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.
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. When we emerge from the 2020 pandemic, we plan to offer four adult classes:
1. T.L.T. Sunday School Class: From 9:45 to 10:45 in the Library on the first floor of the Education Building. Named after a quotation of Methodism's founder John Wesley, the Think and Let Think Class examines topics of interest.
2. Pastor's Sunday School Class: From 9:45 to 10:35 in the Small Dining Room on the first floor of the Sanctuary Building.
3. Men’s Bible Study: From 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Mondays in the basement of the sanctuary building (bring lunch if you like).
4. Women’s Bible Study and Prayer Time: From 10:15 a.m. to noon on Fridays in the parlor of the Education Building. The Bible study runs from 10:15 to 11:30 a.m., while the Prayer Time goes from 11:30 to noon. 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 email@example.com.
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, 2021. 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 Church (for children 4 years old through 5th grade) will resume when in-person worship returns. The children start out in "big church" at 10:55 a.m., walk down front of the santuary for the Children's Sermon, and then are escorted to the chapel for Children's Church. Parents/guardians are asked to greet the children in the chapel at the conclusion of "big church" in the sanctuary.
- Vacation Bible School during the summer,
- Children’s activities/projects throughout the year.
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. Pastor Kay leads Children's Chapel for them on Monday mornings. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Deleathia Garner about the Kid's Day Out at email@example.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 K Kiwanis, Kavanaugh runs this ongoing ministry, in which children of Travis Elementary School who need uniforms receive such clothing.
For The City
With God’s help more than 400 members of 20 churches in June, 2018:
- 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. The pandemic has changed our plans for 2020, but F.T.C. will return.
Groups Meeting at Kavanaugh
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.