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, sports, grilling out, fishing 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!

Bluff Park’s Director of Senior Adults is Fran Latham Gatch. Fran grew up in Jasper, AL and studied Education at Samford University and Religious Education at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She and her husband have served churches in  Indiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Fran is married to The Reverend Michael Gatch.  Michael has worked as Director of Pastoral Care and Mission Integration for St. Vincent’s Health Care and Vice President of Mission Integration for St. Thomas Health, Nashville, TN.   They have one young adult daughter, Lauren Elizabeth.

Upcoming Events for 55+ and Friends

Concert with Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Hopkins
Sunday Evening, September 24th  —  5PM
BPUMC Sanctuary
Reception to Follow in Church Parlor
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Hopkins, Dean School of the Arts, Samford University, are two of the finest, most accomplished artists in Birmingham.  Come and enjoy their exquisite talent as they share popular, broadway, classical, tradition and contemporary songs.
Admission is free.  No reservations are required.  For more information contact Fran @ 822-0910 or Email



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

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) for more details


Upcoming Schedule of Programs — 10 AM  —  Fireside Room or Fellowship Hall


August 24 – Shades Mountain Air Concert — Enjoy this bluegrass, gospel and humorous band!

August 31 – Dolores Hydock, Actress, Storyteller, Yale Grad — Shares Humorous Stories of Aging

September 7 – Ellen Seltz, Published Writer, Actress  — Tells how she creates her mystery novels

September 14 – Niki Saspas, Tour Guide and Historian  —  London:  A City for the Ages