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 more information about small groups, contact
Rev. Joya Abrams: jabrams@decaturfirst.org


Agape

Location: Education Building, Room 309
Contact: Tim Sobon (timsobon@yahoo.com)

The word agape means love. It is a special love that values and esteems, is unselfish, and is ready to serve. This Sunday School class is composed of couples in their 30’s and 40’s who live out agape by supporting several important ministries of Decatur First UMC, including the Fall Festival, Hagar's House and Transitional Housing. Fellowship is important to Agape, and the class strives to hold quarterly socials. (Some socials include children while others are for adults only.)

Bible Study Group

Location: Education Building, Room 217
Contact: Quinn Hudson (qhudson@hudsongroupinc.com)

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.

CAYA Connects!

Location: Sycamore Building, Room 303
Contact: Eric Tumperi (edtumperi@yahoo.com)

We are into month two of our newly formed CAYA Connects small group. We meet every week right after CAYA at 12:20pm in the Sycamore Building. So far, we have a roster of about 15 folks who have made the connection. We have enjoyed the time together in fellowship, getting to know fellow CAYAns and discussing the applications and implications of the Bible verses used during weekly worship. Monthly lunches and socials are part of the package, as well!

The Holy Spirit is a concept many people don’t understand, or understand in different ways. Of course, the Spirit is a mystery! But it is part of the Trinity and thus an important part of our faith. How do we understand the Holy Spirit? Does Jesus calling the Spirit “The Advocate” color our understanding?

As Christians, we believe the Holy Spirit sustains us and inspires our work in the world. Have you felt sustained by the Holy Spirit? Encouraged by the Holy Spirit? Troubled by the Holy Spirit? Have conversation about how we have relied upon--or felt upheld by--the Holy Spirit...

We also meet on Saturday mornings at 10:30am at Java Monkey.

Debtors

Location: Education Building, Room 209
Contact: Rick and Lisa Gillig (gilligfam@aol.com)

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.

Ichthus

Location: Education Building, F1
Contacts: Celia Anderson (caa710@gmail.com), Joan Brand (jmbrand@netzero.net)
Julie Martinez (martinezjw@comcast.net), Steve Suratt (steve.suratt@gmail.com)

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 25-30, 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.

Kehillah

Location: Education Building, Room 314
Contact: Cameron Jones (camandbritt@gmail.com)

Kehillah is Hebrew for community. This group 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, Braves games and a city parks softball team.

Knox - Peabody Class

Location: Education Building, Room 211
Contact: Rex & Sacra Vaughn (sacra113@aol.com)

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 and a mountain trip in the fall. 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.

Koinonia

Location: Education Building, Gathering Room (101)
Contact: Doug Joyner and Bob Hill (roberth_hill@mindspring.com)

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 or Marc Morgan (Marc.Morgan5521@gmail.com)

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.

Seekers

For: Adults 40 - 50
Location: Education Building, 220
Contact: John Beal (jbatl64@gmail.com)

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 (vaknox125@gmail.com)

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.

Trinity

Location: Education Building, Room 316
Contact: Rev. Laura Rappold (lrappold@gmail.com)

You would be 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.

Zoe

Location: Education Building, Room 313
Contact: Betsy Eddy (ebvsmith@gmail.com)

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.

Other Small Groups

Men’s Bible Study

The Men’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday mornings at 6:30am 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 (harrylinderclark@comcast.net )

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 www.decaturfirst.org/women