Growth Groups

“For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”

Matthew 18:20

Growth Groups are places where people gather to study, pray, and engage in respectful, challenging conversation in order to be formed more in the image of Jesus. These groups are of various sizes and can meet on an on-going, long-term, or short-term basis. If you haven’t already, we hope you’ll choose to grow deeper in your love for Christ who calls us to love our neighbor as ourselves by connecting with a Growth Group!

If you are interested in starting a Growth Group, please drop an email to Pastor Beth so she can help ensure you have all the resources you need and connect you with others who may be interested in your group.
In the midst of this incredibly challenging time, most of our Growth Groups have moved to meeting online. Although gathering together online isn’t the same as gathering in person, it’s certainly better than not gathering at all! All of these online groups use the Zoom meeting platform.
Please contact the facilitator of the group you’re interested in for the Zoom link to join in!

Help, Thanks, Wow! Wednesdays

This is a simple time of checking in, sharing, and lifting up our world in prayer with others in our First UMC faith family. Pastor Sam hosts this brief Zoom meeting every Wednesday evening from 7:30 p.m-8:00 p.m. with whoever wishes to join in. Contact Pastor Sam at for the link to this group.

Coffee Talk

A great group of folks who gather on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for conversation about faith and life…  and a lot of us drink coffee! The group is comprised of both couples and singles, primarily in their 20-40’s, but all ages are welcome. For more information contact Pastor Sam at

Faith Forum

This is an open-minded, inclusive group consisting primarily of adults over 50 and where all ages are welcome, and all opinions and comments are valued and cherished. The group meets on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. and the format is a video presentation followed by discussion of the lessons, implications, and significance of the concepts for each of us and for all Christians. The discussion is informal and wide-ranging during which participants often gain insights from the comments and ideas of others. For more information, contact Jim Knight at

Maranatha Class

The Maranatha Class consists primarily of adults over 50 and welcomes adults of all ages to join in lively, engaging Bible study and discussion. This group examines the original meanings of the words as used in the scriptures, and considers the cultural and historical background as part of the study. They seek to understand Scripture, to relate Scripture to contemporary living, and to respond with positive actions in their personal lives. The class meets every Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. for fellowship. Please contact Leon Couch at for more information.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings consists primarily of adults over 65 and welcomes adults of all ages who enjoy the Methodist traditions of  food, fellowship, singing hymns, and bible-focused studies. The group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.  For more information, contact Jim Nation at

UMW (United Methodist Women)

A community of women whose purpose is to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative and supportive fellowship and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.  Our circles meet September - April and for more information on UMW, contact Norma Courtney via email at
First Tuesday of the Month
  • Daytime Circle led by Cleo Abbott meets at 10:00 a.m. in the Bethany Room on the 1st floor of Bell Hall.
  • Evening Circle (Circle 5) led by Joyce Knox meets at 7:00 p.m. in the members’ homes.
Second Tuesday of the Month
  • Evening Circle (Circle 6) led by Joan Van Winkle meets at 5:45 p.m. in the Epworth Conference Room - 1st Floor of Epworth Hall.

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