What Grace Has to Offer

Hello! Are you planning your first visit to our church? Well you should know that Grace has two Sunday worship services. We offer a contemporary and traditional service. Below contains information on what each service has to offer. Go ahead read about each one and decide which one fits your worship needs best. 

We look forward to seeing you!


Contemporary Worship

Service

This service seeks to provide a relevant and engaging worship experience that helps us celebrate who God is and what He does for us.

  • Held at 9 am on Sunday's in the TFEC Worship Center
  • Led by a full worship band
  • Integrates a balance of the historical and emergent forms of worship
  • Incorporates music, visual media, and other creative elements or worship arts
  • Casual, come as you are atmosphere designed for worshipers of all ages and backgrounds
  • Child care/ nursery services are available during the service in the TFEC building
  • Children's church is also offered after the first fifteen minutes of worship

Traditional Worship

Service

This service is rooted in the traditional Methodist liturgy. The worship experience flows between music, prayer, scripture and proclamation, as we enter together into God’s presence.

  • Held at 11 am on Sunday's in the Sanctuary
  • Led by the pipe organ and chancel choir
  • Incorporates the foundational hymns of the church as well as special music designed to connect the congregation with the spirit of God
  • The traditional service is more formal in style but still has the warmth of a community of celebration

Additional Church Service Amenities  

Sunday School:

We offer a wide variety of Sunday school classes at 9:30 am for Traditional service folks and 10:15 am for Contemporary service folks, allowing you to attend the service of your choice.  


Holy Communion:

Holy communion is served on the first Sunday of each month at all our Worship services. The table is open to anyone who seeks Christ's love.


Sermon CD' s:

Cd's of each Worship Service are available upon request from the church Office. Please call the church Office on Monday and we will call you when they are ready for pickup. The service is free but donations are always appreciated.


Transportation:

Our church bus provides transportation to the 11:00 am Traditional service. Call the church office to make arrangements.  


Wheel Chair Accessibility:

Handicapped parking is available. Our Sanctuary, restrooms, and other church buildings are accessible for those in wheelchairs.


Joining Grace:

If you are interested in joining Grace Church, we encourage you to indicate this on the Response Card (during church service) or contact the church office for more information.


New Member Orientation:

We hold new member orientation sessions monthly. These sessions provide an opportunity to explore United Methodist beliefs and traditions. Also what it means to become a member of Grace and to learn more about ways to worship, grow, serve, and connect in the life of the church.


Special Worship Services:

  • Ash Wednesday
  • Maundy Thursday
  • Goodf Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Christmas Eve


WORSHIP BULLETIN (both services):


Download Bulletin HERE.


NEWSCASTER:


Download January 2017 GUMC Newscaster HERE.

Download February 2017 GUMC Newscaster HERE.

Download March 2017 GUMC Newscaster HERE.

Download April 2017 GUMC Newscaster HERE.

Download May 2017 GUMC Newscaster HERE.

Download June and July 2017 GUMC Newscaster HERE.


Need Prayer?


If you have a prayer need, we would like the opportunity to pray for you. 

Submit your prayer request via email at:  prayer@graceontheisland.com







Our Church Staff

  • Robin Hager- Senior Pastor

    Robin@graceontheisland.com


    Robin's call to ministry led her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Christian Education at Florida Southern College. She is a graduate of The Divinity School at Duke University with a Masters of Divinity. 


    Pastor Robin Hager is an ordained Elder in the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. She has previously served at First UMC Clearwater, First UMC St. Petersburg and First UMC Stuart among others. Robin is married to Rich.  

  • Katrina Cook- Office Manager

    Trina@graceontheisland.com


    I have been blessed to be on staff at Grace since October 2002. I am excited about our ministries and the opportunity to expand my knowledge. You can find me in the office Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm. 


    My husband Roy and I both transferred to Venice in 1992 and were married here in Venice in 1993. We became members of Grace in November 1998, our daughters Chrissy and Virginia (JJ) grew up at Grace and joined through confirmation in 2009 & 2011. Chrissy is in her Senior year of college at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers and Virginia is in her Junior year at Florida State University in Tallahassee. You may not know that I grew up just a few counties north in Clearwater or that I was a resident at the Florida United Methodist Children’s home in Enterprise Florida for little over a year. I have an AA degree in Psychology, love roller coasters, cars, jet skiing, RVing, designing/renovating houses and watching movies with my family. 


    Blessings! 

  • TIA FISHBURN - Office Assistant

    officeassistant@graceontheisland.com


  • Vicki Mackey- Director of children Ministry

    children@graceontheisland.com


    I was born in St. Pete and raised in Lake Wales Florida, a true Florida native! My husband, Troy and I have been married for 21 years and we have three children. Paul 18, Riley 15, and Sara 13. We have lived here in Venice since 1997, and this is where my family had vacationed growing up. 


    I have taught at the preschool since June of 2004 and became a member of Grace in 2013. I love Florida nature and enjoy camping going to the beach with my family. I love working with children and teaching them. 

  • Keriann Craig- Youth Director

    youth@graceontheisland.com


    Hello Friends! I moved down from Virginia to be the Youth Director here at Grace. My dad is a Pastor in the Virginia United Methodist Conference, so I grew up in the Methodist Church and was very active in my youth group. I graduated from George Mason University in 2014 with a major in Events Management and a Minor in Non-profits.  


    After graduation, I went straight into Youth Ministry! I absolutely love working with youth and their families. You’ll probably see me hanging out with youth, singing, exploring Venice or at chick-fil-a!


  • Anddrew Toepfer- Praise team Leader

    praise@graceontheisland.com


    Many of you know me as I grew up in Grace Church. Some may not know that I have been a part of the AV and Praise Team since I was in Middle School. Music has always been an important component in my life. In High school I played in the marching band all four years, was drum major my senior year and the band booster president for two years after graduation. 

  • Suzanne Berndt- Interim director of traditional music/organist


  • Mary JEanne Moorman- Pianist

    Mary Jeanne Moorman learned to play piano from her mother, Mary Frank Fancher, who is listed in the National Guild of Piano Teachers' Hall of Fame. Mary Jeanne majored in piano performance at two Methodist universities, Southern Methodist University, where she studied choral music with Lloyd Pfautsch, and Oklahoma City University, where she served as staff accompanist for all OCU choirs. She was a soloist with the Oklahoma City Symphony. Mary Jeanne transferred to University of North Texas, Denton, and studied accompanying with Harold Heiberg and piano performance with artist-in-residence Stefan Bardas. Mary Jeanne accompanied Metropolitan Opera leading tenor, Eugene Conley, whose wife, Halvah, watched the Moorman's baby son, John, during rehearsals at the Conley home. John now lives in Venice, as does his younger sister, Sarah. 


    Steve and Mary Jeanne Moorman felt at home on their first visit to Grace UMC in the summer of 2007, and transferred their memberships from Asbury UMC in Denton, TX, where Mary Jeanne served as pianist. In 2009, when Gene Hodges accepted the position of Director of Traditional Music, Mary Jeanne was invited to serve as Chancel Choir accompanist. Mary Jeanne loves being a member of our dear church family, led by our beloved pastor, and is thankful that she can invite friends to Grace with the confidence that they will be lovingly welcomed and encouraged to worship in Spirit and in Truth.


  • faithe johnson- Grace pre-school Director

    Faithe@gracemethodistpreschool.org

  • Frank Hall- Custodian

    I was hired by Grace in February 2009 as a part-time (25/30 hr per week) custodian. A year later I was promoted to full time custodian. I handle the setups and take downs for functions at Grace. When there are no functions, you can find me on campus doing anything and everything that needs to be done. 


    My wife Susan and I were married in 1989. Our two dogs, Sasha and Leo, are our children. My favorite hobby is fishing and the best spot is in the mangroves of 10,000 islands in Naples. 

  • Karen Bowles- Housekeep

    I moved here from Ohio in 1993 to be with my mom, Glenn, and my twin sister Sharon. When I lived in Ohio, I worked at a restaurant in Weirton West Virginia called the Dinor for 20 years. In Florida I worked at PGT for 15 years. While I was working at PGT I met my husband Tim and we were married in 1996. God has truly blessed me with an awesome family. I have the two best children any mother could ask for. Clint (son) and Bobbi Jo (daughter). They are both married and between the two of them, I have three of the most precious grandsons and a beautiful granddaughter. My son-in-law and daughter-in-law are awesome.


    I started working in housekeeping with my beautiful mom at Grace in 2009. I love my job and I love cleaning the house of the Lord. I love being surrounded by such a great group of Christians. I also work special events such as weddings, funerals, concerts, etc. My twin sister Sharon was the first to work here in housekeeping in 1993 and then my mom started and I followed. My dad Glenn started here 1995.