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 Fall!
To register for classes, please click here.
Monday Monthly Book Club | 4th Mondays | 10:00 a.m. - Noon
September 28, 2020| The Tattooist of Auschwitz| Heather Morris
October 26, 2020| A Good American| Alex George
November 23, 2020| I'll Push You| Patrick Gray/ Justin Skeesuck
Dec./jan. 25, 2021| Silas Marner| George Eliot
No registration is needed, just purchase the book (or check-out from the library) and join us for a spirited discussion!
For meeting location contact Jan Johnson at / 753-0431.
Learning to Walk in the Dark
Thursdays, September 10—October 8
10:00—11:00 a.m. via Zoom, Cost: $11.00
Rev. Dr. Erin Beasley/
From the New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark provides a way to find spirituality in those times when we don’t have all the answers. Taylor has become increasingly uncomfortable with our tendency to associate all that is good with lightness and all that is evil and dangerous with darkness. In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us “in the dark.” Through darkness we find courage, we understand the world in new ways, and we feel God’s presence around us, guiding use through things seen and unseen. Often, it is while we are in the dark that we grow the most.
The Kingdom of God is at Hand
Wednesdays, September 16—November 4
(Continuing Jan. 6-Feb. 24, 2021)
6:00-7:00 p.m. In-person; Cost: FREE
Rev. Tim Carpenter/
The phrase “kingdom of heaven” appears over thirty times in Matthew’s Gospel. It is the heart of Jesus’ preaching and the focus of his public ministry. What is this kingdom? Is it a time, a place, a state of being? What is it’s scope and significance? Why did Jesus say the kingdom of God is at hand? Join Rev. Tim Carpenter for this 16-week study based on the Gospel of Matthew. Due to social distancing guidelines, we must limit the number of participants.
Pre-registration is required.
A Few Women of Faith
Tuesdays September 15—November 3, 6-7 p.m. (via Zoom)
Wednesdays, September 16—November 4, 10 –11 a.m. (In-person)
Rev. Dr. Brad Gabriel/
In one of his collections, the late Reverend Michael Williams notes, “The stories of women in the Bible have not traditionally received the attention they deserve. It is clear from the Hebrew narratives that God employed women as voices to speak God’s word and persons to enact God’s will.” The stories also show women as every bit as complex and conflicted as any man (save Jesus) in the scriptures. This season we will spend some time with a few of these women of our faith. Due to social distancing guidelines, we must limit the number of participants. Pre-registration is required.
Sermon on the Mount
A Beginner's Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven
Tuesdays, September 15—October 20
9:30—11:00 a.m. via Zoom; Cost: $12.00
Cathy Whitaker/ email@example.com/ 412-8155
What must it have been like to hear Jesus deliver the Sermon on the Mount? What did his words mean to people in the crowd? How did it change their lives? What do his words mean to us today and how do they change our lives? In this 6-week, DVD study based on Matthew 5-7, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine explores the major topics in the most popular sermon ever delivered, providing historical and theological context and using a solid knowledge of Hebrew Scriptures.
Getting Your Life Back on Track
and Restoring Your Balance
Thursdays, September 10—October 22
6:30—7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Dinah Allison/ firstname.lastname@example.org/ 486-2265
Beth Burgess/ email@example.com/ 246-8705
Do you feel like you need to hit a reset button and get back on track to a healthier, happier, peace-filled and more balanced lifestyle? Then join this unique Bible study and rediscover the joy of healthy living! This 7-session study is about finding balance in every area of your life: spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical by intentionally focusing on scripture, prayer, and increasing activity levels. With food choices and exercise recommendations from the OLEC directors and instructors, this study will help you to become healthier and stronger in all areas of your life.
Better - A Study of Hebrews
Wednesdays, August 26—November 4
9:45—11:45 a.m. via Zoom; Cost: $22.00
Chesley Porteousfirstname.lastname@example.org/ 268-4884
The Letter to the Hebrews’ central and best-known metaphor presents Jesus as the “great high priest” who offers himself as the “once for all” sacrifice. Written for a specific people and culture in the midst of martyrdom and persecution, it is also relevant for us today. In this DVD study, Jen Wilkin explores how God “provided something better for us” in the person of Jesus and how Jesus is the fulfillment of every promise.
Be Who You We Made to Be and Let Go of the Rest
Mondays, September 14—November 9, 10—11 a.m.
Tuesdays, September 15—November 10, 6:30 –7:30 p.m.
In-person; Cost: $13.00
Author Melissa Camara Wilkins invites women to discover the profound simplicity of dropping pretenses and allowing themselves to be fully human – flaws and all. This is a study about letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be and becoming who you really are. For all women who feel the pressure to fit in and measure up, Permission Granted is a life-giving invitation to soul-level simplicity.
Get Out of Your Head:
Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts
Wednesdays, September 16—October 21
6:00—7:15 p.m. In-person; Cost: $10.00
Dr. Kristin Miller/ email@example.com/484-9596
Are your thoughts holding you captive? Feeling stuck, frustrated, and defeated? This study dives into Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, imploring and encouraging us to become entirely new kinds of humans whose minds are set solely on Christ. Author Jennie Allen challenges women to exercise their God-given power to shift negative thinking patterns and take control of their thoughts and emotions. This is the perfect study for mothers and daughters to take together!