Spiritual Formation through Ministries
Spiritual formation is intentionally interwoven into our life of worship, study, prayer and programming. Discipleship always undergirds our work and play together.
Through shared worship, study, community engagement, missional outreach and conference training events, we will continue to equip disciples for ministry to God and God’s world. Our Church community includes those who are a part of our outreach programs for children, families, seniors, young adults and our neighbors!
We foster a Christ-centered, compassionate, reconciling, supportive, faith environment where leaders are committed to God and have an understanding that
living our faith involves stepping out in trust, love, and faith.
Below, learn more about our church groups supporting spiritual formation.
HOPE Youth Group
he Mission of Galena United Methodist HOPE Youth Group is to encourage youth in cultivating authentic relationships with God, each other, and the larger community.
HOPE Youth Group supports many local and national ministries including local clothing drives, Galena's Sunshine Box of free, non-perishable items, Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Mission, and numerous YouthWorks mission trips.
To learn how you can help support their latest effort, the Sunshine Box, please click here to read "Donate to the Sunshine Box."
Change for the Better
During the months of July, August and September, our Change for the Better will be supporting Facing Forward to End Homelessness, an organization that works to end homelessness for families and individuals by offering a home, help and hope.
Facing Forward provides permanent housing, education, advocacy, and social services. The organization is transforming the lives of Chicago’s most chronically homeless women and children for 30 years by empowering them with the stability of a real home and the tools they need to go from powerless to confidently independent. We are currently providing housing, hope and help to 64 single women and 57 families.
To learn more about Facing Forward, visit ffchicago.org.
United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women (UMW) is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
UMW is trusted with pledges and donations from individual members and local member organizations, as well as mission partners and anonymous donors who have a heart for mission. We support programs in the United States and around the world that benefit women, children and youth, thereby impacting entire communities. For the latest information and upcoming events, visit umwnic.org.
Click the button below for a full list of organizations Galena UMW supports.
Our goal is to grow in faith and action, as followers of Jesus, witnessing in our community and in our life an expression of a Christianity lived with radical hospitality, a love for all neighbors and a heart for social justice.
Connection is at the core of our work. Global Ministries connects The United Methodist Church, its people and congregations to partner with others engaged in God’s global work, which takes place in a variety of settings, countries and cultures.
GUMC mission engagement spans across local, regional, national and world commitments. Where there is a need, United Methodists are there or supporting others through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). umcmission.org/umcor.
Click the button below for a full list of organizations GUMC Mission team supports.
Click the links below for more information on United Methodist Church and United Methodist resources.
Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church:
Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church Women:
United Methodist Church International: umc.org
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR):
Board of Church and Society: umcjustice.org
World Council of Churches: oikoumene.org
National Council of Churches: nccusa.org
Illinois Council of Churches: ilconfchurches.org
World Methodist Conference:
Reconciling Conferences Network: rmnetwork.org
United Methodist Church Communications: