Grace United Methodist Church • 1245 Juniper Avenue • Crete, NE 68333 • (402) 826-2215 •

Our mission is to grow Grace United Methodist Church with Christian Love for Everyone!


Congratulations to our eight youth and their parents! On August 2, 2020 we confirmed Tessa Burkey, Josie Anderson, Cheri Behrens, Barrett Eggerling, Hollis Anderson, Jenna Andindi, Caitlynn Boyle, and Jayden Boyle. With great joy Grace and I welcome these youth as new members of Grace United Methodist Church. Thank you, for your prayers that has ushered them thus far. Let us continue praying for all of our youth who are in the Crete Public Schools and in colleges and universities. Grace, you have set and laid such a solid foundation for our youth. Year after year we are proud to celebrate their academic and extra-curricular successes.

YOUTH GROUP 2020-2021
Plans are now underway for the 2020-2021 Youth Group. Building a Youth Ministry around Covid-19 Advisory and Guidelines, parents and youth watch your mail for more details to come. As always, safety first, as we grow, have fun, explore, and learn more in Christ. -Dr. Reynolds


Our Purpose: United Methodist Youth shall learn and follow the teaching of Jesus Christ.

Youth Bible Class meet Wednesdays at 7:00 PM

At Grace UMC, our children and youth have an opportunity to explore spirituality and how it compares to life outside the church. In a world where they're told that nothing is ever enough and peer pressure is fierce, they have a chance to get their head on straight, figure out where they want to go, what kind of person they want to be, and what mark they want to leave on those around them as they transition into adulthood.

They hear and discuss and dissect the kinds of stories that they will keep with them their entire lives, stories that will help them see how God makes sense, and how God's love works in the gritty world they're entering. Grace UMC is into living our Christian beliefs, and we offer our children and youth opportunities to be involved locally, nationally, and globally.

A strong camping ministry is an important component of the Great Plains Area's commitment to develop Christian spiritual leaders.
The camps are designed to provide intentional places apart to encounter God, to extend genuine Christian hospitality and community, to nurture Christian faith and discipleship, to teach creation care and appreciation, to collaborate with United Methodist churches and agencies and to inspire and equip guests to do love and justice.

Vacation Bible School is held every summer for kids ages kindergarten through 6th grade.
It one of Grace UMC's outreach programs; invitation to participate is extended to children outside the church, as well.

There is Sunday School every Sunday, except in the summer. The youth meet every Wednesday evening. We have a children's choir. Confirmation classes are held every year. While all members and friends of the church, no matter their age, are invited to the communion table, the two-year program helps our youth understand the basis of Methodism and the significance of the Feast as a chance to renew and reinvigorate their faith on a regular basis.


Our Purpose: United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

United Methodist Women
meet Thursdays at 1:30 PM

United Methodist Women's roots lie in adversity. It was formed in the mid-1800s by women who could not participate as clergy in the Methodist church, but who could become missionaries. The Methodist Women's Missionary Society sponsored and supported female missionaries in the field. The theme for 2018 was: "Live the Vision." Let us turn faith, hope, and love into action on behalf of women, children and youth around the world by:

• Providing opportunities and resources to grow spiritually, becoming more deeply rooted in Christ, and putting faith into action

• Organizing for growth, with flexible structures leading to effective witness and action

• Equipping women and girls around the world to be leaders in communities, agencies, workplaces, governments, and churches

• Working for justice through compassionate service and advocacy to change unfair policies and systems

• Providing educational experiences that lead to personal change in order to transform the world

In 2018 and 2019, Grace UMW raised more than $1,000 for a variety of mission projects. But the organization is more than just a fundraising machine. There are lots of opportunities for service, fellowship, scholarship, personal growth, and just plain fun! For 2020 and beyond we invite all women of the church to become part of this active and dynamic organization.

Our Purpose: United Methodist Men shall be a creative, supportive fellowship of men who seek to know Jesus Christ, to grow in spirituality, and to seek daily his will.

United Methodist Men meet for breakfast at 7 a.m. on the third Sunday of each month (except June, July, and August).

The first charter for Methodist Men was issued in 1942, but independent societies of men within The Methodist Church existed long before that. There were, among others, the Brotherhood of St. Paul, the Mizpah Brotherhood, the Wesley Brotherhood, and the Methodist Brotherhood. Their slogan was: “A Million Methodist Men Making the Mind of the Master their Main Motive and Mission.”

Today the members' mission is: “Helping men grow in Christ so others may know Christ.” UMM strive to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through four focus areas:

• Leadership development
• Church renewal
• Ministry with the poor
• Promotion of global health

At Grace United Methodist Church, members of United Methodist Men operate on behalf of the church and in fellowship with one another. The group organizes a number of specific projects/events, including:

• Super Bowl Soup Dinner (Feb.)
• Sweetheart Breakfast (Feb.)
• Lincoln Saltdogs Baseball Game (Jul. or Aug.)
• Lord’s Acre Auction and Luncheon (Nov.)
• Christmas Program Candy Bags for Children (Dec.)

UMM members often function in a more informal way, providing many of the "handy man" services for the church. For example, in 2014, the UMM added wood panels to and painted the new handicapped accessible ramp that accesses the sanctuary.

Grace UMC’s UMM organization holds a breakfast meeting at 7 a.m. on the third Sunday of each month (except June, July, and August).

We screen and educate staff and volunteers to help prevent abuse of children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
We envision a world in which all children, youth, and vulnerable adults are protected and feel safe.

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