Adult Education

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

Sunday School Class Descriptions

AGAPE:
A multi-generational class with an emphasis on diversity of membership and warm fellowship with a variety of discussion and study topics. Join our class as we explore what it means to live a faith-centered life in the 21st Century. We are dedicated to providing an experience grounded in Christian love. Please join us as we grow in discipleship as we study, serve, and share life together.

ALPHA:
A warm-hearted class of couples and singles. Class format is to have presentations by class members and guest speakers on a variety of topics that include Bible study, Social/Community issues, and  Christian practices. Regular class socials, supportive fellowship, and community outreach are emphasized. Visit us online at alphaclass.org or in person. We would love to meet you! Ages: 65+

APOSTLES:
A class of couples and singles dedicated to lifting each other up through prayer, Biblical teaching and discussion, class socials, and caring for each other in times of need. We are a fun, active class who serves and supports various missions and ministries within the church and throughout the community. Ages: 50-75

ASBURY: A diverse group of married and single friends with ages ranging from the 50’s to the 70’s (but all are welcome), who seek to support each other on our Christian journeys through fellowship, service, and education. Our diverse theological opinions lead to interesting discussions in which everyone’s opinion is valued and accepted. We are outgoing, fun loving, and actively involved in several church service projects. We meet in The Cottage which provides us with very close parking, ground floor access, kitchen, and a quiet meeting room area. We hope to see you soon! Ages: All ages are welcome!

CELEBRATION: A class of couples and singles, some retired, some still working. Our programs are diverse, Biblically based, and often involve stimulating discussion. We are a supportive and caring community to each other in good times and bad. The class is involved in many ministry and mission projects, both financially, including a wide range of GUMC activities. We love to have fun together and welcome anyone for a small group at GUMC. Age: late 50s to mid-70s

COMPASS: Provides a warm, welcoming place to nourish our spirits and discover ways to connect our faith with busy schedules. Comprised of single and married individuals in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s, our class enjoys spirited discussion, biblical exploration, and life-sharing.  We would love for you to join us!

EMMANUEL: A class of couples and singles seeking to grow in a deeper relationship with Christ through biblical study and enjoyable discussion. Scripture-based ideology provides a basis for both classroom lessons and life experiences through group philanthropy and family fellowship. Ages: 40-55

EMMAUS: A warm and friendly class that enjoys studying, praying and socializing together. We are all about friends, encouragement, prayer and the study of God’s Word, led by a rotating team of teachers who keep the Bible central to the discussions on a variety of topics relating to the challenges of Christian life. We often use our mission efforts (First Works, Kenya Mission Trip, Mountain T.O.P., Room in the Inn) as social functions that build friendships, cooperation and commitment in an enthusiastic and active manner for all class members. Ages: 60+

FELLOWSHIP FORUM: As the name implies, we are a lively discussion group. Our class members discuss a variety of contemporary issues in the context of Christian fellowship. Class members and invited speakers lead these discussions, and a wide variety of opinions are openly shared. Ages: 75+.

FISER COVENANT: Our class is a warm and compassionate group of couples and singles. We choose a book of the Bible and journey through the book as led by the teacher. Enjoy this time of study and supportive fellowship. Ages: mid 70’s to 80+

FOUNDATIONS: A class of couples and singles who strive to deepen our relationship with God through study, encouragement and support of one another through prayer and fellowship, and service our community together. We choose studies that spark conversation and have real life application. For more information, please visit our web page. Ages: 35-50

GENESIS: Our class consists mostly of parents with kids that are in elementary and middle school.  The lessons are for those that are seeking Biblical truth and guidance for the challenges we face as parents, Christ followers, and active members of our local community.  Our lessons will focus on the books of the bible and working to better understand God’s desired path for us.  NEW CLASS!

HORIZON: A friendly and inviting group of couples and singles who are continually seeking spiritual growth. We are involved in numerous church mission-focused activities. We enjoy fellowship, social activities and group events. Programs are focused on Bible studies, current church issues, and societal concerns led by class members or visiting speakers. Ages: 70s – 85

LAMPLIGHTERS: Our class is a supportive fellowship of couples and singles. We are a busy, active class involved in serving the church and the community. Studies include both biblical topics and contemporary family and social issues. Service to others is a class priority. We have an active social calendar with fun outings and fellowships scheduled almost every month. Ages: 68-90+ 

SEEKERS: An accepting and welcoming Christian community of couples and singles, where people are valued and quickly made to feel like they belong. We study a variety of biblical topics as well as contemporary, social and family issues. Service to others and the giving of our time, talent and gifts is an important and continuous aspect of our class activities. A variety of monthly social events bring us together for fellowship and relaxation. Ages: 70-90+

TRINITY: A group of adults with school aged children (from elementary to college) who enjoy current event and issue based discussions with a spiritual foundation. Our curriculum is varied and includes Christian parenting, relationships, studies of Biblical figures and much more. Singles and couples welcome! Ages: mid-40s to 60s

WESLEY 2.0: Wesley 2.0 was established to create an atmosphere of love and acceptance, to faithfully teach the word of God, to stimulate personal growth and life change in a community of support and accountability, to promote outreach through witness and service, and to increase the number of people who have the opportunity to experience this kind of community. We are a discussion based class with thought-provoking weekly lessons taught by talented teachers from our church. Come join both couples and singles, with children ranging in age from infants to teenagers, as we actively support and encourage one another through prayer, fellowship, fun socials, and exciting service opportunities. For more information, please contact us at wesley2.0gumc@gmail.com. Ages: 30s-50s.

 

Adult Sunday School Classes meet from 9:30-10:30 am. Please check out the list of lessons and teachers below for May 26 and join us!

Agape not meeting.

What Methodists Believe (Anne Fritz). Alpha meets in Room 136, behind the Fellowship Hall.

Apostles not meeting.

Asbury hosting the Hospitality Table in Narthex during Fellowship Time.

God of Creation by Jen Wilken (Class Member Led). Celebration meets in Room 232, Chapel Building.

Compass not meeting.

Emmanuel not meeting.

Emmaus not meeting.

Just Like Me (Jim Pruett). Fellowship Forum meets in Room 338.

The Gospel of Matthew (Class Member Led). Fiser Covenant meets in Room 233, Chapel Building.

Foundations not meeting.

Genesis not meeting.

Difficult Scripture Passages and/or Parables (Jimmy Wright). Horizon meets in Room 2, Adult Education Building.

Doing Theology (Doug Warner). Lamplighters meets in Room 342, Hamilton Ministry Center.

Seekers meeting off campus.

Trinity not meeting.

America’s First Robin Hood (Judy Pearson). Wesley 2.0 meets in Room 339, Hamilton Ministry Building.

 

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.  Below is a list of our upcoming small group studies. For more information contact Mary Groh at mgroh@germantownumc.org

To register for classes, please click here.

Missing Pieces – Real Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

Wednesdays June 19 – August 7 (skipping July 3); 9:45-11:45 via Zoom.

Does God Care? Is He fair? Is He even there? Explore these and other questions in this realistic look at the messy, mysterious uncertainties of faith. God’s ways don’t always make sense, but he really does see us and care about us. Join us for this 7-session study by Jennifer Rothschild as we explore that there are no missing pieces in God’s plan. Facilitated by Chesley Porteous. Cost: $26.00.

 

MONDAY MONTHLY BOOK GROUP

4th Monday of Every Month

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Room 338

There is no need to register, just purchase the book (or check-out from the library) and join us for a spirited discussion!

June 24          West With Giraffes: A Novel                       Lynda Rutledge

July 22           The Book Woman’s Daughter                    Kim Michele Richardson

August 26       Good Night, Irene: A Novel                       by Luis Alberto Urrea