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.
All groups are using Zoom to meet during physical distancing.
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
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 offers 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 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. If you would like to join this email list OR one for folks at SSUMC who identify as LGBTQ+, contact Rev. Michele Johns firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Bible Study
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
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.