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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 Germantown United Methodist Church (GUMC), it is only part of the “disciple making” experience of following Christ. Small group studies enhance 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.

We have an exciting lineup of Adult Education classes this winter and spring!

Updated January 10, 2019

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!

Disciple Fast Track Into the Word, Into the Word | Sundays, January 6 – March 31 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. (breaks determined by class)
Cost: $20  |  Facilitated by Yolanda and Gerald Toney  |  ytoney@germantownumc.org
This adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study is ideal for busy people who want to fit an in-depth Bible study into their schedule. The study meets for a total of 12 sessions with a concentration on two books, Luke and Acts, exploring some of the best-loved stories in the New Testament, seeing them in fresh ways and expecting God to speak through them. We will learn and apply various spiritual disciplines and be guided in experiencing the gifts of Sabbath rest and renewal.

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Membership Class: “Welcome to GUMC” | Sunday, January 13 | 9:40 – 1:00 (a break for worship from 10:40 – 12:00)
Rev. Tim Carpenter, Rev. Dr. Brad Gabriel, Rev. Erin Beasley
What’s distinctive about the United Methodist Church? Even if you’re in church every Sunday, it can be difficult to feel like you really know the United Methodist Church’s history, beliefs, mission, and culture. Join our ministries to learn about the roots of the United Methodist Church going back to John Wesley, and his devotion to inviting people to experience God’s grace. Hear about the United Methodist Church structure and sacraments and get an overview of the mission and ministries of GUMC.

If you have been worshiping with us and would like to learn more about our church, or if you think you might be interested in becoming a member, we invite you to attend our class. Participation in the class does not commit you to church membership, but it is an opportunity for you to find out more about the life and ministry of our church and for us to become better acquainted with you.

This class is open to members, prospective members, or anyone wanting to know more about the United Methodist Church and GUMC. Childcare is available by reservation, and a box lunch will be provided.

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In the Dust of the Rabbi | Wednesdays, January 16 – February 13 | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Facilitated by Rev. Tim Carpenter | contact: “Follow a rabbi, drink in his words, and be covered with the dust of his feet.” – ancient Jewish proverb
Disciples followed so closely to their rabbi that they would be covered with the dust kicked up by the rabbi’s feet. Come, discover how to follow Jesus as we take part in a series by author, professor, and historian Ray Vander Laan. Each DVD session will take us through the breathtaking terrain of Israel or Turkey as we explore what it means to be a disciple. There is no cost for this class, but we do need you to register.

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Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study: The Sermon on the Mount  |  Wednesdays, January 30 – April 3 (skipping March 13) |  9:45 – 11:45 AM
Cost: $18  |  Facilitated by Chesley Porteous  |    |  268-4884
In the Gospel of Matthew, the Sermon on the Mount constitutes Jesus’ inaugural sermon and is a sketch of what life looks like when it turns Godward in response to the Kingdom’s nearness. It was a message intended to turn every expectation his closest followers might have had upside down. Both practical and profound, the sermon challenges us to think differently about repentance, salvation, and sanctification. In this 9-session study by Jen Wilkin, we will seat ourselves on a mountainside to learn at the feet of Jesus.

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It’s Not Supposed to Be this Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered | Wednesdays, Jan. 16 – Feb. 27 | 6:00 – 7:15 PM
Cost: $20  |  Facilitated by Dr. Kristin Miller  |  contact:  | 901-484-9898
Life often looks so very different than we had hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness. In this 7-session video Bible study, author Lysa Terkeurst offers a safe place to share disappointments and fresh biblical insight to get through painful situations. We’ll discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when life actually does give us more than we can handle.

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Civility as Care of the Soul
Wednesdays, January 23 – February 27 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
or, Thursdays, January 24 – February 28 | 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Brad Gabriel  |  contact:
With all the division and dissension today, most of us will agree on one thing: civility is breaking down in our society. Have we forgotten the spiritual art of taking care of the bodies, minds, hearts, and souls of one another? Join Rev. Gabriel as we explore practices and resources to cultivate civility, a commitment to reconciliation that goes to the heart of the Gospel, and the price of incivility.

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John the Gospel of Light and Life | Tuesdays, March 5 – April 16 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $13  |  Facilitated by Terry Aust  |  contact:  | 901-737-6031
The Gospel of John includes some of the loftiest and most loved verses in the Bible. The writing is filled with rich images and profound truths. John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they “may have life in his name.” This Lent, join author Adam Hamilton, and experience a season of spiritual growth and life-changing renewal while exploring the major themes of the Gospel of John. In this DVD study, Hamilton shares insights on the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus through the Gospel of John.

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Plenty Good Room: A Lenten Bible Study based on African American Spirituals | Tuesdays, March 5 – April 9 | 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. | Perkins Restaurant
Cost: $10  |  Facilitated by Rev. Erin Beasley  |  contact:  | 901-754-7216
This unique short-term Bible study combines an in-depth look at scripture, American history and the music and lyrics of six African American spirituals. This 6-session study provides biblical, social, and historical analyses of the spirituals and an opportunity to enrich your devotional and spiritual experience through God’s word and music. Join Rev. Beasley at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery at the corner of Wolf River Blvd. and S. Germantown Road. You may eat before you arrive or order something from the menu, either way your body and soul will be fed!

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Entering the Passion of Jesus | Tuesdays, February 26 – April 9 (skipping March 12) | 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $12  |  Facilitated by Mary Groh  |  contact:  | 901-754-7216
In this 6 session Lenten study by author, professor and biblical scholar, Amy-Jill Levine, we will explore the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story and the “ordinary” people who witnessed the events. By looking closely at the people who were part of Jesus’ life during the last days before the crucifixion – their relationships and roles in the story – we examine how that might deepen our understanding of what happened. In Entering the Passion of Jesus, Dr. Levine provides us with a more thorough and informative understanding of that fateful week.

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Wednesday Nights at GUMC

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 Winter/Spring Bible Study and Learning Opportunities Brochure is now available! Updated for January 2019. Click below to download!

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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.

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