United Methodist Men
“Helping men grow in Christ so others may know Christ”
Colonial Park United Methodist Men invites you to connect with us as we keep our eye on the central reason for this ministry: to help others grow to a mature faith in God that moves them to action on behalf of others, especially “the least.” No matter where you are on your spiritual journey, God will meet you there.
Our goal is to empower the ministry of Jesus Christ through men within our congregation and to reach out to men to join us in our spiritual journey of seeking God’s will, sharing God’s love and serving God and our neighbors.
Our journey together follows the path of lifelong commitment to spiritual growth to maturity as Christ followers leading to a lifelong commitment to service.
The Colonial Park United Methodist Men is not an exclusive “club.” Every United Methodist man and all men interested in establishing a spiritual journey through United Methodism is already a member. We do not have dues, but raise our funds through a variety of activities. If you haven’t activated your membership through attendance, we encourage you to do so. No matter what age from young men to senior men, everyone has a place and can play a vital role.
Colonial Park United Methodist Men fulfills its mission by organizing into teams with each team having a specific purpose. Currently, we have five teams:
Program Team: Plans and arranges programming for our quarterly general meeting and Men’s Devotional Breakfast Bible Study.
Lamplighters Team: Identifies the need for replacement of the church’s burned out light bulbs and within the ability of the team member, replaces them. This saves the church additional expenditures for light bulbs and provides our men the opportunity for fellowship and service.
Building Minders Team: In coordination with the church Trustees, this team plans and implements periodic remodeling and repair projects around the church property.
Transportation Team: In recognition that there are men who would like to attend UMM activities, but may be unable to provide transportation for themselves, this team organizes the means and volunteers to provide transportation for men unable to drive themselves.
Communication Team: This team uses various media to inform men, the congregation, and the community about the UMM’s purpose and activities.
Quarterly Dinner and Meeting
We have quarterly dinner meetings where the meal is provided with a notable speaker of interest from the secular or religious communities of the Memphis Metro area. The focus is on gaining spiritual knowledge, learning about community service and mission programs through speakers and presentations. In the time between meetings, we focus on coordinating our own service efforts to plan various service and mission projects, life skill development presentations for children, youth and young adults, as well a recreational opportunities for men of all ages and their children and grandchildren.
Men’s Devotional Breakfast
On the first Saturday of the month at 8:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall, the men gather in fellowship over breakfast and learn more about God’s intentions for us as Christian men.
Men’s Spiritual Quest
Each Tuesday morning at 7:00 am, a group of men gather in Colonial Park’s conference room to seek to understand God’s will for them, determine how to love others and decide what service would honor God. Using either free discussion based on scripture or focusing on a study book, this is a time and place for men to be able to be open and honest with one another about difficulties and stumbling blocks as well as progress and victories in their spiritual and life journeys. They attempt to answer the Question: Why am I here? Seek to Understand: What is God’s plan for me? Evaluate: How am I doing when compared to God’s plan for me? Stretch: Where would God have me use my gifts? And Transfer: Who needs to hear this message from me? If you are interested in joining in with this growth group, all you need to do is drop by on Tuesday morning, grab a cup of coffee and join in the fellowship and discussion.
Upper Room Prayer Line
As part of a national network of volunteers, the Colonial Park United Methodist Men serve the Upper Room Living Prayer Center by manning the phone to offer prayers to callers every Tuesday morning from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Each day, hundreds of people request prayer by calling the Upper Room Living Prayer Center’s toll-free number at 1-800-251-2468 (available 7 am – 11 pm). The phone lines are covered by volunteers who answer each call, pray with the caller, and forward the prayer concern to Upper Room prayer partners for additional prayer. This ministry is dedicated to fulfill the mission of Galatians 6:2: “Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” If you would like to join this prayer group, all you need is compassion for others, a vital Christian experience out of which to share with others, and a desire to grow in your own prayer life. For more information, contact Kim Gordon. Funding for the toll-free line is provided by The Upper Room, United Methodist Men groups and individual gifts.
Family Game Night
Periodically, we sponsor a family night of food, fun, and fellowship in the Fellowship Hall. This helps promote family togetherness and with the invitation to our neighborhood families, serves as a point of introduction to Colonial Park.
Each year we cook and host a Valentine Dinner with entertainment for members of Colonial Park and community guests as our way of saying “Thanks for your support.”
The United Methodist Men contribute to many outreach efforts of the church and in the community. The men raise money through barbeque sales, fish fry sales, basketball concessions, etc., to help support themselves and many missions of the church. In the past we have supported the following:
- Helped unload and distribute affordable meals for Angel Food Ministry each month
- Helped support the annual Young Adult mission trip to south Louisiana to work in the United Methodist Committee on Relief’s Sager Brown supply depot in Baldwin
- Set up and provided parking patrol for Colonial Park’s Vacation Bible School
- Assisted the Youth in their annual mission building and repair projects
- Lent financial support to several young adults in their mission activities in Africa
- Provided funds for Personal Energy Transportation vehicles for the mobility impaired in developing countries throughout the world
- Provided funds for two Young Adults to attend a seminar on “Emerging Christianity.”