Let us not neglect meeting together . . . but encourage one another

Hebrews 10:25

Social Groups & Small Groups

At First UMC we distinguish between social groups and small groups. Social groups are focused on fellowship and fun, while small groups are more intentional about offering some kind of structured study or spiritual growth component.  Both are important as we try to make friends and grown in our faith. Since small groups are unique, more detailed information on this ministry is given below. However, all of our groups are listed at the end of this page to help you find your next step in following Jesus. 

The Shape of Small Groups

Small groups at First UMC have four components. First, they offer a time of fellowship in which participants can get to know each other and develop strong friendships. Second, they offer a time of learning to help participants become more mature followers of Jesus. Third, participants join in some form of worship, such as praying for each other. Finally, each small group plans and engages in a service project at least once a quarter.

The Rhythm of Small Groups

Small groups meet weekly and typically follow a six-week rotation.  In weeks 1-4, groups have regular meetings that include fellowship, a lesson, and a time of prayer.  In week 5, groups share a meal together so participants can simply enjoy each other’s company and have fun.  In week 6, groups either plan or carry-out a service project of their choosing.  After completing the six-week cycle, it repeats. You can join a group at any point in the cycle. Throughout the year, participants decide together when the group needs to take a break.

Connecting With a Group

While new groups are always starting, below are some gatherings already meeting regularly. Consider joining one today!
(Mostly) Retired Men's Group
Leaders: Jim Dale and Rick Sickles
Regular Meeting Time: Mondays from 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Place: Room 4 at First UMC with Zoom access for those out of town

The Faithful Women's Group
Leaders: Sherry Atkins and Carrie Stafford
Regular Meeting Time: Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Place: Room 4 at FUMC

Men's Breakfast Group
Leader: Pastor Mark
This is a social men's group for fellowship and support. No agenda or curriculum, just open and honest conversation about life.
Regular Meeting Time: Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Place: Local Restaurants

Focused Learning Group/Book Study
Leaders: Phyllis Day
Regular Meeting Time: Thursdays from 10:00-11:15 a.m.
(This group  does not typically meet during summer)
Place: Room 4 at First UMC

Inclusive Mixed Small Group
Leaders: Tom and Nao Roadcap
Regular Meeting Time: Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Place: Room 4 at First UMC

Young Women & Mom’s Group
Leader: Rebekah Fifer
This is a social group for young women that meets at various times and places for friendship and support.

Boomers & Beyond
Leaders: Scott and Carrie Stafford
This is a social seniors group that hosts monthly adventures for fun and fellowship.

Wednesday Night Classes
Leader: Pastor Mark
Pastor Mark offers Bible studies and thematic studies throughout the year on Wednesday evenings. Sometimes the content follows a message series and other times an interesting book or study. Check out our calendar of events for the next offering.

If you would like to try one of these groups (or start your own!) please contact the church office and we will connect you with the leader.