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Small Groups

Small Groups at First MethodistSmall 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!

Groups are re-launching January 2018! Click here to sign-up online, email us at connect@fumcb.org, or contact the group leaders below. Find a place where you fit!

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Bread for the Journey Sun 9-10 am • Weekly
Sherry Barnhart (shbarnha@iu.edu, 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 9-10 am • Weekly
Emily Andrews-Carrico (eandrewscarrico@gmail.com)

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 11:30 am-12:30 pm • Weekly
Ed Stephenson (stephene@indiana.edu)

An adult forum, meeting since 1990, that explores the facets of religion and its intersection with society and our life of faith. This Spring we continue our study of the creation of the New Testament. Meets in Room 310.

Spiritual Growth Group Sun 4-5:30 pm • Bi-weekly
Harold & Vicki Popp (hapvap@sbcglobal.net, 812-876-2671)

This is a Spiritual Growth Group designed for all ages, singles or couples. Subjects for group study will grow from the group’s interest. They meet in members’ homes and share prayer, joys, concerns, and scripture leading to spiritual growth.

Deng Young Adults Sun 4-5:30 pm • Weekly
Sheran Deng (dengs@umail.iu.edu) & Sara Batman

This group is a combination of young adults (Jubilee undergrads, grad students, and post-college). We meet at the Monroe County Public Library to discuss ‘Mere Christianity’ by C.S. Lewis.

Webb Discipleship Group Mon 2-4 pm • Weekly
Marilyn Kelsey (mjkels@att.net)

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.

Parlor Sojourners Tues 2-3:30 pm • Weekly
Margaret Pruden (mlpruden@att.net)

Mostly retired women, meeting weekly in Thurston Parlor to discuss life and faith.

Theology on Tap Tues 7-8:30 pm • Bi-weekly
Pastor Teri (teric@fumcb.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 the Trojan Horse, and have low-key conversations about life, God, some books, and your questions. Feel free to bring a friend!

Girls’ Group Tues 6-7:30 pm• Weekly
Anne Stichter (annecstichter@gmail.com)

A young women’s group – college through mid-30’s – meeting to study the Bible and do life together. We alternate between studying the Bible (currently reading 1 Thessalonians) and social activities around town.

Guys’ Group Tues 6:30-8 pm • Weekly
Jared Jones (jaredhjones@gmail.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 8-9:30 pm • Bi-weekly
Alex & Micah Lamb (alex_waddington@hotmail.com)

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 7-8:15 pm • Weekly
Jim Barnhart (jimbarnhart18@gmail.com)

A mixed group of adults of all ages who meet to talk about life and faith. Discussions will follow Lee Strobel’s “The Case for Christ” beginning in January. Meets in Thurston Parlor.

Jesus & Wine Wed 7-8:30 pm • Monthly
Leah Bunger (leah.bunger@gmail.com)

A group of moms who will meet the last Wednesday of the 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 8-9 am • Weekly
Wendell St. John (tseminars@aol.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.

Barbara’s Book Study Thurs 10:30 am-12 • Weekly
Barbara Nolin (812-325-1899)

This group meets at Redbud Hills 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.

Snowbirds Thurs 10-11:30am • Weekly
Jim and Sandy McLary (sandra.mclary2709@gmail.com)

Worried you can’t commit to a Small Group because you go South for the winter? We will take a break during Winter, and restart in the Spring. We have been studying the book “How to Become a Contagious Christian”, where we watch a video one week and discuss the corresponding chapters from the book the next. Meets at the McLary’s home.

Comparative Religion Weekday evenings • Bi-weekly
Joe Nowlin (nowlinassociates@comcast.net)

Mostly retired couples and singles meeting every other week in the evenings in members’ homes. We are starting a DVD series of “Comparative Religion”.

Celebrating Relationships Fri 6-9 pm • Monthly
Brittany Turner Purvis (brittanyturnerpurvis@gmail.com)

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.

Tea Meditation Sat 10:30 am • Weekly
Rev. Ruth Gray (812-650-8162 or iruthgray@yahoo.com)

One of two new groups for prayer meditation, this is a weekly opportunity to practice prayer meditation together. The group will meet at a private apartment near Wonderlab. Call ahead for directions.

Guided Prayer Meditation Sat 4-5 pm • Bi-Monthly
Rev. Ruth Gray (812-650-8162 or iruthgray@yahoo.com)

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month from 4 to 5 pm concluding with a shared light supper.  Participants from the faith community collaborate in various members’ homes.  Explorers and seekers welcome.  Call or email for specific place and dates.

Hearts & Handiwork Tues 12-2 pm • Weekly • Activity Group
Paula Reynolds (pmreynoldss@yahoo.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 Fridays • Monthly • Activity Group
Jim Andrews (andrewsj@indiana.edu)

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 the last Friday of the month. New members are always welcome!

PiYo Mon 6:30-7:30pm • Weekly • Activity Group
Amanda Armstrong (amanda.arm9@gmail.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.

Music Ministries, Outreach, and Caring Ministries are also important ways to share life and grow spiritually alongside others.


Small groups and spiritual growth opportunities are coordinated by the Connection Ministry Team (CMT) – connect@fumcb.org.

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