Los Gatos UMC is a spiritual community that provides meaning and inspiration for daily living. We offer a variety of small groups to help adults grow in faith and connect with one another. Whether it is a drop-in class, Bible study, music group or meditative study, we offer a variety of ways for adults to grow in faith. We hope you will join a small group to deepen your connection with God, others and yourself.
These groups meet 1 time per month in members’ homes to share in fellowship, prayer, and discussion of the scripture and sermon from the previous week’s worship experience. If you are looking for a way to connect with new friends, think about scripture and apply faith to your life, join a faith circle.
Men’s Spirituality Group
Mondays, 7:30 – 9:00 PM, currently meeting online. Contact Ed Burling for more info.
Meets September- May (resumes September 9)
This men’s group helps each other grow spiritually by learning and using eight daily spiritual practices. These practices are based on the collective wisdom found in Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
Contact: Ed Burling.
Saturday Morning Men’s Group
Meets bi-weekly, 8:00 am, currently meeting online. Contact Elwin Stocking for more info.
This men’s group includes those from all age ranges and walks of life. Our meetings focus on deepening our spiritual life through conversations, sharing and caring. A variety of subjects are discussed and we often take suggestions from group members. The group is open to all, and you are welcome to join us at any time!
Contact: Elwin Stocking.
Faith, Reason & Community
We utilize books and DVDs to discuss challenging questions of faith. We welcome all who would enjoy a lively discussion of faith at any time throughout the year.
This book group meets year round on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7:30PM, LGUMC Art Gallery.
The book might be fiction, non-fiction, a best seller or a classic – whatever the groups has selected. Members read ahead of time and one member facilitates our discussion. Check the Spire each month for a brief description of the upcoming book. Anyone who loves to read and enjoys a lively, informative and often funny discussion is invited to join us!
Contact: Sharon Armstrong 408-268-0493
United Methodist Women (UMW)
A long-standing global ministry of the church dedicated to embracing fellowship, providing educational experiences and expanding concepts of mission. UMW sponsors the two circle groups below:
Women at the Table Circle
3rd Thursdays, September-June, 11:30 am, currently meeting online. Contact Joy Palmer for info.
Bring a sack lunch and get updated on mission and service projects and enjoy a program topic led by various members.
Contact: Joy Palmer, 408-997-7246
The Evening Circle
2nd Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm in different members’ homes (September-May)
We enjoy wonderful fellowship, dessert and participate in a program topic led by various members.
Contact: Christina Capps.
2nd Saturdays, 3PM, Fireside Room
This group meets monthly to discuss and review a variety of movies. Watch the movie in advance and then join the group for a spirited review. See the Spire for movie listings and summer meeting places.
Contact: Mike Crow or Ruth Oveland.
2nd Thursdays, except July
The mission of the Prime Time group is to provide senior church members an opportunity to meet and socialize while visiting destinations within the San Francisco Bay area. Destinations may include local museums, botanical gardens, historical sites, parks, missions, art fairs, churches, and commercial sites of interest.
Contact: Ursula Young or Adrienne Zimmerman
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 12:30- 2:00 pm, Art Gallery
We are a fellowship and mission group that knits, crochets, or quilts shawls and other accessories to be given to homebound or ill persons and those experiencing major life changes. We welcome people of all levels of experience. Mentors are there to help you.
Contact: Christina Capps.
Parents of Teens
Meets the 4th Sunday of the month from 5-7:00pm, off-campus (September-May)
Having a teen is a special gift from God, and this group provides support to parents of teens. We allow confidential, non-judgment interaction and fellowship. Groups often select a book focused on raising compassionate, faith-centered teens to guide discussion. Anyone with a teen is invited to join us.
Circle of Support
2nd Tuesdays, 10:00-11:45AM, LGUMC library
The group provides non-judgmental, confidential support and care to those experiencing a variety of life challenges and transitions; for example; illness, death of a loved one, change in employment, residence, financial or family status or concern for a loved one.
Contact: Christina Capps, 408-531-9193.
Pathways Los Gatos Bereavement Group
2nd and 4th Thursdays
We offer grief support for those who have lost a loved one.
Contact: Martha Weiner, 408-772-5544.