It already feels like 2020 has existed at every possible extreme, and with a one-of-a-kind Fall ahead, its surprises are probably not over. It feels like the year has passed quickly and moved slowly, all at the same time. As we dive back into the time of year when more traditional programming kicks-off, SSUMC small groups are offering virtual ways to connect, grow in your relationships with each other, and deepen your faith. These are places where friendships grow quickly, questions are welcome, and group members hold each other in prayer throughout the week. We hope you will consider joining us! Maybe a topic looks interesting, or the virtual format makes it easier to join in, or maybe you just really need some extra community right now. Most groups are kicking off the week of August 31, though a few have ongoing meetings that you can easily jump into anytime. All y’all are welcome! Email Jen Kidwell to get connected to a group.

Adult “Monday” school class (Mondays, 7-8pm): This group usually meets on Sunday mornings, but has pivoted to Mondays when they are meeting virtually. They will be finishing up a study on Community early this Fall and then transitioning into a study on the synoptic gospels. Neil Hindman is this group’s long-time leader. [group meetings are ongoing]

Monday Night Study Group (Mondays, 7-9pm): This group has met for 9 years and usually alternates between Bible studies and topical studies. This Fall, they are reading Wilda Gafney’s Womanist Midrash and revisiting stories about the women in the Old Testament from the perspective of the experience of African American women. Jen Kidwell and Dan Sherk co-lead this group! [group meetings resume 8/31]

Wonderful Wednesdays (7-8am): This group meets weekly for some reflection on the Upper Room scripture and devotion for the day, and a time of “caring and sharing” and prayer. This group rotates in leadership! [group meetings are ongoing]

Women’s Bible Study (Thursdays, 10-11am): This group has met for 6 years or so and engages many different types of studies. This Fall, they are reading Wilda Gafney’s Womanist Midrash and revisiting stories about the women in the Old Testament from the perspective of the experience of African American women. Jen Kidwell leads this group. [group meetings resume 9/3]

White Fragility group (Thursdays, 7-8pm): This group is open to all, and is a continuation of one of the summer discussion groups that read Raising White Kids (Jennifer Harvey). The group will be focused on how white folks can develop a healthy relationship to whiteness that’s grounded in learning antiracist actions, and why resistance to them is often deep-seated. The group is organized by Ana Lincoln and Brenna Thibault. [group meetings begin on 9/3]

ALSO: Stay tuned for more information on our next all-church study, which will be built around Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Antiracist, and will begin in mid-October.