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​​​​​​​​​Programs and Ministries at Our Church

All are welcome to join in our activities at Garden Street UMC. 

Please contact the church office at office@gardenstreetumc.org or 360.733.7440 for more information and to be connected with a particular group.

Adult Education/

Bible Studies

There are many opportunities to join in a prayer group, Bible Study or book group. We also offer special book studies during Lent and Advent. Watch the church calendar and church newsletter for updates.

  • Women's Bible Study, Mondays 9:15-10:30am @ Lee's Cafe
  • Men's Breakfast/Bible Study, Wednesdays 7:00-8:30am @ Marlin's Cafe
  • Lectionary Study, Thursdays 12:00-1:30pm in Room B @ GSUMC
  • Women's Bible Study, Fridays 6:30-8:00am @ Oboe Cafe
  • Christian Book Study, Sundays 9:15-10:15am in Room B @ GSUMC
  • Adult Bible Study, Sundays 9:15-10:15am in the GSUMC Library

Chancel Choir

The chancel choirs sings each Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. worship service during the school year.

Choir practice is on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:00am (with an optional"work" session on Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:00pm) under the direction of Clara Johnson. No auditions required. If you like to sing, you are invited to come any Sunday morning and try us out.

During the summer, the choir takes a break, but watch the church calendar for opportunities to sing with "Today's Choir", a pick up choir that practices on specified Sunday mornings before church.​

Handbells/Garden St. Ringers

Garden Street has almost four complete octaves of handbells. We are always in search of new ringers. If you have never rung bells but want to learn we are willing to teach! Handbell practice begins each fall and meets every Thursday night from 6-6:45pm. The Ringers are directed by Dr. Carla Rutschman. The bells play for church at the 10:30 worship about every six weeks. If you want to try your hand at ringing, just come some Thursday night.

​Garden St. Quilters

​A program of the United Methodist Women, the Garden St. Quilters meet each week on Tuesdays from 10:00am-2:00pm in the Friendship Room at GSUMC. Sale of quilts support UMW missions (see below for more info. about UMW). ​​​

United Methodist Men

The United Methodist Men meet weekly on Wednesdays for breakfast at Marlin's Cafe in Bellingham. They often host Easter breakfast and help out with various church projects and functions.​

United Methodist Women

1176354_649200451758997_536514717_n.jpgGSUMC's United Methodist Women (UMW) offer monthly fellowship meetings and quarterly unit meetings with interesting and inspiring speakers; usually during the lunch hour on the fourth Wednesday and Saturday of the month. We also organize a number of entertaining fund raisers (such as a book sale and spring luncheon) each year to provide funding for missions around the world. Watch the church calendar and newsletter for details. ​

While we would very much enjoy your membership with us, you do not have to be a member to participate in any United Methodist Women events any time. For more information about our organization, vis​it the UMW websiteWe look forward to meeting and welcoming you.

Pictured above: participants at the annual UMW Retreat at Cedar Springs Retreat Center in Sumas, WA. Photo credit: Simon Wu.