Small Groups


To register or for more information, contact Nancy
Shade at  or (913) 682-5374

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

Great Figures of the New Testament by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, PhD.

Dr. Levine is 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.


                 Improve your biblical literacy and re-encounter the New Testament as a great repository of literary genius.  This is the promise of Professor Levine’s vivid portraits of the cast of characters in the New Testament.  While most of the figures treated are real, historical people, at least two (the Prodigal Son and the Good Samaritan) are fictional protagonists in stories told by Jesus within Luke’s Gospel and from the Book of Acts.

This course will begin in September 2018 and will continue through April 2019. 


Short-Term Bible Study:

Heart & Soul (Women’s Bible Study)

Heart and Soul

Facilitator:  Nancy Shade, Director of Christian Education

Strengthen  your faith by exercising your spiritual muscles.   There are two groups, one that meets on Wednesday mornings 8:45-11:45am and one that meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm.

Recent studies have been:  “Numbers” by Melissa Spoelstra, “Broken and Blessed” by Jessica LaGrone, and “Faithful” by Adam Hamilton.
Fall 2018 – “Elijah: Spiritual Stamina in Every Season” by Melissa Spoelstra
Wednesday sessions begin September 5.
                                       Thursday sessions begin September 6.



To register: Contact Nancy Shade or (913) 682-5374

A Mother’s Heart (Bible Study for Mothers)
Facilitators: Marsha Gaffin, Jan Glick, Marti Crow and Nancy Shade
Meeting Time:  Tuesdays 10:30 – noon
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. The group consists of women of all ages, including some who have been in the group since it started!

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

Local Mission is an emphasis and is supported with gifts, time and energy. 

All are welcome and you will find yourself hugged and refueled just by being around “The Marthas”!