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
  • Good 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.

Download August 2017 GUMC Newscaster HERE.

Download September 2017 GUMC Newscaster HERE. 

Download October 2017 GUMC Newscaster HERE.

Download November 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.  

  • TIA FISHBURN - Office Assistant

    officeassistant@graceontheisland.com


    I’m the office assistant at Grace United Methodist Church. I’m a Venice native and have spent most of my life here. I Graduated from Venice High School in 1998 and also attended the State College of Florida.


    I have 6 year old twins Grant and Lila and they are in the first grade. I enjoy spending time with my children and family going to the beach and being outdoors. 

  • 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 23 years and we have three children and one on the way!, Paul 20,  Riley 16, Sara 15, and we are expecting Hazel October of 2017. We have lived here in Venice since 1997, coming after finishing in Navy,  my family had vacationed here growing up! 


    I have taught at the Grace United Methodist Preschool since June of 2004, and came fulltime as Children's Director June of 2014. I became a member of Grace United Methodist Church in 2013. I love Florida nature and enjoy camping and going to the beach with my family. I love working with children and teaching them. "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12

  • 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- director of traditional music/organist


    traditonalmusic@graceontheisland.com


    Suzanne Berndt has worked as a choir director and organist for churches in Oklahoma, Texas, California, North Dakota and Alaska since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in piano, organ and voice from sweet Briar College in Virginia. She Studied organ with Don Dulmer, the principal organist at St. Patrick's in NYC, piano with Iren Marik, a protege of Bartok and writing harmony and counterpoint with Carl Bricken, a Pulitzer Prize winning composer. She completed 55 hours of graduate work in music education and performance at the University of North Texas and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Also she earned the Kodaly certificate in preschool music education from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in Texas. She studied voice at the college level for 12 years with several artists, notably Eugene Connally, Virginia La Croix and Suzanne Summerfield. She studied arranging and organ with John Carpenter and graduate level choral conducting and theory with Morton Manus at UNT. 


    She taught Choral music in public schools for 11 years, mostly in Texas and voice and piano as an assistant professor at the University of Alaska for two years. Before moving to Venice five years ago, Suzanne and her husband Mike lived in Killeen, Texas where they were active in the music programs at First Methodist Church, Killeen, where served as organist for 15 years. Suzanne's main passions are her 3 children and 3 grandchildren, her faith in God and Church music.


    Suzanne is especially thankful and happy to serve as organist / music director here at Grace UMC, because of the opportunity to work closely with her sister Mary Jeanne Moorman, our pianist and choir accompanist. 

  • 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


    Hello, my name is Faithe Johnson, Director of Grace United Methodist Preschool here in Venice, FL.  I first started my journey with the Grace family in 2015 as an Assistant Director and moved into the role of Director in 2016.  Grace Preschool is truly a special place.


    I hold a BA degree from Mankato State University in Elementary Education, an Advanced Level Florida Director’s Credential, have over 20 years of Early Childhood experience and 15 years of experience directing private, corporate and non-profit centers.  My true passion is non-profit; working with our community, families and teachers in order to provide the best early learning experience for all young learners.  I believe all children should have access to a high quality early learning program to enable them to enter kindergarten fully prepared and ready to learn! I hope to increase our scholarships available to struggling families to decrease this barrier. I am a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children(NAEYC), (FLAEYC)-FL Chapter of NAEYC, United Methodist Association of Preschools (UMAP) as well as Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA). Partnering with these organizations and others in our community helps us achieve the goal of offering a high quality program. As an accredited, non-profit, Christian preschool, families can feel confident that their children are in a great school.


    In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, two children and kitties, going to the beach, reading and tending to my koi, plants and flowers outdoors. I welcome all families to visit our preschool to learn more about our programs and to meet our wonderful teachers and staff!


    – I can’t wait to meet you!


    Mrs. Faithe



  • 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.