Second @ First
Small Group Hour
Second @ First is the Small Group/Sunday School hour at First UMC. Our first hour on Sunday morning (whether you attended services at 8, 9, or 11am) is always dedicated to congregational worship. The second hour is a time to meet new people, deepen friendships, share life together intergenerationally, recognize how God is at work in our lives, facilitate fruitful conversation, challenge one another in practical ways, and pray together. This opportunity for discipleship takes place from 10-10:50am in various rooms throughout the church. See the descriptions below of the current groups that are meeting. Though it's preferred that you start with a group from its beginning, you can always jump in late if you're new to our church community (especially during the summer months).
Small Group Options (9/8-11/24)
We’ll explore Social Justice according to Scripture and examine the concept within our UMC context while discussing specific issues in our world today. Our goals will be to provide an understanding of the role of the faithful in Social Justice, investigate attitudes and prejudices, bring issues to the forefront, encourage involvement, and create change through awareness. Phil Jurus will be the primary leader, along with Leah Holbrook and Shawn Gingrich as guest leaders.
Parenting Through the Phases
Bowling Alley (Rooms 203-204)
Your kid and teenager is changing every week! Just as you begin to figure them out, they shift or move on to a new rhythm, a new habit, and a new opinion. It can make the responsibility to shape a child’s faith and character feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to. Join us as we learn the 6 things that kids and teenagers need the most and 4 conversations you will want to have with your children in each phase! Cassie McCachren will be leading.
Upper Overflow (Room 207)
All are welcome to join this group for Bible study and discussion. This Fall we’ll be trying something a little different: A topical Bible study on Prayer. Starting simple with “what is prayer?” and “why should we pray?” we’ll lead into how should we pray using a number of different prayers found in Scripture. The hope is to develop a more intimate and real prayer life together.
Dan Lewis Class
Come join us for varied lessons, discussions and fellowship.
SML (Sunday Morning Life)
SML meets in the Youth Room with large and small groups for youth, grades 6-12. This Fall we'll be bringing Bible stories to life with reflective reading, acting, spontaneous melodrama, asking questions, and good discussion. This session will be led by Stephen Haverstick
1st Kids’ Clubhouse
Children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to join us in the Clubhouse as we learn about Bible stories and the lessons they contain. We break into small groups to learn more about applying these lessons to our lives through games, activities, and crafts.
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