Union Grove UMC

The Church In the Grove ... Where Y'All Really Means All
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Regular Sunday morning in-person worship begins at 11 a.m. each Sunday morning, followed by fellowship. Doors open at 10:30 a.m.

Once each month we also meet in-person at 3 p.m. ET for Second Sunday Community Church at The Bird & The Book, 1509 E Broadway, Maryville, TN. Second Sundays (always taking place on the 2nd Sunday of the month) are gatherings that affirm every gender, sexuality, gender presentation and background, as well as every spirituality, faith tradition, or those choosing to be without a faith tradition can gather for friendship and fellowship in a safe place.

Sunday morning worship is more “traditional” in nature. Second Sundays not traditional and are more a gathering than a “worship service” of any kind.

Communion is offered to all who wish to receive it at all Union Grove UMC in-person worship services including Second Sundays. Kids young and old are welcome. Membership is not required. We encourage you to come as your authentic self!


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Weekly Worship
Sundays at 11 a.m. ET
1151 Lane Drive, Friendsville TN 37737

Second Sunday Community Church
2nd Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. ET
1509 E Broadway, Maryville TN 37804


Weekly worship services: 1151 Lane Dr., Friendsville TN 37737. Take US 321. Turn at the sign for Allison’s Farm & Catfish Restaurant.

Second Sunday Community Church services: The Bird & The Book, 1509 E. Broadway, Maryville TN 37804 beneath Southland Books & Cafe at the round-about.

All worship services are live-streamed on our Facebook page and are available on-demand there and here on our site.


For those who are unable to attend our in-person worship services due to conflicting work schedules, physical difficulties, or health risks, we are a “hybrid” church, continuing to provide online worship & activities. Worship services are currently live-streamed in real time through our Facebook page.  The Facebook recordings are eventually embedded here on our website along with a transcript of the scriptures and message, and are also uploaded to our channel at Vimeo.com.

In addition to our online worship services, from mid-September to mid-May you’ll have the opportunity to participate in virtual small groups. Small groups are just that – smaller groups of people who share a common interest in the focus of whichever groups they join. Coming in early 2024: Traditional Bible Study: Learning & Discussing the Scriptures; Thomas Talks: Doubts Worth Discussing; The Reading Room: Book Club & Discussion; and Coffee Talk: General Chat & Fellowship.  Our small groups usually take place on weekday evenings via Zoom. We also maintain active social media presences on Facebook, Instagram, Threads, and TikTok.

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 building a new Union Grove Beloved  Community and living into our new 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, or just a chosen family to gather with – we want to be there for you. Use the button below to contact our pastor and start a conversation.

Our Mission, Vision, & Statement of Faith

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

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.”

Mission Central

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

fellowship following worship

Come and break bread with us! Join us for a potluck fellowship luncheon the first Sunday of each month following worship. Bring a main dish and side dish in sufficient quantity for the number of people in your group. Desserts are optional. Drinks and tableware provided. Let us break bread together! 


At weekly worship & High Holy Days

At Union Grove and all United Methodist Churches, the Lord’s Table is open to all who wish to receive communion. Communion is offered as part of our regular Sunday worship and on other appropriate holy days. Virtual worshippers are invited to participate by having juice and bread available wherever you are worshipping.

Virtual Study Groups

Virtual Opportunities On Weeknights

Due to the extended time it has taken to get the repairs completed at the church, small groups will not return until after the first of the yaer. You can learn more about them by clicking on the “Virtual Study Groups” link on our menu bar. 

Services, Mission & Ministries

We Gather Together

Worship Hour

Weekly Worship – Sundays at 11 a.m. ET

Second Sunday Community Church
2nd Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. ET
at The Bird & The Book, Maryville TN

Live-stream and On-Demand also available

Make a Joyful Noise


Musical opportunities abound at Union Grove! We’re looking for a courageous volunteer to help us re-establish vocal ensembles and a hand bell choir. If interested, please contact Rev. Val via the Contact Us page.

News, Notes & the Pastor’s Heart

The Latest News & Updates

A Letter to the Church

A Letter to the Church

The following was received via email on December 22, 2023, and is posted here in its entirety and original form: Warm greetings in love to my friends and church family at Union Grove UMC! We read in the bible that over the ages, a well-documented tradition has been...

Lord In Your Mercy – From the Pastor’s Heart November 3 2023

Lord In Your Mercy – From the Pastor’s Heart November 3 2023

If you've been actively participating in Union Grove since we returned to in-person worship in May 2021, you know that the number of homeless youth in Blount County was the impetus behind our Bruno Projects, with Bruno IV being the ultimate goal specifically to house...

Bruno & UGUMC Need Your Help

Bruno & UGUMC Need Your Help

Bruno and UGUMC are in urgent need of your help. The weather is becoming colder and we’ve had to temporarily suspend our on-site mission. Read more to learn why and how you can help.

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