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. Stay tuned for future all-church studies, 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 is currently reading the book, “When bad things happen to good people.” Contact Neil Hindman ( with any questions, or just drop in sometime!

Monday Night Study Group

During the 2017-2018 school year, the Monday Night Study Group engaged in a variety of studies including: Wearing God (Lauren Winner), Prayer, What are we Waiting for? (Richard Leonard), Wrestling with God (perspectives on controversial issues), and the book of Matthew, (study by Justo L. Gonzalez). 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,

Early morning class

This group meets on Wednesday or Thursday mornings during liturgical seasons a few times per year from 7-8am in the Blue room, and typically studies the sermon text for the following week. For more information contact Rev. Katherine at

Racial Reconciliation Workshops

We will be hosting Racial Reconciliation Workshops on the third Sundays after the 11am service, starting in September. This group used the text “Roadmap to Reconciliation” by Rev. Brenda Salter McNeil to reflect theologically about reconciliation and how people can use the tools of our faith tradition to help heal broken relationships and systems.  Contact Jen Kidwell at, Juli Taylor at or Gladys Baxley at

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

Women’s Bible Study

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. Our studies for the 2017-18 year included: Walking the Bible (Bruce Feiler), Underdogs and Outsiders (Tom Fuerst), Half Truths (Adam Hamilton), “This Holy Mystery” (a study about communion), and Interrupting Silence (Walter Bruggemann). Contact Jen Kidwell at with questions.

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 on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 9:30-11am. 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 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

New Members Class

Are you thinking of making Silver Spring UMC your church home? Come and get tours of both campuses, meet staff, and learn more about how we understand church membership and about ways to get involved and connected here at SSUMC. Our next new members class will probably be scheduled in January 2019.
If you’re interested in getting updates about this class and/or joining, contact Jen Kidwell 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