Small groups

Jesus called a group of fishermen to come and follow him.  Much like apprentices with a master, they learned and sought to imitate Jesus' words, works and way of life.  Jesus continues to call ordinary, broken people to follow him.  When we respond to that call, we enter a lifetime of learning to live like Jesus in relationship with him and other disciples.  Our spiritual growth as followers of Jesus is crucial to living out our understanding of what it means to be disciples who know Christ and makes Christ known.  Here are the ways we seek to nurture our lives in the faith:

Sunday nights at First UMC

"A Place for Everyone"

Each Sunday beginning September 15

Buffet-style dinners begin at 5 pm

Adult Studies begin at 6 pm

See below for Fall Study opportunities

(Childcare available at 5:30 pm)

Youth meet separately from 5-7 pm 
(More info available here)


A Creative Faith

“Come and paint your way to new friendships.  We'll start this class with working on pre-cut wooden pieces and go from there.  You do not have to have prior painting skills or consider yourself creative and artistic.  You just need a willingness to walk through the door and snag a seat."  Led by Erin Miniard   (Please note that there is a class limit of 15.)


Don't Miss It

You know what your kid is going through is just a phase, but what does that really mean?

Don't Miss It (by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy) reminds parents that phases are not just periods of time to be survived, but opportunities to be maximized.  It gives parents a simple strategy for parenting every week like it counts.  It can help them reprioritize their time with their kids; it may even change how they see their kids and themselves.

(And because parents are busy, it's designed to take an hour or less to read.)

It's just a phase.  So don't miss it.  Rev. Jim Bell will facilitate this exciting class.

Love Does  

What happens when we give away love like we're made of it? In his entertaining and inspiring follow-up to the New York Times bestselling phenomenon Love Does, Bob Goff takes readers on a journey into the secret of living without fear, constraint, or worry.  The path toward the liberated existence we all long for is found in a truth as simple to say as it is hard to do: love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction and without limits.


Driven by Bob’s trademark storytelling, Everybody, Always reveals the lessons Bob learned--often the hard way--about what it means to love without inhibition, insecurity, or restriction. From finding the right friends to discovering the upside of failure, Everybody, Always points the way to embodying love by doing the unexpected, the intimidating, the seemingly impossible.  Whether losing his shoes while skydiving solo or befriending a Ugandan witch doctor, Bob steps into life with a no-limits embrace of others that is as infectious as it is extraordinarily ordinary. 


Everybody, Always reveals how we can do the same.  Michelle Batchelor will facilitate this excellent small group experience.


FUMC Connect Class

Want to become a member of 1st UMC? Want to learn more about what it means to be Methodist? Curious about the various ministries and missions of 1st FUMC? This FUMC Connect Class for you!  This is a class for anyone interested in learning more about what it means to be a Christian, what United Methodists believe and practice, and how they can become involved and use their gifts in the many exciting ministries of FUMC.  Participants will learn about what it means to join in FUMC's mission to make disciples who know Christ and make Christ known.  This 6-week study will be led by Rev. Matt Seaton.



GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences.  Don’t go through your grief journey alone.  Melissa Bynum leads this wonderful class. Click here to find out more about Griefshare.  Next session begins Sunday, September 8, 3–5 p.m. Contact her at for more information. 


Sunday School

William Whitehead Class is currently studying from the International Lesson Studies Series. The class is made of male and female Senior adults, but everyone is welcome. Bob Cameron and Doug Broad teach in rotation. The class meets at 9:45 starting with praise (in song), announcements followed by the lesson. The class meets in Room 39 until about 10:40. Contact: Nanette Barringer: 442-2352

Horizons Bible Discussion Class meets each Sunday at 10:00 am in the church parlor. The class format is an in depth study of scripture. We study one book at a time from both the Old and New Testaments. The class has periodic fellowship functions and is involved in several outreach ministries. The class is taught by Richard Laney. For more information contact Frank Katkaveck.

R.E.A.L. Life Class: Our class is composed of families of all types and ages.  Geared towards families, spiritual development of parent(s) is a key goal. We meet upstairs across from the elevator in Room 43. The class is taught by Kevin Boudreau. For more information, please contact either Kevin, Lisa Mand, or Kitty Norsworthy.

Langill Watson Class is studying from the International Lesson Series (a Bible Study) taught by Rev. Milton Mann in Room 49 beside the elevator. The class is open to anyone who wants further their knowledge of the Bible. For more information, contact either Wayne Deal or Annette Allen.

Engage Class is composed primarily of young adults, some parents, some not.  Our aim is to be engaged with the God's word and with the world.  We believe that what the Bible says should make a difference in how we live our day-to-day lives and our lessons focus on growing as disciples as we study God's word and share God's love with the world. Contact Will or Stephanie Geanes for more information. The Engage Class meets each Sunday from 10am - 11am in room 42 upstairs.

People long to be connected and are searching for authentic community. We’re wired for it as human beings. It is no surprise that one of the ways that we grow closer to God and become more deeply committed disciples of Jesus Christ is by being in community with others. We need a safe space to show up with our "true selves" and be real with one another.  

Life Groups at FUMC have grown out of a desire to deepen our ability to discern God’s activity in our world and also grow closer together as we grow as disciples. Groups meet twice a month at their own schedule and pattern at someone’s home or a restaurant and focus on three primary goals each session:

  1.  Helping each other discern and process how we have experienced God or God’s Kingdom breaking through.

2.  Helping each other respond in faithful living to those moments so that we grow as disciples. 

3.  Committing to pray for one another in a very intentional manner.     

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