Spiritual Growth

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:

Wednesday evenings at First UMC

Our BIG Night

is an opportunity to gather together as a church on Wednesday evenings (Mid-September thru March) for fellowship and spiritual growth. 

Here's what it looks like...

5:15-6:00 p.m.--Church-wide Dinner: Each week, an adult entrée will be $5.00 and an alternate, kid-friendly meal will be $3.00.  Sign up for the meal by noon the Monday of that week outside the welcome center.

5:40-6:15 p.m.--Children's Music: Come sing a joyful song to God!

6:15-7:30--Children's "Holy Moly" Bible Study!

6:00-7:30--Adult Bible Studies

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. This class has a rotation of facilitators and meets 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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Spring women's retreat

April 20-21

We are excited about our Spring 2018 Women's Retreat entitled, Mirror Mirror on the Wall. Our guest speaker is The Reverend Kristen Williams from Holly Springs, NC. Kris and her husband and daughters lived in Rocky Mount until 2003 when she began pastoring in Wilson (Hornes UMC/Sims UMC), then in Pinetops (Pinetops UMC/Temperance Hall UMC), then Apex UMC and then Fletcher's Chapel in Durham. Rev. Williams is an awesome pastor and retreat leader, and we are thrilled to have her leading this retreat.

The event begins on Friday, April 20, 6-9 p.m. with dinner. Rev. Williams will lead us through her first session Friday night, followed by two more sessions Saturday morning. We will gather Saturday morning at 8:30 for breakfast and the remainder of the event. We have lined up special music for this event as well.

Rev. Williams will lead us through scripture and self-reflection, helping us to reconsider what we see in the mirror to be what God sees. We will conclude with Holy Communion, ending by noon on Saturday.

Tickets are now on sale, just $10/each. Upon receipt of payment, we are glad to send tickets to you or hold them on-site for pick-up at the event. Checks can be made out to FUMC with Women's Retreat in the memo line. Sign up now.

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