Union Grove UMC

The Church In the Grove ... A House of God With a Place For All
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Safer at Home

Our current closure is a preventive action against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. This includes all activities on Church property. 

The decision to close is not made lightly, and is done out of care and concern for our members.  

Plans are underway to allow us to return to regular in-person worship soon. In the meanwhile, please join us here or on Facebook for worship online while we Shelter in Faith. 


9:45 a.m. – Bible Study
11:00 a.m. – Worship

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



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

Worship services will continue to be available online. Each week’s worship video will be posted here on our website and on our Facebook page at our regular worship time (11:00 a.m.). 

Remember: the church is not the building we meet in each week. We are the church wherever we are.  

Worship with those in your family or household. Share the link to our worship videos with others.  Whatever else you do, don’t stop worshipping!

Looking Foward

Our website is new but will grow quickly as we fill it with future messages, news, information about our activities and outreach, and more, so be sure to check back often to see what’s happening!

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?
Learn More.

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.  Come break bread with us!




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.

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

Taking Responsibility – UGUMC Worship Online August 2 2020

Taking Responsibility – UGUMC Worship Online August 2 2020

ORDER OF WORSHIP Prelude - Faith To Be Strong, Andrew Peterson Welcome & Opening Prayer - Rev. Ohle Call to Worship - Here Are My Hands, Aaron Niequist Prayers of the People - Rev. Ohle Word of God for the People of God - Matthew 14:13-21 Anthem - Do Something,...

Ministry of the Holy Spirit According to Wesley

Ministry of the Holy Spirit According to Wesley

In an article written for Commonplace Holiness Blog, Craig L. Adams asked, "What would have been John Wesley’s attitude toward the modern doctrine and practice of Speaking in Tongues? Pentecostal churches teach that this is a necessary initial sign of the Baptism of...

Love Feasts

Love Feasts

Now is a good time to revive the Love Feast tradition. “The Love Feast, or Agape Meal, is a Christian fellowship meal recalling the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry and expressing the koinonia (community, sharing, fellowship) enjoyed by the family...