CLASSES & small groups
Classes & small groups gatherings take place in a variety of ways and places. some classes are offered here on campus and some are hosted in homes.
-2:00-4:00pm-led by Rachel Hodges & Barbara Patmon. This group will meet once a month at the Hodges home. This group is designed for young couples. Our main focus is to pray over our families and children and encourage, support and do life together. Contact Rachel Hodges at email@example.com
for more information.
- Five Marks of a Methodist-4:00pm in room 209- led by Farris Cason. What is it that marks us as Methodist? This men's Bible Study helps to define us as a Methodist, what we believe and how we demonstrate our beliefs to others.
Sunday Night Tribe-6:15-7:45pm led by Jake & Ellen Barrett. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Coffee & Christ-10:00am-led by Mark Ford. Tuesday mornings in the Small Dining Room.
GMV Women's Accountability Group-9:00am in room 304- led by Pam Irons & Suzanne Frazier. GMV Women are you interested in meeting weekly with other women to share our Christian walk with one another?! This would be a time to share and pray for one another. Women of all ages are encouraged to come. The group was formed to afford a safe and confidential space within our GMVUMC Church’s congregation where ladies can come together and address in a group setting questions such as:
Where have I seen Jesus at work in my life this week?
How have I been the hands and feet of Jesus in the world in which I live this week?
How have I failed to respond to His calling in my life this week?
What are my plans for study, service, and worship this coming week?
From these questions, lively discussions are born and participants are given the opportunity to share what is on their heart and pray with and for each other. Co-leaders are Suzanne Frazier (602-4332) and Pam Irons (746-05290). If you have any questions about the group, please feel free to call either of them. Some of the group members have these things to say about their experience in participating.
Participating in the Women’s Accountability Group has caused me to recognize the ways that God is active in my life. Through the kindness of many people in the recent weeks following my knee replacement surgery, my needs have been met. Only God stirs hearts to be so generous. When I returned to the group recently, I was anxious to share my experiences and give praise to our Lord. - Katherine Bellenger
It is not a Bible study, not a book study. It is just women sharing our Christian walk: The good we felt in the previous week as well as the times we failed Him and ourselves and the acknowledgement from each other that we are not alone either. This group is simply a blessing! - Mary Lou Hughes
Initially I was skeptical of participating in the Women’s Accountability Group because it wasn’t a traditional Bible study. What I have found is that it is a safe place to share whatever it is that is troubling me as well as my mountain tops. I also see how I can be an encouragement to others. God wants us to be there for one another and that can only happen when we come together. - Diana Jeffreys
Disciple IV-6:00pm in room 212-led by Billie Sue Hulsey. This is a 24-week study examines the connection between memory and identity as people of God. Participants will find common themes, including calls to remember, calls to repent, calls for renewal and calls for community.
Grieving With Hope-6:30pm in room 212-Practical and straightforward, yet warm and compassionate, this study clarifies the popular misconception that people move through stages of grief. The reality is that grieving people jump back and forth between different emotions, sometimes wrestling with multiple emotions at once.
Financial Peace-6:30pm in the Chapel-led by Susan Ernst. Financial Peace is a money-management class by Dave Ramsey. You will be walked through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future and much more.
The “Nones” and The “Dones" –6:00pm in the Sanctuary. Over 4000 churches close each year in America. More and more people are “done” with church. More and more people have never been a part of the church (the “nones”) and see the church as completely irrelevant to their lives. Our senior pastor, Steve Baccus, will lead this study beginning Wednesday, September 12 at 6:00 PM in the church sanctuary. This will be a discussion group format. The primary texts are the Bible and a book entitled, “Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore, and How 4 Acts of Love Will Make Your Church Irresistible.” Please email Pastor Steve at email@example.com is you are interested in attending, or if you want a book. Drop-in attendees are welcome. This will be a 6 to 8 week class.
*note this class starts September 12
Strangers & Pilgrims- Small Dining Room. Young Adults ages 18- 50. Studies vary in topic, but are always founded in Biblical study and truth. Alternating leaders: Daryl Irons, Heather Lebischak and/or Ben Hamm.
- His Servant– room 317. Blended class of all ages. Contact Cathy Harris (447-8533) or Jan Chandler (531-8135) for more information.
- Journey– room 319. All ages welcome! Single or married. This class focuses on in-depth Bible study and topics that stretch us out of our comfort zone and equip us for witnessing to unbelievers and
growing in our personal faith journey. This class enjoys opportunities offered by GMV as well as quarterly social events that allow our members to develop interpersonal relationships.
- New Direction– Small Dining Room. All ages welcome! Rotating Teachers. We follow the Bible Expositor & Illuminator
curriruculum. We try to have a class full of open discussion.
Contact Bill Couch (205-612-8048/ firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Frank Malone Class– room 209. Ages 60-70’s. Couples & singles. We follow the Adult Bible Study by Cokesbury.
Leader: Wayne Burrow, Wayne Duncan & Darlene Shirley
- Singles– room 304. Singles of all ages. Rotating teachers. As a group we are loving, and welcoming and
genuinely care about others. Please join us as we grow closer to Christ together.
Contact Kathy Erhart (205) 631-9833 email@example.com for more information.
- Seekers– room 305. Singles & couples of all ages. We have five facilitators that rotate leading the class
discussion of lessons in the Adult Bible Studies book. This class is also involved in
supporting events outside our class including missions, fellowship gatherings, assisting the hospitality committee and praying. Contact Jackie Schillaci (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Ambassadors– room 310. Older adults. We visit our shut-ins and church members that are not able to attend worship each month. We also plan a social get together every other month to fellowship.
Contact Ethelene Bullard (205-410-3775) for more information.
- Joy– room 308. Ages 30-60. Discussion style class that study a variety of topics, always Bible-based.
Friendly class that has fun and supports each other. Our discussions are lively, we don’t shy away from controversial topics. Contact Danny Dunson
(email@example.com) for more information.
- Fellowship– room 318. A service-minded class of active retired adults who use the Cokesbury series for a
lecture/discussion guide for Sunday School Bible study. We use a rotating group of
teachers. Contact Bobbie Andrews (205-631-8886/ firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
- Rainbow– room 319. Ages 40 and up. Rotating facilitators. Andy Stanley studies are our favorite and we normally have a DVD or streaming study. For more information please contact Lyn Herring at email@example.com or (205) 631-9256
- Open Door– room 320. Age doesn't define us! All ages welcome. We like discussion rather than lecture. We stay scripture focused, apply what we learn to current culture and we have fun! Very active with outreach opportunities inside & outside the church. Rotating teachers.
Contact Harold Payne (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.