Youth Ministries News



Winter Basketball League

Registration begins this month for our 2018 winter basketball program for children ages 4 through 7. Registration forms are available now on the welcome center and on the church website. Our children’s basketball program has been a very popular and successful ministry. But we also need many people to help with the program each year. If you are interested in coaching or volunteering to help in some other way, or if you have any questions, please contact Karen Skidmore at Click the link below for a copy of the registration form:




MUMC Youth Group to attend ROCK this year!

Rock is the God centered high energy retreat complete with worship, music, games, breakout sessions and more. Your teen will have an amazing weekend making memories with friends and deepen their relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Retreat will be held in Ocean City Maryland on Jan. 26-28, 2018 -Please feel free to contact Natalie Smith for more information and visit: .  Deadline for sign up will be September 30th – Put your teens name on the list today!



Parents of 6th to 12th Graders!

Get pumped for a new, exciting youth group this school year. I would like to hold a parent’s meeting on Sunday, September 10 at 10:30 right after the service, in the Outback. We will be talking about new ideas and changes, how the year is going to flow, and the ministry we hope to grow. If you have any questions or cannot make the meeting please email me, Mike Reitz, at


Youth – 6th to 12th Grade!

Coming on September 17 Fearless, Be Bold in your Faith! Our new Sunday night program is all about being fearless. Get excited to learn more about your faith, grow together as a community, and serve others. At 5pm on the 17th, middle school youth group will be held, then at 6pm both middle and high school will come together for dinner, and at 7pm high school youth group will have their turn. More information will be relayed to your parents on the 10th. If you have any questions please email me at I am so excited to see all of you!





Youth Group Participant Agreement

New News

Winter Basketball League Registration is now open for our 2018 winter basketball program for children ages 4 through 7.  Registration forms are available now on the welcome center and online HERE. Our children’s basketball program has been a very popular and successful ministry.  But we also need many people to help with the program each year.  If you are interested in coaching or volunteering to help in some other way, or if you have any questions, please contact Karen Skidmore at

Casting Crowns Tickets

Teresa Cooley has tickets available to the Casting Crowns concert at the Great Frederick Fair, Friday September 22nd at 7:30 PM. The tickets are $40 and include admission into the fair as well as a seat in the center grandstand. Please email ( if you are interested.



Senior Center Program

Join Damascus Senior Center for its Spring Program: “Horsin’ Around With Songs of the West.” The program will take place Tuesday June 13, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM. There will be various musical performances and group sing-alongs! You may even see some guest appearances from members of the Montgomery Church Community. Damascus Senior Center is located at 9701 Main Street in Damascus.


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Have you ever wondered about the Seven Mile Walk With Jesus (formerly known as The Walk to Emmaus)? To get involved in the Seven Mile Walk With Jesus, each person must have a sponsor who has already attended the Walk.   If you have a friend who has made their Walk, ask your friend to tell you about his or her experience with the program.  You can also contact Joyce Rhinehart or visit the website





Vintage Music Available

There are various pieces and books of vintage music in the choir room that are available for re-homing. The church is no longer in need of these items and anyone who may be interested is asked to see the Music Director Dana Carpenter or Joyce Rhodes. Thank You.



Attention all Sunday Servants

We will begin to create a schedule up through May for all the Scripture Readers and Worship Leaders. If you are currently serving and no longer wish to serve, or if you are not and would like to be added to the schedule or would like more information please contact the church office via email at: or Via phone at: 301-253-4460. All currently serving scripture readers and worship leaders will be put onto the new schedule unless we are otherwise notified.





Volunteers needed:

The audio-visual team is looking for help operating the sound system during Sunday morning services.  You can choose the service to work and training will be provided.  Please contact Dennis Babb at 301-524-0314.

Volunteers are needed to help with the nursery during the 11:00 service. If you can help, please contact Amy Burkey ASAP. Thank You.













We still need teachers, helpers, and substitutes for our children’s Sunday school this fall. Please contact Margaret Olsen at

Sunday School volunteers must complete the following  short questionnaire:

Child Protection questionnaire



Sunday School for Children and Youth

Fall classes begin Sunday Sept 10, 9:00 – 10:15 am

Click on the link below to download our Sunday School Registration Form:


Sunday School Registration Form


Classes available for toddlers, preschoolers, each elementary grade, middle school and senior high



Adult Education


  • Ongoing classes and a variety of short-term electives are offered each week.
  • Topics include such things as: studies on individual books of the Bible, faith issues (spiritual gifts, discipleship, contentment, etc.), and life issues (marriage, stress, parenting, etc.).
  • Current class listings are posted in the lobby of both the sanctuary and education wings.


Confirmation Classes

  • Youth in grades 7 and up are invited to join in the Confirmation Journey in preparation for full membership within Montgomery United Methodist Church.
  • Confirmation classes begin in February and continue through May.
  • Confirmation activities are coordinated by the Pastor, the Youth Coordinator and the Christian Education Director.


Youth and Adult Small Groups

  • Various small study and discipleship groups are available, meeting at different times throughout the week.
  • Some meet in the church building, some in homes
  • Some are for women only, some men only, youth or couples.
  • Study groups meet for a few months up to a few years – depending on the needs and interests of the group.


Vacation Bible School

  • VBS is offered during one week each summer, usually in July
  • This half day program features worship, age level classroom activities, drama, music, crafts and recreation
  • VBS is open to the entire community, with registration beginning in April.
  • 2016 VBS Registration

Montgomery Methodist Children’s Center

An accredited Christian preschool for children ages 2-5.

  • Sessions of 3 or 4 hours are offered in combinations of 2, 3, 4 and 5 days a week. Tuition is charged.
  • For information or to register, contact the school directly at (301) 253-4884 or click below to access the school’s website.



Please Help us with Disaster Relief

Many persons have been asking how they might help in providing relief for the victims of flooding in Texas, Florida, and the Caribean.

This is particularly critical, since our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a place where 100% of your contributions go to help persons in affected areas. NOT ONE PENNY goes to administrative costs. (Your conference apportionments provide all UMCOR’s administrative budget.) One more reason to be pleased to be a United Methodist.

If you would like to give directly to UMCOR, you can do so at their website ( You may also give through Montgomery Church. Please designate “Disaster Relief” on the memo line of your check.

Please remember in your prayers those families who have been affected by flood damage and evacuation.

We are also collecting materials to build cleaning buckets and health kits. Items needed for these kits can be placed in the overflow room at Montgomery church  through September 17th before being taken to the centralized conference collection site.

Cleaning Kit Items: 5-Gallon bucket with resealable lid, Liquid laundry detergent, Liquid household cleaner (no spray cleaners), Dish soap, 50 Clothespins, Clothesline, 7 Sponges, 24-Roll heavy-duty trash bags, 18 Cleaning wipes, 1 Can air freshener,  1 Insect-repellant spray, 2 Pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves, 1 Pair work gloves, 5 Scouring pads, 1 Scrub brush, 5 Dust masks

Hygiene Kit Materials: 1 Hand towel, 1 Washcloth, 1 Toothbrush, 6 Adhesive bandages, 1 Bath-size soap, 1 Comb, 1 Metal nail file or nail clippers, 1 plastic bag, $1.00 to purchase toothpaste

For detailed instruction on items needed please visit the UMCOR website a visit Cleaning Kits or Hygiene Kits.



Crop Walk

Hunger is one of the greatest injustices facing our world today, but it doesn’t have to be… you can feed our neighbors here and around the world! Join Team-Montgomery United Methodist Church, Sunday October 8th at 2:00pm for the Damascus Crop Walk located at Damascus Regional Park, 23723 King’s Valley Road. It is a very fun, family friendly walk to raise funds and awareness. Clink on the links below to register to walk or to sponsor a walker. Every donation helps end hunger and save lives! Help us reach our goal of stopping hunger.




Faith Connections School Supply Drive

Faith Connections is looking for volunteers for the school supply drive. This project runs from May-August each year, to collect and then distribute new school supplies to needy students in the Damascus-Clarksburg area schools. Volunteers are needed to contact churches, businesses and organizations to request donations, work with school counselors, enter recipient names into a database, distribute collection bins, collect and sort supplies, and then pack and deliver supplies to local schools. We are in need of 2-3 adult volunteers to manage the project as well as teen and other adults to assist with collection, sorting and packing. Please contact Jill Ochs at if you are able to help.

 Caregiver Support Group

Started in 2008, the group is open to members and non-members of Montgomery UMC.

The group discusses difficulties as well as positive experiences while caring for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s, cancer or any other illness that renders their loved one incapable of caring for themselves. Each member receives valuable feedback that is helpful to all in attendance. The group also invites outside speakers to come and speak about topics related to caregiving for a loved one.

If you have a family member or friend for whom you are a part-time or full-time caregiver, please plan on joining us. We would love to have you join us whether you want to participate or just listen to the helpful discussions that take place during each meeting!

For more information, please contact the group’s facilitator, Bill Bugg at 301-831-9779 or call the church office at 301-253-4460.



Outreach Ministries that we support:


Damascus HELP provides assistance to needy persons and families in the upper portion of Montgomery County and adjacent areas in the form of emergency food, holiday food baskets and gifts.  Transportation, furniture and emergency financial assistance are also available.



Faith Connections with the help of a part-time community social worker and partnering with Damascus HELP, area churches, organizations and individuals, is providing assistance to area families facing homelessness by helping to prevent evictions and foreclosures. Faith Connections also provides mentoring and life skills training to single mothers and after school programs for at-risk youth in the community.



Youth for Christ as a part of the body of Christ, vision is to see every young person in every people group in every nation have the opportunity to make an informed decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ and become a part of the local church. In the Frederick area, YFC engages with Middle and High School youth in addressing the problems and concerns facing today’s teens.



Good News Jail and Prison Ministry attempts to meet the spiritual needs of both inmates and staff through ministry that includes evangelism, discipleship, and pastoral attention, while facilitating other religious faiths within the guidelines established by law and the individual correctional facility.



Chinese Outreach Ministries is giving Christ to China’s future leaders through committed staff and volunteers sharing Christ’s love and truth with Chinese scholars and researchers at universities in North America.



Grace Covenant International Ministries with Ken and Cathie Metz, are partnering with local churches in Peru and are helping towns and villages gripped by drug and violent cultures transform into healthy and productive societies.



Compassion International exists as a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. This program is supported by the offerings received in the children’s Sunday school program.

Since our founding in 1846, the people of Montgomery United Methodist Church in Damascus, Maryland have sought to be faithful followers of Christ in the community and around the world. We believe that the heart of the community has been, is, and will be – the Church.

We welcome all people in search of God’s teaching and love to visit and become part of our church family. We hope to build upon our great heritage of the love of God and service to our community and the world. Please join us for one of our celebration services.