Let’s Take On Lent!

What is Lent and why does it last forty days? Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means "spring." The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation … Continue reading Let’s Take On Lent!


Ephesians – Building On the Lessons of Confirmation

You survived confirmation! Now what? Now we learn what to do with what you've already learned. AND, we make some armor! Yes, armor. Seriously ... (You'll need it for the zombies!) About this bible study: This study leads us through the richness of the book of Ephesians and helps us establish a foundation for living … Continue reading Ephesians – Building On the Lessons of Confirmation

My kid doesn’t “get” anything out of Church

Are you wondering if church is right for your kids, for you? Give this a read and know you are not only welcome, you are specifically and enthusiastically invited to come to church with us at Mountain View UMC.

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One common concern I often hear from parents and other adult church members about including children in the corporate worship setting is that kids won’t “get” anything out of the worship or the sermon.  From an adult perspective, there are certain things we want to walk away from church with such as a sense of having been in God’s presence or having learned something that will help us grow in our faith.  We presumably come to church for a reason and it is easy for us to assume those same reasons apply to our kids.

But they probably don’t.

You see your kids are young in their faith.  They don’t understand the desire for fellowship or the beauty of corporate worship or the need for continued learning and growth in their walk with Christ.  They go to church because they follow you to church; they are your disciples and they…

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Camp In the Community 2016 – July 6-8!

Come Camp With Us! ... Camp Wesley Woods is partnering with Mountain View UMC to provide a free day-camp where children in the community can learn and grow. We have organized activities throughout the week including recreation, games, crafts, story time, and much more. Children will be placed into small groups and will be well … Continue reading Camp In the Community 2016 – July 6-8!


That’s Not How You Pray!

I found this while searching YouTube for examples of "Praising through Theatre".  I couldn't resist sharing it here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S11GEsmlooo


"We wanna wish you a merry Christmas! We wanna wish you a merry Christmas! We wanna wish you a merry Christmas, from the bottom of our hearts ..." The MVUMC Youth Sunday School class and The River would like to wish all of you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Youth Sunday … Continue reading


Waffles, Glitter & Glue! Woohoo!

We hope you'll join us for an evening of fun as we host a waffle dinner and Chrismon making craft night. Chrismon ornaments are Christian symbols used to decorate the tree in the sanctuary. Whether you enjoy crafting, want to learn more about the Chrismons, or you're just in it for the waffles, you won't … Continue reading Waffles, Glitter & Glue! Woohoo!

Take our 30-day "Glorify on Spotify" Challenge!

Take Our Challenge – Glorify on Spotify With The River

We're issuing a 30-day challenge to help us build a playlist of our favorite contemporary Christian songs and music on Spotify called The River's Favorites, and we're looking for your favorite, too. River and Youth members can submit your "song a day" by commenting on the image at the left on Instagram or on Valerie's Facebook … Continue reading Take Our Challenge – Glorify on Spotify With The River

Don't let Sundays go to the dogs. Spend them with us!

Calling all Knoxville Area Middle & High School Students

Hey! Did you know that you don't have to let your Sunday afternoons go to the dogs? You can join us alternating Sundays for fun, fellowship, and arting around the Good News. And when we say arting around, we mean all arts - painting, drawing, crafting, singing, dancing, writing, acting, taking photos, making videos - you name … Continue reading Calling all Knoxville Area Middle & High School Students


The River Is Meeting At The River!

On Sunday, October 25, 2015, The River is going to be joining the rest of Mountain View UMC for an afternoon of fun, games, food and fellowship at the river.  We hope you'll join us. You can contact us for more information and directions. You don't have to be a member to come along. It's a great … Continue reading The River Is Meeting At The River!