Senior Adult Ministry

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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.





Fran Gatch, Director of 55+ and Friends 


Winter and Spring 2018 Calendar     


5:00  PM  —  DINNER  —  in the Faith Classroom  —  Conversation and Candlelight

6:30  PM   —  CLASSES   —  in the Church Parlor


JANUARY  —  17, 24, 31  (3 Wednesday Nights)

17, 24, 31 — Dr. Dennis Sansom, Department of Philosophy Chair at Samford University “Answering the Tough Questions.”  He will explore Human Nature and God’s Interaction.   Bring your unanswered questions about Christianity and Life!

 Wednesday Evening — 6:30 PM — Church Parlor  


7  —  Valentine’s Day  —  “ Valentine, Will You Be Mine?  Why do we remember this generous saint, Saint Valentine?” — History and Humor

Wednesday Evening —  6:30 PM — Church Parlor  


7  —  “A Biography of Simone Peter”  —  Warren Lightfoot, Attorney at Law, explores the Life of Christ through his friend, Simone Peter.

 Wednesday Evening  —  6:30  — Church Parlor


4  —  “Evidence for the Resurrection of Christ”  —  Attorney Warren Lightfoot,  gives evidence from a legal point of View    

Wednesday  Evening  —  6:30  —  Church Parlor




Sunday, February 11

 Valentine’s Day Lunch and Play

             Lunch at Noon — Fellowship Hall  —  Lunch — $7

RSVP to Fran at 822-0910 ext. 3 or by Sunday, January 28

            “Chicago” at the Virginia Samford Theater at 2:30 PM

             Play Tickets  —  $35 (Transportation Included) 

             Purchase Tickets by Sunday, January 28th from Sylvia Sumners at

             822-9902 or Sunday Mornings in the Fisherman SS Class


Tuesday, March 20

Lunch at Noon — Church Parlor — Lunch — $7

RSVP to Fran at 822-0910 ext. 3 or by Sunday, March 11

Dolores Hydock, Actress, Storyteller, Yale Graduate — “Stories of Spring”           


Tuesday, April 17

Lunch Noon — Fellowship Hall  —  Lunch — $7

RSVP Fran @822-0910 ext.3 or by Sunday, April 8

Biography of Andrew Gerow Hodges by Denise George

Andrew Gerow Hodges, Birmingham’s Own WWII Hero  —  Negotiated the release of over 100 prisoners from occupied France.  Published Birmingham Writer, Denise George presents her popular book by Penguin.