No matter the color of your skin, who you love or how you identify, you are welcome here just as you are. #GodIsLove #BeUMC
We are an official Reconciling Congregation. This means that we are a safe place for all of God's children to grow deeper (or begin) their faith journey - no matter who you love or how you identify. We are intentional in being in community with our LGBTQ+ siblings through Pride and other community events and actively support the work of Nashville LaunchPad, The Oasis Center and other life changing (+ saving) organizations.
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People check out Glendale for the first time every week in worship @ 10am. You will experience a laid back atmosphere, a message of hope + love, upbeat music and people with diverse faith journeys – old and young, raised in the church, new to church, those from other denominations and faith traditions to some who question it all – you name it. All are welcome at Glendale. #YallMeansAll
accessible for all.
We continue to make our building and services more accessible. We have recently installed a new power-operated door off of the parking lot + added live ASL interpretation during worship. As United Methodists, the communion table is open to all - we use grape juice (instead of wine) and provide a gluten free option.
Not a problem. Bring your questions + doubts with you. And really, it is safe to assume that there are others already within our community who have some of those same questions + doubts that you do. You’ll find a safe space to explore those alongside us. Come just as you are to Glendale - no exceptions and no exclusions.
“I swore that I would never step foot in a church again. I grew up in the church and witnessed so much hypocrisy and not seeing the true love of Jesus loving everyone. My husband wanted to go back to church and my stipulations were that it must be inclusive, affirming and progressive and we found Glendale. When I say this church LOVES everyone, Glendale truly loves and accepts everyone.” – Megan
“Before finding Glendale, I stopped going to church and started doubting my faith, leaving Christianity altogether. I found Glendale at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement and started worshiping online and then in person. This is the first church that I truly feel welcome and at home.” – Aziza
“We have found a home in Glendale UMC, a place where every person is loved just for who they are. We are valued for who we are and where we are in our walks of faith – without judgment. We love the people we are meeting and look forward to continuing our journey of life here.”
– Ben + Don
“It was important to me to find a church that was affirming and doing the work of being anti-racist. I wanted to be apart of a church where injustice in our world was spoken about and acted upon. After attending my first service, I know I had found my new church family. I am incredibly grateful for this safe space where I know that any and all are welcome.” – Claire
“After stepping away from church for several years, I was hoping to find an inclusive and affirming church that teaches God’s love for ALL people – regardless of who we are. I immediately felt connected & have made some amazing friends. I found Glendale when I needed it most and feel so lucky and proud to be a part of this church.” – Rob
“We started watching Glendale’s services online and were refreshed by the inclusive & affirming theology. Soon after, we decided to get plugged in to a LifeGroup & that confirmed that Glendale was absolutely where we felt most at home.” – Jim + Rachel
“When we moved to Nashville, we wanted to find a church that was INCLUSIVE of all of God’s children, not EXCLUSIVE. After visiting a few other United Methodist churches, we visited Glendale. We are excited to be a part of an inclusive church and to serve God through Glendale.”
– Kevin + Lezleigh
“Within the first few minutes of our first worship service at Glendale UMC, we knew we’d found, not just a church, but a community full of love. From the welcome message of inclusion, we knew we’d found a home and a place for our daughter to learn about and love Christ.”
– Chris + Jen
“I have found a spiritual home that I was missing and wasn’t sure I would ever find; a caring, nurturing environment; and a reestablishment of my Christian faith. Glendale is a vibrant environment that works hard to live up to the teachings of Jesus Christ, and it is a joy to have found it.” – John
“When we first arrived at Glendale, we knew this place was a wonderful fit for us. Glendale welcomes and affirms all of our LGBTQ+ siblings but doesn't stop there! They also make sure that neurodiverse folks are welcomed and loved and try to make sure the church is accessible as it can be. We have also found Glendale to be a community of faith that is quite diverse. The age range of this congregation is also amazing. ”
– Jennifer, Derek + Family
“When I moved to Nashville 10 years ago, I struggled to find a church that supported my beliefs and open attitude. Glendale had been on my radar due to the messages of love and justice on the outdoor sign over the years. I knew from my first worship service that this place was going to be my spiritual home” – Cat
“Glendale is such a warm and welcoming place. Everyone works to make sure that each person feels included and welcome, regardless of their background or even how they might differ from others in the church, and I strongly believe that anyone who comes would feel that same sense of being both included and loved.” – Steve + Family