What to Expect…
We are inclusive + affirming + reconciling.
In 2019, and by a unanimous vote, our congregation became an official Reconciling Congregation. This means 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 connecting with the LGBTQ+ community through Pride and other community events and actively support the work of 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. We welcome everyone. Our faith is a journey – each person at their own place as we grow in this life together. Come just as you are to Glendale – no exceptions and no exclusions.
Some of the Faces You’ll See…
Alejah Love"Both Glendale’s inclusive and affirming environment and attitude felt like I was being called home into a space where I was loved wholeheartedly. I don’t think I found Glendale. I think Glendale found me." - Alejah
Sophie Dukes"I was born in Mississippi to a lineage of Southern Baptist Ministers but eventually left the church due to the cruel and vengeful image of God portrayed. Through friendships formed with Glendale members, while playing sports in Nashville, I decided to give the church a try. From my warm welcome at the front door, the mid worship sincere greetings, to the foundational gestures of friendship as I departed...I knew I’d found my new home." - Sophie
The Woodroof Family"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
James Poland"I was invited to visit Glendale UMC many times before I finally accepted, and it was love at first sight. The combination of the warm, welcoming members and their commitment to serving the community demonstrated God's love for us all. I have been coming back ever since." - James
Mary Kate Allen"After 14 years out of church, I never knew I'd find the most perfect fit at Glendale. Our church is open, affirming, and we love everyone no matter where they're from and who they love. God works within the walls our church, but also outside in the community as well." - Mary Kate
The Caccese Family“Our family came across Glendale while searching for a church that is welcoming to everyone. We planned on attending our first service with every intention of visiting another church the following weekend. But, from the moment we walked through Glendale’s front doors, we knew we were home.” - The Caccese Family
Kellie Hargis"I was seeking a place where I could feel authentically welcomed just as I am, a place where I could feel God’s peace and comfort, a place to refuel each week without pressure or intimidation. What I found was so much more! Glendale UMC is an amazing community where God’s goodness and grace are truly demonstrated through the kindness of the congregants. I have never attended a church where God’s love is more palpable. What a blessing." - Kellie
The Murdock Family"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, Jenn & Ella M.
Blake O'Donnell"I started coming to Glendale after my friend brought me there one Sunday. I felt the immediate presence of love and acceptance and ever since then Glendale has become like home. The people of Glendale UMC are a daily reminder to me that there is good in the world. I have never been excited to go to church before but now I wouldn’t have it any other way." - Blake
Alan Whitley“I first came to Glendale nearly 3 years ago after looking for a church to call home. I walked in and I immediately felt loved, accepted & I felt the presence of God. Glendale has given me a wonderful community & a stronger relationship with myself & with God” - Alan