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 October, November, and December, our Change for the Better will be supporting Northwest Illinois Justice for Our Neighbors (NIJFON), an organization that works to spread equality and justice through advocating for immigration reform.


NIJFON educates communities about immigration issues and laws. The organization strives to keep families together and to provide immigrant neighbors with hospitality, compassion, and respect. NIJFON offers free high-quality legal services to low-income immigrants, engages in education and advocacy efforts, and builds cross-cultural relationships. In addition to legal services provided by skilled attorneys at clinics across Northern Illinois, staff and volunteers provide hospitality and needed childcare, assist with requisite paperwork and offer a free legal consultation for every immigrant who comes to the clinic.


To learn more about NJFON, visit


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

To learn all about UMW's 2021 Reading Program, please click HERE.

Click the button below for a full list of organizations Galena UMW supports.

Mission Team

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).


Click the button below for a full list of organizations GUMC Mission team supports.


UMC Resources

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:


United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR):

Board of Church and Society:

World Council of Churches:

National Council of Churches:

Illinois Council of Churches:

World Methodist Conference:

Reconciling Conferences Network:

United Methodist Church Communications:

Upperroom Magazine:


Prayer Resources:

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