wednesday night studies



Christianity is a religion which takes its truths from the Bible, but how exactly do we understand the Bible? How should we use it? This winter, on Wednesday nights, Decatur First is offering a series of classes on Bible Basics. Join Dalton and a series of guest presenters as we take a look at the Bible and how we should use it. This class will be particularly helpful for parents who are starting to get questions from their kids about how the Bible works and why it matters.

- 1/16 How do I use my Bible?
- 1/23 What is the Old Testament?
- 1/30 Why are there four Gospels?
- 2/6 Can science and faith coexist?
- 2/13 How can I hear God’s voice in daily Bible reading?
- 2/20 What do we do with the difficult parts of the Bible?


We'll read scripture, pray and grow deeper in our faith individually and together as a group as we discuss how to incorporate faith in our daily living. Facilitiated by Rev. Joya Abrams from 6-7pm. Sign-up required (class limit 12)

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Writing can be a way to meet one of our basic human needs: connection. All you need is a pen, paper and a willingness to play with words. You will write brief pieces in group, listen and try your hand at some “homework” writing. There will be no grading, critiquing or editing! {group limit of 15 participants}

• JAN 9, 23 • FEB 13, 27 • MAR 13, 27(REMAINDER TO BE ANNOUNCED)

For more details, contact facilitator Rev. Allison Rhodes at
(please use subject line: write connection) or call at 404-484-9211.

Other Small Groups

Men’s Bible Study

The Men’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday mornings at 7am and enjoy coffee and breakfast together. The group works through books from classical Christian authors as well as modern writers, covering a wide variety of topics. For more information, contact Harry Clark:

United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women support one another in study and service through monthly meetings, Bible and book studies and regular mission projects such as flood buckets and health kits for hurricane relief. For more information, visit

During the season of Lent, Dalton and Joya will preach from the book Because of This, I Rejoice - Reading Philippians During Lent by Max Vincent. Consider reading it to enrich your devotion time or you might want to discuss it together in your small group. Copies of the book are available online from the Upper Room website. Use code LENT2019 to receive a discount.

Sunday Morning Small Groups

Most Sundays you will find children, youth and adults gathered for spiritual renewal, study and prayer from 9:45-10:45am. Visitors are welcome and expected in these classes and groups.Contact information provided if you’d like to reach out ahead of time, but it’s not necessary.

For information on small groups email
Rev. Joya Abrams


Location: Education Building, Room 309
Contact: Glenn Schuffenhauer (

CLASS: Comprised primarily of couples in our 40's, the Agape class offers a convivial and welcoming atmosphere. Meeting Sundays at 10:00 AM, class discussion is drawn from a range of thought-provoking materials. Friendship and fellowship are important to Agape, whether through casual in-class conversation, working to support of the ministries of Decatur First, or outside of class through a variety of family-oriented or adult-only socials. Join us!

Bible Study Group

Location: Education Building, Room 217
Contact: Quinn Hudson (

STUDY: January 13 – March 3: Gospel of Matthew (Immersion Series) by J. Ellsworth Kalas. Bible study on the gospel of Matthew.

CLASS: The Bible Study Group is an inter-generational adult Sunday School class that seeks to understand the meaning of God's word in their lives. It follows the Wesleyan quadrilateral tradition of employing scripture, experience, reason and tradition to discern the meaning of God's word, in the context of our modern world. This class studies a wide variety of scripture and texts. The class creates a safe, welcoming environment for critical thinking and everyone is encouraged to question and explore their shared faith.


Location: Education Building, Room 209
Contact: Rick and Lisa Gillig (

CLASS: The Debtors class has weekly attendance of around 40 members, who range in age from late 50’s - 70’s. The lessons cover a variety of topics that are introduced by guest speakers and teachers. The Debtors support ministries including Honduras Outreach International, the DFUMC Preschool and Wesley Woods/Brannon Towers. They enjoy regular social gatherings together.


Location: Education Building, F1
Contacts: Celia Anderson (, Joan Brand (
Julie Martinez (, Steve Suratt (

STUDY: For the first quarter, Ichthus is using lessons in the the Winter 2019 Adult Bible Study series from Cokesbury, Our Love for God.

CLASS: Ichthus is the Greek word for fish, one of the earliest symbols for the Christian faith. It is also an acronym for Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. Founded in 1975, the hallmark of the Ichthus Class is high quality Bible study from a Wesleyan Methodist perspective. Weekly attendance is typically between 15-25, with a good mix of couples and singles, mostly between the ages of 50 and 70. The class supports several outreach projects, including the MLK Service Project, Hagar’s House and Honduras Outreach.


Location: Education Building, Room 314
Contact: Cameron Jones (

STUDY: In January Guest Rev. Dalton Rushing is speaking on the United Methodist Church’s report from the Commission on a Way Forward and legislative options for the called special session of the General Conference, to be held in February 2019. Discussion of the legislative options to be voted on in General Conference that will address the United Methodist Church’s policy on same-sex weddings and ordination of LGBTQ clergy.

February 3 – March 3 we will study the book Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times, by Adam Hamilton. For anyone struggling with fear or wondering how families and communities can thrive in troubled times, Unafraid offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions. Social fears, personal fears and religious fears are explored in the book.

CLASS: Kehillah is Hebrew for community. This group of mostly married folks in their 30s and 40s focuses on four dynamics of community together: learning, service, fellowship and worship. They learn in a discussion-style class led by members on Sundays at 9:50am. They serve in the city's MLK Service Project, Hagar’s House and various other opportunities. They fellowship at dinner parties, social outings and a city parks softball team.

Knox - Peabody

Location: Education Building, Room 211
Contact: Rex & Sacra Vaughan (

STUDY: Rev. Joya Abrams is teaching on the Sermon on the Mount in January. Sunday, February 3 we will host guest speaker Rev. Dave Davis. For the remainder of February we will complete series on book Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times by Adam Hamilton. For anyone struggling with fear or wondering how families and communities can thrive in troubled times, Unafraid offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions. Social fears, personal fears and religious fears are explored in the book.

CLASS: Class members are in their 60’s - 80’s who are married, widowed and single. Weekly attendance is about 12 people. Four class members as well as various guest speakers teach the class on a rotating basis. Knox-Peabody has several socials per year including a Christmas party. The class contributes to the DFUMC Preschool and CMO programs, the Methodist Children's Home, the Decatur Emergency Assistance Ministry, Hagar's House and Aldersgate Homes.


Location: Education Building, Gathering Room (101)
Contact: Doug Joyner and Bob Hill (

STUDY: January 20 we will have a scriptural study of the Beatitudes in the gospel of Matthew, led by church member Harry Clark.

CLASS: Koinonia is the Greek word for fellowship and this class epitomizes that word. They enjoy studying and worshiping together, as well as celebrating and supporting each other through life's daily joys and sorrows. This is a class of singles and married couples in their 60’s and 70’s who come from all over the metro area. Attendance ranges from 20 to 35 each Sunday. Members are divided into four groups that plan the programs, refreshments, devotionals and monthly social activities for the class. Koinonia supports Honduras Outreach, Appalachian Service Project, Mountain View Nursing Home, Hagar House Shelter for Women and other missions as requested.

New Beginnings

Location: Education Building, 207
Contact: Dean Ratliff (
Marc Morgan (

CLASS: New Beginnings is comprised of married and single adults in their 50’s and 60’s. Class members lead the thought-provoking, discussion-based lessons. The class members support Honduras Outreach, Appalachia Service Project, Missionaries in Africa and Habitat for Humanity. Members gather for social events regularly.


For: Adults 40’s and 50’s
Location: Education Building, 219
Contact: John Beal (

CLASS: Seekers, as in "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God" includes married and single adults in their 40’s and 50’s. Lessons are given by class members on a range of topics from the Bible to current events and family issues. Class members serve with a variety of missions and leadership roles throughout the church.

Spirited Singles

Location: Education Building, Room 218
Contact: Virginia Knox (

STUDY: In January we have invited various guest speakers to teach on the topic of joy.

CLASS: The Spirited Singles are single adults who use discussion, lecture and video for faith development and education. The class gets together monthly for potluck dinners, day trips, book review club and site seeing. Annual missions are scholarships to Honduras children, Angel Tree children and Methodist Children's Home graduates. In addition, the class usually sits together at church worship and Wednesday night dinners and several members meet for lunch after church on Sundays.


Location: Education Building, Room 316
Contact: Rev. Laura Rappold (

STUDY: In January and February we are doing in-depth discussion of scriptural references in Dalton Rushing’s Sunday sermons.

CLASS: You are welcome in the Trinity Class! This discussion based group studies a wide variety of topics related to the intersection of faith and life. The class is primarily attended by adults in their 30s and 40s, but all ages and stages of life are welcome. Discussions are led by participants using study guides and Bible studies. The Trinity Class loves a deep discussion, with laughter and coffee. All are welcome.

young Adults

Location: Room 203 (a.k.a. Dalton’s Office)
Contact: Becky Vaughan (

CLASS: This small group for folks in their 20's and 30's formed in 2018. The group also gets together outside of church.


Location: Education Building, Room 313
Contact: Betsy Eddy (

CLASS: Zoe is Greek, meaning spiritual life. Lessons cover a variety of topics by guest speakers and teachers. The class gets together monthly for social gatherings. Our growing group has single and married adults in their 20’s - 40’s.