In the last few years, we’ve offered some great all-church study options. In the Fall of 2018, we convened 10 groups convened for 6 weeks to talk about prayer, deepening connections with each other, and evangelism. During Lent in 2019, we supported 9 Covenant Discipleship Groups in another all-church effort. During Lent 2020, we read a 6-week study on Holy Week together! Generally speaking, the groups we offer are some combination of those listed below. Questions about groups? Email Jen Kidwell.
All groups are using Zoom to meet during physical distancing, and to find links for current groups, visit our calendar page.
*********From October 11 – November 22, we are engaging in an all-church study, using Ibram X. Kendi’s book How to be an Antiracist as a jumping off point for reflection, Bible study, and brainstorming actions we can take to be antiracist individuals and an antiracist church community.************
Young Adult Small Group
This groups meets a few times a year for 6-week studies and most recently studied Rachel Held Evans’ last book, Inspired.
Who Are We as United Methodists: A Journey of Head and Heart
We sometimes use curriculum from the conference like this online based curriculum that’s light on the preparation and emphasizes group discussion.
Adult Sunday School Class
This class is an ongoing class that typically 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! During the pandemic, they meet on Monday evenings from 7-8pm.
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. Contact Jen Kidwell to be added to the email list, email@example.com. During the pandemic, we met through most of the summer. All are welcome!
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. Currently, they meet via Zoom and are focusing on Scripture study and reflection each week. Email Jen Kidwell to get connected to this group!
Racial Justice Education Group
The Racial Justice Group has recently offered 6-week studies a few times a year, the most recent of which were The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism (Jemar Tisby) and The Cross and the Lynching Tree (James Cone). Consider joining this group for this powerful study. Contact Marie Matthews or Gladys Baxley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This group meets monthly after the Sunday worship to discuss important issues relevant to how to support our LGBTQ+ siblings in Christ and how to be good allies. If you would like to join this email list OR one for folks at SSUMC who identify as LGBTQ+, contact Rev. Michele Johns email@example.com.
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. Come join us! Contact Jen Kidwell at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. We are currently meeting on Zoom.
This group has taken many forms in recent years: from meet ups at homes and parks around town to a regular gathering at church, it takes new shape with the season and sometimes takes time off. When needed, this is a great time to meet other parents at the church, to share tips, and recharge your care-taking batteries. 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
Thanks to those of you who participated in this experimental format in 2017. We have finished posting new content, but if you’re interested 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 email@example.com.
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. We are so happy to have welcomed new members a few times already during the pandemic on our Zoom worship services!
If you’re interested in scheduling a meeting to talk about membership, contact Rev. Alex at firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.