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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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 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.
Is joining the church your next step? A New Member Class will be be offered Sundays at 6 – 7 pm, Sept. 10-24. Learn more about the United Methodist Church and how you can be part of its mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Contact Pastor Lindsey to learn more or register online.
Saving Grace (B)
Tuesdays, 6:30pm (Jan. 9-Feb. 13)
Pastor Lindsey Hall and Pastor Bob Fuchs lead the six-week study Saving Grace: A Guide to Financial Well-Being. The book provides the text and tools to address the topics of saving, earning, giving, spending, and debt, along with helpful strategies for achieving a sustainable financial life. This study is based on Wesleyan values and helps you reach personal financial goals as well as address life concerns. 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, email@example.com.
Wait Is This Racist? Book Study (B)
Wednesdays, 6 pm, Jan. 10-Feb. 14
We believe that in loving both God and neighbor, we must pursue God’s command of justice, liberation and flourishing for all people. What does it look like to be an antiracist church? Bring your curiosity, questions and commitment to love one another. Based on the book, Wait Is This Racist, by Kerry Connelly. Led by Pastor Jon, Kara Shuell and Suzanne Everett. Register
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
11 am Brighton Campus: Contact Bruce Stark – email@example.com
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
Join this group of women who enjoy spending time together in nature; hiking, kayaking, canoeing, camping, etc.
Led by Joann Schmidt – firstname.lastname@example.org
Church Softball (O)
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 email@example.com. Team meetings and practices begin in April. See Softball webpage.
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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com
Prayer Team (B)
Thursdays 9:30 – 11 am, Ongoing
Experience the power of prayer by praying for the needs of the congregation and community. Adapted for COVID-19 Phases. Contact Julie Gensterblum, firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many ways to participate in Serving God through First United Methodist Church! Find one or more that speaks to you!
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.