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.
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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!
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
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
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.
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.