Grow in Faith
You are encouraged to join a small group to learn to love God,
love yourself and love others as you grow closer to God and your church family.
Frederick Street Campus It’s always a good time to join in!
We have a 32 week Disciple One class (started September 11) that meets in the Library Room 210 on Monday evenings from 7-8:30pm. Disciple is a transformational Bible exploration to constantly work on developing a maturing relationship with God.
Two new groups this year include a new women and men’s group. Women’s Discipleship group meets Wednesday mornings at 9-11 am in the parlor at Frederick Street. In order to support moms, children can come and be with the group at this time. Spirit Sons, the new men’s group at Middle Street, meets first and third Sunday morning at 9:30 in the lower level adult classroom (follow the signs to some very comfortable chairs and couches.)
We have a Women’s Sharing Group and a Men’s Covenant Group that meet the first and third Mondays at 7 pm in the mezzanine and parlor respectively. These in depth and growing groups provide friendships in larger, diverse groups with the emphasis of living more Christ centered lives together. These covenant group members commit to meet at least once a month to grow in faith by asking members of their study group to share, to support and to hold each person accountable for continued spiritual growth and for more intentionally serving others.
Ready is our original curriculum offering at Frederick Street with the goal of providing it not only to Middle Street but to other churches as well. Similar to a Disciple study group, the participants meet Wednesday mornings from 9-11 am in the mezzanine at Frederick Street campus in order to discuss the daily readings on what the Bible teaches about topics such as justice, love and battles.
E.S.P. (Encourage/Support/Pray) is a group that combines an outreach ministry of cards, care packages and prayer with Bible study.
There’s also a Wednesday afternoon Bible study from 1-2:30 pm in the Mezzanine that meets every week from September to May for those available at that time. Since the topics vary every two months, feel free to join in any time.
We also have an early morning study at Perkins Restaurant, Tuesdays from 7:45-9:15 am, studying the book “Experiencing God”. Please note that even though it started in September, you are still welcome to come, eat breakfast and start the day focusing on God with us.
NOTE OF 2015 OPTIONS (Tuesday evenings at Frederick Street):
January is for explorers and so we offer Launch Pad from 6-7 pm in the parlor. We will be answering the questions: Why Prayer? Why Church? Why the Bible? and Why Jesus? This original curriculum was created and piloted last year at Middle Street campus and now adapted to Frederick Street.
Feb-April we will be offering Alpha Express in the MPR, Nicky Gumbal’s popular introduction to the Christian faith in a 10 week course, from 5:30pm to 7pm which will include dinner, video and conversation.
Here are some of our ongoing small groups for you to grow in faith and as family to serve the world:
Frederick Street Campus
Frederick Street Campus Sunday school occurs every Sunday from 9:15 AM until 10:15 AM. A variety of courses are offered to enhance and deepen one’s relationship with Jesus Christ. New courses begin every six weeks to three months and can consist of traditional Bible Study, book studies, a Christian Basics class geared towards new members, special topics or online options.
- Faith Family and Friends (Rooms 211/212): This class has a family emphasis with Bible study for personal growth and special topics to support parents in teaching faith in the home. It is a very interactive class with family activities and events for friendship building outside the class as well as class chosen mission projects.
- Library Class (Room 210): In this diverse and book study oriented group, there is a concentration on both Biblical exploration and relationships. Many of the men and women are “empty nesters”, singles, and working couples who pray during the week for each other and occasionally fellowship outside class.
- Men’s Class (Room 209): This class alternates Biblical study with learning from Christian faith stories in order to apply concepts to business and daily living. This welcoming group is willing to discuss and connect faith to areas such as sports, hunting or even fiction.
- Parlor Class (Parlor): For this sharing and caring study group, the Bible study might range from DVD based studies to Bible themes that are discussed in the whole group together. Prayer requests and answers are displayed while the relational aspect of growing as family and journeying together is featured.
- International Class (Mezzanine): This traditional Bible study with group discussion and lecture is strongly supportive, inquisitive and concerned with helping others as an expression of living the lessons. Members are retirees and are extremely active in many areas of the church and in outside gatherings of fellowship and service.
Middle Street Campus
Middle Street Campus offers a contemporary “Whatever” dialogue from 9:45 am to 10:30 am in the library. This nontraditional group borrows some ideas from the contemporary worship service in order to learn together in many different ways. New topics are chosen by the group about every six to eight weeks in order to grow in faith and to grow as family.
Other Bible Studies
There are other ongoing Bible studies at various times and seasons during the week and year. Small group studies are also offered church wide during the Advent and Lenten seasons at the church and in the home. Some special topics are offered church wide as well such as the recent “Bioethics and the Bible” study. We are also blessed to be able to offer some online Bible studies periodically too.
At least twice a year, First Church holds Prayer Vigils to surround our church and community with prayer. Dates are announced and all volunteers are asked to sign-up for designated time slots to spend time with God and grow faith through a ministry to help others.
Volunteers are welcome to help facilitate Sunday school and other Bible study classes for children through adults. No expertise needed, we will help you! Please contact Jackie Spadt for children or Terri Cartwright for adults using each person’s first name with @firstumchanover.org added for the respective email addresses.
Leaders and Facilitators
If God is calling you to start a new group or bring an idea to grow in faith, please let us know—we welcome the creative call and look forward to learning from you. To share more, contact us.