Nurture Ministry – Teaching the Faith and Strengthening the Fellowship


“They devoted themselves to the apostles – teaching and fellowship, to breaking of bread and prayers.”   – Acts 2:42


We build the family of God by ensuring that a sense of a belonging and caring community exists among the members of the congregation. This ministry is especially vigilant to see that newcomers and new members are fully incorporated, as they choose, into the life and work of the church.


The ministry works with Sunday School classes and creates other educational opportunities, along with developing ways to help promote unity for fellowship, recreation, and leisure among the congregation.

Some of the various ministries under Nurture that benefit our congregation in special ways are:

  • Sunday School classes for all ages and Bible study groups (i.e. DISCIPLE classes, short-term studies, etc.)

  • Vacation Bible School

  • Our church library, which has many entertaining, thought-provoking and educational materials for all ages.

  • Church Nursery which is available during both worship services and Sunday School

  • New Member Shepherds: they help new members in the congregation get to know various aspects of the church, it’s ministries, and members.

  • Special events/dinners

  • Prime Timers is a group of adults “in their prime” who meet on the third Tuesday of each month for fun, food, and fellowship.

  • Homebound Visitation for those members who can’t come to church for health reasons, are in a nursing facility, the hospital or in a rehab care facility.

  • A Prayer Chain

  • Bereavement Care: offers meals or a lunch/reception following a memorial service for the family of a member who has passed away.


Other opportunities for fellowship within the congregation include the coffee fellowship on Sunday mornings before Sunday School, Spring and Fall festivals, our annual fall church picnic, monthly activities such as movie and game nights, and much more.


The Nurture Ministry helps fulfill Groce UMC’s mission of building the family of God through praising God, bringing others to Christ, teaching the faith, strengthening the fellowship, and sending forth in service. 

A drum band performs during the Fall Festival. The Festival is not only a favorite attraction for the community but one more opportunity for fellowship.

Youth stand ready to paint the faces of children during the church's Spring Fling.