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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions, or just drop in sometime!
Monday Night Study Group
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Bible Study
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 email@example.com for more information.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
TED and Theology – Online Class
New Members Meetings
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 email@example.com.