God created us to be in community with one another. Belonging to a small group gives us a place to build relationships, learn, share, pray, ask questions and participate in discussion. We believe joining a small group is an important step in growing as a Disciple of Jesus Christ. Jesus had a small group and his followers were the first disciples who taught us to know Christ, worship God, love others and serve the world.
Many of our small groups and short term classes that will help you grow in your spiritual journey meet on Wednesday evening and other times.
Wednesday Night Classes
The following classes began April 11 at 6:30pm:
A Way Through The Wilderness: Growing in Faith When Life is Hard. To sign up, click here.
Facilitated by Kim Cooke
Rob Renfroe explores the wilderness experience—what it is, how we get there, why God allows it, and how we can get through it God’s way so that we learn the lessons that can be learned only in the desolate seasons of life when we are totally dependent on God.
Personal Finance, to sign up click here.
Facilitated by Roy Carlson
Money and personal finances are a large part of every adult’s life from the time we start working until our eventual passing. We all know that money can often become a source of stress, discord, embarrassment and has been a major cause of failed marriages and relationships. You will gain the basic knowledge, tools and resources needed to have a completed understanding and background on 5 key financial topics that impact our lives as singles, couples, parents and retirees.
We Make The Road By Walking. To sign up, click here.
Facilitated by Mike Day
Explore what a difference an honest, living, growing faith can make in our world today. It also puts tools in your hands to create a life-changing learning community in any home, restaurant, or other welcoming space. If you’re seeking a fresh way to experience and practice your faith, if you’re a long-term Christian seeking new vitality, or if you feel out of place in traditional church circles, this book will inspire and activate you in your spiritual journey.
Pathway to Church Membership, to sign up click here
Facilitated by Rev. Will Wold and Andrea Vrtikapa
Here you will learn more about our church, dig deeper into what it means to be a United Methodist, what the membership vows entail, and how to live as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Following the study, you will have the opportunity to unite in membership with Mandarin United Methodist Church.
Authentic Manhood Session 3: A Man And His Traps. To sign up, click here.
Facilitated by (The same group of men who are facilitating the whole series that you have used in the past)
Identify the deep idols of your heart and develop a “Battleplan” built on God’s grace.
On Wednesday, April 18th @ 6:30 pm the following class will be facilitated by:
Perspectives – Preparing our hearts for the discussion on human sexuality, to sign up click here
Dan Davis and Glenda Spickelmier
- Perspectives is a unique experience especially designed to grow empathy, understanding and generative dialogue. Although this experience could be done on many topics, the focus of these sessions is: Preparing for the Way Forward
- Many of you are aware of the conversation currently happening in our culture and in the United Methodist Church around the inclusion of LGBTQ people. Our conversation in these sessions will not primarily be about our current Book of Discipline or about the Commission on a Way Forward or even the upcoming called General Conference, although these topics are very related to these sessions and we will give you a chance to ask questions about any of this. The experience in these sessions is primarily focused on helping every participant enter into a safe and a sacred space to better understand the communities in which we live, the mission field that surrounds us and the variety of perspectives that are out there.
- We are not trying to change anyone’s perspective. In fact, we honor the feelings or convictions you already have and seek to hear more from you. We are trying to learn how to talk with civility and gentleness with those with whom we disagree. We have plenty of examples of divisive conversations in our culture. Perspectives is meant to give a model for a much different conversation. In fact, some of the tools you learn could be transferrable to all kinds of difficult conversations including things like race and immigration
- If you feel you want to learn more about the Commission on a Way Forward, go to the website and take a look at some of the latest updates.