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.

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 09/11/2022 - Any youths in the third, fourth, or fifth grades are invited to join the Youth Group. The first meeting will be Sun., September 18, at 6:00 PM in the Annex.
  • First Tuesday Lunches Return 08/22/2022 - Please plan to join in the special celebration of our oldest residents on Tuesday, October 4, at noon at TUMC.  A video from the Tilghman Watermen’s Museum will also be shown.  If you would like to help with set up, clean up, food, decorations, or small gifts for the honorees, please let me know.  We... View Article
  • Pet Food Pantry at TUMC 04/20/2022 - Every Wednesday from 3 until 4:30 pm. Donations, including cash or checks, may be dropped o& at the church during this time. Contact Susan Roecker at 410-886-9863 for drop off or pick up at other times.

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. See Announcements
  • 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

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]

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?)

New on the website

Picking crabs together on August 20, 2022. See photos HERE.

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]

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

COVID-19 Resources

Here is some information that could be helpful during this time of continued COVID-19 risk and mental health challenges, fear, isolation, etc.

Resources to call for Coronavirus-related concerns.

  • For-All-Seasons Emergency Hotline 410-822-1018
  • Talbot County Health Department Emergency Hotline 1-410-770-8160
  • Eastern Shore Behavioral Crisis Line at 888-407-8018.
  • Maryland 24/7 Helpline that is found at dialing 211 – press 1.
  • Food Assistance 410-770-5515. 
  • Police (410-822-1020)
  • Emergency 911 

All are live responses.   

Talbot County Department of Social Services has established a call in service about COVID-19. Open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday -Friday. 410-770-5515 

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.