Senior Adult Ministry

Fran Gatch, Director of Senior Ministries



Welcome to Bluff Park Senior Adult Ministry!  Bluff Park has a heart for persons 55+ and Friends.  We offer ministry to, by and with maturing adults.  God has made you for a purpose.  Find your purpose here at Bluff Park through service, learning and worship.

Bluff Park United Methodist Church has many events for people Fifty-Five Forward. Adventurous  travel, educational speakers, heartwarming  experiences, mission opportunities, music, movies, dancing, exercise, archery, and concerts are all a part of the fun. See the calendar on the sidebar for dates and times. We invite you to join us on The Bluff!

Fran grew up in Jasper, AL and studied Education at Samford University and Religious Education at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  Fran is married to The Reverend Michael Gatch.  They have one young adult daughter, Lauren Elizabeth.



Bluff Park Shepherd’s Center is an outreach program of Bluff Park United Methodist Church for older adults in our community.  BPUMC enriches the lives of aging adults through fellowship, learning opportunities, food and fun.

Meets each Thursday in the Fireside Room

9:30 a.m.  Coffee and Fellowship

10:00 a.m.  Program

11:00 a.m.   Classes, games, exercise

Lunch at noon – cost $3

        1:00 p.m.  More Games!

Call Fran (822-0910 ext.103) or email for more details


Special Opportunity Class  — Every Thursday at 11 AM –  Hudson Hall

Beginning ComputerPat Goff of Technology with a Twist

Learn beginning technology and Email, Internet, Cell phone and more!

Bring your laptop and cell phone.

OCTOBER Schedule of Programs — 10 AM 

Fireside Room or Fellowship Hall

5  —  Judy Bates of WBRC News and Bargain Expert will be here to share her secrets of finding bargains in Birmingham.

12 —  Columbus Day Celebration!  Niki Sapsas will show us American’s Beginnings and our Christian Heritage.

19  —  Did you know that The Reverend John Carl Hastings sings and plays guitar beautifully?  Enjoy our gifted Young Adult Minister.  

26  —  All Hallows Eve Celebration  —  Alabama Ballet will perform from “Sleepy Hollow” in the Fellowship Hall.  Costumes welcome. 


2  —  Holiday Decorating Demonstration — Ray Jordan, Owner of “Flowerbuds” will demonstrate decorating ideas for the Holidays.

   Paris:  Images from the City of Light by Tour Guide, Niki Sapsas.

View startling images of the world’s favorite city and its history.

16  —   The Samford University Duet will play gorgeous music for you to enjoy in the Fellowship Hall

23  —   Thanksgiving Day