Sunday Worship: 8:30, 9:40, & 11 a.m.


Spring Adult Education Classes


While worship is central to GUMC, it is only part of the “disciple making” experience of following Christ. A small group 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.

We have an exciting lineup of Adult Education classes this winter and spring! In this brochure, you’ll find information and course descriptions for each offering, as well as icons that indicate additional details.

For a complete list of the classes this semester including those that have already closed, download the Adult Studies brochure:

Spring 2017 (PDF)

Breathe – Making Room for Sabbath Bible Study

Wednesdays | June 21, 2017 – August 2, 2017 | 9:30-11:45 AM

Facilitator:  Chesley Porteous//901-268-4884


One of the greatest challenges among women in our culture is taking time to stop and cease from all the 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.

Methodist Traditions and Beliefs

Wednesday Nights | June 14 & 21, 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.

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“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!!

Additional Options

Monday Monthly Book Club  |  10:30 AM – Noon  |  Room 338

June 26 | Etched in Sand | Regina Calcaterra

July 24 | In the Kingdom of Ice | Hampton Sides

August 28 | The Dove Keepers | Alice Hoffman

September 25 | Kind of Kin | Rilia Askew

October 23 | The Life We Bury | Allen Eskens

November 27 | Beale Street Dynasty | Preston Lauterbach

January 22, 2018 | One of Ours | Willa Cather

No registration needed, just purchase the book (or check-out from the library) and join us for a spirited discussion!

Men’s Sonrise Prayer Group |  Tuesdays  |  6:30-7:15 AM  |  Room 338

This weekly men’s fellowship is open to all men interested in sharing prayer concerns and discussing topics of interest as relates to our relationship with Christ. Discussion typically revolves around a book of interest chosen by the group. For more information visit or email Skip Miller at

Rutherford Intercessory Prayer Group |  Wednesdays  |  6:30-7 AM  |  Room 342

This group is open to all GUMC men for a mid-week time of devotion, fellowship, and intercessory prayer. The prayer group offers prayers for those on our congregational prayer list and for friends and needs outside the church.  Our ministry includes sending cards to each person to let them know they are in our prayers, and visiting those who are in the hospital or away for an extended time.  We meet every Wednesday morning. After adjourning for the morning, many of the members enjoy breakfast and fellowship at a nearby restaurant. For more information about the group or to ask for prayer, please contact Jimmy Wright (email, phone 848-9737) or Randy Lewis (email, phone 354-4875).

Wednesday Nights at GUMC

The popular midweek venue featuring fellowship, classes, Chancel Choir rehearsal, and programming for all ages. Upcoming dates to be determined.

New this year: 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 6:30. Childcare begins at 6:30.
• Elementary Expedition: EE is a children’s ministry equivalent of youth group. Elementary children are invited to meet in “The Huddle” at 5:30 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 will meet at the OLEC and head over to the Prescott House for games, snacks, and small groups. At the end of the semester we’ll go somewhere off campus! 6:00 – 7:00
• High School youth will meet off-campus 7:00-8:30. Snacks and small groups!
• Adult Classes and Chancel Choir meet in the Hamilton Ministry Center starting at 6:30.