Small Groups

Whether it’s recharging and renewing at our self-serve Filling Station during the week, or sharing a meal at The Gathering most Wednesday nights during the school year, Leavenworth FUMC provides numerous opportunities for adults to study and fellowship.  In addition to Sunday morning bible studies, there are mid-week studies and other small groups.

To register for a mid-week bible study, contact Nancy Shade at  or (913) 675-7495

Long-Term Bible Study:
Facilitator:  Rita Wood
Meeting Time:  Tuesdays 12:30-2:00pm

The Great Courses: The Old Testament by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, PhD,

a world renowned speaker and University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, and Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science; she is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge, UK  Dr. Levine is also a Disciple Bible Study presenter, a popular lecturer and a widely sought-after speaker.


                  This Bible Study series includes:

An in-depth look at stories in the Book of Genesis

A look at the effect of folklore on the Bible and vice-versa.

A grasp of the origin, meaning and interpretation of the laws and warnings of the Old Testament.


Covering the Old Testament in 24 sessions, the course is a small group study  within the tradition of the Disciple Bible Study format.  The course began in September and will continue through April 2018. 


Short-Term Bible Study:

Fall 2017 – “Numbers”, by Melissa Spoelstra  

Imagine being on the verge of realizing all your dreams, but all you can focus on is how long it took to get where you are. It’s hard to relate to the story in the Book of Numbers about a group of people who wandered in the desert for forty years, unable to enter the Promised Land because of their grumbling and complaining…until we take a closer look at ourselves. In this six-week women’s Bible study, you’ll learn how God can fill the ache inside of you and help you focus on faith in the midst of life’s joys and pains.

Heart & Soul (Women’s Bible Study)

Heart and Soul

Facilitator:  Nancy Shade, Director of Christian Education

Strengthen your physical body and your faith with a combination of exercise and Bible study.   There are two groups, one that meets on Wednesday mornings 8:45-11:45am and one that meets on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:00pm.

Recent studies have been:  “Namesake” by Jessica LaGrone, “Broken and Blessed” by Jessica LaGrone, and “1 Corinthians” by Melissa Spoelstra.



To register: Contact Nancy Shade or (913) 675-7495.

A Mother’s Heart (Bible Study for Mothers)
Facilitators: Marsha Gaffin, Jan Glick and Marti Crow
Meeting Time:  Every other Tuesday , 9:00-11:00am
If you are a mother, this class is for you!  New mothers, expectant mothers and mothers of young children will benefit by being with older, more experience moms.  Older mothers and grandmothers have a wealth of knowledge and experience that help them serve as mentors.  Mothers of grade school and high school children can discuss their unique challenges with their peers and get a biblical perspective on raising godly children.
Sample topics include:  coping with stress, teaching your children to pray, creating balance, and feeling overwhelmed
FREE child care provided on site UPON REQUEST.
       Martha Circle
has been a part of First United Methodist Church for over 50 years and some of the ladies have been a member from the beginning.

These Women of Faith welcome all ages and meet once a month on the second Thursday at 2:00 in Fellowship Hall.  They share Christian Love, interesting programs, fellowship and support.

Mission is an emphasis as they support with gifts, time and energy both locally, and in the past nationally and internationally.

All are welcome and you will find yourself hugged and refueled just by being around the Marthas.