Welcome To Tilghman United Methodist Church

Tilghman United Methodist Church is an historic church located on Tilghman Island, Maryland. 

We are entirely surrounded by water, but are less than 20 minutes from historic St. Michaels and only a half hour from Easton, totally accessible by car. 

We are a warm, loving community of faith, deeply rooted in the teachings of Christ. 

Methodists have been worshiping on Tilghman’s Island since the 18th century. The first church was built at our current location between 1879 and 1882, a one room structure with a steeple and belfry. The current church was erected in 1913. The church features ornate stained-glass windows with a simple gothic-based design. For a more complete history, click HERE.

The Youth Group is having a Community Breakfast on Saturday, February 25 from 8am to 10am in the Annex for their famine initiative with World Vision.  All donations will go the initiative.  

Sunday Worship Services

9:00 am Adult Sunday School in the Church Annex
10:00 am Sunday Worship Service in the Sanctuary
11:00 am Youth Sunday School in the Church Annex
Please read and adhere to the following Guidelines for Worship Services – Updated June 6, 2021.

Current TUMC Announcements

Youth Group meeting will be on Sunday, December 11 at 6:00 pm. 

First Tuesday Luncheon will be on Tuesday, December 6 at Noon.  The theme is Christmas.  Susan Jones will be playing several selections of Christmas Songs.  All are invited.  

Blue Christmas Service on Saturday, December 10 at 3:00 pm at Kronsberg Park.  This service is for those that have lost loved ones.  The Christmas Season can be a very difficult time.  We will have music and singing.  Beth Ann Dorman, director For All Seasons, will provide information on ways to deal with depression and grief during this time as well as counseling services that could be provided.   There will also be a time for people that have written their names on a white ribbon to tie the ribbon on the Christmas tree that will be in the park through the season.  If unable to make the service, you are willing to stop at any time and place a ribbon on the tree.  

Christmas Concert on December 18 at 6:00 pm at the church.  We have asked a number of singers from the area to join us for this wonderful night to celebrate the birth of God’s Son, Emmanuel.  

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service on Saturday, December 24 at 7:00 pm at the church.  Bring out the whole family and join in the celebration of Jesus coming into the world.  

Christmas Day Service on Sunday, December 25 at 10:00 am.  We will celebrate the birth of Jesus with Christmas Hymns, readings, and prayers.  

Regular Meetings, Events

All meetings are in the Annex unless otherwise indicated.

  • Church Council Wed., September 14, 7:00 PM
  • First Tuesday Lunches are BAAACK.
  • Exercise Group Mon., Wed., & Fri., 9:00 AM MORE
  • Ladies’ Sewing Mon. Evenings, 7:00 PM
  • Youth Group Meeting, Sun., September 18, 6:00 PM

You Are Always Welcome

You are always welcome at Tilghman UMC, to worship or to participate in our various ministries or to simply volunteer and make new friends in the community.

TUMC Pastor David Kelley

Are you…

  • interested in learning more about TUMC?
  • in need of pastoral care/prayer?
  • wanting to discuss becoming a member of TUMC? 

Please contact the pastor:
David Kelley 
Phone: 410-886-2045 
or 410-886-2197.
Email: [email protected]

Visit and “Like” TUMC on Facebook.

The TUMC Facebook page is back! This has been inactive for several years due to administrative turnover. JoAnn Kelley has revived it. It is a great place to stay in touch with TUMC happenings and to interact with friends and make new ones. It also has inspiring and comforting devotional postings. Go to www.facebook.com and type into the Search Bar Tilghman United Methodist Church OR, if you are on our web page, simply click on the Facebook logo in the footer at the bottom of every page.

But the BIG news is this: The Sunday Worship Service led by Pastor Dave is videotaped LIVE and available to watch weekly on Facebook.

Rachael Freeman administers another wonderful Facebook page that focuses primarily on our Youth Ministry. Go to www.facebook.com and type into the Search Bar Tilghman United Methodist Youth OR click HERE. (Have you visited the Youth Ministry page on this website in the Ministries menu?)

Healthy Tilghman, another of TUMC’s outreach ministries, has its own Facebook page full of news, resources and tips for a more Healthy YOU, and Tilghman. Go to www.facebook.com and type into the Search Bar Healthy Tilghman OR click HERE. (Have you visited the Healthy Tilghman pages on this website in the Ministries menu?)

Healthy Tilghman

A NEW national 24/7 emergency hotline to prevent suicide is now operational : just dial or text 988 – anytime, anywhere

Rose Regan, Healthy Tilghman Peer Coordinator, informs that A.A. is offering two live phone  meetings each day at noon and 7 p.m. Call 425-436-6376  and enter code 447198# to join or just listen. Rose is at 410-886-9862.

Sabiatri Baker, BS/MS,LMT, of Tilghman and member of the the Depression/Bipolar Support Alliance of Talbot County has offered to be personally available to talk on phone over anxiety, stress, depression, fears etc., as an experienced and educated Peer neighbor  (this is not medical care) for anyone 24/7 at 410-886-1292. 

New service: Want someone to check in (call) on a senior? Call 1-866-502-0560 and the Maryland Department of Aging will set it up. Call to enroll.  

PLEASE NOTE: For more information about these and other resources, click
Healthy Tilghman

Alter Flowers

If you would like to have fresh flowers at the alter for a special occasion (anniversary, birthday, in memory of, or to honor someone) we ask $30.00 donation. There is a monthly sheet at the back of the sanctuary for choosing a date. Please contact Beth Gowe via [email protected]

Tithes and Offerings

Even as we emerge from a time of crisis, we remind our members and friends that the costs of maintaining our church continue. Your tithes and offerings are needed, more than ever, as we were without Sunday services for so long. Please support, or continue supporting, TUMC with your donations by sending them to us at P.O. Box 192, Tilghman, MD 21671 or by making your secure donation online by clicking on the offering plate above, or Go HERE.

Thank You!

Tilghman UMC Mission & Vision Statements

Mission: Connecting people to Jesus and each other by sharing the love of God through Christian worship, Bible study, fellowship, outreach, and mission.

Vision: Become a vibrant church serving God by being a welcoming home and beacon of hope and promise for our community and an on-ramp to Christ where everyone can receive spiritual support and grow in faith.

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Wesley Covenant Prayer

I am no longer my own but thine.
Put me to what thou wilt,
rank me with whom thou wilt.
Put me to doing, put me to suffering.
Let me be employed for thee
or laid aside for thee,
Exalted for thee or brought low for thee.
Let me be full, let me be empty.
Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
I freely and heartily yield all things
to thy pleasure and disposal.
And now, O glorious and blessed God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, thou art mine,
and I am thine. So be it.
And the covenant which I have made on earth,
let it be ratified in heaven.