meet the needs of the Gautier Community and beyond. It just never fails. Anytime we stretch ourselves to reach out and serve our neighbors WE are the ones blessed beyond belief by this simple act of trying to love like Jesus. We invite you to “serve like Jesus” AND GO with GFUMC.
Feed the Children–that is our goal. Many local children do not know how they will eat over the weekend without the school breakfast and lunch program. We’re looking for a few more folks to help us feed the need! We meet Thursday’s next to the choir room at 9:30 am. Consider joining us as we feed the undernourished children of our community. For more info? Contact leader, Jennifer Noles, at (228) 383-1977.
Our team is made up of volunteers who serve during a difficult time in a family’s life. We serve a meal either at the GFUMC or we go to the homes of members enduring difficult times. Would you like to provide a gift of service through providing a meal? Contact leader, Nan Buford, at (228) 219-4263.
We need your voices! Join the choir and make a joyful noise to the Lord! Rehearsals are on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at 6:00 pm in the choir room. We invite you to join us. Contact leader, Suzie Trott, at (228) 623-4980 for more information.
Got a knack for BIG things? Like to “take Jesus to the streets?” This is the place for you.This team is the backbone of our community outreach and “big events” hosted by GFUMC. We help plan, decorate, coordinate, cook, greet, and/or serve others during GFUMC hosted outreach and events. Some examples: Super Serve Sunday, Trunk or Treat, Bacot Park, Easter Egg Hunt, Donut Wednesday, GHS Senior Breakfast, and many more! We’ll never turn down helping hands! Contact Amanda at (216) 258-4573 for more information.
Did you know? We have a longstanding Food Pantry and Blessing Closet that serves the needy and vulnerable in our area. Our Food Pantry and Blessing Close are open (generally) the first Tuesdays from 9:00 am-11:00 am. If you would like to serve, contact Ken Arceneaux (404) 276-7127 for the Food Pantry and Betty Furr (228) 697-8027 for the Blessing Closet.
Be a part of offering hospitality and a warm welcome at our traditional worship service. Sign up to greet, pass out bulletins, collect the offering and welcome everyone who walks through our doors. Interested in joining our greeter team? Contact leader, Bud Burns, (228) 238-1720.
Our team is responsible for the weekly welcoming of our modern worship attendees. We prepare the Hospitality Table with assorted refreshments along with coffee and drinks. We welcome new faces and provide assistance with getting acclimated. Weekly, we make sure the Family Life Center is ready for worship, such as decorating to fit the theme of the series, lighting the altar candles, preparing communion elements, etc. The team is responsible for ensuring the FLC is cleaned up after each service. We also provide “hospitality” for other events and ministries of GFUMC. We welcome you to join the Hospitality Team. Contact leader, Shelia, Green (228) 327-4884 for more information.
Do you like to sew? Wanna learn how? Our “scrappy quilters” makes prayer quilts and pocket crosses to share “blanket” those in need of a warm embrace with the love of Christ and the GFUMC family. Contact leader, Pat Hickman, (228) 497-5490 for information.
Adopt-a-Shut In! You will be assigned a buddy. A person or family adopts a shut-in for 1 year. They will go and visit your buddy at least 2-3 times a year, send cards, happies, Valentine’s Day, etc. A couple times a year, you will accompany Rev. MJ to have communion all together. We are looking for a coordinator for this new ministry. Please contact Amanda at 216-258-4573 if you are interested in leading.
Are you tech savvy? During our modern worship and at other events and ministries we need help running cameras, lights and sound. We are happy to train new recruits. We also have a need for Facebook Live hosts to interact with worshippers during our modern service. As well as a need for additional photographers and videographers Contact leader, Daniel Burton, for more information about plugging in to the tech team. at (228) 234-3901.
UMM meet every 2nd Saturday of the month at 8:30 am in the fellowship hall. We have a great breakfast, a devotional and get busy talking about how we can be Christ’s hands and feet. That’s our goal: To help form men into servants for Jesus. We do fundraisers for various groups, such as the Methodist Children’s Home, and most recently Advocates for Freedom. Our main fundraiser is pecan sales. We raise over $10,000 a year in pecan sales, and give it all away to local charities. You are invited to join us. Contact UMM President, Ken Arceneaux, (404) 276-7127 for more information.
UWF meet the second Sunday of each month at 2 pm in the Fellowship Hall. We enjoy a time of refreshments, fellowship, devotion and make plans to be the hands and feet of Christ. Our UMF supports many causes in our area and beyond. We have supported the children affected by the tornado in Moss Point, have a sock & mittens Christmas tree every year and will be supporting Operation Christmas Child this year as well. Contact UWF President Michelle Drake at (228) 205-0945 for more information.
This is a new community care and outreach initiative. We have gone 3 times and will continue to do this.
What would happen if we just went to Bacot Park and shared a meal and a worship moment with whoever showed up?
Serve in our Kids, Tweens & Youth Ministries
Sunday morning and evening serve opportunities.
We provide nursery for ages birth-prek 4 during both services on Sunday mornings, and when requested. Staff and volunteers provide a loving, and nurturing environment for these children. Age appropriate snacks and lessons are also provided. We are always looking for volunteers to help love on our babies in the nursery. Contact Kidmin Coordinator, Angelina at 228-238-5832 for more information.
9 am During Modern Worship
We offer kids (grades K-3rd) their very own worship experience every Sunday during our modern service. They sing age appropriate worship songs, learn a lesson, and complete a craft or experiment to go along with the lesson! Contact Kidmin Coordinator, Angelina at 228-238-5832 for more information.
10:10 am Sunday Morning Grow Groups
Your child will start off with a lesson during the children’s moment in the traditional service. They will play a game or craft after in the kid’s space that goes along with that lesson! Contact Angelina if you’d like to lead a craft or game!
In addition, our kiddos are invited to BIG parties in the evenings for seasonal celebrations such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. And we partner with the “big events” team for VBS, Bacot Park outreach, and many other community wide events. Kidmin will always welcome new volunteers with open arms! Contact Angelina or Amanda at 216-258-4573
10:10 am Sunday Morning Grow Groups
Every Sunday we meet in the youth space to take a deeper dive into the Bible. We are currently following a curriculum that goes through the Bible in one year. We would love to have you a part of weekly teaching rotation! Contact Tween & Youth Minister, Amanda, 216-258-4573.
We are looking for volunteers to dive into our tween ministry, Open Waters! Tweens (3rd-6th grade) meet once a month in the evenings to learn a lesson, and have fun! If you feel called to work with this age group, or even provide a meal, contact Amanda at 216-258-4573.
10:10 am Sunday Morning Grow Groups
Every Sunday we meet in the youth space to take a deeper dive into the Bible. We are currently following a curriculum that goes through the Bible in one year. Contact Amanda if you’d like to be a part of the weekly teaching rotation!
Youth (7th-12th grade) meets in the youth space Sunday night’s from 5:30-7 pm. They gather in fellowship for dinner, then follow it up with a little shenanigans and of course a lesson/devotional. We like to take a few trips a year, one being a several day long retreat/trip. This year we are planning a winter trip to Gatlinburg and possibly a local mission experience in the summer. Our team could always use your help! Contact Amanda at 216-258-4573 for more information.
Tea Time is a new monthly gathering created for teen girls, where we’ll come together on the first Wednesday of every month. It’s a place where they can discuss things that matter (and are troubling them) —from navigating the challenges of social media and relationships to understanding mental health, body positivity, and building holistic well-being. We have a need for trained table leaders and others to join our hospitality/decor team. Contact Amanda at 216-258-4573 for more information.
CHURCH! HERE'S WHAT YOU DID IN 2022!
GFUMC's mission footprint continues to grow and it's because of you. Below are just some of the many wonderful ways we are expanding the kingdom of heaven right here in Gautier and beyond.
2022 GFUMC MISSION IMPACT
*GFUMC fed over 900 Food Pantry patrons and their families. We also sponsored multiple community wide food drops.
*Over 600 children enjoyed our second annual Easter Egg Hunt, Trunk or Treat and VBS outreach events. We also added a Spring Fling Family Fun Day with the City.
*91 children were provided weekly weekend nourishment via Backpack Buddies.
*We have 5 Care Closets between Singing River Academy, Gautier Middle and Gautier High Schools providing hygiene supplies and snacks.
*Over $10,000 was given to local charities by our United Methodist Men and their amazing Pecan Fundraiser.
But there’s MORE...In so many ways we are bringing food resources, discipleship training, worship opportunities, financial assistance, disaster relief, new ministries to local children, tweens, students— like “Donut Wednesday” and our “Bacot Park” outreach,— and continued support for those that are grieving. And it’s because of you…
Your continued financial support helps move our church forward in sharing and showing the love of Jesus to a broken world. I appreciate all the ways you are giving above and beyond–expanding our reach.
A missional heart is very much ALIVE and GROWING at GFUMC. We couldn’t be doing any of these new and wonderful things without your prayers, presence, financial gifts, service and witness. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being the hands and feet of Christ. The mission is THRIVING because of you. Looking for a church to be the hands and feet of Christ with? I invite you to join us.
Thanking God for the gift of you,