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Gethsemane 2017-06-07T11:46:58-05:00


A Worshiping Community of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church
6856 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77074

Rev. David Horton, Lead Pastor

Nestled in the heart of one of Houston’s most diverse neighborhoods, the people of Gethsemane are a family in Jesus, pouring themselves out in generosity and service to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to people of many nationalities.


Group Life

Children & Youth


Local Missions



Worship Services
Rev. David Horton preaches at both services as the pastor of Gethsemane.
9 a.m.- Traditional United Methodist service with classic hymns, a choir and children’s message, and weekly Holy Communion.

11:15 a.m.- Contemporary service with a live band, modern music in English, Spanish, and Swahili, a children’s message, and weekly Holy Communion.

First Sundays
On the first Sunday of each month, the congregation gathers for a potluck brunch at 10 a.m. with delicious food from the variety of nationalities represented at Gethsemane. On those days, there is a combined worship service at 11:15 a.m.

The choir sings in the 9 a.m. traditional service and welcomes new members of all music abilities. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday mornings we are proud to offer transportation to those who otherwise couldn’t be with us. If you are interested in riding one of our two buses, please email our Administrative Assistant, Elizabeth Alvarado.

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Group Life

Wednesday Night Fellowship
Gethsemane loves to eat. We gather every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. for a family style meal prepared by our members. Our adults can relax from work while the children play on the playground just outside. Then, at 6:30 p.m., we break out into ages-specific groups for adults, youth, and children.

Sunday School
If you are looking for a smaller group for fellowship and Bible study, then Sunday School is for you. Sunday School meets at 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Our Spanish-speakers and African immigrants also have Sunday School groups to call home. You can simply show up on Sunday mornings or talk to Pastor David if you would like to join a class.

Bible Study
If you are looking for an in-depth Bible study experience led by a pastor, then come to the Wednesday night Bible study class at 6:30 p.m. Pastor David teaches a discussion style class and welcomes your thoughts and questions.

Sewing Circle
The Sewing Circle is a small group of women that meets on Monday mornings at 10 a.m. for a time of sewing, prayer, and fellowship. Most of the women are first generation African and beginners at sewing. The Sewing Circle hopes soon to produce and sell clothing from their home countries .

Children and Youth

Children’s Sunday School
Children ages 4-10 are welcome to Sunday School at 10 a.m., taught by Gethsemane members. Our nursery is available for children ages newborn to three years old.

Youth Sunday School
Youth ages 11-18 have a home in 10 a.m. Sunday School, too. Middle school and high school youth meet in two groups to study and go deeper with their faith.

Wednesday Night Fellowship
On Wednesday nights after a 5:30 p.m. dinner, children and youth enjoy age-specific lessons and work on their homework together. Our volunteers teach life-applicable lessons to the youth and are always willing to help with homework.

Mission Trips
The youth group looks forward to mission trips every summer. Last summer they served at a Native American reservation in Oklahoma, and this year they will serve in a rural town of Alabama.

Summer Clubhouse
Summer Clubhouse at the St. Luke’s Gethsemane Campus is back! This summer camp is a safe, educational and spiritual place for children of the Sharpstown and Gulfton area to come! This is SIX wonderful weeks filled with learning activities and fun adventures for children going into kindergarten through fifth grade.

When: 8:00a.m. to 3p.m., Monday-Friday
June 26-30: Summer Fun: Love in My World
July 3-7: Sports & Fitness
July 10-14: Science & Technology
July 17-21: Mosaic Music Camp
July 24-28: Me & My World
July 31-Aug 4: Summer Fun: Love in a Big World

The cost $25 per child, per week with a $65 family maximum per week. There are some scholarships available. While at the Summer Clubhouse, the children will have a morning snack and a nutritious lunch. This fee also covers crafts, activities and even a bus pick-up.
We could use help preparing ahead of time like decorating or preparing crafts AND during the program itself like classroom assistants preparing snacks and lunches. If you would like to volunteer or help in any way, please contact Amy Kelley 713-357-4464, akelley@stlukesmethodist.org or Juana Tavico 713-357-4474, jchavez@stlukesmethodist.org .

Mosaic Music Camp
Starting in July 2016, we piloted a one-week music camp called Mosaic Music Camp. Mosaic provides children in the Gethsemane community a fun, high-quality music camp taught by professional musicians. A healthy lunch is served every day. Mosaic costs only $15 per child for the week. Contact Amy Kelley for more information.

Local Missions

Christian Community Services Center (CCSC)



CCSC is a community-based non-profit and coalition of churches serving the city of Houston. Gethsemane is the southwest Houston site for CCSC. We proudly offer our fellowship hall as a food pantry, which is open five days a week to serve the neighborhood with groceries and emergency financial assistance. CCSC also coordinates the community garden at Gethsemane, which provides the food pantry with fresh produce.

Houston Center for Literacy (HCL)

literacyHCL is a non-profit community organization working to improve literacy rates by connecting literary providers and resources to adult learners. At Gethsemane, HCL coordinates GED and ESL classes for adults, many of whom are recent immigrants to the United States. Classes are Monday-Thursday in the mornings and evenings.

reVision copyHouston reVision is relationships for kids on the edge. reVision, a non-profit organization birthed from St. Luke’s UMC, leverages the power of kinship community by connecting kids on the edge with mentors, positive peers, and life-changing resources. On Monday nights, Gethsemane becomes a safe place for kids in the neighborhood simply to be, eat, rest, and play.
jfon-1Justice for our Neighbors (JFON) provides hospitality and compassion to low income immigrants through immigration legal services, education, and advocacy. Gethsemane serves as the legal clinic site for JFON’s professional immigration attorney, who provides affordable legal counsel and guidance on the pathway to citizenship.

KIDS HOPE USA is a church/school mentoring program for at risk elementary aged children. St. Luke’s provides caring, trained mentors at Sutton Elementary School and Briarmeadow Charter School. By spending just one hour per week, reading, talking, playing and listening to a child at school, children feel loved and valued and that helps them to learn, grow and succeed.

There are many ways to be involved in this ministry:

1.     Mentor one student for one hour a week during the school day. 

2.     Serve as a Prayer Partner and pray(at home) for an assigned mentor-child team.

3.     Serve on the Teacher/Staff Encouragement Team and prepare small treats and baked goodies for the school staff and/or help host holiday parties and spring picnics at one of the schools. 

 For more information or to volunteer please contact Marci Pampe or Karen McCarver

Connect Community is a collaborative of agencies serving the Sharpstown and Gulfton neighborhoods. St. Luke’s lives in long-term relationship with Connect partners for the transformation of the community. The Connect partners include KIPP Charter School, Houston YMCA, Legacy Community Health, the Houston Center for Literacy, and of course St. Luke’s. For more information please visit www.purposebuiltcommunities.org
soccerStarting in Fall 2016, Gethsemane will host a community soccer clinic for children ages 5-11, in partnership with the Houston Dynamo. Young players are invited to learn the skills of the game in a friendly, fun, and community-oriented environment on Gethsemane’s soccer field. Clinics will take place on Monday evenings. For more information contact Alice King.

Gethsemane Staff

Rev. David Horton
Rev. David HortonPastor Gethsemane
Elizabeth Alvarado
Elizabeth AlvaradoAdministrative Assistant
Juana Tavico
Juana TavicoChildren’s Ministries Coordinator
Amy Kelley
Amy KelleyDirector of Family Ministries
Grady Light
Grady LightAssistant Building Engineer
Julie RamosYouth Ministries Coordinator
Luther Todd
Luther ToddAdministrative Assistant
Dr. Hsiao-Lan WangDirector of Music Ministries