Groups to grow in faith

Our small groups and Sunday school options help you take your next step in faith and make new connections. You will find groups for men, women, couples and multi-generations. These groups offer different learning styles: lecture, conversation, video and covenant accountability. These biblically focused groups will offer God’s love, forgiveness, hope, and strength.


New fall groups starting soon

  • A new small group based on the book "Words of Life: Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today" will start Oct. 3. Sign up by Sept. 30.
  • Interested in decluttering your life? Informational meeting Sept. 29.

For details, check out the Weekday Groups section.

  • Connected in Christ Class (Room 504)

    This Is an open and affirming class that invites and welcomes all. We meet Sunday mornings from 9:20 to 10:30 a.m. Facilitators: Tanya Heath and Sheryl Koenig. Here are the topics for the fall:

    • Creativity: What is it? What does God say about it? How can I become more creative in serving God, in my job, in my hobbies and in my friendships? (four weeks)
    • Prayer review: How can I speak to God more often and on a deeper level? (two weeks)
    • Gratitude review: How being grateful for what we have creates a powerful feeling of peace and joy. (two weeks)
    • How to share your Christian faith in a world where there's a separation of "church and state." (3-5 weeks)

    5 Cups of Coffee (Room 603)

    This is a mixed life stages group that meets at 8 a.m. every Sunday to explore faith, ask questions and share their point of view. This small group was started about two years ago with the "5 Cups of Coffee" content which focuses on five conversations around God, gifts, passion, spiritual growth and opportunities, which led us to have a very close connection with each other. Facilitator: Jen Chirillo.


    Journey Through the Bible (Room 508)

    The title describes the class. We are studying the books of the Bible in order.  We welcome all who are interested in studying the Bible to join our class. We meet at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings. Facilitator: Barb Phillips.


    Pilgrims of the Kingdom (Journey Room)

    This easy-to-follow DVD series is a 22-week program called "Grasping God's Word." This study provides guidance for the basics of biblical interpretation. Each session will consist of a video presentation followed by class discussion. The class meets each Sunday from 9:20 to 10:30 a.m.. Facilitators: John Darby and Steve Brietzke.

  • Crochet ministry (Welcome Center)

    The crochet ministry is for people of all ages and skill levels. Beginning Oct. 6, they will meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Projects include: baby hats, prayer shawls, scarves, etc. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please email Kate Wessler.


    Couples Small Group (Room 511)

    Angie and Mike Hall host a small group for couples from 7-8:30 p.m. each Wednesday Facilitator: Angie Hall.


    Declutter

    Do you struggle with “stuff” and its impact on your day-to-day life? Consider joining our group on Thursdays beginning Sept. 29 for support and accountability. We still study ideas from the book “Lose the Clutter, Lose the Weight” by Peter Walsh. An information meeting time will be set by participants. Click here to sign up.


    Messiah Ministry Women's small group (Room 603)

    We meet to build friendship, grow deeper in our faith and share Christ's love. We read and discuss books written by Christian authors. Meetings are from 9-11 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of most months. Age: 70+. Facilitator: Elaine Thompson.


    Moms Intermission

    As you plan your fall, please include Moms Intermission in your schedule. Carve out some time to hear inspiring speakers, hang out with some amazing moms, do a fun craft and be renewed by a short break from normal life each month. Mark your calendars for 6:15-7:45 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month: Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, Dec. 14. 


    Olive Branch Women’s Small Group (Journey Room)

    Meeting times: second and fourth Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. New study will begin on Sept. 8 on the book of Romans; only a Bible is required. New members are welcome. Facilitators: Lorene Royer and Carol Schmitz.


    Parents of Little Ones study

    Parents, put the kids to bed and join us via Zoom for some adult interaction. We will be studying “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” by John Mark Comer. The study will be Tuesday nights from 8:30-9:30. Please email Josh Schaller for the meeting id and passcode.


    Wednesday morning Bible study

    Please join us for Bible study, conversation and encouragement starting Wednesday, July 15, at 10 a.m. in person. We will be discussing John Ortberg's book, “If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat.” If you have questions and/or want to sign up, email Elizabeth Reel


    Wesley Class Meeting (Journey Room)

    In the beginning of the Methodist movement, John Wesley formed classes like this to create a place where each member could watch over one another in love. The group is designed to be a safe place to grow in the love of God and neighbor. In this group, we will not focus on a curriculum, but will dig deeply into where God is working and moving in our lives. We seek God’s transforming grace and will encourage each other to grow more like Christ. We invite you to join us on Wednesday nights from 6:30- 7:30 p.m. Facilitators: Mary Dolann and Bob Smith.


    Words of Life: Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today (Zoom)

    This six-week class, based on the Adam Hamilton book by the same name, begins Oct. 3. It will meet via Zoom on Mondays 6:30-7:30 p.m. Sign up by Sept. 30 here. Questions, contact Sherri Helm or Carla Hunter.


    MUTTS (Men United Together Through the Spirit) (Room 504)

    This group meets Saturday mornings at 7:30 a.m. Facilitators: Rick Ellsworth and Ron Haffey.


    The purpose of MUTTS is to provide the men of our church community an opportunity to grow in their knowledge and love of Jesus Christ through a variety of means including a weekly Bible study opportunity. We acknowledge that the Holy Spirit is alive within each of us constantly calling us into a deeper relationship. It is the hope that all will be challenged to become the men that God calls us to be.


    Foundations of MUTTS:

    • It is an open group with all men welcome.
    • The focus is always the journey of faith instead of agenda driven.
    • One of our principal goals through the study of Scripture is to show how the Bible is relevant to everyday experience.
    • Men don’t have to be a Bible scholar to attend; we explore, learn and grow together.
    • Men although encouraged don’t have to attend every week. We realize that other priorities exist.
    • Men's discipleship is not exclusive to one congregation as such we promote partnership opportunities with men or men's groups from other congregations.
    • We provide a means of bringing inactive and irregular church members back into fellowship.
  • Alpha

    Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith and creating room for questions and conversation. Alpha is offered all around the globe and everyone is welcome. Look for the next start for this 12-week series of sessions.

Know your spiritual gifts

With the easy-to-use online assessment, you can discover your own spiritual gifts and better understand how God has uniquely wired you to serve. Follow this link to start your assessment.