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.
Please note that due to the increased number of breakthrough COVID infections, most of our Sunday Growth Groups will only be meeting online. Please check with the group facilitator to verify how they are meeting.

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.

Coffee Talk

A great group of folks who gather on-campus and online on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. for conversation about faith and life…  and a lot of us drink coffee! The group is comprised of both couples and singles, primarily in their 20-40’s, but all ages are welcome. For more information, contact the Joe Savastano at

Faith Forum

This is an open-minded, inclusive group consisting primarily of adults over 40 and where all ages are welcome, and all opinions and comments are valued and cherished. This group meets on-campus only on Sunday mornings at 9:15 a.m. and the topics will focus on individual and congregational relationships to issues of significance in our daily lives. Each session will center around a brief introduction of the selected topic including scripture references, followed by an open discussion of current relevance of the issue and the ways we as followers of Jesus can respond. No advance preparation is required - the discussion is informal and wide-ranging during which participants often gain insights from the comments and ideas of others. 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 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. and online every Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m. for fellowship.  For more information, contact Jim Nation at

Womens Bible Study

This is a small group of fully-vaccinated 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.

Creed Bible Study

This is a nine-week,  on-campus and online study of the Adam Hamilton book "Creed (What Christians Believe and Why)" that explores the Apostles' Creed. This group meets on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.  All in-person participants will meet in the Epworth Conference Room masked and social distanced. Contact Dan Greathouse at for more information.

UMW (United Methodist Women)

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.  Our circles meet September - April and for more information on UMW, contact Norma Courtney via email at
First Tuesday of the Month
  • Peace Circle (formerly the Daytime Circle) led by Diane Loyless meets at 10:00 a.m. in the Bethany Room on the 1st floor of Bell Hall.
Second Tuesday of the Month
  • Faithfulness Circle (formerly Circle 6) led by Joan Van Winkle meets at 5:45 p.m. in the Epworth Conference Room - 1st Floor of Epworth Hall.
Second Thursday of the Month
  • Joy Circle (formerly Circle 5) led by Liz Shaw and Cynthia Willms meets at 11:30 a.m. in the Epworth Conference Room - 1st Floor of Epworth Hall.

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