• Membership

    Discover Countryside is an informational gathering about how to become involved in the various ministries and activities offered at Countryside. A light lunch, facilities tour, and Q & A are included. Child care is available by prior arrangement. Our next Discover Countryside session will be at noon in the dining room on TBD. 

    For details about our Discover class, contact Brenda Bauman Swank. 

    Explore Your Faith is a big-picture overview of the important tenets and history of our faith, where we came from as United Methodists, and what makes us unique in our theology.

    Our next Explore Your Faith session is TBD on 9:45am in the parlor.

    For details about our Explore Class,

    contact Rev. Nancy Gammill. 

    NEW  Member Sunday

    Join Countryside! Our next opportunity to become a member is TBD.

    If you are interested in joining, please contact brenda@countrysideumc.org.


  • Confirmation

    We recognize children are members of their human families, but no one expects them to clean their rooms or empty the dishwasher until much later. In the same way, “baptized infants are members of the Church—the family of faith—but are not yet capable of sharing everything involved in membership,” By Water and the Spirit, The United Methodist Church’s official statement on baptism, teaches.

    Confirmation is an opportunity to respond to the grace of God available to us, as acknowledged in baptism, and to promise to live as a person of faith. “What God offers us must be accepted in repentance and faith,” This Is Your Baptismal Liturgy states. “Confirmation and reaffirmation are our responses of commitment, profession of faith, and rededication.”

    More information from The United Methodist Church.

    If your child is entering 7th grade, please contact Pastor Christine for more information regarding our Confirmation Classes this fall beginning August 11.

  • Baptism

    In baptism, we acknowledge and celebrate the grace of God, freely offered to us before we were even aware of it. We confess our sin, accept membership in the family of Christ, and vow to trust in and serve Jesus Christ as our Lord. Baptism is the outward and visible sign of our covenant (holy agreement) with God to accept God's gifts of freedom and power and to grow in faith through the constant efforts of the Holy Spirit and the lifelong practice of prayer, study, service, witness and worship. Baptism is a communal celebration; the congregation vows to nurture and support those being baptized - adults or infants.

    More information from The United Methodist Church.

    Please contact us for more information on baptism at Countryside!

Our Vision: "Called to be

a Church of Blessing"

At Countryside, we are "Called to be a Church of Blessing" through the following:

Affirmative WORSHIP

Worship is job one for a Christian. Countryside is known for it's inspiring music in worship, and our clergy are committed to bringing positive messages that apply scriptures to life in a relevant, life-affirming way. The congregation at worship seeks to extend a spirit of welcome to all.


The Countryside congregation is blessed with a rich diversity of individual talents and gifts at work and in leadership in many workplaces and settings in the Topeka area. Our congregation can make a difference as we are empowered in workplace leadership as our Christian vocation. Countryside also has opportunity to create strategies for leadership development for our church ministries and programs that would include motivation, recruitment, training and support.

Supportive & Welcoming RELATIONSHIPS

A well defined strength at Countryside attributed by members, visitors and newcomers alike is the friendly atmosphere and welcoming culture. Maintaining, developing and networking caring relationships is a priority for our vitality. Ongoing development of small group life as well as organized ministries of support to members in their life journey is essential.


Connecting with and living by the Spirit is the source of all vitality for Countryside UMC. Our congregation is blessed with a depth of spirituality expressed in witness, service and leadership. We also have great opportunity to empower all persons to explore their faith and grow in their God given spirituality. This includes the development of a comprehensive discipleship system for children, youth and adult Christian formation and education.

Generous Mission OUTREACH

Countryside UMC was started as a missional church 60 years ago and has an inherent DNA that includes mission and outreach to the community. As a whole, our Countryside congregation is blessed with financial abundance and a culture of giving that is faithful and responsible in stewardship. We have great opportunity to continue to develop our financial generosity through creative stewardship and endowment strategies. We are challenged to continue to develop a generous and diverse missional response to human need in our city, nation and world.

What We Believe

a  diverse


All persons are welcome in the United Methodist Church. Celebrating a diversity of peoples, age levels, ideas and cultures, we are enriched by our history. The United Methodist Church was formed with the union of the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968.

United Methodists trace their spiritual heritage back to the 18th-centery evangelical leaders John and Charles Wesley, Jacob Albright and Philip William Otterbein. As these men changed their world then, today the church seeks to rethink how to effect change in the world.

biblical, evangelical, connectional

United Methodists trust free inquiry into matters of Christian doctrine. Our faith is guided by Scripture, tradition, experience and reason. Scripture is of paramount importance. For United Methodists, the Bible is the record of God's people living out God's promise.

In the 21st century, The United Methodist Church seeks to expand its robust evangelical heritage. The church seeks to give a younger generation new ways to express their faith, translate that faith into actions and make a difference in the world. Wherever the churched or unchurched turn, they will find congregations seeking to create opportunities to encounter Christ.


god's gifts

United Methodists have believed from the beginning that each of us is called to participate in the outward-reaching ministry of Jesus Christ, John Wesley and others in our "cloud of witnesses" saw our work in the simplest, plainest terms: Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God.

United Methodists open many doors that create opportunities to make an enormous difference in the world. Our wonderfully diverse ministries are made possible by United Methodism's connectional giving system. We do more together than any one congregation can do alone.

living & giving

god's love

We support worldwide ministry with other churches to spread the gospel, care for those seeking a connection with God and nurture communities of Christian disciples, following Jesus' model of love and generosity. We listen, reach beyond ourselves, and offer help, hope and healing to those who are rethinking how to have more meaning in their lives.

For more than 200 years, The United Methodist Church and our predecessors have addressed poverty and the disenfranchised. We are committed to growing congregations and developing Christian leaders with the skills and spiritual strength to cope with the demands of the world. We play a significant role in educating others about devastating diseases, especially those which disproportionately affect the poor. We discern ways to fight disease and to provide better health conditions for people around the world. Our church advocates for justice and equality, and offers a voice when the struggles of the helpless are unheard. We are connected, caring and concerned about ministry that challenges our passion for making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.