Small Groups


Enrich your faith journey through the support and encouragement of others. Contact group leaders for more information. All of these groups are open to new members, so don’t hesitate to pop-in or contact the leader for more details.


** LEADERS WANTED – We are looking for leaders for several new small groups: an Adult Sunday School, a Connecting Life and Faith group and a Spirituality Group for Seniors. If you are interested in leading one of these new groups, please contact Marna Taylor, 408-439-4614,


Men’s Spirituality Group, Mondays, 7:30PM, LGUMC’s Library (rm 12), contact Ed Burling, This men’s group helps each other grow spiritually by learning and using eight daily spiritual practices. These practices are based on the collective wisdom found in Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist traditions.

Circle of Support, 2nd Tuesdays, 10:00-11:45AM, LGUMC library, contact Christina Capps,, 408-531-9193. The group provides non-judgmental, confidential support and care to those experiencing a variety of life challenges and transitions; for example; illness, death of a loved one, change in employment, residence, financial or family status or concern for a loved one.

Pathways Los Gatos Bereavement Group, 2nd and 4th Thursdays, contact Martha Weiner, 408-772-5544. We offer grief support for those who have lost a loved one.

Faith, Reason & Community, Thursdays, 1:00 pm in the LGUMC Library (rm 12), contact Carole Mateer,, 408-353-2357. This fall’s program is from the Great Courses – The History of the Bible: The Making of the New Testament Cannon. We utilize books, DVDs, and scripture to address challenging questions of faith. We welcome all who would enjoy a lively discussion of faith at any time throughout the year. 

Kindred Spirits, This book group meets year round on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7:30PM, Art Gallery at LGUMC, contact Sharon Armstrong, 408-268-0493, Members read ahead of time and one member facilitates our discussion. The book might be fiction, non-fiction, a best seller or a classic. The book titles are listed in the Spire each month or request a Kindred Spirits bookmark which lists the book titles for the entire year. Anyone who loves to read and enjoys a lively, informative and often funny discussion is invited to join us!

United Methodist Women (UMW), A long- standing global ministry of the church dedicated to embrace fellowship, provide educational experiences and expand concepts of mission. UMW sponsors the two circle groups below:

Women at the Table Circle: 3rd Thursdays, Sept.-June, 11:30 am, home of Joy Palmer, 408-997-7246, joypalmer@pacbell.netBring a sack lunch and get updated on mission and service projects and enjoy a program topic led by various members

The Evening Circle: 2nd Thursday evenings at 7:00  pm in a different members’ homes, contact Marge Ulrich,,  408-253-0522. We enjoy wonderful fellowship, dessert and participate in a program topic led by various members.

A Quiet Time for Women, 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 10:00 am, LGUMC Chapel, contact Kay Thoresen, 408-356-5802, This women’s group offers a time to walk the Chapel labyrinth and explore other spiritual practices in a safe, supportive environment.

Movie Group, 2nd Saturdays, 3PM, Fireside Room, contact Mike Crow, or Ruth Oveland roveland@sbcglobal.netThis group meets monthly to discus and review a variety of movies. Watch the movie in advance and then join the group for a spirited review. See the Spire for movie listings and summer meeting places.

Prime Time, 2nd Thursdays, except July, contact Ursula Young, or Adrienne Zimmerman, dancers2@aol.comThe mission of the Prime Time group is to provide church members an opportunity to meet and socialize while visiting destinations within the San Francisco Bay area. Destinations may include local museums, botanical gardens, historical sites, parks, missions, art fairs, churches, and commercial sites of interest.

Gift Stitchery, 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 12:30- 2:00 pm, Art Gallery, contact Christina Capps, 408-531-9193 We are a fellowship/mission oriented group that knits, crochets, or quilts shawls and other accessories to be given to homebound or ill persons or those experiencing major life changes. We welcome people of all levels of experience. Mentors are there to help you.

Saturday Morning Men’s Group: meets bi-weekly, 8:00 am, Fireside room, contact Charlie Kuehmann, This men’s group includes those from all age ranges and walks of life. Our meetings, focused on deepening our spiritual life through conversations on a variety of subjects, are based on contemporary reading materials. The group is open to all, and you are welcome to join us at any time!

Walking Bible Study, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 pm, Grace Chapel, contact Marna Taylor,, 408-439-4614, We will spend time focusing on our reading, then go outdoors for a walk and end in a quiet meditative time walking the Chapel’s labyrinth. Everyone is welcome.

Parents of Teens: meets the 4th Sunday of the month from 5-7:00pm, off campus, contact Laurie Jones,, 408-892-6080. Having a teen is a special gift from God, and this group provides support to parents of teens. We read the book Five Languages of Teenage Love and discuss it’s application with our teens. We allow confidential, non-judgement interaction and fellowship. Anyone with a teen is invited to join us.