ADULT GROUPS AND CLASSES

Adult groups and classes are how we build community at Aldersgate Church. Being a part of a group is the best way to help a big church feel smaller. Whether it’s a class, a small group, or bible study, in a group, you’ll connect with people in a similar stage of life, or with similar interests. Together, you’ll build community and foster spiritual growth.

We offer small group bible studies, fellowship groups, women’s and men’s groups, prayer groups, topical classes and mission/service groups. United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women also provide a place to plug-in for fellowship, outreach and prayer. We also offer various yoga and wellness classes.

Have an idea for a new small group? Tell us what you’re looking for! Send an email to connect@aldersgate.net.

Adult Sunday School

All adult Sunday school classes meet at 9:30am on Sunday mornings.

 

Please contact the listed class leader for more information.

B.A.S.I.C. Class

Room 209

Leader:

Bill Armstrong

B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) Bible study meets in room 209 on Sunday mornings at 9:30am. The class is currently working through a study of the Book of Revelation. We will read the scripture and use various books and commentaries to help us understand this interesting and final book in the Holy Bible. Anyone and everyone are welcome to join us for this study. If you have questions, please contact Bill Armstrong.

New Members Class

Room 210

Leader:

Ann & John Nelson

The New Members Class will meet for 6 week starting on Sunday, September 18th.  The class will study the book A Disciple's Path, an engaging approach to discipleship from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective. Whether used as an introduction for new members or a renewal course for existing members, the program guides individuals to take the next step in discipleship and become dynamic, engaged followers of Jesus Christ.


The study combines a Wesleyan understanding of our growth in God's love and grace with the time-tested practices of spiritual discipline expressed in the membership vows to uphold the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Participants will develop spiritual practices, discover their unique gifts, and become engaged in ministry that brings transformation in their own lives, the lives of others, and the world.

Searchers Class

Room 212

Leader:

Bill Cleveland

Searchers class enjoys thinking about the history and future of Christianity through DVD lectures, readings, study, and discussions. Ask Bill about the current program.

Potpourri Class

Room 208

Leader:

Louise Williams

Join Potpourri as we dive into a six-week study on The Difficult Words of Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine. Professor Levine shows how these difficult teachings would have sounded to the people who first heard them, how they have been understood over time, and how we might interpret them in the context of the Gospel of love and reconciliation. The book is available for purchase at Cokesbury.com or Amazon. Potpourri meets on Sunday morning at 9:30a.m. in room 208 starting September 25th. If you have additional questions, please contact Louise Williams at louisewill@cox.net.

Regular Small Groups

Please contact the group leaders below for more details on the small group you are interested in.

Be the Bridge Book Club

Every Other Sunday | 7:00pm

Zoom (Contact Louise Williams for Zoom information)

Leader:

Louise Williams

Open to new members?

Open to members

The Be the Bridge Book Club discusses books on racism in the church and society and how to confront it. As we gain a better understanding of these issues, we can become advocates for social justice.

The group is currently reading and discussing "Jesus and the Disinherited" by Howard Thurman. This book is a compassionate look at God’s work in our lives. Thurman argues that within Jesus’ life of suffering, pain, and overwhelming love is the solution that will prevent our descent into moral nihilism. His book was an influential message that helped shape the civil rights movement. This group will meet for 5 sessions via Zoom at 7p.m. beginning September 25, 2022.

Intercessory Prayer Group

Tuesdays | 9:15am

Virtual (Email for Info)

Leader:

Group Led

Open to new members?

The Intercessory Prayer Group prays on behalf of people facing spiritual, medical, financial, and relationship concerns. Prayer requests come from our congregation, community, and from throughout the world. Confidentiality is strictly observed and prayers for others are offered in a non-political, non-judgmental setting. The group welcomes men and women of all ages and experience.

Wesley Bible Study Group

Wednesdays | 7:30pm

Zoom (Contact Shari for Zoom info)

Leader:

Shari Van Buren

Open to new members?

We study the Bible, books, and other resources to help us deepen our faith. We are finishing a study of Philippians and will move on to study Colossians next. All are welcome!

Wellness Book Study Group

Mondays | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Library + Zoom (Contact Judy for Zoom info)

Leader:

Judy Jurkowski

Open to new members?

All are invited at any time

Small group meets regularly in person (with Zoom option) to discuss God and Christ-centered books that the group chooses. The group is flexible and open to more people attending.

Wednesday Women

Wednesdays | 12:30pm - 2:00pm

Church Library (Room 132)

Leader:

Hettie Hervey

Open to new members?

All are invited at any time

Women of all ages who meet to enjoy fellowship, service and study various books, topics and Bible chapters with the intention of broadening our understanding of the arts and literature as they relate to living a life of following Jesus’ teachings. Our mission statement is: Serving women and their families through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Empty Nesters

Monthly

Zoom (Contact Steve for Info)

Leader:

Steve and Cathy Larkin

Open to new members?

New couples welcome!

Are you an empty nester interested in meeting with other empty nesters? A small group meets regularly with a flexible format, discussing books that the group chooses. The time and date of the group is flexible, depending on the travel schedules of the members, and doesn’t meet as regularly as some of the others.

Christian Meditation Group

Mondays | 2:00pm

Church Library (Room 132)

Leader:

Charlotte Rexroad

Open to new members?

All are invited at any time

The Christian Meditation Group meets every Monday afternoon at 2:00pm in the church library. Our current study is "The History and Archaeology of the Bible". We spend time in each gathering in a period of meditation.

Parsonage Small Group

1st & 3rd Wednesdays | 7:00pm

Various Homes of Group Participants

Leader:

Randy Orndorff

Open to new members?

The group is open to new members.

The group meets for study, reflection, to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ and fellowship. The group is currently studying the book "Serving from the Heart."

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