Small groups are gatherings that meet regularly, usually weekly, that provide an opportunity to make friends, make disciples, and make a difference. Connect with others and grow spiritually through study, prayer, and sharing lives together.
It’s barbecues, birthday parties, deep conversations,
community service, open-minded discussions,
prayer requests, laughter, singing, and mourning.
It’s doing life together!
While there are already several ways to connect at First Methodist, we’re excited to announce even more. This fall, new small groups will be starting and we’d love to help you find the best one for you. Over the next few weeks, you’ll be hearing more about these new groups.
Our current small groups are listed below. Click here to sign-up online. Contact the group leaders below if you have any questions about their group…
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Bread for the Journey Sun 9-10am • Weekly
Sherry Barnhart (email@example.com, 812-361-9754)
A mixed generation Bible Study that reads continuously through a book of the Bible and discusses how the Word (or “Bread”) applies to our lives. Meets in Room 318.
Upper Room Sun 9-10am • Weekly
Emily Andrews-Carrico (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A lay-lead gathering which follows a worship format and encourages participation by members of the group. It offers opportunities for people to express their faith, to connect one-on-one with others, to think and speak more deeply about how to live a Christ-like life, and to grow spiritually. Meets in the Great Hall.
Wesley Conventicle Sun 11:30am-12:30pm • Weekly
Ed Stephenson (email@example.com)
An adult forum, meeting since 1990, that explores the facets of religion and its intersection with society and our life of faith. Resources include the Bible, visiting experts, current scholarship, and personal experience. Meets in Room 310.
Webb Discipleship Group Mon 2-4pm • Weekly
Marilyn Kelsey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Named after the late Kenda Webb, the original leader, this group of retired men and women engages in the discussion of faith-based books and videos, Bible study, and service projects, meeting most often in Thurston Parlor.
Guys’ Group Tues 6-7:30pm • Weekly
Jared Jones (email@example.com) & Peter Roeth
Male graduate students & young adults. The guys alternate between Bible study one week and games and hangouts the next.
Lambda Lambda Pi Tues 8-9:30pm • Bi-weekly
Alex & Micah Lamb (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A mixed group of couples/singles men/women meeting at Alex & Micah Lamb’s home every other week, with discussions based on the sermon series. And Micah bakes too!
Jim’s Jamboree Wed 7-8:15pm • Weekly
Jim Barnhart (email@example.com)
A mixed group of adults of all ages who meet to talk about life and faith. Discussions will follow the sermon series on “The Story” this Fall. Meets in Thurston Parlor.
Jesus & Wine Wed 7:30-9pm • Bi-weekly
Leah Bunger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A group of moms who meet twice a month in members’ homes to share about their lives and discuss a question of the day, over cheese and wine. They are active in taking care of each other and reaching out to the community.
Wendell’s World Thurs 8-9am • Weekly
Wendell St. John (email@example.com)
A group of 8-12 men, ages 35-85, usually found seated around a table drinking coffee, taking notes, holding a book, looking at a TV screen, with a leader asking, answering, fielding questions and comments. Meets in Thurston Parlor.
Enjoy an hour of facilitated group discussion about relationships followed by two hours of free childcare so that couples can enjoy a night out on the town.
Facts of Life Sun 9-10am • Weekly
Polly Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Rachel Manley (email@example.com)
This group is aimed at inquisitive folks who are serious about their faith and will not accept easy answers to the complexity of the Christian life. The leaders have extensive experience in Christian education, a commitment to socially just living, and a deep desire to live life closely with those in their faith community. If you’re willing to take risks, have fun, and ask good questions, we’d love for you to join!
Theology on Tap Tues 7:30-9pm • Bi-weekly
Pastor Teri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is a casual group for anyone who doesn’t feel like they fit in the other groups, or who would just like to try out small groups. They will meet at Upland, and have low-key conversations about life, God, some books, and your questions. Feel free to bring a friend!
Girls’ Group Tues evenings • Weekly
Anne Stichter (email@example.com)
A new group for young women – college through 30-somethings – to encourage each other in the spiritual life. We’ll meet first to decide together on a book/Bible/topic or activity.
Barbara’s Book Study Wed 10:30am-Noon • Weekly
Barbara Nolin (812-325-1899)
This group will meet at the church to discuss the surprisingly exciting genealogy of the Bible, using Barbara’s book “Hebrew Family Trees: The Favorite Son of the Favorite Wife” as the basis for discussion.
The Other Guys Bi-weekly
Andrew Bunger (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A group of guys wanting to explore how to live their faith out holistically and to explore faith questions that often go unexamined. Meets at Andrew’s house.
Spiritual Growth Group Bi-weekly
Harold & Vicki Popp (email@example.com, 812-876-2671) and Ruth Gray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is a new Spiritual Growth Group designed for all ages, singles or couples. Subjects for group study will grow from the group’s interest. They plan to meet in homes and will share prayer, joys, concerns, and scripture leading to spiritual growth.
Cancer Support Group
Pastor Donna (email@example.com, 765-635-4297)
Living with cancer, either as the person with the disease or as a family member, can be really challenging. This will be a support group for all those affected by cancer.
Snowbirds Thurs 10-11:30am • Weekly
Jim and Sandy McLary (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Worried you can’t commit to a Small Group because you go South for the winter? We will meet in the Fall, take a break when Winter is at its worst, and restart in the Spring. Join us for a Bible study, or book/topic to be determined by the group. Meets at the McLary’s home, starting Sep 22.
The Parlor Sojourners Wed 5:40-6:40pm • Weekly
Margaret Pruden (email@example.com)
Mostly retired women, meeting weekly in Thurston Parlor to discuss life and faith.
Deng Good Group Thurs 10-11:30am • Weekly
Sheran Deng (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This group is a combination of Jubilee undergrads, grad students, and post-college adults. We meet at the umbrella patio in front of the Indiana Memorial Union to discuss ‘Mere Christianity’ by C.S. Lewis
Hearts & Handiwork Tues 12-2pm • Weekly
Paula Reynolds (email@example.com)
The knitting and crocheting group meets Tuesdays for prayer, support, bag lunch and handiwork, and also the 3rd Sunday of the month after the 10:00 service for coffee and meeting newly interested members. Join us for any project you’d enjoy. Handiwork is often donated to recipients in hospitals and care facilities. Meets in Room 218.
Experimental Cooking Last Friday • Monthly
Jim Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is a group for people who like to try new cooking recipes without having to be “gourmets.” Participants bring a dish consistent with the theme for the month, and meet in members’ homes. New members are always welcome!
PiYo Mon 6:30-7:30pm • Weekly
Amanda Armstrong (email@example.com)
PiYo combines the practices of Pilates and yoga to help you build strength, lose weight, increase flexibility and have a great time doing it. Amanda offers this class for free, so bring a yoga mat, water, and meet in the Great Hall.