Why Sunday School?
The heart of Methodism during the life of John Wesley was the Class Meeting. This was a small covenant discipleship support group where members were accountable to each other. They confessed their faults to one another, prayed for each other, and encouraged one another to love and good works. They examined the teachings of the Bible in light of actual personal experience, and provided nurturing and equipping leaders. All Sunday School classes run from 9:40 – 10:40 am.
Bible Study 101: Room 338/East Wing
Bible study class of various ages, both singles and couples, who seek to answer the questions of: What does the Bible say? What does the passage mean? How does the Scripture relate to my life? Come help us answer these questions. Contact: Greg and LaVonne Ankeney at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bungalow: Room 230/East Wing
Adults, couples and singles, 65+, meet for fellowship, hymn singing and Bible study led by experienced teachers. Lessons are based on the United Methodist Adult Bible Studies Series. The class also holds regular social events. Contact: Emily-Mae Stafford at email@example.com.
Grace Notes: Room 330/East Wing
We study the history, development, and influence of the arts as an expression of faith. Lessons range from the study of hymn texts and tunes to the history of stained glass. This class is also a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network within the United Methodist Church, which seeks “to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.” Contact Ben Dobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvest: Room 336/East Wing
We are a class for couples and single parents with school-aged children, studying the Bible as it applies to daily life through discussion and pop culture studies. Contact: Jimmy and Shelly Renfro at email@example.com .
Men’s Discussion: Miller Dining Room
We study texts dealing with issues of Christian living, interpretation of Scriptures and related questions. Contact: Dieter Gaupp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This class is excellent for new members, prospective members and anyone who would like to know more about the United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church, Denton.
You will learn:
- About the United Methodist Beliefs. Tell me about United Methodist Beliefs. What does it mean to be Wesleyan?
- About the United Methodist Polity (Governance) on both local and connectional levels. How are Methodists governed, in both the local church and the “connection?”
- About the possibilities for participation in First United Methodist Church, Denton. Tell me about First United Methodist Church , Denton.
- About the opportunity to match the spiritual gifts of the participants to leadership needs in the church and the community. Finding your place in the work of the Kingdom.
Contact the church for information on future dates.
Miracles: Room 204/Education Bldg.
Intergenerational adults studying the book, A Course In Miracles, and other literature, who seek to achieve inner peace through forgiveness. Contact: Donna Meinecke at email@example.com or Mike Mizell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Horizons: Room 206/Education Bldg.
A mixture of singles and married adults, 50s-70s, discussing a wide variety of spiritual, social, political and personal issues in a loosely structured, relaxed environment. Contact: Delaney Gregory at email@example.com.
Quadrilateral: Room 332/East Wing.
An intergenerational class that focuses on applying the Wesleyan Quadrilateral (scripture, tradition, experience and reason) to current events and social concerns to discover how we can be more faithful and active Christians in 21st-century society. Contact: John Iverson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Searchers: Room 231/East Wing
Adults, couples and singles, 60+, who support each other with prayer, enjoy singing, and follow the United Methodist Adult Bible Studies Series. Click here for more information. Contact: Bill Neu at email@example.com.
Unity: Room 203
Unity is a new Sunday School group targeting single adults, 30-40 something years old. The group will be led by Chanel Knott and Holly Massey-Lorance. Their goal is to create an atmosphere in which singles are united in Christ and shared Life circumstances. Back by request, “Jesus Said,” a four-week study in the accounts and parables of Jesus that recur in the four canon Gospels and the Gospel of Thomas, will start on Sunday, February 14. The study will be led by Rev. Jon Kendzie.
Here is what people are saying about the study:
“I found the series, ‘Jesus Said’ to be an engaging and refreshing encounter with the gospels. My appreciation for the complexity of the early church was enriched by examining the different gospels in parallel. Each author worked to express the impact of the life and teachings of Jesus on their communities and in their times – and so each one brings a slightly different insight to the conversation. Pastor Jon is a gifted teacher, able to clearly present the material and to invite the kind of discussion that helps us all to expand our understanding and apply Jesus words to our own live.”- Celia Williamson
” I enjoyed the Jesus Said study, and felt that I gained new insights, both because of the material from the Gospel of Thomas, which was largely new to me, and because of Pastor Jon’s comments about differences between the audiences of Mark and Matthew.” – Bob Harris
“I really appreciated the series. It gave me new insights into the Gospels and an appreciation for in-depth Bible scholarship.” – Dalton Gregory
Visions: Room 334, East Wing.
An intergenerational class that uses the United Methodist Adult Bible Studies series as we discuss the integration of Scripture and contemporary Issues. Contact: Rev. Jarrell Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org. Weaver class has been combined with Visions.
Women’s Discussion: Room 200/Education Bldg.
Women of all ages exploring spirituality and Christian development. Contact: Marilyn Simms at email@example.com.
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