Ministries and Groups

There are many groups and ministries within the Bluff Park UMC family! Here are a few options:

Ministries and Groups

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Information Coming Soon!

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women (UMW) is a faith-based membership organization of laywomen within The United Methodist Church denomination. UMW members are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus Christ in community with other women and advocating on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.  Bluff Park United Methodist Church has two UMW Circles:

The Joy Circle
The women in the Joy Circle are faithful disciples of Jesus Christ in heart, soul, and spirit.  This circle strives to STUDY and then DO the mission work of Jesus Christ.  Nine months of the year, they meet once a month in the Fireside Room hearing speakers covering current issues such as domestic violence, human trafficking, grief, social justice, etc.

During all months of the year, members of the Joy Circle are busy being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ…meeting the needs of the church’s Food Pantry, providing healthy meals at shelters across the greater Birmingham area, packing gift boxes for children overseas, providing diapers to families in need, visiting residents of the Promise Home, and participating in mission projects such as “Rise Against Hunger.”  In addition, the Joy Circle enjoys fellowship in order to build community.

The Compassion Circle
The women of the Compassion Circle are mostly working outside of the home so they do not have regular monthly meetings.  They participate in local and international mission projects, including mission trips to Chile and preparing flood buckets for disaster relief through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).  The Compassion Circle participates in yearly UMC studies and participates nine months of the year in local, hands-on mission projects including the Food Pantry, Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank, meals at the First Light Shelter, meals for the residents of the Promise Home, and other ministries and missions as needed.  The women of the Compassion Circle also bake and volunteer for the Bluff Park Art Show and Bargains on the Bluff Consignment Sale in order to raise funds for missions.

*United Methodist Women have been at the forefront of movements for change, at times supporting projects initiated by others, striving to move with the times rather than be overwhelmed by them.  

Bluff Park Reconciling Ministry

We at Bluff Park Reconciling Ministry believe that all people matter to God as persons of sacred worth. We enthusiastically welcome and affirm persons of all ages, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, economic backgrounds, educational levels, marital status, and mental or physical abilities to attend, join, and participate fully in the life of our church family. Regardless of what you believe or doubt, your life experiences, your past or your future, you are a cherished member of God’s family. We welcome you with open arms and invite you to grow in faith along with us, as we seek to serve and love our neighbors.

Upcoming Study: “Faithful and Inclusive”, a 6-week fall study. Starting Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 6:00 pm, in the Faith Classroom.

Virtual Attendance:  

A number of people expressed an interest in a virtual option for the Faithful and Inclusive Bible Study. Please use the Zoom link below to login and join us on Wednesdays at 6 pm.

Meeting ID: 824 9105 2065
Passcode: 330394

Contacts:  Kathryn Coltrane, 205-585-0144 / Elizabeth Wood,

Gardens on the Bluff

The Gardens on the Bluff Community Garden is a raised bed garden consisting of 26 beds that is open for both members and non-members.  Each of the 26 beds is rented annually.  Materials and instructions are provided.

If you are interested, please contact

The Green Team, which welcomes volunteers, tends to the gardens around the church including landscaped beds in front of the Sanctuary, Education Building, and Gymnasium, as well as the Children’s Garden.  The Green Team orders and plants seasonal color in the Fall and in the Spring.  The Children’s Garden is used to teach children about gardening and includes a summer gardening camp, special groups, and Children’s Sunday school participation.

Bargains on the Bluff Consignment Sale

Bargains on the Bluff is an annual consignment sale where a portion of the profit of items sold goes to support the Children’s Ministry at Bluff Park UMC as well as our award-winning parent’s day out preschool program, Little Imaginations.  We’ve got all things maternity, kids, and babies as well as Jr’s and women’s clothes, shoes, and accessories!

This year, Bargains on the Bluff will be virtual! Join us for our online consignment sale starting Friday September 24th 8am through Monday September 27th 11:59pm. Want to shop early? Consider consigning or volunteering! For more information on everything go to

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