Weekly Small Groups
Being part of a small group working through questions about faith and life is an important part of spiritual growth. If you aren’t already part of one, this is your time!
Our small groups have moved from meeting in the building to meeting by Zoom or outdoors (masked and distanced). Check out the current offerings and sign up! All groups are open and ready to welcome you in your faith journey. If you have questions about getting started, contact Pastor Sandra Cox.
Note: If you’d like to schedule an on-site meeting for your small group, please contact the church office to make arrangements.
Micah Class | Sundays 8:45-9:45am
Hosts: Marilyn & Jack Gregory
Light of the World by Amy-Jill Levine
This study traces the Christmas narrative through the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the journey to Bethlehem, and the visit from the Magi. These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt.
Antiracism Study • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent
Mondays (2/1, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1) 7-8:30pm
Pastor Lora will lead a zoom book study on Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent on Mondays (2/1, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1) from 7:00-8:30pm. This book examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. Wilkerson then points forward to ways America can move beyond the artificial and destructive separations of human divisions, toward hope in our common humanity. Fair warning: this study will include 100+ pages of reading each week. It’s a long one! Additionally, Wilkerson is doing a Zoom book conversation (2/17) through the KCK Public Library that you will be invited to register for as well.
How to join: Contact Pastor Lora with questions or to sign up and she will give you the reading assignments to begin.
The Group | 6pm
Host: rotating leadership
The Group is meeting by Zoom until weather and safety allow meeting on the church grounds. Focusing on relationship with one another, the group will discuss differing topics each week that will allow for growth and education while seeking answers to our questions.
How to join: Contact Pastor Sandra
Prayer 101 | 7pm January 19 – February 2
Host: Rev. Karen Lampe
Why do we pray? How do we pray? What happens when we pray? Join Rev. Karen Lampe for 3 weeks as she shares the basics of prayer and some foundational techniques. Prayer 101 is for anyone who wants to connect more fully with God…no matter where or how long you have been on your faith journey. During this pandemic we have the “opportunity” to seek a greater connection with God.
Join us for Prayer 101 and a chance to address our theology of God and our previous experiences with prayer as we decide how to best reignite our connection with the spirit.
What do you aspire to in your spiritual life?
- Greater grace
How can prayer help you become your best courageous self? Join Rev. Karen Lampe, via Zoom, for this 3 week exploration of prayer at its most basic and most powerful level. Sessions begin Tuesday, January 19, at 7 pm for 3 weeks.
How to join: Contact Pastor Sandra
Men’s Study Group | Wednesdays 6:30-7:30am
Host: Scott Groth
This group meets to discuss contemporary topics of faith. Currently they are working through Hope by Olu Brown, the Lead Pastor at The Gathering, one of the fastest growing United Methodist Churches in the country. Brown has written this book specifically to explore how faithful people can find hope even in the midst of the realities and anxieties of 2020 and extend that joy well into 2021!
Women’s Study Group | Wednesdays, January 6 – February 10; 1pm
Host: Sandra Cox
The Lord’s Prayer: Jesus Teacher Us How to Pray by Mary Lou Redding
This study will explore more deeply the Lord’s Prayer as it comes to us from both Matthew and Luke’s gospel. Each week you will read a short chapter at the beginning of the week and then there are daily scripture readings with reflection questions to prepare you for the small group time on Wednesday. Your daily preparation should be about 15 minutes; the small group time approximately 90 minutes on Wednesdays.
Wednesday Evening Women’s Group | 8-9 pm
Host: Jamie Turk
Are you over-scheduled due to stress we put on ourselves from work and mothering? This group for adult women meets weekly via Zoom on Wednesdays at 8pm for laughter, friendship and conversation! Our group chooses faith formational studies that pique our interest. To see what we are currently studying, contact Jamie Turk.
How to join: Contact Jamie Turk
The Seekers | Thursdays 6pm
Host: Sharry Lockhart
Beginning December 3 at 6pm, Seekers will begin their Advent study via Zoom of “Sent: Delivering the Gift of Hope” by Jorge Acevedo. Note the earlier start time, 6pm. Anyone who’s interested is invited to join us!
How to join: Contact Sharry Lockhart
That One Small Group | 2nd Thursdays 8:30-9:30pm
Host: Mel Gard
This is a group of folks who are intentional about examining issues from a social justice perspective. Recent discussions have centered on: a break down of this session’s supreme Court decisions; a video highlighting White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and a discussion with Pastor Lora. Folks in this group rotate leadership each month selecting a topic of interest.
How to join: Contact Mel Gard