GLIDE Memorial Church

GLIDE Memorial Church believes in a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.

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About GLIDE Memorial Church

We pride ourselves in continually striving to meet the challenge set by Lizzie Glide in 1930 to be “A house of prayer for all people.” The Glide Foundation and Glide Memorial United Methodist Church were established by Lizzie GLIDE in honor of her late husband, Joseph, as well as a means to share her spirituality and commitment to those in need.


The Church and Foundation both experienced a renaissance in the 1960s with the arrival of the Rev. Cecil Williams, Janice Mirikitani and a community responding to the changing times and a growing need for new opportunities. This transformative period continues to live on in GLIDE to this day.


For over 80 years, GLIDE has been a spiritual home and refuge for people from many diverse backgrounds and spiritual traditions, as well as a provider of services to the people of the Tenderloin and San Francisco. We invite you to discover how you can get involved and draw strength from the ever-changing, ever-growing GLIDE community!


In addition to two Sunday Celebrations, GLIDE Memorial Church offers a wide array of programs, including small groups and Bible studies, meditation and yoga, recovery circles, the GLIDE Pride Team, groups for lesbian, trans, gay, bi and queer individuals, teams devoted to social justice and racial justice and more. Whether your call is to sing in the GLIDE Ensemble, serve internationally with our Ray of Hope trip to Kenya, or walk the stories of the Bible in the Holy Land there is a place for you here at GLIDE. If you have an idea for a group you think would be a good fit here at GLIDE, let us know!


There are also many different opportunities throughout the year to volunteer with the GLIDE Foundation. From serving meals with a small group of other congregants to joining hundreds of other volunteers to hand out toys at Christmas, from providing HIV counseling to tutoring a child after school, there are ways to get involved and make a change in our community.


Your journey with GLIDE is just beginning. To find out more about what is happening in our congregation, read your bi-weekly e-newsletter Congregation Connect, which comes out every other Friday, call the Congregational Life Office at 415-674-6090, or email


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 This Week at GLIDE 




Thursdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 10:30am | GEDC - 125 Mason

Did you know GLIDE offers free yoga? Our twice a week classes move at an easy pace, which is perfect for all ages and fitness levels. Classes take place at the GLIDE Economic Development Corp at 125 Mason (just a block from GLIDE Church).


On Holy Ground East Bay

On Holy Ground is restructuring and adjusting so that we can continue to grow. Look forward to an announcement about the program in the near future!



Young Adults at GLIDE

Interested in connecting with other young adults at GLIDE or joining a group in fun events? Speak with Pastor Theon or someone in the Congregational Life office to leave your name and contact information. 

Upcoming Events  



Easter Lillies!

Help decorate the Sanctuary this Easter season! Order a lily plant, In Honor of/In Memory/In Celebration of a loved one. Orders will be accepted through Sunday, March 29 (Palm Sunday). Easter is on Sunday, April 5. Order forms will be available beginning Sunday, March 1. $20 per lily will be given in dedication. You may stop by the Info. Table at Freedom Hall, the Church Office in Room 203, and the Ushers will also pass out the order forms. Thank you!   


Easter Egg Glory

Freedom Hall at 1:00 PM

March 29th, 2015

 “Easter Egg Glory”. Julius Crane and his friend Genie Mosey, owner/chef of Sweet Relish catering, will be cooking for us in the Freedom Hall kitchen. Eggs in all their many forms will be used to create healthy and delicious menus for your Easter

dinner. Recipes will be provided. Please sign up in Freedom Hall downstairs today.

Circle of Healing and Hope

Sanctuary | Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 6:00 pm 

Join us as we make space for everyone to share their fears, hopes and burdens. We will come together as community to lift up our dreams and conquer our nightmares.

Jesus Christ Superstar Sing-a-long!

The Victoria Theater, April 3rd, 2015 | 7:00 PM

It's become one of our favorite Holy Week activities!

Sing the final days of Jesus' earthly life through this classic rock opera movie. This year, GLIDE is one of the sponsoring organizations. Ticket proceeds benefit the Trans March on June 26, 2015!

Tickets are available at:


Easter Egg Hunt!

Boeddeker Park, April 4, 2015 | 10:00 am  


Join the GLIDE family in offering a community wide event at Boedecker Park. Boeddeker Park is across the street from Glide, 10:00 am-12:00pm. We look forward to seeing you and your family!

For more information about our Congregational Life Groups, click HERE

Congregational Life Groups

GLIDE  330 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 | 415.674.6000

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