We have a variety of ministries at Stout Memorial UMC We hope you will get share your gifts by getting involved in ministry with us.
Music Ministry Chancel Choir (6th grade - adult) We meet to rehearse every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the choir room. We have no auditions and everyone is welcome. We sing at the 10:45 a.m. worship service from September to June. Praise Hymns Our men & women have formed a special ensemble, called the Praise Hymns, who sing once a month in worship and on many special occasions. They practice on Wednesdays at 8:45 p.m. in the choir room. Children's Choir & Bells All children, ages k-5th grade, are welcome to join this choir. They meet as directed by Jane Wilfong.
Adult Ministry United Methodist Men is a group of adult men whose primary purpose is to declare the centrality of Christ in the lives of men and in all their relationships. The UMM meet the 2nd Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the church Fellowship Hall.
United Methodist Women invites all women to be involved in this group committed to mission. The UMW meets quarterly on the 3rd Thursday in March, September, and December at 6:30 p.m. and at noon in June. There are also three "circles" or small groups of women who meet monthly in the church parlor. H.O.P.E Circle - 2nd Monday/month @ 7:00 p.m. LYDIA Circle - 3rd Tuesday/month @ 1:00 p.m. RACHEL Circle - 3rd Monday/month @ 10:30 a.m.
Family Ministries Preschool We offer 2 year old, 3 year old, & 4 year old preschool classes September through May with an age appropriate curriculum and a sensory-motor readiness skills program. Nursery Child Care is provided for children, ages birth through 3 years, during Sunday Services and special events. K.I.D.S. Life (Knowledge, Instruction, Devotion, and Service) Children's programming with crafts, games, lessons & song. We meet from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, on the 3rd Sunday, unless otherwise noted. Runs September through May. See our calendar for dates. The Journey Youth group members 6th-12th grade meet on Sunday afternoons from noon - 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. We have discussions about relevant topics, play games, do outside activities such as retreats & ski trips and actively participate with the missions of the church. The 4th Sunday of the month is devoted to various mission work outside of the church.
Blessing Bear Ministry What is a Blessing Bear Ministry? It starts with a lot of cute cuddly Teddy Bears that have a tag tied around their neck that says; "This Blessing Bear has been among the congregation of Stout Memorial United Methodist Church. It has heard the Word read and taught, prayers prayed, and songs of praise and worship sung. It has been loved and hugged. Now it comes to you with blessings of worship and love." This Ministry is intended to bring comfort to people of ALL ages suffering from physical, mental, or spiritual stress. These bears sit among us in Worship on Sunday mornings. We ask the congregation to hold and love them during worship. They represent our love and caring as people of faith. Then when you know someone who could use some extra comfort and love you are encouraged to take a bear to them. This ministry is not just for our church members. We hope that visitors will feel free to take a Teddy Bear as well. Not only have our bears traveled all over the United States but they have gone with our missionaries to Lucknow, India and to Africa with members of a children's choir. That shows Jesus to our friends and family everywhere! As of the end of 2015 we have placed over 675 Teddy bears in the sanctuary! Normally there are around 40 bears in the pews to choose from. We accept donations of new or gently used bears for this ministry. They can be brought to the church office or placed in the designated area by the copy machine. Monetary donations are also welcome to purchase supplies for the laminated tags.