Union Grove UMC

The Church In the Grove ... A House of God With a Place For All
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While we are still closed to in-person worship, our plans for both outdoor and indoor worship have been approved and we are in the process of meeting the requirements of the indoor worship plan as soon as possible. 

You can learn more by watching the September 27 “From the Pastor’s Heart: Special Announcements” message. In the meanwhile, please join us here or on Facebook for worship online while we Shelter in Faith. 

The best way to stay up to date on this and other activities at Union Grove is through our newsletter subscription. You’ll receive a monthly newsletter, weekly worship service information, and occasional special announcements direct to your inbox. Your information is secured and we do not share your information. You can sign up through the “Let’s Connect” form at the bottom of this page.


11:00 a.m. – Worship

Online worship only at this time.
All other activities are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

If you have family, friends, or neighbors that don’t have Internet access, they can call 865-995-0044 to hear a recording of our complete worship service. The recordings are available from 11:00 a.m. each Sunday until 9:00 a.m. the following Sunday. Long-distance charges may apply.


We are located at 1151 Lane Dr., Friendsville TN 37737. Take US 321. Turn at the sign for Allison’s Farm & Catfish Restaurant.

Shelter in Faith

Regardless of our goal of returning to in-person worship, we will continue to provide worship services online and through Worship-by-Phone for those who prefer to continue worshipping at home. Each week’s worship video will be posted here on our website, on our Facebook page, and added to our channel at Vimeo at our regular worship time (11:00 a.m.). We’ve also added a Worship-by-Phone option for those who don’t have Internet. They can call 865-995-0044 and hear an audio recording of each week’s service any time between 11:00 a.m. on Sunday and 9:00 a.m. the following Sunday.

At Union Grove you don’t have to let sheltering in place keep you from sheltering in faith! Worship where and when you can, and don’t forget to invite your family to join you and share the Good News with your friends!

Looking Foward

He makes all things new, and that’s especially true at Union Grove. We’ve wiped the slate clean and are in the process of rebuilding our beloved community and refocusing our mission. 

A Place for All

Maybe you doubt. Maybe you’ve been hurt. Maybe you feel like you won’t fit in. Maybe you feel like you won’t be accepted.  Maybe we should talk.

Church Your Way

Whatever you need – small groups, bible studies, in-person or online access – we want to be there for you. Use the button below to contact our pastor and start a conversation.

Our Mission & Vision

Our mission is to serve God by sharing love and faith through the word of God.

With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, our purpose is to be living examples of God’s redeeming and transforming love for all creation as we carry the Good News Jesus brought and taught us out into our community and the world, and to do good, do no harm, and love God always.

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, He gave his only begotten son that whosoever should believe in him would have eternal life.”

Pray. Act. Give.

Worship is only one hour each week. What are you doing with the other 167?
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Break Bread with Us!


Temporarily suspended – Our monthly fellowship meals take place on the last Sunday of each month after worship service. The meals are potluck with everyone bringing their favorite dishes to share.  When it’s once again safe to gather together, we hope you’ll come and break bread with us! In the meanwhile, we have a private group on Facebook specifically for virtual fellowship. Visit our Facebook page for details!



At Union Grove and all United Methodist Churches, the Lord’s Table is open to all who wish to receive communion. Currently, communion is offered as part of our regular Sunday worship on the first Sunday of each month and appropriate holy days. Communion is also a part of our first Sunday online worship. Please have juice and bread available as you watch those worship videos.

Prayer Nights

1ST SUNDAYS & Online

Let us pray! On the first Sunday of each month after we re-open, the Sanctuary will be open from 6:00-7:00 p.m. for those who wish to spend time in personal prayer and meditation. There will also be opportunities to join in live online prayer services through our Facebook page each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Click on the arrow next to Contact Us (above) to access our prayer request form.

Services, Mission & Ministries

We Gather Together

Worship Hour

Sundays at 11 a.m.

CURRENTLY LIMITED TO ONLINE ONLY – Worship at Union Grove is modified Traditional. We hear scriptures, sing hymns, share our joys and concerns, and spend time in prayer. The message each week is based on one or more of the scriptures read during the service. Dress is casual. All are welcome.

Make a Joyful Noise

Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m.

TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED – Union Grove’s Chancel Choir meets weekly and would love to have you join them. We’re always looking for more singers and musicians!

News, Notes & the Pastor’s Heart

The Latest News & Updates

Hanging of the Greens (at Home) with UGUMC

Hanging of the Greens (at Home) with UGUMC

About this service ... Good evening! I’m Rev. Val Ohle, pastor of Union Grove United Methodist Church in Friendsville and I welcome you to this Hanging of the Greens at Home Service. I’ve been thinking a lot about ways to bring the activities we’re used to doing at...

Finding Hope – UGUMC Online Worship for November 29 2020

Finding Hope – UGUMC Online Worship for November 29 2020

ORDER OF WORSHIP Prelude - A Light, The Brilliance Welcome & Prayer - Rev. Ohle Call to Worship - Come, Oh Redeemer, Com, Fernando Ortega Prayers of the People - Rev. Ohle Advent Reading - Hope - Rev. Ohle Scripture Reading - Isaiah 64:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9...

God Who Returns – UGUMC Online Worship November 22 2020

God Who Returns – UGUMC Online Worship November 22 2020

INTRODUCTION Good morning. My name is Rev. Val Ohle, pastor of Union Grove United Methodist Church. Welcome and thank you for joining me today!   Those of you who were present or have viewed this past Wednesday’s live prayer session are aware that it is highly...