In the Fall of 2018, we tackled our first all-church study in a while. We had great participation and a full 10 groups convened for 6 weeks to talk about prayer, deepening connections with each other, and evangelism. During Lent 2019, we supported 9 Covenant Discipleship Groups in another all-church effort, but generally speaking, the groups we offer are some combination of those listed below:

Young Adult Small Group

Join this 6-week group studying Rachel Held Evans’ last book, Inspired. The group will meet 7:30-8:30pm in room 151 on Wednesdays, starting on January 15. At SSUMC, Young Adult is a self-determined category!

Who Are We as United Methodists: A Journey of Head and Heart

Join this 6-week group beginning on January 12 meeting from 11am-12pm on Sundays in room 151. Check out this online based curriculum that’s light on the preparation and emphasizes group discussion. Take an opportunity to refresh on the basics of United Methodism this new year.

Adult Sunday School Class

This class is an ongoing class that meets in the library, 9-9:45am during the summer and 9:45-10:45am during the school year. The group is studying Psalms. Contact Neil Hindman ( with any questions, or just drop in sometime!

Monday Night Study Group

During the school year, we meet from 7-9pm in the Parlor (across from the sanctuary), and we always have tasty snacks for those who can’t get dinner before class. On January 6, the group is starting a 4-week study on the book about Elijah and Elisha called Faith in a Time of Apostasy, by Raymond Dillard.  Contact Jen Kidwell to be added to the email list,

Wonderful Wednesdays

This group meets Wednesday mornings from 7-8am at the Tastee diner to share prayer and discussion time. Sometimes, they read books like Gratitude (Diana Butler Bass), sometimes they share and pray together, sometimes they do a morning devotion, and sometimes they engage in more traditional Bible study. Email Jen Kidwell to get connected to this group!

Racial Justice Education Group

The Racial Justice Group is hosting a 6-week study, which started on January 19, from 12:15-1:30 on Sundays in the Parlor. The group is studying The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism (Jemar Tisby). Consider joining this group for this powerful study. Contact Marie Matthews or Gladys Baxley at

Beyond Reconciling 

This group meets occasionally after the 11am worship service to discuss important issues relevant to how to support our LGBTQ+ siblings in Christ and how to be good allies. Contact Rev. Michele Johns

Women’s Bible Study

During the school year, this small group meets Thursday mornings, 10-11 am in the Parlor at our Downtown location. We do a series of short-term studies, alternating between Biblical and topical. The group is starting Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren on January 16. Come join us! Contact Jen Kidwell at with questions.

Parenting Group

Calling parents of young children! Bring your kids (or not!) and enjoy some informal conversation time with grownups. This group meets up at homes and parks around town. It doesn’t matter if you’re home with them for a day, a season, or for the long term! This is a great time to meet other parents at the church, to share tips, and recharge your care-taking batteries. This group meets informally and is regrouping during the Fall of 2019. Contact Jen Kidwell at for more information.


Disciple FastTrack

This group met on Wednesday evenings during the 2017-2018 school year. Our  seminary intern led this group on this 24 week journey through the Bible. It’s not as daunting as you think! The class included short daily readings from scripture and is a great opportunity to dig more deeply into the Bible and develop relationships with other group members. If you’re interested in this style of class, contact Jen Kidwell (

TED and Theology – Online Class

Thanks to those of you who participated in this experimental format in 2017. We have finished posting new content, but if you’re interest in exploring the TED lectures or the weekly devotionals inspired by them, you can review the website here. If you have other ideas about new formats for study or for content that you think would lend itself to an online study, contact Jen at

New Members Meetings

Are you thinking of making Silver Spring UMC your church home? Let us know! We are currently revisiting how we structure our New Member’s groups here, so let us know you’re interested and we’ll keep you posted about opportunities to meet with staff, come to a class, or hang out with other new folks.
If you’re interested in scheduling a meeting to talk about membership, contact Rev. Angela at

Silver Spring United Methodist Women

UMW is a community of Methodist women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ. UMW meets from time to time for programs featuring engaging speakers, and members often assist in running the Thrift Shop ministries on Thursdays.

Please contact Katie Whitley (301) 587-6339  for more information.

SSUMC 101 series

These classes are scheduled from time to time to focus on introductory topics. Classes will be great refreshers for veteran church members as well! Stay tuned for classes about Methodism, the Bible, and Discipleship!

Silver Spring UMC’s Men’s Group

Come, meet, and fellowship with other SSUMC men of different age groups and life experiences. Join us as we think through contemporary topics, read books of shared interest, and consider what it means to be faithful and thoughtful Christian men.  Stay tuned for other volunteer and fellowship events throughout the year, such a church work days or outside gatherings.

To be added to the email list, email Aaron Sathyanasen at