At Savoy UMC we strive to develop meaningful and vital relationships with one another to become living examples of the “body of Christ”. We believe that in order to keep our spirits physically fit we must keep moving. We offer ample opportunities for adults to CONNECT, GROW and SERVE within our community. Come, give your spirit a workout!
Senior Saints meets monthly in various locations, usually on the third Thursday, beginning with a program or outing mid-morning, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. The purpose of the group is fellowship, friendship and fun! Each month brings a different event, so you can participate whenever you are able and interested. Some past events include tours of the Krannert Center, the Champaign County Courthouse, visits to Stearkel Planetarium, Anita Purves Nature Center, Catlin Museum & Log Cabin War Memorial, holiday brunches at the church and many more!
Contact Gary & Audrey Ricketts for information – firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-367-2098
Meets every other Saturday from 10:30 am-1:00 pm. We are a compassionate group who enjoys sharing the gifts God has given us. Stop by any time just to see what we are doing or bring your own project. It does not matter what your skill level is, we can help you with your first-time quilt! We love to share skills alone with our joys and concerns in a safe environment.
Contact Cindy Cook 841-0420 or by email at for more info!
Jesus demonstrated the importance of small groups by forming one Himself with His disciples, who eventually trained others to do likewise. Small groups at Savoy UMC help us to develop meaningful and vital relationships with one another so we can become living examples of the “body of Christ”.
We believe that being in community with other Christians is essential as we carry out our mission to Journey with Jesus to be like Jesus. Small groups allow you to be in fellowship, study, prayer and service with other Christians.
Small groups help members CONNECT, GROW and SERVE. The topics studied in our small groups change periodically, according to the needs of our members. Listed here are some of the ongoing groups that meet throughout the year. If you have an idea about a small group topic or Bible study email the church office at email@example.com.
Tuesday Bible Study
Tuesday Bible Study is a fellowship of individuals journeying together seeking the truth of living from God's Words. We challenge each other by sharing our questions, insights, and prayer requests. The group meets on Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:45am at the church.
Led by Pastor Marc Brown--
Men's Bible Study
The Savoy UMC Men’s Bible Study has been meeting for over 20 years! They meet every Wednesday at the Original Pancake House in Champaign at 6:30am. We know it’s early in the morning, but it's worth it! Every week, they study one or two chapters in the bible. They discuss some tough topics and have a great time doing it. Six men attend regularly but they would love to expand their group and get a bigger table!
Contact the church office with any questions--
Finders/Seekers is an adult Sunday School class that meets at 10:30 am in the southeast classroom. We study the Bible, a book at a time, and certain Methodist/Christian topics. Open to all adults.
Led by Jana Waite--
Chapter & Verse is an adult Bible study that meets Sundays at 3:30 pm in the Crossroads room. We study the Bible and sometimes explore certain Methodist/Christian topics. Open to all adults.
Led by Jana Waite--
Women's Small Group
Meets every other Sunday at noon at the church for Bible study.
Led by Ginger McKee firstname.lastname@example.org
Chick Chat is a small group for women that meets on Thursday mornings. We gather for coffee and snack in the church kitchen at 9:00am then have a Bible study. We would love for you to join us!
Contact Cindy Cook 841-0420 email@example.com or Amy Markstahler 390-5698 firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday Night Live Small Group
Sunday Night Live is a small group that begins at 6 pm on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. We schedule discussion leaders and in-home hosts from among the group members who are 50 yrs and up. We start with snack foods and fellowship, then move into a Bible study and discussion that is interactive, finishing with prayer. Contact Amy Markstahler at email@example.com for more info.
Journey Men Group
Group of men that meets at the church the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 7:00am-9:00 am AND/OR the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 6:30pm for food, fellowship, and discussion.
Contact Brian Markstahler at for more info!
United Methodist Women
United Methodist Women’s purpose is to be in mission to women, youth and children locally, nationally and internationally. UMW meets monthly, except January, on the second Wednesday at 9:00-11:00 am. Most meetings are held at the church but special events and outings are also planned. There are also opportunities to be involved in our Iroquois River District and the Illinois Great Rivers Conference. Savoy UMW is active in service to a number of local organizations that meet at the church, and also in serving our church families with meals in their times of grief and joy. Savoy UMW has been recognized by our district as a Five Star Unit and Rainbow Unit, and by Cunningham Children’s Home with the Spirited Servant Award. Women of all ages are welcome.
For more information contact Kay McCoy at McCoy18@comcast.net.
The Welcome Team creates a warm and welcoming environment for each person who comes to Savoy UMC, from the first-time guest to the life-long member. Providing a remarkable experience for our guests requires volunteers, leaders, signage, nursery options, facilities, and a feeling of friendliness in the church. Our goal is to provide radical hospitality the minute someone walks through our doors.
On Sunday mornings the Welcome Team greets people at the doors, hands out bulletins, helps with fellowship time between services and staffs the Connections Center where people can ask questions and get information and written resources. The Welcome Team is a good place to start if you’re not sure where you should serve. If you can smile or offer a good handshake, it’s a great way to meet new folks and get connected. For more info about being a part of the Welcome Team, email the church office at .
The Savoy UMC Prayer Ministry offers prayers for our pastor, church leaders and our church family. The Prayer Team meets at the church on the first and third Tuesdays each month to say prayers for specific people, ministries and concerns in our church. Confidential prayer request cards are available at the church and during Sunday worship services for anyone to write a specific prayer request for the prayer team or to only Pastor Marc. Prayers are also offered for our community, state, nation and the world. We believe prayer is our chance to open our hearts to God, be assured He listens, and to hear from Him. Through prayer everyone can experience the Love, Power and Grace that comes from a personal relationship with God.
Contact Marilyn Hancock for more information .
Praise Band brings contemporary music into the 10:30 a.m. worship service to connect the congregation to the Lord through modern music. Focusing on worship music from the last thirty years and bringing in new music from today’s top Christian artists, Praise Band has a wide range of musical styles from blue-grass to Christian pop, to modernized hymns. Rehearsals are held Thursdays at 6:30pm. For information contact Angela Hancock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The adult choir leads hymn singing and performs an anthem in the 9:00 a.m. traditional worship service. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. except during the month of August. There are no auditions, just a desire to sing with others in praise to our Lord. Opportunities to join with the choir on a part-time basis include a Christmas cantata, presented in December, with music provided in advance to those interested, and rehearsals beginning in November. For more information contact Kay McCoy at McCoy18@comcast.net.
Home Friendship Team
Our team shows God's love by reaching out to our home bound, recently bereaved, and those recovering from surgery/illness. Depending on the individual team member's schedule, we make phone calls, send cards, take lunch, provide rides to appointments or other activities, or simply just visit the individual in his or her home.
Contact Penny White at for more information!
Be a part of the crew that provides and serves the coffee and snacks between worship services on Sunday morning!
Contact Rose Redmon at
We serve the community through a variety of local outreach programs. The team meets the 4th Thursday of each month and meetings are open to anyone.
Contact the church office at for more information.
The Children’s Ministry Team at SUMC has so many opportunities for you to serve whether it be teaching, welcoming families, or simply holding babies. We can find a place for you!
Contact Gail Taylor at
Savoy UMC partners with empty tomb to deliver a weeks worth of groceries to families in need. Our main goal is to show the love and grace of Jesus Christ.
Contact Cindy Cook at