Becoming Whole 19

Small Groups and Classes

Gathering together, whether in person or online, is important in the lives of Disciples of Jesus Christ. In the words of John Wesley, we meet together to “watch over one another in love, that [we] may help each other to work out [our] salvation.” Explore these groups and find one that fits for you. Some focus on study materials and books, others are more in tune with asking the very Wesleyan question, “How is it is with your soul?”

Some groups meet in person, online or a hybrid of both. Please contact the group’s leader or the office ( to learn more.

WHOLE represents all the facets of growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Consider choices of study/groups in various categories as you grow and learn.

  • W = Worship
  • H = Hospitality
  • O = Open to and Obeying Jesus
  • L = Living in Relationships
  • E = Enthusiastic Service and Generosity

Click on the purple tabs to find differing opportunities on the discipleship path.

Music Ministry

Adult Choir, Worship Band, Bell Choir, Special Music … Learn More


Liturgists participate in Sunday worship by leading the opening prayer and reading scripture. Contact Kelly Myers.

Worship Hosts

Worship hosts are lay servants who participate in Sunday worship by leading the congregational prayer. Contact Susan (Snow) Kimball.

Tech Board and Video Production

We are committed to continuing live streaming worship on Sunday mornings — digital ministry is our “third campus.”
This presents a new opportunity to serve, learn new skills and help sustain this life-giving ministry.

If you are interested in learning more about video production, running the tech board and related skills to help support this outreach, please contact Susan Kimball, or Gene Smith.


Welcome worshipers and assist people to be seated. Assist with offering and communion. Coordinated by Bruce Stark – and Mike & Laura Kelly.


Greet Sunday morning worshippers at the entrance to the church – 20 minutes before worship to 10 minutes after
worship begins. Coordinated by Maggie Shrier.

Sunday Morning Fellowship Time

Help host coffee hour. Brighton Campus coordinated by Deb de Laski-Smith

Sanctuary Guild (B/W)

Place information in the sanctuary for worship. Coordinated by Karen Wagg –

Children’s Busy Bags

Fill Busy Bags with quiet activities for children in worship.
Coordinated by Karen Wagg –

Volunteer Office Assistants

Be part of the team that helps with mailings and other office tasks. Contact Wendy Carmack,

UnClobber Class with Pastor Jon

Sundays, 7 pm (June 9-23) Brighton Campus


Pastor Jon Reynolds leads this three-week book study. Are you curious about what the Bible has to say about human sexuality and why people understand it differently? The book “UnClobber” re-examines six frequently quoted passages of Scripture — often called the “clobber passages.” The author invites us to look closely at what the Bible says (and does not say) about homosexuality in such a way that breathes fresh life into assumptions and interpretations. Contact Pastor Jon to learn more or register online.

Wednesday Study Group (B)

Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:00 am

Take part in a deeper discussion of a book or study selected by the group.
Led by Sue Urban,

Small Group Bible Study (Off Site)

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm

This group’s focus is Bible study and discussion using a variety of books and videos, as well as seasonal Advent and Lent studies. Contact Deb de Laski-Smith,

Women of the Word (B)

Thursdays, 1 pm

Discussions lead to discoveries about ourselves and our faith as we connect with each other. Contact Anne Walters, The group resumes Sept. 21.

Lent & Advent Studies (B)

Interested in participating in the church-wide Advent and Lent studies? Join a Sunday study group for this very purpose!

Sundays during Lent and Advent

  • 11 am Whitmore Lake Campus: Contact April Schauer,
  • 11 am Brighton Campus: Contact Bruce Stark –

Small Group (B)

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm

Connect with others in meaningful ways as disciples of Jesus. This group is using Amplify Media to enhance study and discussion.
Hosted by Rick and Sherry Slade

Craft & Praise (B)

Second Fridays, monthly, 6:30 pm

Bring your own craft project and supplies. Share laughter and stories with friends. Meets monthly. Ongoing – join anytime. Coordinated by Stephanie Nichoff and Karen Wagg.

Men of Faith (B)

Saturdays, 9-10:30 am

Fellowship and conversation — often over donuts. Ongoing – join anytime. Contact Bruce Stark

Nature Nuts (O)

Various Monthly Outings
Code L4

Join this group of women who enjoy spending time together in nature; hiking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, etc.
Led by Joann Schmidt –

Church Softball (O)

Schedule varies

Join a spring and summer church softball team (men’s, women’s and co-ed)! Church softball is a great way to get to know members of our church through fellowship while enjoying beautiful Michigan spring and summer evenings playing with other local area church softball teams. We also have tremendous outreach and community service opportunities planned for our softball teams this upcoming season. We are looking for players of all experience levels to join, from the first time to the skilled, experienced player. Players must be at least 15 years old to participate. Contact Charles Calvin 810-923-9374 or Meghann Calvin 810-923-8963 or email Team meetings and practices begin in April. See Softball webpage.

Tentative schedule:

Men’s League: May – August, Tuesday or Thursday Evenings, 6:45pm start.
Women’s League: May – August, Monday Evenings, 6:45pm start.
Co-Ed League: July – October, Sunday Afternoons, 2:30pm start.

Men With Tools (B)

Tuesdays, 9:00 am Ongoing

Begin the morning with a brief study, then join in fellowship and “handyman” work. No experience or skills required.
Coordinated by George Lutz.

Prayer Shawl Knitting Ministry (B)

Mondays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Ongoing

Create beautiful prayer shawls and other items. Experienced and novice knitters are welcome. Meets at Panera, 9430 Village Place Boulevard (off Lee Road).

Coordinated by Carolyn Combs,

Prayers and Squares (Prayer Quilts) (O)

Mondays, 9 am – 12 pm

Take part in creating the prayer quilts given to those in need of prayer and comfort. No experience necessary. Meets Mondays at 9 am to noon at the Brighton Campus.
Coordinated by Carol Riffe –

Prayer Team (B)

Thursdays 9:30 – 11 am, Ongoing

Experience the power of prayer by praying for the needs of the congregation and community. Contact Mary Ray.

Mission Outreach

There are many ways to participate in Serving God through First United Methodist Church! Find one or more that speaks to you!

Step 1: Take Your Discipleship Inventory

Use this short survey to identify where you are in your discipleship journey. It may help you discern what class, small group or service will help you grow as a follower of Jesus Christ. Enter the code: COKqfg and create your login/password.

Step 2: Review these small group and class offerings

When you’ve picked your groups, click the blue button to register for all the groups you want to participate in or call the office 810-229-8561.
Group leaders will contact you in advance.
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