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 Mary Groh at 901-754-7216.
Click here for a list of our Sunday School Classes
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!
Faith Seeking Understanding
Thursday, March 5| 6:30-8:00 p.m.| Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall
Presented by GUMC's Christian Education Committee
GUMC has a long history of inviting scholars and noted theologians to speak and lead discussion on various discussions on various topics in their expertise with our
congregation. In 2016, we formally titled this series, “Faith Seeking Understanding”, and have had excellent participation by our church members.
This Spring our guest scholar is Dr. Michael K. Turner, Associate Professor at Memphis Theological Seminary. He will discuss Worship in the Wesleyan Spirit with special attention paid to early Methodist worship’s roots in 18th century Anglicanism, the impact that Methodism’s expansion in America had on its worship practices, and the Wesleyan understanding of worship as a lifelong journey and not simply public acts. Michael K. Turner is the Hamilton and Varnell Chair in Wesleyan Studies, the Associate Professor of the History of Christianity, and the Director of the Methodist House of Studies at Memphis Theological Seminary.
There is no charge for this event, but we are asking for you to register so we know how many to expect. Free childcare is available by reservation.
Please mark your calendars now for this special evening of learning and fellowship. For more
information about the March 5th evening, please contact Mary Groh at 754-5093 or email@example.com.
Future topics in this series include:
Symbols of Worship – Wednesday evening, August 26 when we will learn and discuss “Symbols of Christian Worship” (candles, cross, paraments, colors, banners, etc.). Interesting for the entire family!
Biblical and Historical Roots of Baptism –January 13, 2021
Biblical and Historical Roots of Communion – March 2021
Why and What We Sing – the Evolution of Church Music – August 2021
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Monday Monthly Book Club | 4th Mondays | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
March 23, 2020 | When Crickets Cry | Charles Martin
April 27, 2020| The Same Sky| Amanda Eyre Ward
May 18, 2020| Code Girls| Liza Mundy
June 22, 2020| Unsheltered| Barbara Kingsolver
No registration is needed, just purchase the book (or check-out from the library) and join us for a spirited discussion!
Creative Expressions of God's Presence
March 8| Modern Brush Calligraphy led by Rosemary Radford| 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.| Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall
Rosemary is the owner of Garden key Co., producing hand-lettered products. Since moving to Middle Tennessee in 2007, Rosemary has collaborated with some of Nashville's finest by offering lettering work and other creative services. She truly believes that the best artistic work comes when the community joins together to create something beautiful. Participants will begin learning the art of hand-lettering. All materials will be supplied. The cost is $30 and is limited to 40. Register here.
April 19| Protestant Prayer Beads led by Glenda Jones| 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.| Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall
Glenda is a stained glass and glass bead artist. Each participant will make a set of prayer beads. Each set contains 4 large beads that when spread out form the shape of the cross, "Cruciform Beads," 7 smaller beads called "Week Beads," and one "Invitatory Bead." There are 33 beads to represent the number of years Christ lived on earth. A supply of books with suggested prayers to use with the beads will be available for sale from Cokesbury. The class is limited to 30 and the cost is $20. Register here.
Adult Bible Studies
Genesis: Book of Beginnings (Part Two)
Wednesdays, January 15-February 19| 6:00-7:00 p.m.| Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall
Facilitated by Rev. Tim Carpenter
The Book of Genesis lays a foundation for the faith of Judaism and Christianity. From the creation of the cosmos to the purposes of humankind, from temptations to floods, from family dysfunctions to God's calling of an elderly childless couple, Genesis shapes everything that is to come in scripture. The Law, the Prophets, the Wisdom, the Gospels, the Letters, and even the Book of Revelation are all influenced by Genesis. Join Rev. Tim Carpenter as he continues last semester's study with a six-week study on Genesis 23-50.
Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus
Wednesdays, January 15-March 4| 6:00-7:15 p.m.| Rm. 338| $30
Facilitated by Dr. Kristin Miller
The Letter to the Hebrews is exceptionally rich. Its central and best-known metaphor presents Jesus as the "great high priest" who offers himself as the "once for all" sacrifice. It forcefully argues that through Christ, faithful Christians have direct access to God. Hebrews was a sermon for a specific people and culture in the midst of martyrdom and persecution, but is also relevant for us today, reminding us to continue walking toward Jesus regardless of our culture or our circumstances, to follow Christ's example and live as he did: faithful, hopeful, loving, and patient in the face of persecution.
Wednesday Morning Women's Bible Study
Wednesdays, January 22-April 1 (Skipping March 18)| 9:45-11:45 a.m.| Rm. 339| $20
Facilitated by Chesley Porteous
The Biblical concept of covenant speaks to an enduring commitment between God and God's people, to live in a loving relationship with and for each other. The covenant community is called, shaped, tested, and watched over by God. Beginning with Chapter 12 of Genesis, join us for this 10-session, DVD study by Jen Wilkin, as we walk alongside Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph to discover how God influenced the lives of his people then, and how the God of Creation and Covenant is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Just Now: A Review of Justice in Scripture
Tuesdays, January 28-March 3| 6:00-7:00 p.m.| Rm. 342 OR
Wednesdays, January 29-March 4| 10:00-11:00 a.m.| Rm. 342
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Brad Gabriel
Talk of justice is found throughout the Old and New Testaments. These sessions will be an overview of justice as integral to God's nature, seen in God's self-revelation, as one area of spiritual struggle, and as directions for holy living in our relations with one another. There may be a brief virtual trip to ancient Greece involved as well. The more we engage the scriptures in these weeks, the more rewarding our discussions will be.
6 Ways We Encounter God
Tuesdays, February 4-March 24 (Skipping February 18)| 6:30-8:00 p.m.| Rm. 136| $10
Facilitated by Terry Aust
When we live, worship, and pray, do we really encounter God? What are God's qualities and what effect do they have on us? This study by pastor and author, Tom Berlin, serves as a critical reminder that prayer, worship, and stewardship can be more than opportunities to connect with God; they can be encounters with God. Through DVD segments, Scripture, and helpful quotations, we'll take a close look at six basic characteristics of God (majesty, fidelity, purity, authority, righteousness, graciousness) and the corresponding characteristics we should develop in response.
The Last Week: What the Gospels teach About Jesus's Final Days
Tuesdays, February 11-March 31 (Skipping March 10)| 9:30-11:00 a.m.| Rm. 342| $12
Facilitated by Mary Groh
In this Lenten Study, we will explore a day-by-day account of Jesus' final week of life. From Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday, this 7-session study gives us an understanding of what the last week of Jesus' life was possibly like and what meaning it had for the early Christian community. Informed, challenged, and inspired, we not only will meet the historical Jesus, but meet a Jesus who engages and invites us to follow him. This time, known as Holy Week, sets the stage for the transformative light of Jesus the Christ in the Resurrection of all of Creation on Easter.
Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times
Tuesdays, February 25-March 24| 6:30-7:30 p.m.| Rm. 338| $18
Facilitated by Rev. Dr. Erin Beasley
It's difficult to overstate the extent to which fear, anxiety, and worry permeate our lives today. Not a week goes by when some new threat or calamity isn't dominating the headlines. Drawing on recent research and real-life examples, author Adam Hamilton shows how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, loneliness, insignificance, and aging. He helps readers understand and counter fears related to such perils as terrorism, death, and the apocalypse. Hamilton shows how believer and unbeliever alike can develop sustaining spiritual practices and embrace Jesus's counsel: "Do not be afraid." For anyone struggling with fear or wondering how families and communities can thrive in troubled times, this five-session study offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions.