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The Christian faith is grounded in the love and grace of God, experienced through Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Christian life is our response to God’s love and grace. The church calls our response to God Christian discipleship. Discipleship focuses on actively following in the footsteps of Jesus. As Christian disciples, we are not passive spectators but energetic participants in God’s activity in the world.

Adult Sunday School

Germantown United Methodist Church has many opportunities for study and fellowship in our adult Sunday School classes. We have numerous classes ranging in topic and demographic. Please refer to our campus map for class locations. If you would like more information about finding a Sunday School class, contact at 754-7216.

Adult Education News and Events

While worship is central to GUMC, it is only part of the “disciple making” experience of following Christ. A small group Bible study enhances the worship experience by providing opportunities to learn more about the Bible, discuss current issues, develop close personal friendships, grow in faith, and learn how to apply the Christian faith in real life situations.

Updated June 1, 2017

Adult Studies brochure is available here & in the information kiosks.

Breathe – Making Room for Sabbath Bible Study 
Wednesdays | June 21, 2017 – August 2, 2017, 9:30 – 11:45 am.
One of the greatest challenges among women in our culture is taking time to stop and cease from all activities and busyness and just breathe. We constantly strive to complete the limitless to-do lists that hinder us from experiencing all that God has for us. Sabbath was intended as a gift, and it is still a gift for us today. The cost for this Bible study is $13.00. register here or contact Chesley Porteous at 901-268-4884

Methodist Traditions and Beliefs 
Wednesday Nights | August 16 & 23, 6:30-7:30 PM | Room 339.
Join Rev. Tim Carpenter to learn about the roots of the UMC going back to John Wesley and his devotion to inviting people to experience God’s grace and grow in their love of God through disciplined living. This 2-week study is open to members, prospective members, or anyone wanting to know more about the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist Church traces its roots to John Wesley, and Anglican priest in the Church of England in the 1700s. Wesley and the early Methodists were particularly concerned about inviting people to experience Gods’s grace and the grow in their knowledge and love of God through disciplined Christian living. This 2-week study is offered three times this semester and open to both members and prospective members. Childcare is available by reservation. Register online or call Mary Groh.

Broken and Blessed – How God Used One Imperfect Family to Change the World 
August 23 – September 27 | 9:45 – 11:45 a.m. | Cost: $11.00 | Childcare available
Facilitated by Chesley Porteous / chesleyporteous@gmail.com / 268-4884
In this six-week study, Jessica LaGrone takes us on a journey through Genesis – from Adam and Eve all the way to Joseph and his brothers. Despite good and bad traits that were passed down, God worked for good in every generation. God chose to love and bless this family so that they might be a blessing. And we will see that God want to do the same in our own imperfect families today, bringing blessing from brokenness.

“The Story” Bible Study – Part 2 (of 3) 
Wednesdays | September 6 – November 8 (skip October 4 & 11) | 6:30 – 7:30 PM or Thursdays | September 7 – November 9 (skip October 5 & 12) | 10:30 – 11:30 AM
The “Greatest Story Ever Told” is more than just a cliche. God goes to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people. The Story is an innovative, video-based, small group Bible study that presents Scripture as a continuous narrative in chronological order. This study will help you understand God’s word more fully and engage with it more easily. The Story sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. It allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel. And like any good story, The Story is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance, and redemption. If you have been intimidated by the thought of reading and understanding the complete Bible, but you want to gain an understanding of the essence of this incredible story, then this Bible study is for you!!

Join the Monday Monthly Book Group on the 4th Monday of each month from 10:30-noon in Room 338. There is no need to register, just purchase the book or check-out from the library. On June 26 we will discuss Etched in Sand by Regina Calcaterra.

Click here to see all of our current course offerings and download a PDF brochure.

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In 2016, GUMC launched a weekend event series entitled Faith Seeking Understanding. The series, which is slated to become an annual event, features noted religious scholars, preachers, musicians and others who can inspire and challenge the congregation and community beyond our current routines and comfort zones.

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