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.


On Summer hiatus through August
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.

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

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.


FaithWorks is an exciting exploration of Scripture in a relaxed, participatory format. Everyone is welcome and no preparation required! This inclusive and informal discussion group meets Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. in the Epworth Hall parlor located on the first floor next to our Nursery. You can contact Janet Rocap at for more information.

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

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.

Thursday Bible Study

Over the summer, this co-ed group will be discussing  Jim Wallis’ landmark book, “America’s Original Sin, Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America”.
This study is in participation with the Florida Conference’s Anti-Racism initiative and the class is $12 (book provided and scholarships available). 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

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.

Only Youth

On Summer hiatus
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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