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Weekly News & Updates: September 15, 2023

Sunday Worship Service - 10am

Join us for Worship on Sunday. Our Pastor, Rev. Ry, will be delivering the sermon related to the book of Romans.

Enter the sanctuary through the doors facing Stockley Gardens.

*The next in-person worship service that will be broadcast live on Facebook is TBA.

Connection Card:

Click here.


Romans 14:1-12

Worship Volunteers / Flowers Sign-Up:

Click here.

Children are Welcome

Our Children's Church* takes place each Sunday during worship, following the children's message. Children ages 3 through 5th grade meet down the hall from the sanctuary for an age-appropriate Bible lesson, and craft or activity.

Our nursery* is available for children through age 3.

*Our professional workers are CPR certified, and our staff and volunteers are fully background checked.

*Children's church and nursery are optional. You are welcome to keep your child(ren) in worship with you, if you prefer. Activity bags and rockers, if you wish to use, are in the back of the sanctuary. A baby changing station is in the lobby.

Breaking Bread & Fences with Craig Cooper

Sunday, Oct. 15, 10am

Get ready for an unforgettable Sunday morning at Ghent Church! We are thrilled to announce that Craig Allen Cooper, renowned Bible teacher, speaker, and co-author of the bestselling book "I'm Glad You're Here," will be joining us. Craig will be preaching Sunday, October 15, during our 10am Worship Service.

You might remember that his co-author, country-music star Walker Hayes, wrote a song about his friendship with Craig. You don't want to miss this inspiring and encouraging Sunday. There will be more details later.

Walker Hayes and Craig Cooper interview on Today Show
Walker Hayes music video called Craig

Fundraising Dinner

Buy Tickets This Sunday, September 17

Nellwyn Beamon will be a guest musician traveling with the Great Bridge Presbyterian Choir next summer as part of their Instruments of Peace tour to Switzerland. She is selling tickets for a fundraising dinner catered by Leon Nixon of Edenton NC, which will occur at Great Bridge Presbyterian Church (333 Cedar Rd, Chesapeake) on Sunday, September 24 between noon and 2:00. For $11.00, you get to pick up your meal of either fried chicken or barbecue, hushpuppies, butter potato, and snap beans. In addition, there will be desserts available for purchase that day. You must have a ticket to get your meal. This Sunday, September 17, is the deadline to buy tickets.

What better way to spend a nice fall Sunday than worship at Ghent, take a nice drive to Great Bridge where you pick up your lunch, and enjoy a picnic. It is all for a good cause. You can email Nellwyn at or catch her at church. There is a notice on the music bulletin board with more detailed information. Thank you.

Last Sunday - Messy Church at GUMC

The weather cleared up just in time for our outdoor, Messy Church and hot dog dinner!

Check out more great photos by Melanie on our Facebook group page.

Save These Dates

Don't miss our Fall GUMP Kid's Consignment Sale, October 14 - 16! Shop for your grandchildren, children, and friends. All proceeds benefit Ghent Preschool.

We'll have fall/winter kids' clothes, toys, books, bikes, furniture, decor, maternity clothes and more!

Visit the FB page for details.

Please sign up to help the book sale, especially in setting up and breaking down.

We have had the book sale for at least 10 years. And it is a big hit, generating goodwill with the community. As always, this is pretty much an all-hands-on deck event to pull off. So, we need to know ASAP, how many can help. Maybe you can cajole family, friends and booklovers to sign up, too.

Attend a small group

One of the gifts the church offers is community, specifically small groups where participants can gather to experience acceptance, belonging, and nurturing, as well as challenge and encouragement, for the journey of faith. Contact the church office for more information on any group.

Children's Church

This group for ages 3 through 5th grade is each Sunday during worship, following the children's message. It includes a Bible lesson, and craft or activity.

Youth Group

The next MS/HS youth group meeting dates and times are TBA. Led by Pastor Ryan, we are a fully inclusive faith community, welcoming to all.

Adult Sunday School

Weekly Bible discussions are in the back of the sanctuary on Sundays, 9 - 9:45am, using the Standard Lesson Quarterly series. Enter through the doors facing Stockley Gardens.

Bible Study

Join Pastor Ryan on Tuesdays at 7:30pm on Zoom for a Bible study using Rob Bell's book, "What is the Bible?" This study is for those exploring, as well as those sharpening their knowledge of, the Bible. Classes are on hiatus at this time.

Get involved with mission work

We seek to live lovingly and justly as servants of Jesus Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for the stranger, freeing the oppressed, being a compassionate presence, and working to develop social structures that are consistent with the gospel.

Little Library / Food Pantry

Volunteers are needed to help monitor/ fill our church's Little Library / food pantry on Raleigh Ave. Please sign up to help on one or more weeks. During your "week," at least once, please stock the little library using items from the collection box that is inside the church. Click here to sign up and get details.

Food Donations Needed

We collect non-perishable food and hearty snacks to place in our little library / food pantry. The food is to benefit those who are hungry, including those experiencing homelessness. Place your offerings in the basket by the altar on 4th Sundays or contact the church office to make arrangements for drop off.

Homeless Committee

The Homeless Committee of Ghent UMC meets quarterly to coordinate efforts to positively impact those experiencing homelessness. The next Zoom meeting will be in early fall.

Music Ministry

All are welcome to join our Music Minister, Nellwyn Beamon, in the music ministry of the church. Contact Nellwyn Beamon for more information.

Worship Singers Singers are always welcome to help lead the songs in worship each Sunday.

Organ Music at GUMC

Our Organist Brad Norris plays for our 10 a.m. worship services on Sundays during Worship. Future dates are TBA.

Gathering Jam

Once a month, usually on 2nd Sundays, all ages are invited to bring an instrument or use one of ours and play along during the gathering part of our service at 9:45am. The next is scheduled for Sunday, October 8.

Other Spiritual Disciplines

In addition to joining a small group, participating in mission work or music ministry, we are encouraged to pray, care for one another, and read our Bible.

Daily Prayer Starter

"Merciful God, lead my feet to your holy dwelling place and strengthen my resolve to love and show mercy this day..."

Adapted from Feasting on the Word: Worship Companion.

Congregational Care

In response to Christ's call to love one another, we want the members of our congregation to care for one another. In-person visits, prayers, phone calls, and mail are examples of the ways we reach out to one another.

To send a prayer request to our pastor and congregational care team, click here to fill in our Connection Card.


Re-energize your prayer life with a new practice. Learn more.

Read The Upper Room daily devotional. Click here.

Click here to find the resources you need to explore the Bible.

Preschool Ministry and Leadership Updates


Mark your calendar! The preschool Fall Consignment Sale is October 14-16.

Our Ghent UM Preschool teaches toddlers to children in Pre-Kindergarten. Learn more about our half-day program by visiting GUMP's page at

Questions? Contact Director, Ann Robertson.

Leadership Team

The next Leadership Team meeting date is TBA. It will be in the sanctuary after worship. All are welcome to attend.

A Zoom link will be made available. Contact the church office if you need the link.

UMC Continues the Call to Dismantle Racism

The United Methodist Church has stated that we will no longer remain silent nor complicit about racist acts against African Americans but we must act now to become anti-racist individuals and churches!

The Long Haul The UMC is committed to the long haul when it comes to anti-racism work. Read the story.

What Can You Do to Help?

  • START with prayer. We are asked to pray for Dismantling Racism efforts, as well as, all persons of color who suffer at the hands of injustice, oppression, and white supremacy. Click here for the daily prayers.

  • The General Commission on Religion and Race (GCORR) has a compiled a list of 8 things church leaders and members can do to help anti-racism progress. One way is to denounce false notions of “two equal sides.” Click here to learn more.

  • Listen to individuals share how they are creating daily life with God in the face of racial injustice and the trauma induced by racial inequity in the U.S. Click here to listen.

Giving News

Our giving represents an act of worship in which we thank God for our blessings and acknowledge that everything we have is a gift from God. Click here to learn about the various ways to give.

UMC Market - iGive

Shop thousands of stores, any time, to support Ghent Church. UMCmarket, powered by iGive, helps you generate a donation to Ghent United Methodist Church when you shop online at thousands of retailers. Click here to join and shop.

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*COVID-19 Mitigation Plan for all in-person Ghent UMC Happenings (Updated March 23, 2022) Our call is to love our neighbors and to do no harm.

Jesus is for everyone. No exceptions.

A Word of Welcome from Ghent UMC 

Ghent United Methodist Church is called to the affirmation of the sacred worth of all people. We embrace as a gift the diversity of our neighborhood and the world. We acknowledge our human family's diversity in sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, language, age, faith history, theological orientation, economic status, education, marital status, abilities, and any other defining feature, real or perceived. Click here to read the message in its entirety.

How can I get in touch with church staff and the Pastor?

The new church office hours are Monday-Friday, 9am to noon. Rev. Ry is in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9am-12pm. You may also make an appointment, if needed.


Click here to access email addresses or call the church office at 757-622-2843.