Small Groups

Small Groups

Learn the Story of God’s Grace through Scripture and Community

We encourage you to attend one of our small groups for you to begin or continue to live, learn and share the story of God’s grace.

Sunday Adult Small Groups 

Chapters – Led by Ben White.  Yes, it is that simple.  This group works through the Bible a “Chapter” at a time, moving between the Old Testament and the New Testament. This group is one you can move in and out of as each week’s study is independent of itself; you don’t have to worry about missing a class or making up work. The group is for all ages and meets at 8:15 am beginning September 10, Room 201.  For information, contact Ben White (bwhite@cranems.com). 

Stories Made New – Led by Vic Cison. This group is currently involved with the DVD series, “That the World May Know”, featuring Ray Vander Laan, its founder and creator, who guides the study through the various lands and times featured in our Bible. This group is a fun, entertaining and eclectic group of individuals dedicated to improving their knowledge of God’s Holy Scriptures, Jesus’ ministry and the life of the early church. This group also addresses seasonal topics during Lent and Advent.  This group is for all ages and meets at 9:45 am beginning September 10, Room 201.  For information, contact Vic Cison (bonandvic@gmail.com).

Life Together:  Parents of Youth – Led by Amy Kulp and Julie Bulleri.  This Life Group for Parents of Youth is for those ready to go deeper in their Spiritual Journey.  Enjoy a time of fellowship/ relationship building and worship through a time of study and possibility involvement in a service opportunity together.  This class meets at 9:45 am beginning September 24th, Room 500 and will use “Not a Fan” as a study guide.  “Not a Fan” will challenge participants to reflect on what it means to be a follower and not just an admirer of Jesus. For more information, contact Amy Kulp (ajkulp@suicidology.org).

Christianity in A Secular World – Led by Brittney King. This group studies scripture by reading through a book of the Bible. If you are looking for a mix of people with whom to connect, who sometimes has brunch and works on church projects together, this is a group for you. This group meets at 9:45 am beginning September 10, Room 200. Just bring your Bible. For information, contact Brittney King (mbsking@comcast.net).

Discover Discipleship:  A Disciple’s Path – Led by Erin Wolpert. This study is for anyone seeking membership or anyone wanting to learn more about Discipleship.  Have you ever had a sense there ought to be more to being a member of the church than just attending worship, making a pledge, and sitting on a committee?  Wherever we are along the journey of faith, we are pestered by the realization that church should not just be where we go, but who we are.  But how do we do that?  Like disciples who have come before you, you may ask how, what, where…..  This class meets at 9:45 am beginning October 1, Room 500. For information, contact Erin Wolpert (erinfwolpert@gmail.com.

Our 20/30’s Adult Small Groups. We currently have two groups that meet on Sunday afternoon/evening, where child care is provided.

¨ Life Together, Thirsty Disciples – Led by Matt Cline.  This group meets at 4 pm beginning September 10 at the Cline’s home and will use “Addicted to Busy” as a study guide.  Materials fee is $13.  For information, contact Matt Cline (matt.cline@brickmangroup.com).

¨ Life Together, Hungry Disciples. This home group meets at 5 pm beginning October 1 and begins by sharing a meal together. This Life Group is for those ready to go deeper in their Spiritual Journey.  Enjoy a time of fellowship/ relationship building and worship through a time of study and possibility involvement in a service opportunity together. For information, contact Brandi Tignall (branditignall@gmail.com)

Monday Adult Small Groups 

The Caring Congregation – Led by Rev. Dr. Bill Brown. This study is for anyone who is interested in learning more about becoming part of our Congregation Care Ministries.  Life is messy and often painful.  No one can avoid the grief and loss that happens in all our lives at some point.  What we do as people of faith to help one another through these difficult times can be complex or so simple.  This study is designed as a guide for congregational care practices.  This class meets at 7 pm beginning October 2, Room 303.  For information, contact Sharon Feldman (sfeldman@wesleyfreedom.org).

WF Inklings– Led by Bart Cookus. Consider that a genius studied the N.T. and is willing to share his insights.  What’s better than that?  Asimov’s Guide to the Bible is a fascinating guide written on a book “The Bible” whose impact continues to be felt in areas as diverse as religion, history, archaeology and mythology.  Dr. Asimov blends scholarly research with layman’s language to illuminate many new facets of this inexhaustible source of knowledge.  Materials fee is $7. This class meets at 7 pm beginning September 11, Room 201. For information, contact Bart Cookus (btcookus@hotmail.com).

 Tuesday Adult Small Groups  

A*D*A*M* (A Day After Monday) – Led by Ben White and Chuck Conkling. This group is a Bible Study for men. All men are invited to come and discover why the Bible is the greatest story ever told. No experience necessary. This group meets from 6 to 7 pm beginning September 12, Room 201.  There is no fee for this study. Just bring your Bible. For information, contact Ben White (bwhite@cranems.com).

 WOW (Women of Wesley) – Led by Sharon Feldman. This is a women’s group for women of all ages, in all different seasons of their lives and in all different stages of their spiritual journey. This group meets at from 6:30 – 8 pm beginning September 19, Room 303, by studying “The Gospel of Luke” from the Immersion Series and led by Rev. Elizabeth LeMaster.   If you are a woman who enjoys studying scripture, laughter, and fellowship with other women, then you will want to check this group out. Materials fee is $10. For information, contact Sharon Feldman (sfeldman@wesleyfreedom.org). 

Invitation to the New Testament – Led by Kevin Silberzahn. Using Mathew’s Gospel as a starting point, this short-term Disciple Bible Study examines how the New Testament writers and the early Christian community wrestled with the implications of the story of Jesus for their lives and their communities of faith.  Each weekly session will include watching a video segment and discussing some of the Scripture passages read during the week.  Materials fee is $17. This class meets at 7 pm beginning October 3. Room 200.  For information, contact Kevin Silberzahn (fkdennis@comcast.net).

 Wednesday Adult Small Groups  

Discover Discipleship:  A Disciple’s Path – Led by Gloria Stankiewicz. This study is for anyone seeking membership or anyone wanting to learn more about Discipleship.  Have you ever had a sense there ought to be more to being a member of the church than just attending worship, making a pledge, and sitting on a committee?  Wherever we are along the journey of faith, we are pestered by the realization that church should not just be where we go, but who we are.  But how do we do that?  Like disciples who have come before you, you may ask how, what, where…..  This class meets at 9:30 am beginning October 4, Room 201. For information, contact Gloria Stankiewicz (glofriend1@yahoo.com).

Busy Readers’ Book Club – Led by Michelle Brown.  This monthly group will select a short book (200 pages or less) to read each month from the Christian, non-fiction genre. This group meets from 6:30 to 8 pm on the second Wednesday of the month, beginning with an introduction night on October 11. Please come prepared with your ideas of books to share and read together. For information, contact Michelle Brown (schulbuch@gmail.com).

The Class Meeting – Led by Rev. Dr. Bill Brown.  Dr. Kevin Watson has written a fresh new guide to the theory and practice of the Wesley class meeting, an essential element of   truly Wesleyan spirituality. This study is for people who are    looking for ways to develop deeper discipleship in a gospel– based accountable community. Watson has resurrected the class meeting and given it new meaning, showing its relevance for the church today and how it may be a perfect means for church renewal.  Wednesdays, 7–8:30 pm, Beginning October 4, 2017 – November 29, 2017, Room 200, Materials fee  TBD. Childcare Provided.  For more information, contact Sharon Feldman, (sfeldman@wesleyfreedom.org).

Thursday Adult Small Groups 

Tea Time – Led by Pam Dercola. This Bible study for women is a place of refuge for your Thursday mornings. Take time for tea (or coffee) as we take time for Jesus.  Enjoy time together for prayers, conversation and scripture.  This is a fun group for ladies of all ages. This group meets 9:30 to 11 am and will begin on September 28 and will be studying “Numbers – Learning Contentment in a Culture of More”.  Materials fee is $12. For information, contact Pam Dercola (pcole001@yahoo.com).

Life Together: God’s Children with Children – Led by Peter and Kristen Winans. This Life Group for parents of young children is for those ready to go deeper in their Spiritual Journey.  Enjoy a time of fellowship/ relationship building and worship through a time of study and possibility involvement in a service opportunity together.  This class meets weekly from 6:30 to 8 pm beginning September 14 to discuss a variety of materials including books from the Bible.  This session will use “A Couple’s Guide to a Growing Marriage” as a study guide.  Materials fee is $12. Childcare is provided. For information, contact Peter Winans (pwwinans@gmail.com).

 

New groups are always forming along with seasonal study opportunities. If you don’t see something that fits your schedule, please contact Sherry Perrine at sperrine@wesleyfreedom.org or Sharon Feldman at sfeldman@wesleyfreedom.org we will be happy to discuss other options.