Adult Small Groups & Bible Studies
Through study opportunities, adults learn more about God and themselves and are nurtured as they grow in their faith. In small groups, they question and struggle with relevant life issues. Together, disciples grow in faith and maturity as they become equipped to serve the world beyond the walls of the church.
For more information about small group and Bible study opportunities listed below or to order curriculum, contact Sue Highfield. Childcare is available for all adult studies by calling 281-444-2112 ext. 210 at least 3 days in advance.
DISCIPLESHIP WEDNESDAYS - On Wednesday evenings, gather together on the second floor of the Education Bldg. for a meal and study opportunities. Each week, a "Grab n Go" meal allows families and friends to eat and catch up with one another before Pioneer Bible Club, Youth Bible study, Adult studies, or Choir. "Grab n Go" meals are available from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per meal.
Jesus: A Theography - This 16-week study will explore the complete interconnected story of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation. Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. in Room E222. Led by Rev. Jim Foster.
The Law of Love: Lessons from the Pages of Deuteronomy - This women's Spring Bible study is a 6-session lecture series by Beth Moore. Each DVD lesson is approximately 90 minutes each. A listening guide offers six supplemental articles by Melissa Moore Fitzpatrick. Listening guides are $10. Sign up in the Welcome Center or the church office. The study begins Wednesday, March 20, at 9:30 am in A208 and 6:30 pm.
Quarterly Day Retreats – “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” The words of Jesus remind us that time spent alone, in quiet, in prayer are necessary to recharge our spiritual batteries. Spend a day at the Cramer Retreat Center in a space where the natural beauty surrounding you brings a heightened awareness of God. Come for an hour or a day; step away for intentional time with God. Lenten Retreat–Monday, March 25, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, 1800 Meadow Edge Lane, Spring, TX 77388, led by Rev. Matthew Smith. Bring a Bible, donations for facility use welcome.
Walk to Emmaus - The Walk to Emmaus is a three-day experience of New Testament Christianity as a lifestyle. It is a designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people, and through them their families, their congregations, and the world in which they live. Contact Cammie & Rob DeShazer for more information or to find a sponsor. 2013 Walk Dates:
Men's Walk 72 - April 11 - 14
Women's Walk 73 - April 18 - 21
Men's Walk 74 - July 25 - 28
Women's Walk 75 - August 1 - 4
Men's Walk 76 - September 26 - 29
Women's Walk 77 - October 3 - 6
Alpha (Preview here!) - is an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly setting. The Alpha course usually meets once per week for 10 weeks, and includes an amazing one-day retreat. Each session, people enjoy great food, laughter and learning in a fun and friendly atmosphere where no question about life or God is seen as too simple or too hostile. More information about Alpha can be found at www.alphacanada.org and www.alphausa.org.
Financial Peace University - is a 13-week, life-changing program that offers skills to help you make the right decisions to live debt free. You'll be empowered with the practical skills and confidence needed to achieve your financial goals and experience true financial peace! Dave Ramsey kit $100.
Pioneer Parents - A group for parents that meets while children gather for Pioneer Bible club. This class will explore what it means to raise children of faith in today's world. Classes will address diverse topics and offer skills to equip parents. Wednesdays from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Held on the 2nd floor of the Education Bldg. and led by pastors, ministry leaders, and experts in parenting.
Yoga for Seniors - Thursdays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. - Yoga for Seniors is a gentle class incorporating range of movement exercises, alignment, stretching, strengthening, awareness, breathing and relaxation to refresh, energize, improve posture, deepen breathing and improve sense of well-being. It’s welcome to anyone wishing to workout at this pace.
FREE childcare is available during all our fitness classes! Please leave a message at 281-444-2112 ext. 210, preferably 3 days in advance. Your first visit is FREE to each class, so come
and try them out. For more information, as well as class costs, contact our Activities Director, Rodie Aguirre.
Book Club - A relaxed group who enjoys coming together to discuss fiction and non-fiction books, both religious and secular. New members welcome! Mondays, 10:00 a.m., Room A205. Cost of individual books. Contact Nancy Bush, Lois Thomson, or Ginny Drusch.
The Nurtured Heart Approach - Help for parents and teachers who work with
difficult and intense children. Skills to nurture children, youth, or adults
for success in school or work. Led by trained school counselor, Joyce Davis.
Now That they Are Grown: Successfully Parenting Your Adult Children - Book study to help
parents of adult children miss as many potholes as possible in making the transition from parenting children to being parents of yound adults. Dates and times TBD.
ONE TIME OPPORTUNITIES
Bunco - Ladies Night Out - Invite your friends to this evening of fun, laughter, and fast-paced bunco. No cost or reservations! Thursday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. in the Welcome Center. Come, enjoy the fellowship and make new friends! Contact Cindy Jackson for more information.
Friendship Tea- A wonderful afternoon of fun, food and fellowship in support of a deserving ministry. Adopt a table to decorate and bring friends to high tea. Saturday, May 4, 2013, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Walk Through Bethlehem – the recreation of the village of Bethlehem at the time of Jesus birth. Wesley Activity Center will be transformed visually, aesthetically, and spiritually into a scene from Bethlehem, complete with temple, stable, camel rides, street vendors, and live nativity. Invite a neighbor and experience John Wesley UMC's gift of the season! First weekend in December. Saturday morning children’s breakfast and special tours by reservations only. Contact Linda Jacobs for information about the breakfast and Sue Highfield regarding more information about Walk Thru Bethlehem December 7, 8, and 9, 2013.
ESPECIALLY FOR MEN:
Men's Ministry - Men are invited to varied types of gatherings and activities. We offer meal meetings, book study groups, and social outings to sporting and other events.
Dawn Patrol (Participants are welcome to join at any time.) Dawn Patrol is open to all men who enjoy coffee, doughnuts, and fellowship. Although the Dawn Patrol studies selected books, it also is an open forum where discussions vary with what is occurring in world events. Dawn Patrol is led by Reverend Matthew Smith, Associate Pastor at JWUMC, and meets on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m. in the Courtyard Room.