Small Groups & Sunday Schools

Small groups are an important part of life in a faith community. We need spaces in our lives where we can ask difficult questions, share life’s joys and challenges, and grow more deeply in our faith. These groups gather to encourage one another on this journey we call life. Whether it be a Bible study, life group, prayer hour, or just hanging out, we strive and encourage you to joining one of these communities.

There are few things you should know about how we are currently connecting with our small groups community. Because of COVID-19, we have transitioned all of our small groups and Sunday school gatherings to on online forum. We currently are partnering with Zoom (a video conferencing program) to ensure that you get the best experience while remotely connecting with one of small group gatherings. Depending on where you are on life’s journey, here are some virtual groups to consider:

UPCOMING SERIES

Study on Bob Goff’s newest book, Dream Big!
In this five-session study, bestselling author Bob Goff dares to ask the questions: What would you do if opinion, reason, or probability were no objects? What do you deeply desire to do even if it scares you to the marrow of your bones? What were you meant to do even if no other person thinks you should? He shares stories from the Bible that show how God called certain individuals to follow him —regardless of their lack of “qualifications” — and how those people changed the world when they dared to follow God’s dreams for their lives. In the same way, God is calling us to step into the version of our lives that he intended for us before others told us it was impossible and once again dream big.

Five sessions on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., October 7 – November 4
Contact Ruthie Estes at [email protected] to get connected.

Emerging Resilient: Dealing with Stress and Anxiety in Times of Extreme Difficulty
October 14 from noon to 1 p.m.
In uncertain times, it can be normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared, or even angry.  However, there’s real hope for healing! You do not need to wait until the pandemic is over to begin healing; your healing journey can begin now.

Join us for this free online webinar presented by Rev. Dr. Kay Towns. Kay is a mental health advocate who works to eradicate stigma associated with mental illness and promote healthy attitudes and understanding around the topic of mental health.

In our time together, we’ll look at what is contributing to our individual and collective increase in stress and anxiety, and discuss ways we can more effectively manage these stressors to reduce our anxiety levels.

This presentation will also provide you with coping tools and valuable resource information. We hope you’ll join us for this free presentation. For more information or to sign up, please contact Ann Spears at [email protected].

“Then Sings My Soul” A Hymn Study by Dr. Keith Butcher
Join FMH choir member Dr. Keith Butcher and enjoy learning about and singing some of the great hymns of the church. Keith has been involved in music and theater his whole life. A career educator, Keith earned a master’s degree in education administration from West Virginia University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Marshall University.

The class will cover the spiritual basis for each hymn and the story behind the hymn and the composer. In addition, participants will be able to share reflections and connections to the hymns.

The study will continue through October 11. To sign up and receive the Zoom link, please email Keith at  [email protected]

 

UPCOMING SERIES

Financial Peace Classes!
Starting Monday, September 21

Financial Peace Classes via Zoom will begin on Monday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. It will be limited to 12 family units. For more information or to sign up, please contact Monique Studak.

Study on Bob Goff’s newest book, Dream Big!
In this five-session study, bestselling author Bob Goff dares to ask the questions: What would you do if opinion, reason, or probability were no objects? What do you deeply desire to do even if it scares you to the marrow of your bones? What were you meant to do even if no other person thinks you should? He shares stories from the Bible that show how God called certain individuals to follow him —regardless of their lack of “qualifications” — and how those people changed the world when they dared to follow God’s dreams for their lives. In the same way, God is calling us to step into the version of our lives that he intended for us before others told us it was impossible and once again dream big.

Five sessions on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., October 7 – November 4
Contact Ruthie Estes at [email protected] to get connected.

Emerging Resilient: Dealing with Stress and Anxiety in Times of Extreme Difficulty October 14 from noon to 1 p.m.
In uncertain times, it can be normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared, or even angry.  However, there’s real hope for healing! You do not need to wait until the pandemic is over to begin healing; your healing journey can begin now.

Join us for this free online webinar presented by Rev. Dr. Kay Towns. Kay is a mental health advocate who works to eradicate stigma associated with mental illness and promote healthy attitudes and understanding around the topic of mental health.

In our time together, we’ll look at what is contributing to our individual and collective increase in stress and anxiety, and discuss ways we can more effectively manage these stressors to reduce our anxiety levels.

This presentation will also provide you with coping tools and valuable resource information. We hope you’ll join us for this free presentation. For more information or to sign up, please contact Ann Spears at [email protected].

“Then Sings My Soul” A Hymn Study by Dr. Keith Butcher
Join FMH choir member Dr. Keith Butcher and enjoy learning about and singing some of the great hymns of the church. Keith has been involved in music and theater his whole life. A career educator, Keith earned a master’s degree in education administration from West Virginia University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Marshall University.

The class will cover the spiritual basis for each hymn and the story behind the hymn and the composer. In addition, participants will be able to share reflections and connections to the hymns.

The study will continue through October 11. To sign up and receive the Zoom link, please email Keith at  [email protected]

Downtown

Build a Marriage That Lasts
What will it take to make your marriage lasts? Join long time members, Jeff and Laura Aldis for a new book study that will help you build a marriage that lasts. Using the book, His Needs, Her Needs by William F. Harley, Jr. and the participant guide, Jeff and Laura, along with your input, will lead you through six sessions beginning Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00 p.m.

The book and study guide are available on Amazon. At this time the book is $10.59 and participant guide is $3.29. To sign up, email Jeff Aldis at [email protected]. For questions, contact Ann Spears [email protected].

Young Adults Small Group
Monday, August 3 at 8 p.m.
We will be launching a new small group this upcoming Monday. If you are college-bound or between the ages of 18-25, join our community to connect, grow, and step into purpose in Christ. For more information contact Emil Niz at [email protected].

ReSource
Led by Emil Niz – Friday Nights at 7 – 8:30 p.m.
We are a multigenerational group from all backgrounds living out a faithful expression of church in the communities and contexts where we live and feel called. We are becoming equipped and developing a sense of what it means to follow Jesus. Our format follows a time of check-in, relevant topic of learning and discussion, and closing prayer.

Moms Connect
Led by Courtney Hutchins – Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.
This is an opportunity to connect with other moms as you navigate the joys and challenges of motherhood. We listen to a weekly faith-based mom podcast and discuss how we can grow to become more Christ-like moms.


The Source

ReSource
Led by Emil Niz – Friday Nights at 7 – 8:30 p.m.
We are a multigenerational group from all backgrounds living out a faithful expression of church in the communities and contexts where we live and feel called. We are becoming equipped and developing a sense of what it means to follow Jesus. Our format follows a time of check-in, relevant topic of learning and discussion, and closing prayer.

Moms Connect
Led by Courtney Hutchins – Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.
This is an opportunity to connect with other moms as you navigate the joys and challenges of motherhood. We listen to a weekly faith-based mom podcast and discuss how we can grow to become more Christ-like moms.

Financial Peace Course
Various times throughout the year
This is a gathering that is part of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Whether you want to prepare for income changes or reach your money goals, Financial Peace is the membership that teaches you how to pay off debt, save money, give generously by using 7 baby steps that are proven to help you succeed in your finances.

The Leadership Lessons of Jesus
Led by Lynette Wallace – Tuesday Nights at 7–8 a.m.
If you feel led to grow in your overall leadership skills, this group engages and discusses the leadership lessons of Jesus. This is an adult discipleship and growth track group that is facilitated by interactive discussion. We use a book and activity guide for this gathering, but all of that we can send your way electronically or via mail if you show interest in joining.

The Gospel According to Luke
Led by Drew Coats – Sunday Mornings at 10 am–11 a.m.
We are a diverse and multigenerational group that started with basics by reading the Gospel together. You can still join in wherever they are in the reading of the Gospel according to Luke. We believe that reading the life and teachings of Jesus carry transformative power, and we hope and pray our group study may leave an impact in where God is leading you.

Men’s Gathering
Led by Emil Niz – Thursday Nights at 8 p.m.
This group is super casual because sometimes, all we want to do is just hang out, tell stories, share experiences and laugh…a lot! We are pops, uncles, brothers, step-pops, friends, and hope to find some grandpops that are willing to join our gathering.  We do end with prayer because we need A LOT of it.

W.O.W. or Women of the Word Gathering
Led by Adrienne Young and Merrilyn Nicola ­–Sunday Mornings from 10–11 a.m.
W.O.W. is a group of women of all ages that study a variety of Biblical topics and engages with current events that are meaningful in our lives. It is primarily a discussion-based class. Each week we share prayer requests via e-mail and would love to hear from you!

How do I connect or reach out?

As mentioned before, Zoom is how we do it, Brandi Horton at [email protected] is who you contact to receive the Zoom link so that you can start joining a group!  Can’t wait to hear from you!

We are always looking for people who feel called to start new groups. No prior experience is required, just a willingness to host & facilitate conversation. We will provide training, resources, and support alongside you as your group forms and grows. To learn more about starting a new group, please contact Brandi Horton at [email protected].

Click here to see our Small Groups Roadmap.
Click here to see our Small Groups Connect Curriculum.


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