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: 70-80

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: 58-75

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 shard. 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 60’s to 80+

FOUNDATIONS:
A class of couples and singles who strive to deepen our relationship with God through study, encourage and support 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

GILBERT:
An energetic and vital group of couples and singles who study the Bible and related Christian topics. Our class has quarterly social outings promoting Christian fellowship. Maintaining a close relationship with our members and supporting each other in prayer are important to this class. We also support various ministries within our church plus missions throughout the community. Ages: 80+

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:
We are a discussion based class with fresh weekly lessons that are taught by talented teachers from within our own church. Come join us 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: 20’s-40’s

 

Adult Sunday School Classes meet from 9:30-10:30 am. Please check out the list of lessons and teachers below for February 5 and join us!

The State of American Healthcare (Dr. Scott Morris). Agape will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

The State of American Healthcare (Dr. Scott Morris). Alpha will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

The Bride of Isaac (Phil Hoffman). Apostles meets in Room 131. The State of

American Healthcare (Dr. Scott Morris). Asbury will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

Coordinating RITI with Compass Sunday School Class. Celebration meets in Room 134, Chapel Building.

Coordinating RITI with Celebration Sunday School Class. Compass will meet in Room 134, Chapel Building.

The State of American Healthcare (Dr. Scott Morris). Emmanuel will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

The State of American Healthcare (Dr. Scott Morris). Emmaus will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

The State of American Healthcare (Dr. Scott Morris). Fellowship Forum meets in Room 338, Hamilton Ministry Center.

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

The State of American Healthcare (Dr. Scott Morris). Foundations will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

Organ Donation (Mindy Fischer). Gilbert meets in Room 232, Chapel Building.

The State of American Healthcare (Dr. Scott Morris). Horizon will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

John the Gospel of Light and Life by Adam Hamilton (Don Rhoads). Lamplighters meets in Room 342, Hamilton Ministry Center.

The Apostles’ Creed (Mack Browder). Seekers meets in Room 1, Adult Education Building.

The State of American Healthcare (Dr. Scott Morris). Trinity will meet in the Fellowship Hall.

Out of Bounds (Jesse Adkinson). 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.

SIGNPOSTS – Thursdays, February 16 – April 27 (skipping April 6); 6:30-8:00 pm; via Zoom.

Cost:  Free; Facilitators:  Yolanda Toney and Rev. Rick Kirchoff

Are you interested in exploring what it means to be a “beloved community”?  Signposts is a covenant discipleship opportunity to support and mentor one another while exploring God’s dream for an anti-racist, anti-oppressive world . . .a “beloved community”.  Through a commitment to spiritual disciplines, personal written reflections on weekly readings, and disciplined discussions, groups will examine themes of white supremacy, individual and systemic racism, and oppression, and will work to recognize and deconstruct their power in our own lives. As we intentionally shine light in our own dark places, we hope to encourage and empower others to become signposts who help light up the darkness in families, neighborhoods, and God’s world. Signposts is a commitment to ten weeks of self-reflection sessions and is limited to seven participants.

 

REHAB  – A Group Study – Tuesdays, February 28 – March 28; 6:00-7:00 pm

Cost:  FREE; Facilitator: Rev. Scott Alford

Rehab . . short for rehabilitation. Through this five-week study, we will look at our spiritual and behavioral transformation brought about through Jesus’ gracious intervention in our lives. Through his death and resurrection, we are restored and find ways to be in tune with the Spirit in our spiritual rehab “program.”

 

A Disciple’s Path – A Guide for United Methodists

Tuesdays, February 28 – April 18; 6:30-7:30 pm; Cost: $7.00; Facilitator: Terry Aust

Prayer, presence, gifts, service, and witness . . .this is what we commit to when we become members of The United Methodist Church, but A Disciple’s Path helps us to look beyond membership, presenting an engaging approach to discipleship from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective. Join us as we develop spiritual practices, discover our unique gifts, and engage in ministry that brings transformation to our lives and to the lives of others and the world.

 

Now that Faith Has Come – A Study of Galatians

Wednesdays, March 22 – May 3 (skipping April 5); 9:45-11:45, via Zoom

Cost: $20.00; Facilitator: Chesley Porteous

The apostle Paul didn’t plan to go to Galatia, but the relationship Paul would build with the Galatian converts – and his determination for the truth of the gospel to be preserved among them – led to one of the most passionate letters in the New Testament. Join us for a 6-session study into Paul’s captivating letter to the Galatians. Come to know the letter’s original recipients. Study its original context and embrace its timeless relevance. Discover what makes the gospel of Jesus Christ revolutionary to those who choose to believe.  Find out how everything has changed now that faith has come.

 

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!

February 27             The Sweetness of Water                                    Nathan Harris

March 27                 The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo             Taylor Jenkins Reid

April 24                    River of the Gods                                               Candice Millard

May 22                    The Yellow Fever Revenge                                Jackie Ross Flaum