At First Church we believe that growing and learning is a lifelong process. In order for us to be challenged in faith, grow in our understanding of the Bible, and become followers of Christ, we invite everyone to actively engage themselves in the Christian Education opportunities we offer.
Participants are welcome to join a class even after the start date. While registration for classes is not required, it is encouraged.
These classes offer the opportunity to study God’s Word and grow in our understanding of who God is and our relationship with God. In these classes, we use the Bible as the primary text. These classes can include book or topical studies.
Disciple Fast Track
Sundays | 9:30am | The Wright Place, 2nd Floor, WP205
This study is ideal for busy people who want to fit in an in-depth Bible study into their schedule. It will help readers deepen their understanding of scripture and identify some needs in the world for which ministry is needed. This session will be studying the books of Luke and Acts.
Led by Laura & Earl McAuley – Starts January 19
Sunday, February 23 | 4:30pm | Lower Sanctuary, LS106
Is the Rapture Biblical? What does the Bible really say about the end times? Come and join us for this one time class examining Rapture Theology.
Led By Brandon Bures
Monday Night Class
Mondays | 6:00pm | Perry Home, PH101
Come learn more about the ministry of Jesus from His baptism to His death, burial and the empty tomb as told by Gospel writer, Mark. Hosted by Monday Night Class. Ongoing
Mondays | 6:00pm | Lower Sanctuary, LS 117
What is the Bible? Who wrote it? How is it arranged? Why do we read it? This class is for those who want to learn more specifics about the Bible and for those just wanting a refresher. Led by Denise Van Atta – Starts January 27: 3 Weeks
Joe Harrell Bible Study
Wednesdays | 7:00am | The Wright Place, Dining Room
While all are invited every Wednesday during the school year, we especially invite dads, retired men, men working downtown…anyone who would like to join us for breakfast followed by a devotion and discussions on a variety of topics.
Led by Mike Vance – Ongoing
Dad’s Bible Study
Wednesdays | 7:30am | Polanza
All dads are invited for a time of Bible study and Christian fellowship with other dads. This study meets at Polanza across from the church. Led by Bill Bond – Ongoing
Women at the Well
Wednesdays | 10:30am | Perry Home, Parlor
This book and Bible-based discussion group for women of all ages studies a variety of topics throughout the year. Led by Cindy Smith – Ongoing
Bible with Brandon
Wednesdays | Noon | The Wright Place, Dining Room
Rev. Brandon Bures, Associate Pastor, leads participants in a weekly in-depth discussion of the upcoming lectionary passages for Sunday. Lunch is available for purchase. Led by Rev. Brandon Bures. Starts January 15
Senior Pastor’s Bible Study
Wednesdays | 6:00pm | Wesley Abbey
Join Senior Pastor, Wesley H. Wachob, as he leads a study of an Outline of The Christian Faith. What do we believe about God The Father, The Old Covenant, The Ten Commandments, Sin and Redemption, The Son, The New Covenant, The Creeds, The Holy Spirit, The Holy Scriptures, The Church, The Ministry, Prayer and Worship, The Sacraments, Holy Baptism, The Holy Eucharist, Other Sacramental Rites, The Christian Hope, Human Nature and Life? We will use three texts: The Holy Bible; “An Outline of the Faith, commonly called the Catechism”; and “The Articles of Religion of The Methodist Church.
Starts January 15
Mystery of the Trinity
Wednesdays | 6:00pm | Perry Home, PH101
Is the ancient church doctrine about the Trinity true? Does it matter? If so, what is the doctrine? And how did it come to be? Led by Bill Bond – Starts January 15 : 3 Weeks
Mom’s Bible Study
Thursdays | 9:30am | Education Building, E207All moms are invited to join us for our weekly Mom’s Bible Study. Come join us for great discussions, friendship and faith building. Led by Lisa Bond. – Ongoing
These classes enrich and empower us to live healthy lives that honor God and call us into service.
Exploring Our Relationships with Food
Mondays | 6:00pm | Wright Place Dining Room
This class will look at the roles food plays in our lives. Topics will include “Live to Eat or Eat to Live”; “You’re Going to Eat What?”; Where Did That Come From?”; “Grow, Cook, Eat”; and “Food and Celebration”. Cooking demonstrations will be included.
Led by Dale Wheelis – Starts January 27
Scams Against Seniors – Lunch and Learn
Tuesday, January 28 | 11:00am -1:00pm | Wright Place
Tammy Ward, Communications Director with the Better Business Bureau and Gwendolyn Rhodes, Community Outreach & Wellness Specialist with the Area Agency on Aging will help us understand how to protect ourselves and who to call if we feel we have been taken advantage of by a scam. Lunch and Resource Gift Bags will be provided.
Wednesdays | 4:00pm | Perry Home, PH201
This class promotes flexibility, balance, alignment, strength & relaxation. Fee is $5 – $7 per class. Bring your own mat.
Led by Lynn Bonner Jackson, Yoga Instructor. – Starts January 15
1st Friday | 5:30pm | Lower Sanctuary, LS117
Learn how to cultivate and enjoy a beautiful marriage rooted and grounded in Christ. Some of the topics will include what it means to have a shared vision, finding your true identity in Jesus, practices to confront unspoken expectations and conflict, allowing challenges to knit you together, keeping proper priorities while raising a family and spending time together. After class, parents will be given the opportunity to enjoy dinner together while we have a program for children. Led by Geoff and Stephanie Cook. – Ongoing
These classes focus on equipping believers to live as disciples of Christ.
Sundays | 9:30am | Perry Home, PH102
What is the “Church?” What does the Bible and history say about the Church? How does all of this relate to me today? Do I even need the church in today’s world? Come explore the Church and what it means to us today.
Led by David Boyd – Ongoing
Centering Prayer Group
Mondays | 10:00am | Lower Sanctuary, LS120 This community group is an open group that meets weekly to facilitate the deepening of our relationship with God and each other through the practice of centering prayer in order that we might be transformed into Christ’s likeness for the transformation of the world. Led by Donell Seager – Ongoing
Lunch Bunch Group
4th Tuesday | 11:45am | Perry Home, Coffee House
This study and information group is sponsored by the United Methodist Women and participates in a variety of studies led by various speakers. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or snack to share with the group.
Led by Nettie Joseph – Ongoing
Centering Prayer Intro Class
Wednesday, January 22 | 6:00pm | Lower Sanctuary, LS120
Minta McDavid from Contemplative Outreach will guide us through a foundational experience of centering prayer. Centering prayer (prayer of the heart) opens us to pray as Jesus prayed with a deepening intimacy and resting in the Divine. It is a discipline that adds depth and meaning to our prayer life.
Wednesday Reading Group
Wednesdays | 6:00pm | Perry Home, Parlor
Discussion of scripture and select writings from the Christian tradition. Readings vary from week to week. Previous authors read in this group include Augustine, Flannery O’Connor, C. S. Lewis, Blaise Pascal and G. K. Chesterton.
Led by David Ramsey. – Starts January 15
God’s Stories Group
2nd Thursday | 10:00am | Perry Home, Parlor
This group reads and discusses short stories from Christian and secular perspectives. All are invited to this study sponsored by the United Methodist Women.
Led by Janice Anderson. – Ongoing
Study of Prayer
4th Thursday | 10:00am | Perry Home, PH101
This group participates in various studies on prayer with a focus on growing in faith through prayer. This group is sponsored by the Ruth Braden and Eleanor Nichols group of the United Methodist Women.
Led by Nancy Shealy. – Ongoing
Mondays | 6:00pm | Lower Sanctuary, LS106
Meets: Jan 27, Feb 10 & 24, March 9 & 23, April 13 & 27, May 11
What can you, as a grandparent do to speak wisdom and godliness into your grandchildren’s lives? This study gives you a biblical foundation for investing spiritually in them for Christ – from sharing with unbelieving grandkids to discipling them into a mature faith. Led by Jennifer Piver and Lisa Bond. (This class will not meet when other 50 Forward activities are scheduled)
Communities of Support
Everyone needs a community to support them in times of challenge, questioning and growth. These classes are here to support attendees in whatever season they are in. These classes are offered by our church and community.
Sunday, February 16 | 4:30pm | Wesley Abbey
The class focuses on what signs to look for, how to be sensitive to someone with dementia and who you can call on for support. The diagnosis of dementia is becoming more common. The class is 1 hour and will be taught be healthcare professionals. Come learn and plug in to local resources.
Faith and Fitness
Mondays | 5:00pm | Front Lawn
A fitness and accountability group which focuses on strength training, cardiovascular fitness, and core exercises. Led by Denise Van Atta – Ongoing
Monday – Saturday | Noon | Outreach Building
Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. Registration through Church is not required.
Monday – Wednesday | 6:00pm | WP205
Overeaters Anonymous® is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength, and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer. Registration through Church is not required.
Managing Life with Dementia
2nd Tuesday | 1:00 – 3:00pm | LS106
Caring for a family member or a close friend with dementia is so important, but can also be complicated. This education and support group is a wonderful place to find support and resource information on your caregiving journey. – Ongoing
Wednesdays | 5:00pm | Lower Sanctuary, LS118
Our proven program is not a diet. It’s about living. Your best self isn’t just about a magical number on the scale. It’s about seeing food as fuel for a healthy life, finding ways to move more each day, and developing the skills to unlock your inner strength so you can make healthy choices for life. Yes, you will lose weight. But with Weight Watchers, you’ll also gain a whole new perspective on getting — and staying — healthy. Led by Paula McDuffy – Ongoing
Thursday | 5:30pm | Franklin Building
Saturday | 9:30am | Franklin Building
Co-Dependents Anonymous® is a program of recovery from codependence, where each of us may share our experience, strength, and hope in our efforts to find freedom where there has been bondage and peace where there has been turmoil in our relationships with others and ourselves. Co-Dependents Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. Registration through Church is not required.
Thursdays | Noon | Franklin Building
Narcotics Anonymous® offers recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. The name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. Registration through Church is not required.
Everyday | Noon | Franklin Building
Cocaine Anonymous is a Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. Our primary purpose is to stay free from cocaine and all other mind-altering substances, and to help others achieve the same freedom. Registration through Church is not required.
Breathe – Women’s Retreat
Destin, FL | February 21 & 22, 2020
This weekend retreat is a chance to fellowship with other church friends, focus on your Christian walk, to relax and hear God speak to you, and a chance to breathe. It is truly a retreat. Click HERE to register.