Glenmont United Methodist Church was first envisioned in the 1950s as a worshipping community for the growing neighborhood. On June 2, 1957, 90 members of the local community joined together at Weller Road Elementary School for a worship service; within ten years, the two buildings we presently use were constructed on Georgia Avenue, and church membership had grown to 1200. Early in its life, Glenmont served as a center for worship and Christian education, as well as a welcoming space for community groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and the Glenmont Interfaith Senior Citizens. Music was also a central aspect from the beginning, with a beautiful and powerful organ purchased for the new sanctuary in 1968.
The demographic shifts in the Glenmont neighborhood toward the turn of the 21st century were reflected in the church congregation, which to this day is remarkably multicultural. We currently have members from 17 different countries, and we celebrate this diversity. GUMC has continued its early commitments to Christian discipleship and worship, as well as to service and hospitality. We welcome six other congregations of varying denominations and nationalities to worship in our building throughout the week, and we also host community outreach groups. Our weekly Thrift Shop dates back to 1977 and continues to be a vibrant neighborhood ministry. Glenmont UMC celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017.
Throughout the years, we continue to be a vital part of the Glenmont community. Throughout the pandemic and beyond, we offer in person and online opportunities to worship on Sundays, learn in Bible study and join in community fellowship. Our Mission is: Making Christian disciples by proclaiming the good news of God’s love through worship, education, fellowship, and service to others.
We are blessed and humbled to be a part of God’s kingdom work in Montgomery County and beyond, and we look forward to all that the Spirit will do in and through us in the next chapter of our life together.