Methodists became a part of the Los Gatos community in 1866. Dr. Williams Morrow was the appointed preacher, with his primary profession as that of physician. At that time there was no church building and people gathered under a great oak tree that still stands today and serves as the centerpiece of our courtyard. In 1867, this gathering community built a small frame church, resting just next to our beautiful Oak.
Los Gatos Methodists were known throughout the late 1800’s and early 1900’s for their mission work, arts and music, senior citizen support, and programs for children and youth. These values are still at the heart of our ministry at Los Gatos United Methodist Church.
Our church mission “to Grow as Followers of Jesus Christ who Live God’s Love in the World,” connects us with the Los Gatos community through our many ministries such as Grace Preschool, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministries, Adult Ministries, Live Oak Senior Nutrition Center and Live Oak Adult Day Services.
We reach out with God’s love around the world as we build homes each year in Colonet, Mexico, develop a senior center in Caconde, Brazil, and partner with Los Gatos Morning Rotary to support Lighting for Literacy. However, you do not have to leave the Bay Area to reach out with God’s love. We serve breakfast monthly at the San Jose Family Shelter, participate each summer in the Rotating Men’s Shelter and contribute to local and global charitable causes each month.
One of our core values at LGUMC is environmental sustainability. It is our responsibility and joy to care for all of God’s creation! We purchase recycled products, host E-waste events, advocate environmental awareness and recycle our waste. We also do all that we can to increase energy efficiency and reduce LGUMC’s impact of greenhouse gases on the environment. Since 2006, our solar panels have produced at least 45% of our energy and upgrades to our lighting and thermostats have improved energy efficiency.