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 Janet Rocap 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.


Joyful Adulting meets in the Wesley Room, B201 (second floor of Bell Hall) every Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. Joyful Adulting is a fun group of younger adults with a focus on how to live an authentic Christian life amidst the challenges of modern life. Contact Elise Caton at for more information.

Faith Forum

This is an inclusive, informal discussion group that meets Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the Epworth Hall parlor located on the first floor next to our Nursery. 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 9:15 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 9:15 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. for fellowship, and to read and discuss books related to spiritual growth. For more information, contact Janet Rocap at

Participating (In) Christ

Adrienne Engel leads you through deepening your personal walk with Christ every Sunday at 9:15 a.m. in Bell Hall Room B208. You are guided through 12 steps as you learn how to bring yourself into relationship with God and the Holy Spirit the way Jesus modeled for us though techniques based in somatic (body and sensory) awareness, listening, and journaling. You’ll learn to meet your life challenges empowered by the Holy Spirit's specific gifts for you. Contact Adrienne at for more information.

Wednesday Bible Study

This group meets on-campus and online to study and discuss faith-building books. The group meets on Wednesdays at noon in our Epworth Conference Room and via Zoom. Contact Dan Greathouse at or Janet Rocap at for more information.

Disciple Bible Study

Joe Savastano leads an online Disciple Bible Study titled “Under the Tree of Life ” via a weekly Zoom session. This 32-week, in-depth Bible study is the fourth in the DBS series and includes lively discussion primarily on  the books of the New Testament. 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 Joe at or visit our Disciple web page for more information.

Thursday Bible Study

This co-ed group is currently in a study based on the book “Signs and Wonders, A Beginner’s Guide to the Miracles of Jesus”, by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. What do these amazing healings tell us about Jesus and his world? What do they mean for us today? The group meets on-campus Thursday mornings from 10:00-11:15 a.m. in the Bethany Room. For more information, contact Janet Rocap at

Only Youth

This group for youth in the 5th-8th grades meets on-campus every Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. in the Youth Cafe located on the second floor of Bell Hall. Their focus is having fun and growing deeper in their faith. For more information, contact Trish Eccles at

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