We are committed to providing a variety of ways we can connect, grow and renew energy at Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, IL. Get connected through a variety of volunteer opportunities. Come find your place in the following study and fellowship opportunities as we walk together in our faith journeys.

Special Blend Fellowship

Enjoy coffee, tea, treats and fellowship every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. in the Commons. If you'd like to help with set up, clean up or providing goodies, sign up here.

Anti-Racist Book Club | An Indigenous People's History of the United States

Wednesday, May 24, 7 p.m. led by Judy Selby
This book by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz spans more than 400 years of history giving the silenced voices space to share this haunted part of our shared national narrative. Please read through chapter 6 for April and the rest of the book for May and register at garychurch.org. Contact Michelle Sweeney through the Church Office for more information.

Summer Supper Series

Thursdays, June 8, July 6 and Aug. 3, 5:30–7 p.m., Courtyard (if inclement weather, then Commons)

Join in fellowship and share a meal with others on one Thursday a month this summer!  Meet for a potluck prior to the Municipal Band Concerts in Memorial Park. The concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Please bring a dish to share, plus your chair, your place setting, a drink and whatever else you need. Register to set up, clean up or just attend.

Men's Bible Study  (will begin again in September 2023)
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Anderson Room
Looking for a way to learn about the Bible and connect with other men? Join the Men's Bible Study. Contact the Church Office for more information.

Women’s Bible Study (will begin again in September 2023)
Wednesdays, 2 p.m., Anderson Room
Anyone is welcome to this friendly women's Bible study. Contact Holly Trueblood through the Church Office for more information.

United Women in Faith (formerly United Methodist Women)
United Women in Faith Circles are small groups that develop supportive fellowship and expand concepts of mission. All women are invited to participate. Contact the Church Office and we’ll put you in touch with the circle leader for more information on meeting dates and times.
Craft Circle 
Joy Circle 
Knitting/Stitching Circle 
Mary Martha 
Susanna Wesley

Faith Club: A Women’s Interfaith Discussion Group
The Faith Club brings women of Gary Church together with other women of Christian, Jewish and Islamic faiths to develop community and learn from and about one another. They meet the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., with topics including book and movie discussions, a speaker on the role of music in worship, and a craft and fellowship night. Contact Cathy Mousseau or Kim Austin through the Church Office for more information and to be added to the group's email list.

Faith Club Summer Picnic

Sunday, July 23, 1 p.m.

Whether you have been attending this interfaith women’s group regularly, haven’t been able to come for a while, or have been wanting to be part of the group, you are invited to our summer gathering. It’s a great time to get to know our sisters of Abrahamic faiths. Please bring a dish to share. We’ll enjoy the meal together in the shade of Faith Club member Diane Roubitchek’s backyard. For the address, please contact Kim Austin through the Church Office.

Walkers & Talkers Fellowship
Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Zoom; Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., Commons
Stop in and chat with this welcoming fellowship group. Contact the Church Office for the Tuesday Zoom code or simply come to the Commons on Thursdays. (Walkers & Talkers will take a break from Zoom on Tuesdays from June 6-Aug. 29.)

Class Meeting
each group decides best day/time
Looking for friendship? Belonging? A closer relationship with Jesus? You could find all that and more at the Class Meeting. Class Meeting is a small group that laughs, prays and encourages each other in Christ. We began our first Class Meeting the year before the pandemic, helping people grow in faith and develop deep friendships with others. For more information, contact Pastor Brian. 

Game night
Fourth Friday of the month, 6:30–9 p.m., Commons
Join your Gary Church friends for games of bridge, dominoes or anything you like. Must be vaccinated to join in on the fun. Contact Fern Evelhoch through the Church Office for more information and to let us know you're coming.

Create cards
Thursdays, 1 p.m., Heritage Room
Anyone is welcome to drop in whenever you can to create cards. The cards go to people celebrating milestone birthdays and anniversaries. They go to people grieving or sick. And, the cards go to people to simply let them know their friends at Gary Church are thinking about them.

Help make Gary gardens gorgeous
Anyone can join the Gary Gardeners team, and in the spring, summer and fall, there’s always something to do. If you can help with weeding, watering, maintaining/updating planters, general landscaping or various short-term projects, please let Barbara Wernicke know through the Church Office.

Grief Matters Support Group

Wednesdays, 10 a.m., starting Sept. 6 for nine sessions, Commons
We welcome anyone grieving the death or loss of someone to be a part of this group. It is a place where you can be with people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. You’ll gain valuable tools to help you as you continue on the journey of grief.

Monday morning golfers
These golfers love to play together so much, they even meet in Florida in March! Here in Illinois,
they try to play most Monday mornings at a different golf course each week. If you’d like to be a
regular golfer or a substitute, contact the Church Office to get on the email list.