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 are meeting in person, online or a hybrd of both. Please contact the group’s leader or Karen in the office (karen@brightonfumc.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.

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

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.

Find Your Class or Group

Click through the WHOLE tabs below to learn about the different groups and classes for your discipleship journey.

Music Ministry

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

Liturgists

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 (Snow) Kimball, or Gene Smith.

Ushers

Welcome worshipers and assist people to be seated. Assist with offering and communion. Adapted for COVID-19 Phases.
Coordinated by Bruce Stark – and Mike & Laura Kelly. Code H1

Greeters

Greet Sunday morning worshippers at the entrance to the church – 20 minutes before worship to 10 minutes after
worship begins. Adapted for COVID-19 Phases. Coordinated by Maggie Shrier. Code H2

Sanctuary Guild (B/W)

Place information in the sanctuary for worship when we return to indoor worship. Adapted for COVID-19 Phases.
Coordinated by Karen Wagg – karen@brightonfumc.org. Code H3

Children’s Busy Bags

Fill Busy Bags with quiet activities for children in worship.
Coordinated by Karen Wagg – karen@brightonfumc.org. Code H4

Volunteer Office Assistants

Be part of the team that helps with mailings and other office tasks. Adapted for COVID-19 phases. Contact Wendy Carmack, wendy@brightonfumc.org. Code H5

New Member Classes with Pastor Lindsey (B)

TBD

In-person

Is joining the church your next step? A New Member Class will be scheduled in the fall. 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 ask about the next class schedule.

Small Group (Off Site)

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm

This group’s focus is Bible study and discussion. The group is led by Mary Ray and hosted by Deb de Laski-Smith. Contact Deb de Laski-Smith, ddelaski@emich.edu.

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, ssnurban@gmail.com.

A Bigger Methodist Table (Z)

A Bigger Methodist Table is a Reconciling Ministries Network community that welcomes and affirms people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.  The group’s purpose is to create a culture of inclusion for all persons into the full life and ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Brighton and Whitmore Lake. Group page

Women of the Word (B)

Second Friday of the Month, 12:30 pm

Discussions lead to discoveries about ourselves and our faith as we connect with each other. Contact Anne Walters, starbrighton1@gmail.com.

Sunday Study Group (B)

Sundays, 12:00-1:00 pm, returning fall 2022

You are welcome to join anytime to discuss, ask questions and explore our world from a perspective of Jesus. This group is pausing for the summer.
Facilitated by Kathy Stahl – kstahl318@sbcglobal.net and Bruce Stark – bstark@andersonexpress.com

People of Faith (Z)

Saturdays, 8:30-10:00 am, Ongoing

This men’s group is currently meeting via Zoom, but there is no shortage of fellowship and informal discussion.
Led by Bruce Stark, bstark@andersonexpress.com

Small Group (Off Site)

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 – slader59@gmail.com

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.

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 Joanne Schmidt – joannjschmidt@yahoo.com

Church Softball (O)

Schedule varies
Code L12

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 softball@brightonfumc.org. 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, 8:30 am Ongoing

Begin the morning with a brief study, then join in fellowship and “handyman” work. No experience or skills required.
Coordinated by Dan Welton, danwelton15@gmail.com.

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 Deacon Loretta Job – loretta.m.job@gmail.com

Prayers and Squares (Prayer Quilts) (O)

Mondays, 9 am – 12 pm

Code E5

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 – carolriffe@mac.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, chilsonroad@aol.com.

Whitmore Lake Elementary School Classroom Helpers (O)

Your Schedule as Permitted

Assist teachers and students in reading and other subjects during school hours. Adapted for COVID-19 Phases.
Coordinated by Pat Mowry – mowry33@gmail.com

Mission Outreach

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


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