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.
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 October 30, 2018
Monday Monthly Book Club | 4th Mondays | 10:00 a.m. – Noon
January 28 | All the Kings Men | Robert Penn Warren
February 25 | Copy Boy | Vince Vawter
March 25 | Please Look After Mom | Kyung-Sook Shin
April 22 | Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
May 20 | Every Last One | Anne Quindlen
June 24 | The Alice Network | Kate Quinn
July 22 | Educated | Tara Westover
August 26 | The Widling Sisters | Eve Chase
September 23 | A Spy in Canaan | March Perrusquia
October 28 | The Secret Chord | Geraldine Brooks
November 25 | Circling the Sun | Paula McLain
January 27, 2020 | Kim | Rudyard Kipling
No registration is needed, just purchase the book (or check-out from the library) and join us for a spirited discussion!
Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study: 1 Peter – A Living Hope | September 5 – November 7 | 9:45 – 11:45 AM Cost: $15 | Facilitated by Chesley Porteous | | 268-4884
The First Letter of Peter is addressed to Chirst-communities in five regions of Asia Minor (Turkey). It was a “circular” letter, carried and read to a number of communities in different locations. The author wants his audience to understand who they are in relationship to the Old Testament people of God, and he wants them to remain faithful to Christ in the face of pressure to conform to the larger world’s social and religious values, ultimately helping readers discover what it means to experience the living hope they have in Christ.
Jesus: His Culture and Times | Wednesdays, September 5 – October 10 | 6:00-7:00 PM Cost: $10 | Rev. Tim Carpenter | contact: It is very difficult for us, 2,000 years removed from Jesus’ day, to project ourselves back across the centuries of time to a culture and language so totally foreign to the western mind of today. Jesus spent most of his life in and around the farming village of Nazareth. Life was patterned after traditions, roles and rituals passed down from many generations and under the shadow of Roman occupation. Politics, religion, and culture are at the center of the story of Jesus and his ministry. Join Rev. Carpenter for a view of the vibrant, fascinating and turbulent period in which Jesus was on earth.
Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not in Church (Part 1 of 2)
Wednesdays, Sept. 5 – Oct. 10- November 7, 6:30-7:30 PM
or, Thursdays, Sept. 6 – Oct. 11, 10:30-11:30 AM Rev. Dr. Brad Gabriel | contact: Our world is rapidly changing. It needs a church not only rooted in scripture, orthodoxy and traditions, but also fluent in the language and culture of the world today. Churches today need fresh approaches for reaching new, diverse, and younger populations. In this study, we will learn how to reach people where they are not where we wish they were. If you are interested in reaching outside the walls of the church, join Rev. Gabriel for this timely Bible study with thought-provoking questions leading to invigorating conversations. (This 12-session study is divided into two 6-week sessions. We will take a holiday break and finish the study next semester.)
The Other Jesus: Stories from World Religions | Thursdays, September 6 – 27 | 6:30-8:00 PM Cost: $35 | Facilitated by Rev. Erin Beasley | contact: | 754-7216 We’re familiar with the Jesus portrayed in the New Testament, but many people are surprised to learn that a wealth of stories and traditions about Jesus exist alongside the Biblical sources. Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism have each created their own tales about Jesus. In this study, we will explore these varied traditions, starting with non-canonical Christian texts (such as the Gospel of Thomas) and compare and contrast them to canonical Gospel texts. We will look at texts from some of the early church fathers and then move through the major faiths with stories about Jesus captured in the literature of the world’s major religions. NOTE: This study will meet at Delta Blues Winery in Lakeland, TN.
Short Stories by Jesus | Tuesdays, September 18 – October 30 (skipping October 9) | 9:30-11:00 AM Cost: $12 | Facilitated by Mary Groh | contact: | 754-7216 Jesus knew how to tell a story. He knew that in order to get his message across he needed to relate to the people who gathered to listen – first century Jews – who lived in a very different world than the one in which we live today. In this 6 session DVD study, author Amy-Jill Levine will help participants hear and understand the parables of Jesus in the way the original audiences heard and understood them. Levine reveals the parables’ connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. Participants will learn how new interpretations of the parables continue to challenge and provoke contemporary readers two thousand years later.
A New Reformation – From Luther’s World to Ours | Tuesdays, September 18 – October 30 | 6:30-8:00 PM Cost: $15 | Facilitated by Terry Aust | contact: | 737-6031 The battle cry of the Protestant Reformation is just as relevant and true for Christians today as it was in Martin Luther’s time. In this six-session study, author Rob Fuquay, introduces you to the life of Martin Luther and two important themes of the Reformation he sparked: the centrality of Scripture and the power of God’s grace. Through a close look into the life of Martin Luther and the world of 16th century Europe, participants will discover what makes Luther’s message revolutionary today. In this DVD study we will journey with Rob Fuquay as he travels from Prague, Dresden, Leipzig, Wittenberg, Erfut, Eiselben, Worms, and Mainz exploring the sites of Luther’s life and sharing historical information.
Disciple Fast Track Into the Word, Into the World | Sundays, September 9 – March 31, 5:00-6:30 PM (breaks determined by class) Cost: $40 | Facilitated by Yolanda and Gerald Toney | contact: Our world is rapidly changing. It needs a church not only rooted in scripture, orthodoxy and traditions, but also fluent in the language and culture of the world today. Churches today need fresh approaches for reaching new, diverse, and younger populations. In this study, we will learn how to reach people where they are and not where we wish they were. If you are interested in reaching outside the walls of the church, join Rev. Gabriel for this timely Bible study with thought-provoking questions leading to invigorating conversations. (This 12-session study is divided into two 6-week sessions. We will take a holiday break and finish the study next semester.)
Love & Respect For a Lifetime | Sundays, Sept. 9 – Nov 18 (skipping October 7) | 5:00-6:30 PM Cost: $40/couple | Facilitated by Mary and Josh Jacobs | contact: | 901-292-5957 Based on over three decades of counseling as well as scientific and biblical research, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs leads couples in a DVD study through the intricacies of a marriage built on love and respect. He explores the differences in men and women and how a husband’s need for respect can be balanced by a wife’s need for love. It’s an engaging message of hope, encouragement and practical time-tested solutions for every marriage.
From 6:00-6:30 there will be a worship service for children, youth, and families in the chapel. This service is intended to offer an alternative worship experience to meet the needs of children and youth. There will be music, a lesson, and worship response designed especially for these age groups. Families are encouraged to attend together, but children and youth are invited to attend unaccompanied. Don’t have children or youth? No problem! Come and join us if you would like to experience worship in a new way.
We have Wednesday night programming for children ages two through high school.
Preschool-aged children are invited to the Hamilton Nursery area for curriculum and games beginning at 6:00 p.m. You are welcome to serve your child dinner in the Huddle (or bring another meal) to the Hamilton Nursery to eat at 5:30.
Elementary Expedition: EE is a children’s ministry equivalent of Youth Group. Elementary children are invited to meet in “The Huddle” at 5:30 p.m. for a “kid-friendly” dinner ($3.00/child at the door. Online reservations required.) After dinner, we will move to family worship in the chapel. Following worship, we will move into small groups for more lesson and games. We finish at 7:15 in the children’s wing. (For parents taking classes that extend to 7:30, we will gladly keep your child until you have completed your evening class.)
Middle School youth are invited to join the children for dinner at 5:30 p.m. ($3 at the door). They may also skip dinner and join us for worship at 6:00 in the chapel followed by some awesome small group time at 6:30. At the end of the semester we’ll go somewhere off campus! 6:00-7:00 p.m.
High School youth will meet off-campus each week from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Snacks, Bible and book study, and small groups!
Adult Classes and Chancel Choir meet in the Hamilton Ministry Center starting at 6:30.
There will be preschool childcare in the Hamilton Nursery.
Our Fall Bible Study and Learning Opportunities Brochure is now available! Updated for October 2018. Click below to download!
In 2016, GUMC launched a weekend event series entitled Faith Seeking Understanding. The series, which is 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.