GLIDE Memorial Church believes in a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week at GLIDE
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.
Tuesdays & 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).
Bible Study with Rev. Harry Williams
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Join Rev. Harry Williams as he hosts conversations about the Bible.
Share your perspective and opinions with others in this group.
Weekly Support and Discussion Groups
Bridging the Gap is for LGBTQ folks & allies. It meets in room 206, on Tuesdays, at 5 P.M.
Keeping It Real
is offered on Sundays in Freedom Hall after the 11:00 A.M. Celebration.
GLIDE Recovery Circles meet Tuesdays & Thursdays from 11:00am-12:30pm with Jackie Freeman in the GLIDE 5th Center. This is a free group drop-in weekday recovery circle for anyone in need of recovery
Racial Justice Team Movie Outing
'Straight Outta Compton'
In the wake of ongoing tensions related to race in America, GLIDE is gathering to discuss the problems and possible solutions.
We invite you to join us after the 11:00 AM Celebration on 8/23 to watch "Straight Outta Compton" we will be meeting in the back of the Sanctuary.
Speak with Pastor Theon Johnson III if you're interested in becoming more involved. Stay posted for our next meeting and send us your thoughts and perspectives at our Office E-mail.
Community Softball Game!
The August A Better Me event will be a Softball Game, held at Diamond #1, Lang Field at Turk and Gough streets on August 30th from 1 to 3 PM. There is limited on street parking.
This fun and gentle game is open to all, over the age of 14 so come and play, or cheer for your favorite team or just relax and enjoy the antics. We will be playing Girls vs Boys and you may play for which ever team you identify with! Please bring your own glove, (extras will be appreciated!).
If you plan to play Softball, you must sign up for this event in Freedom Hall prior to the event. Cheerleaders and game watchers do not need to sign up.
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