Growth Groups

“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”

Matthew 18:20

Growth Groups are places where people gather to study, pray, and engage in respectful, challenging conversation in order to be formed more in the image of Jesus. These groups are of various sizes and can meet on an on-going, long-term, or short-term basis. If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll choose to grow deeper in your love for Christ who calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves by connecting with a Growth Group!

If you are interested in starting a Growth Group, please drop an email to Pastor Beth so she can help ensure you have all the resources you need and connect you with others who may be interested in your group.

Help, Thanks, Wow! Wednesdays

This is a simple time of checking in, sharing, and lifting up our world in prayer with others in our First UMC faith family that meets over Zoom every Wednesday evening from 7:30 p.m-8:00 p.m. with whoever wishes to join in. The Zoom link is sent out every Wednesday morning so contact us at for the link to this group or to be included in our email list.

Stepping Stones

This is our newest Growth Group and meets every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Parlor (located on the first floor of Epworth Hall). Stepping Stones aims to promote spiritual growth through Bible study and conversation in a welcoming and non-judgmental setting. Their format is a simple process of reading, reasoning, and reflection where each week the groups read several passages and reflect on its meaning through questions and open discussion. All materials are provided and no preparation is required! If you have any questions, you can contact Joe Savastano at

Faith Forum

This is an inclusive, informal discussion group that meets Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the Chapel (off of the Fellowship Hall) . The group values a fellowship of open minds and supportive encouragement for each person's journey of incremental growth in Christian understanding. They do not use a “conventional” Sunday School curriculum but engage in wide-ranging discussions on issues of living out the teachings of Jesus in today's world. No prerequisites of knowledge or advance preparation is needed, just a desire to join other like-minded persons on a journey of growth and fellowship in their relationship with Jesus. For more information, contact the Faith Forum leaders at

Maranatha Class

The Maranatha Class consists primarily of adults over 50 and welcomes adults of all ages to join in lively, engaging Bible study and discussion. This group examines the original meanings of the words as used in the scriptures, and considers the cultural and historical background as part of the study. They seek to understand Scripture, to relate Scripture to contemporary living, and to respond with positive actions in their personal lives. The class meets on-campus and online every Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m., and online every Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. for fellowship. Please contact Doug Kirk and Leon Couch at for more information.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings consists primarily of adults over 65 and welcomes adults of all ages who enjoy the Methodist traditions of  food, fellowship, singing hymns, and bible-focused studies. The group meets on-campus every Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. in the Epworth Conference for Sunday School and meets online every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. for fellowship and Bible study. For more information, contact Jim Nation at

Womens Bible Study

This is a small group of women who meet on-campus every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. to read and discuss books related to spiritual growth. For more information, contact Janet Rocap at

Disciple Bible Study

Dr. Susan Webbleads an online Disciple Bible Study titled "Into the Word, Into the World". This 32-week, in-depth Bible study includes lively discussion on four books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts via a weekly Zoom session. There are no prerequisites other than a commitment to setting aside approximately 30 minutes a day for reading and preparation for the weekly discussions on Mondays at  7:00 p.m. Contact Susan Webb at or visit our Disciple web page for more information.

Wednesday Bible Study

This group meets on-campus and online to study and discuss faith-building books. Their current book, David Kalas’ “When Did God Become a Christian, Rediscovering the God of the Whole Bible”, examines differences between God of the Old Testament and the New Testament. This study runs through July 20. The group meets  on Wednesdays at noon.  For more information, contact Dan Greathouse at for more information.

UWF (United Women In Faith)

A community of women whose purpose is to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative and supportive fellowship and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.  Their circles meet September - April and for more information on UWF, contact Norma Courtney via email at
First Tuesday of the Month
  • Peace Circle (formerly the Daytime Circle) led by Diane Loyless meets at 10:30 a.m. in the Bethany Room on the 1st floor of Bell Hall.
Second Tuesday of the Month
  • Faith Circle (formerly Circle 6) led by Joan Van Winkle meets at 4:45 p.m. in the Epworth Conference Room - 1st Floor of Epworth Hall.
Second Thursday of the Month
  • Joy Circle (formerly Circle 5) led by Janet Howard meets at 10:30 a.m. in the Epworth Conference Room - 1st Floor of Epworth Hall.

Thursday Bible Study

This group is currently discussing Adam Hamilton’s book “The Call: The Life and Message of The Apostle Paul” and meets on-campus Thursday mornings from 10:00-11:15 a.m. in the Bethany Room. You’ll discover more about the Apostle Paul, whose writings comprise much of our New Testament and how our faith lives might be enriched by learning more about his “call” and missionary journeys. For more information, contact Janet Rocap at

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