Small Groups

Our vision here at Grace UMC is to become an inclusive community that is passionately following Jesus Christ. One important way for our church to develop this type of passion is through our small group ministry. There are many values to becoming a part of a small group, and I would like to share a few of them with you. By sharing in a common area of interest with your fellow church members a true sense of community begins to grow within our church. Also, by either sharing your thoughts and feelings, or just by sitting and listening to others, you are able to develop a closer relationship with Jesus Christ. Not only that but you will develop a closer relationship with those men and women within your group, which will not only help to bring you closer to one another, but in many cases I’ve seen this lead to new ministries being developed within our church. These are just a few of the many reasons why we hope you will consider becoming a part of a small group.

Winter Small Groups Offerings

At Grace UMC, we believe that one of the most meaningful ways to grow in discipleship is through the fellowship of a small group that meets regularly to discuss issues that are meaningful to them, offer mutual support, and explore their relationship to God.

GROUPS FOR ALL

Grace Quilters- Create warm and beautiful comfort quilts for people in our congregation and community who are in need of some extra love. Meets Thursday mornings 9:30AM-12 Noon. Contact Merryl Dietz at quilters@gumc.org. Visit the Grace Quilters page.

Prayer Group- Join together in prayer for our nation, our families, our church, and for special requests. Meets weekly Tuesday evenings all year, 7-8:30PM in the Church Parlor. Contact Bondette Tangen at prayergroup@gumc.org.

DVD Study- Join in this 6-week DVD class, Christianity and World Religions: Questions People Ask. No Bible experience or knowledge required. Meets multiple times per week beginning January 15th, covering the same material in each class: Sunday 9-10AM in Room 8; Wednesday 7-8:30PM or Thursday 10:30AM-Noon in the Church Parlor. Contact Charlotte Ewing at smallgroups@gumc.org

Adult Study Class- We are currently studying Chapter 1 of John’s Gospel of light and life using several cpmmentaries as well as Adam Hamilton’s recent DVD and book on John. Come and let the light of this gospel speak to your heart and mind. Meets Sunday mornings 9-10 AM in the Church Parlor. Contact Roger White at adultstudy@gumc.org.

How It All Began- Join Pastor Scott for a journey through the Book of Acts as we read and discuss how the early Church began after Jesus’ ascension. No prerequisites, just come and enjoy! Meets Sunday mornings beginning September 25 11:15AM-12:30PM in the Church Parlor. Contact Pastor Scott at scott.bostwick@gumc.org.

MEN’S FELLOWSHIP

Come to the Men’s Fellowship and gather with a group of men as we enjoy breakfast and talk about life issues and how God’s Word speaks to us in the midst of them. We also occasionally work on small projects around the church. Meets the third Saturday of each month from 7:30-9:00AM. Contact Pastor Scott at scott.bostwick@gumc.org

LADIES FELLOWSHIP

All Things New: A Study of 2 Corinthians - "The city of ancient Corinth was much like our own modern-day cities: a melting pot of electrifying cultural experiences to be had, along with the myriad pitfalls of spiritual depravity. Still, Paul wrote to the church of God in Corinth. Meaning God’s church is meant to thrive in any city and every circumstance in which we find ourselves. Paul’s letter is as timely as ever.

In “All Things New: A Study of 2 Corinthians,” Kelly Minter will lead you through the Letter of 2 Corinthians over 8 sessions, exploring the anchoring truths of bearing treasures in jars of clay, meeting Christ through a pressing thorn, opening wide your heart in the midst of hurtful relationships, and what it means to embrace the lost and lonely as ministers of the new covenant. Each of us has a message to proclaim and live by: Because of Jesus the old has gone, the new has come. Meets Wednesdays beginning January 11th from 7:30-9:00PM in the Music Room. Contact Merryl Dietz at stephenministry@gumc.org.

CHILDREN AND YOUTH

First Look- This is part of our Orange integrated curriculum for children and youth. First Look is a ministry to children infant through pre-K, and teaches simple songs and focuses on three ideas: God Made Me, God Loves Me, Jesus Wants to be My Friend Forever. Meets Sunday mornings 10-11AM. Check in at the Christian Education wing. Contact Chris Cauda at childrensministries@gumc.org. Visit our Kids Ministries page.

252 Basics- Kids in Kindergarten through 5th grade will continue where First Look leaves off, and will learn how to integrate God’s Word into life skills as they learn about Wisdom, Faith, and Friendship. Meets Sunday mornings 10-11AM. Check in at the Christian Education wing. Contact Chris Cauda at childrensministries@gumc.org. Visit our Kids Ministries page.

XP3- This group is specifically designed for Middle Schoolers (Grades 6-8), and will help them to learn that God is wired into the whole world and how to look for God’s wiring in the world and people around them. Meets Sunday mornings 10-11AM. Check in at the Christian Education wing. Contact Chris Cauda at childrensministries@gumc.org. Visit our Kids Ministries page.

Youth Revelation Study- What are the End Times? What plan does God have for the Earth and God’s people? When will Jesus return? Join together and see what God has to say to us in this mysterious book. Meets Sundays 11:15AM-12:15PM beginning September 25 in the Youth Lounge. Contact Merryl Dietz at youthbiblestudy@gumc.org

Youth Group- We have an exciting NEW youth program at Grace! Throughout the year we will talk about our lives, talk about the Bible, eat pizza, go on a retreat, go on a mission project and oh, did I mention eat pizza? Check it out! Meets Friday evenings in the Youth Lounge: Grades 6-12 meet 7-9PM. Contact Christine Souza at youth@gumc.org. Visit our Youth Ministry page!

MUSICAL OFFERINGS- See Our Music Ministry Page

Non-Singer Singing Colloquium- Have you ever wanted to sing more robustly in church, but were not sure if you were hitting the right notes or if your voice would crack so that people around you would cover their ears? Have no fear, because this is for you! Learn to read music and how your vocal instrument works to improve your singing. THIS IS NOT A PERFORMING GROUP, but for your edification. Meets the second and fourth Sunday of the month from 8:45-9:15AM in the Music Room.

Children’s Choir- Open to all children through Grade 6, this group learns to sing as a choir and will share their special talents periodically in worship. Meets Sunday mornings 11:15-11:45AM in Room 19.

Ladies of Grace- This is open to all ladies 7th grade to adult. The ladies will sing periodically in worship. Meets Thursdays 7-8:00PM in the Music Room.

Senior Choir- Open to ladies and gentlemen 9th grade to adult, and sings frequently in worship and at special events. Meets Thursday evenings 8-9:00PM in the Music Room.

Bell Choir- The Bell Choir is open to all with no prerequisites- you can learn as you go! The group plays periodically in worship. Meets Tuesday evenings 6:30-8:00PM in the Music Room. Contact Cynthia de Jong at bells@gumc.org.



Other Suggested Reading 
The following is a list of the books displayed at the recent Prayer Breakfast. She offered them as a resource to help us discover the need for and the power of prayer in our own lives. Perhaps one or more of these will help you as you travel on your faith journey:
The Rule of St. Benedict
Meditations of the Heart; Howard Thurman
Bread for the Journey; Henri J.M. Nouwen
Can You Drink This Cup?; Nouwen
Life of the Beloved; Nouwen
God's Welcome: Hospitality for a Gospel-Hungry World; Amy G. Oden
Sacred Doorways: A Beginner's Guide to Icons; Linette Martin
Becoming Jesus' Prayer: Transforming Your Life Through the Lord's Prayer; Gregory V. Palmer, Cindy M. McCalmont, & Brian K. Milford
Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home; Richard J. Foster
Celebration of Discipline; Richard J. Foster
Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen; Matthew Fox
The Interior Castle; Theresa of Avila
Showings; Julian of Norwich
The United Methodist Hymnal
Soul Feast; Marjorie Thompson
Who Am I?; Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Christmas; Dietrich Bonohoeffer
Jesus in Blue Jeans; Laurie Beth Jones
The Attentive Life; Leighton Ford
Women's Uncommon Prayers: Our Lives Revealed, Nurtured, Celebrated; Getz, Burke & Smith
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Internet Daily Spiritual Growth 
Here are a few sites that provide a daily message for spiritual reflection and prayer. There are many more, and we will continue to add to the list each month. Please contact us if you have one that you recommend.
henrinouwen.org - Short messages from the writings of Henri Nouwen.
upperroom.org - Devotion and prayer guide which includes the Bible verse of the day.
girlfriendsingod.com - Geared to women - Helping them on their spiritual journey.
loyolapress.com - A 3 minute daily retreat with music.
Ourdailybread.org - Published in more than 40 languages.