Sharing the heart of Christ
... through small groups
We believe that the Christian faith is best lived out in community.*
We can share that faith both within the community of a small group and with that community to the city that we call home.
The Younger Generations Team is planning on starting small groups for younger adults (you may define "younger") in the Spring of 2018. The team is asking younger adults to take the following five-question online survey and to indicate available dates on the Doodle Poll.
Men and women can grow in their faith by reading and studying in a small group, enjoying a meal with each other, praying with each other for others, and serving others.
We offer four adult Bible studies during the week:
1. Men’s Bible Study: "Mayberry Bible Study,” from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Mondays in the basement of the sanctuary building (bring lunch if you like).
2. Monday Night Bible Study: "The Land Between" and “The Absolute Basics of the Christian Faith” from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays in the parlor of the Education Building.
3. Prayer Group: A study of prayer, from 12:05 to 12:45 p.m. on Wednesdays in the parlor of the Education Building (bring lunch if you like)
4. Women’s Bible Study: "Mayberry Bible Study," from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Fridays in the parlor of the Education Building. You usually go out to eat afterwards.
Open to youth in 7th through 12th grades, our youth group meets together midweek to deepen friendships, study scripture, and learn about service. They serve throughout the year and take an interstate summer mission trip. Midweek United Methodist Youth Fellowship (U.M.Y.F.) meets weekly during the evenings on either Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Please ask James Hamilton, who is our Director of Youth Ministries, for the days and times of U.M.Y.F.
Do you have additional questions or want to get involved? Please email James at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Between children and youth, lies confirmation. Open to students in 6th through 12th grades, confirmation is a time for them to step back and take a big picture of the faith. The next class will begin in January, 2018. Pastor John Kay teaches about the following overarching topics: personal acceptance of Christ, Bible origins, United Methodist beliefs, Methodist history, baptism, communion, and service. At least one parent/guardian is asked to attend along with his or her student in order to raise the importance of confirmation.
Do you have additional questions or want to get involved? Please contact John at PastorJohnKay@gmail.com or through the church office at (903) 455-2869.
We celebrate that God’s grace is active in the lives of children, whom we define as growing from birth through 5th grade. Our children’s ministries include:
- Children’s Sunday School (for children 3 years old through 3rd grade) at 9:45 a.m. in Room 201,
- Tween’s Sunday School (for children 4th grade through 8th grade) at 9:45 a.m. in Room 206,
- Vacation Bible School during the summer,
- Children’s activities/projects throughout the year,
- A nursery staffed by adults on Sunday mornings for newborns through 4 years.
A new emphasis for children’s ministries is to better serve our community. For example, at the end of October the children go trick-or-treating at the Greenville nursing homes to benefit the residents.
If you would like for your child to be baptized, please contact Pastor John Kay at PastorJohnKay@gmail.com.
At a reasonable tuition rate, we offer the Kavanaugh Kid’s Day Out program on Mondays and Wednesdays. For details please see the Kid’s Day Out tab above or click here.
Do you have questions or want to get involved with Children's Ministries?
Email Nicole Kay about Children’s Sunday School at email@example.com
Email Laura Walden Roberts about the nursery at LauraWalden1128@gmail.com
* For your own Bible study about the communal nature of Christianity, check out Acts 2:42, Acts 20:28, Ephesians 2:19-22, Ephesians 4:12, and Hebrews 10:24-25. Click on the scriptures to read them and then use your browser’s back-arrow to return.
... through missions
Community Food Pantry
In 2017, we installed a cabinet on the east side of the church’s campus. Members donate non-perishable food items and other items for Greenville’s hungry, who do not have to ask and may access it 24/7.
Panera Bread Mission
In 2017, we began this mission in which Panera gives us bags and bags of day-old bread for distribution to the hungry. We sort through the deliciously-smelling bread, place some in our community food pantry, and then deliver most of it to Women In Need (WIN), Homeless under the Bridge, FISH, Boles Home, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Reecy Davis Senior Center.
School Uniform Project
Along with the Golden Kiwanis--who meet here on Tuesday mornings, Kavanaugh runs this ongoing ministry, in which children of Travis Elementary School who need uniforms receive such clothing.
For The City
Kavanaugh is a leading congregation in this week of massive mission projects. Greenville churches are working together to benefit the people of Greenville. Register in the spring in order to serve in June. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER to serve or to request work done at your owned property during For The City, which will be held June 6-9, 2018
With God’s help more than 320 members of 32 churches in June, 2017:
- Completed carpentry, paint, or roof repair on 12 houses.
- Mowed, trimmed trees, and removed poison ivy on 6 yards.
- Finished 1 major yard project at the Salvation Army.
- Repaired 2 retaining walls at the Greenville Sports Park.
- Made 5 trips to the dump.
- Filled 450 trash bags.
- Visited 400 residents in 5 nursing homes and assisted-living facilities.
- Packed and delivered 500 goody bags to 80 apartment residents, 2 senior living communities, Glen Oaks Hospital, daycare workers, the Public Library, Hunt County Courthouse employees, 3 post office locations, Greenville Police Department, Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, Hunt County E.M.S., and 4 fire stations.
- Visited 220 businesses downtown and along Wesley Street with prayers and encouragement.
- Walked more than 5 miles in the process and collected trash along the way. The leader said that he burned an average of 3,483 calories daily while walking an average of 10,153 steps a day according to FitBit.
- Visited 70 patients in the cancer center at Hunt Regional Medical Center.
- Corporately prayed for more than 10 hours before F.T.C. by 35 people.
- Served 640 lunches to the workers.
- Labored an aggregate of 5,000 hours in planning and execution.
- And took more than 4,100 photographs by 4 photographers.
For The City organizes quarterly worship services at a variety of churches so that we may not only work together in June, but also, worship and fellowship together.
Groups Meeting at Kavanaugh
The church also provides service to the local area by offering meeting space and encouragement to several organizations, including the Cub Scout Pack 0367, the Girl Scouts, quilting groups, and the Golden K Kiwanis.
Kava-Kids After School Program
Kava Kids is an after school program for students that operates in cooperation with the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Texas and Greenville ISD. The dozens of children in the program are Boys & Girls Club members who attend Travis Elementary School. Since 2017, many of the students attend the new Katherine Johnson STEM Academy. Kava-Kids provides support – both personal and academic – to the students in the program. Greenville ISD provides transportation from the school to the Kava Kids center.
KUMC is located in the Travis attendance zone. Kava Kids is a way for the church to positively impact the residential neighborhood surrounding the church. The program is housed in the multiuse Pickens Place facility adjacent to the church parking lot.
Volunteers from the church community provide individual attention and tutoring under the supervision of a paid director. Children also have fun in a safe and caring environment. For more information please call (903) 455-2191.
Hunt County Shared Ministries, known as FISH, provides a food pantry and utility assistance for families in need. KUMC provides financial support for FISH. Church members also contribute non-perishable food for the food pantry using a collection box in the church.
The Salvation Army provides support services for individuals and families in need. KUMC donates food, clothing, and money from benevolence funds to help the Salvation Army serve others.
WIN, Women In Need
WIN operates a shelter and life-changing assistance for women who have been victims of family violence. In addition to providing financial aid for the organization, KUMC provides supplies for the shelter. The church also shares the excess bounty from our fellowship dinners, the annual Christmas dinner, and other events with the shelter’s residents.