The Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) at PWUMC offers activities and programs designed with those ages 60 and over in mind. This growing population is looking for meaningful fun and fellowship as they enter retirement age and beyond, and they can find it at Platte Woods UMC!

Check out the SAM Newsletter for all the most current news about upcoming activities.

For more information about these activities,
contact Anne Bartholow, director of Senior Adult Ministries.



  • Bimonthly Fellowship Luncheons & Games: Get together for a delicious lunch and games twice a month in an informal setting. These luncheons usually take place on Thursdays at noon.
  • Brunch Out Bunch: Join other senior ladies for this monthly visit to an area restaurant. Usually meets on the third Sunday of the month after the 10:45 a.m. service.
  • Retirees’ Luncheon:  Each month, the retirees meet on the third Tuesday of the month. This group might have a potluck lunch followed by a fun activity, or a guest speaker, or any numerous other events. We may just sit and talk. On the other hand, this group may decide to go on a field trip. Please watch the SAM newsletter for location and the upcoming event. Any questions, call Anne Bartholow.
  • Bingo: If you love a good game of Bingo, you’ll want to check out the Bingo group on Wednesday afternoons.
  • Mah Jongg: This ancient Chinese puzzle game will challenge your mind while you play the game with interesting people each Tuesday afternoon.
  • Bridge: Meeting on Monday nights, this group is for experienced bridge players looking for a friendly game.


  • Pickle Ball: Pickle ball groups meet multiple times each week in our gym. Whether you’re familiar with this sport or want to learn, there’s a group available that will meet your needs.
  • Over 50’s Aerobics: Keep it moving with aerobics designed for seniors. Meeting in room 210 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:00 a.m.  This group focuses on a complete workout. Please call Anne Bartholow for more information.
  • SAM Golf: Come join us on Thursdays at Shiloh Springs Golf course in Platte City.  We meet between 4:30 and 5:00, divide into groups of four and off we go.  Great exercise, great fellowship, and lots of laughter happen at the course.  The cost is $15 and includes the cart for 9 holes. Please contact Anne by Wednesday each week to let me know you will be attending.


  • Virtual Orchestra: Whether you’re a veteran of the organ or have never touched a key, you’ll enjoy our Virtual Orchestra times on Thursdays throughout the year. Experienced players meet at 11:00 and beginners meet at 12:30 to ensure that you’ll fit right in with the class!
  • SAM Singers: The Senior Adult Ministry Singers are back! They meet on Tuesday afternoons at 2:00 in the room 113 through November 7.  We have bookings for retirement communities North of the river. We will perform patriotic music and inspirational hymns. It all happens on Tuesday afternoon. All are welcome to join this fun group. Contact Ray Hurt (816-471-2531) with any questions.


  • The SAM group has a number of ongoing service opportunities, including work at The Farmer’s House, the Pillowcase Ministry and the Angel Ministry, as well as special projects throughout the year.
  • Building Team: Are trips to Home Depot and Lowe’s your idea of fun? Do you enjoy seeing new projects taking shape, or fixing things that have seen better days? Are you passionate about people having safe, adequate housing? We’ll have ongoing opportunities throughout the year to assist seniors in our community, build new homes, make home repairs and more. Contact Jennifer Simms, director of Missions, for more information.
  • Garden Team: Do you enjoy working outside? Making a yard look beautiful? Growing fresh food for others to enjoy? Helping people who can no longer work in their yards? We’re forming a new team of gardeners, landscapers, cleaner-uppers, etc. We’ll have periodic opportunities to serve throughout the year, so there’s sure to be something that will fit your schedule. Contact Jennifer Simms, director of Missions, for more information.

For more information about the Senior Adult Ministry, please contact Anne Bartholow, director of SAM.