What to Expect…
We are inclusive + affirming + reconciling.
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.What is worship + the community like?
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. #YallMeansAllWhat if I'm not a Christian?
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.
Some of the People You’ll See…
Cat Huntsmanshe/they"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
The Dolezal Familyhe/him + she/her"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
The Bell Familyshe/her + he/himWe weren’t necessarily looking for a church, but immediately felt at home at Glendale. Through some of the hardest times of our lives, the Glendale community always found a way to support us right when we needed it most. After having complicated relationships with church in the past, we have found a community of faith that we weren’t sure was ever going to be a part of our lives. - Courtney + Ryan
Mary Watsonshe/they“I have spent the last 3 years looking for a church that speaks out on the injustices of the world and actively works towards healing the pain that church has caused marginalized communities for centuries. I knew from the first service that Glendale was different, in the best ways, and have felt at home since.” - Mary
The Woodroof Familyhe/him, she/her + they/them"As parents, to hear our children say that Glendale is the first church where they truly feel a part of a family - the first place where they have experienced God's love - it's both humbling and joyful. We are so blessed to have found our church home." - The Woodroof Family
Aziza Roseshe/her"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
Ben Lee + Don Scholeshe/him“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
Claire Pattonshe/her"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
The Murdock Familyhe/him + she/her"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." - Jen, Ella + Chris
Rob Cowlesshe/her"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