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:

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 will be studying Covenant in summer 2019. Contact Neil Hindman (nhindman@aol.com) 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. In 2018-2019, we studied Unbinding Your Heart (Martha Grace Reese), Journey to the Manger (Paula Gooder), Jesus and the Disinherited (Howard Thurman), Speaking of Sin (Barbara Brown Taylor), Atonement theories, and Short Stories by Jesus (Amy-Jill Levine). We used Wired Word, a news-based curriculum to fill gaps between books this year. Contact Jen Kidwell to be added to the email list, jkidwell@silverspringumc.org.

7am Tastee Diner 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, and sometimes they engage in more traditional Bible study. Email Jen Kidwell to get connected to this group!


Racial Reconciliation Workshops

We host Racial Reconciliation discussions on the third Sundays after the 11am service during the school year. Sometimes, we read an article, listen to a podcast, or watch a film together. Contact Marie Matthews or Gladys Baxley at gbbaxley@comcast.net.


Beyond Reconciling 

This group meets on the second Sunday of the month 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 mjohns@silverspringumc.org.


Women’s Bible Study

During the school year, this small group meets Thursday mornings, 10-11 am at our Downtown location. We do a series of short-term studies, alternating between Biblical and topical. In the 2018-2019 year, the group read Unbinding Your Heart (Martha Grace Reese), The Meaning is in the Waiting (Paula Gooder), Phoebe: A Story (Paula Gooder), and Sermons on the Parables (Howard Thurman). Contact Jen Kidwell at jkidwell@silverspringumc.org with questions.
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Mid-week 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 Spring of 2019. Contact Jen Kidwell at jkidwell@silverspringumc.org for more information.

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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 (jkidwell@silverspringumc.org).


TED and Theology – Online Class

Thanks to those of you who participated in this experimental format last year. 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 jkidwell@silverspringumc.org.

New Members Class

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 getting updates about this class and/or joining, contact Jen Kidwell at jkidwell@silverspringumc.org

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 aaron.einstein@gmail.com.