Reisterstown United Methodist Church offers many opportunities for youth, young adults, and adults to meet and enjoy fellowship and study.

At special times in the life of the church (Lent Advent) church-wide studies may be offered. At these times some of the existing small groups may decide to offer the study within the group during its normal meeting time. New groups may be formed just for the purpose of the study. There are many ways to get involved and find a group to participate in. Take a browse through the many small groups that we offer.

Also, check out our events page to see more about what is being offered at RUMC.

The Peaceable Kingdom: We Are One


A Time for Grace-filled Conversation about Race and Privilege
Ten Monday evenings beginning January 8, 2018
7 to 8:30 pm

From the foreword for the small group curriculum:

“[We need] a Christian identity that is both strong and kind. By strong I mean vigorous, vital, durable, motivating, faithful, attractive, and defining. . . . By kind I mean something far more robust than mere tolerance, political correctness, or coexistence: I mean benevolent, hospitable, accepting, interested, and loving, so that the stronger our Christian faith, the more goodwill we will feel and show…”  Brian McClaren




YOU are invited to participate in this small group as we search the scriptures and dive deep into what it means to be One.


What you need:  Bring a Bible, notebook and pen.


Group Leaders:  Carl Oakman, Karen Harris and Rev. Vivian McCarthy


To read the full Foreword to the curriculum, click here, scroll to the pink box and click “Foreword.”



Grow Hour/ Sunday School



Class time 9:30-10:30 Sunday mornings. We offer classes for all grades from Kindergarten through High school. Classes include age appropriate lessons, crafts and games. 

There is also a class for the Pre-K children during the 10:30 service. Older children are invited to attend the worship service at that time. 

Cribbery care is also available from 8:30-11:30 every Sunday morning.

SUMMER SCHEDULE and special offerings:

Class time 9:30-10:30 Sunday mornings. We offer a class for Kindergarten through 5th grade. Class includes age appropriate lessons, crafts and games.

Cribbery care for babies and toddlers is also available from 8:30-11:30 every Sunday morning. Top of Page


Classes begin at 9:30 am.

  • Bible Study in Room #2.  Curriculum will change every 6 to 8 weeks.  Jerry McNeiland is this group's leader.
  • Coffee and light refreshments are available in the Narthex during the Grow Hour. Top of Page


Men’s Fellowship

7:00 p.m. every Wednesday

Contact:  Keith Quintrell at or Rick Fairhurst at for questions. 



Each week, our gathering includes a time of book discussion or a movie, sharing our joys and concerns and fellowship over snacks.  The group includes men from all walks of life and a wide range of ages.


(more information available about a month ahead of each event if you click as indicated below)

The Men's Fellowship hosts 3 annual events:  

Chicken BBQ for Missions (summer)

The Men's Fellowship hosts an annual men's retreat, usually in September.

Warm Clothing Drive and Giveaway (first Saturday in November)

Please contact Keith Quintrell at or Rick Fairhurst at for questions. 

Proverbs 27: 17 “As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another.” ESV

Reaching                  Learning                  Celebrating             Serving


United Methodist Women

1st Thursday, 7 p.m.

Contact: Darlene Gobrecht (410) 526-0343    

We are a community of women whose purpose is to know God, to develop a supportive fellowship with each other, and to expand concepts of Mission especially for women, children and youth. All women are welcome to get involved! 

The United Methodist Women at Reisterstown have received the highest level award, a Gold Level Mission Today Unit award, this past fall. There are only three UMW units in the Baltimore Washington District that have this honor. We won because of our commitment to missions, and our commitment to educate women on the difference mission work can make.

Current Mission Projects:
  • We support a male child from India, Sahaya, through Child Fund International
  • We provide monthly payments and volunteer time to the RUMC Food Pantry, Community Crises Center, and the Missions Committee to be used both locally and for international missions.
  • Ongoing sale of Gift Cards. There's a huge selection to choose from. Obtain a form from Lois Burton or Tammy Nash in the back of the church or click here to download the order form.
  • Holly Fair: A new fundraiser was started in 2013 which offers a Juried Craft Fair in the Reisterstown area. All crafts/arts are handmade and vendors are selected by a committee. For details click here.
  • Kiwanis dinners are provided twice monthly. Kiwanis Volunteers Needed. Are you interested in cooking?? We need a few additional people to help prepare Kiwanis dinners. The commitment is only for a few hours about once every quarter. You work with a fun team, and everyone who helps, gets a free dinner that night!! It's fun, rewarding, and not a huge commitment. The profits are used for mission and outreach. If you are interested, or have any questions, please contact: Darlene Gobrecht 410 526-0343 or email

UMW Reading Program 

This is a great year to be a reader.  

An Emory University study has shown that fiction readers tend to be more compassionate.  We know reading non-fiction expands our boundaries and helps with brain function.  Take all that and the 2016 UMW Reading Program list and a world of possibilities open!  This year’s list was developed with all that in mind, touching your heart and expanding your mind.  Reading the books and keeping up with UMW’s magazine, response are essential for understanding the mission of the United Methodist Woman. 

There are four different reading program plans.   The least ambitious plan involves reading 5 books this year for the reading list in the selected categories as well as the magazine and the most ambitious entails reading 20 books this year from a prescribed criteria.

There will be a good selection of these books in the Rachel Bruehl Memorial Library in the next week as well as copies of the magazine.  Also on the shelves will be detailed instructions for participating in the program.  The shelves for these are located to the right and near the desk as you come in the door. Top of Page


7:00 p.m. every Tuesday

Contact: Kelly Fairhurst (410) 356-8965

  • Purpose: Open to all women, to help them grow spiritually, and to provide a community of fellowship.   Top of Page


4TH Monday, 7:00 p.m. 

Contact: Sherry Osborne (717) 359-0257

Jesus First; Others Second; Yourself Last

JOY Mission Projects:

  • Women's Safe House in Carroll County. The purpose of the Domestic Violence Safe House program is to provide a safe shelter environment for women and their dependent children who are victims of domestic violence. They served 27 adults and 24 children in the last year. JOY is one of their largest contributors, providing approximately $1,100 last year, plus Christmas gifts. In addition, two large collections are held a year, for household items, toiletries and personal items.
  • JOY sponsors a female child through Compassion International.
  • JOY donates to the UMW board to be used for local and international missions. Top of Page

Circle of Friends

2nd Wednesday, 7 pm

Contact:  Bonnie Lieberman (410) 313-9496

 Mission Statement:  To provide an environment of support, fun and fellowship and we invite any and all women to drop in to check us out.  We are interested in putting our Christian beliefs and energy into family, youth and children’s ministries with a focus on building a strong inclusive community.


Meetings are held the second Wednesday night at 7 p.m. August through May.  We share devotions, work on mission projects and enjoy fellowship.  We organize two major fundraisers each year.                                           Our Annual Consignment Sale is held in August.  

Our Annual Nut Sale is held in September and runs through November.   The funds raised have been donated to outreach programs such as the RUMC Food Pantry, Youth Scholarships, Kairos Outside, Youth Program, local and global missions.  This year we donated shoe kits to Sole Hope. Click Here for more information


Contact Lani Hoffmann at 410-526-6967or Bonnie Lieberman at 410-313-9496 with any questions or if you would like to join us.

Current Mission Projects: Youth, Food Pantry, donates to the UMW board for local and international missions for women and children.

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Book Club

3rd Wednesday, 7 pm

Contact: Cindy Smith (410) 833-7240 or 

 Prayer Shawls

2nd & 4th Fridays, 10 am

Contact: Marion Yohn (410) 833-1982   Top of Page

Crafting Guild

Dates vary; set by group

Contact: Kate Strom (443) 722-6495

History and Records

2nd and 4th Mondays at 9:30 am in 308 Main Street

Contact: Pat Botelle (410) 526-6842

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Young Adult

On July 1, 2016, RUMC hired a Director of Young Adult and Youth Fellowship Ministries. Susan Harry is developing programming for these groups.  For more information, to offer input, or to ask questions, contact Susan at 410-833-5440, and by email  . Top of Page

Youth Ministries

Sunday evenings 6:00-8:00pm

This group is open to high schoolers and middle schoolers alike. We have a team of 4-5 adults who help to run things, generate discussion, keep things focused, and deliver insight. We tend to use most of 308 Main Street throughout the evening. Click it here to find out more if you dare...

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Confirmation Class

Confirmation classes are designed to help youth in 8th grade or older prepare to renew their promises made at their baptism and claim the name “Christian” for themselves. Classes include lots of discussions, games, fun group projects, field trips, and mission projects. Confirmation Sunday is typically held on Pentecost Sunday.   (June 4, 2017) 

A meeting for the next Confirmation Class will be held on September 7, 2016 at 7PM.  For details Click Here

When does this ministry take place? We meet in the education building next door that’s called “308”. Other times may be scheduled to make up classes due to inclement weather on schedule conflicts.

Are there meetings involved? Yes, Our kick off meeting for youth and parents/ guardians is held in late August/ early September to answer any questions.We review the course outline, expectations, dates, mission project and field-trips.  Then we meet on Sunday mornings from 9:35- 10:30AM September through May. 

Contact the Youth Director:  Susan Harry              Top of Page