L.I.F.E. Groups is an acronym for “Live in Faith Everyday.” These small groups are the lifeblood of the church and the life of discipleship. It is within these groups where everyday life meets with the walk of faith. These groups study God’s Word, talk about it and its intersection with our lives, and uphold one another in Christian love. Take a look below at the various groups we have, and if interested in becoming part of one, let us know!
Sunday Morning L.I.F.E Groups: 8:45 am – 9:45 am
B.A.S.I.C. L.I.F.E. Group (Brothers and Sisters in Christ)
This Life Group is for those older teens and early twenties who are beyond the typical youth group. They meet upstairs in the Education building in Room 203 and are led by Melanie Churchill. Currently they are studying a series on Biblical characters and the facts that aren’t taught in the children’s department. Average attendance is 4, but they are always looking to grow.”
New Horizons L.I.F.E. Group
A long-standing and active Life Group, New Horizons has grown from a group of high school classmates to an eclectic and multi-age group of earnest but sincere believers. Studies range from traditional to topical and the class regularly participates in church and civic projects. All are welcome and new ways of thinking are encouraged. This group meet in the Connection Center in the Pathways Room.
Pairs and Spares L.I.F.E. Group
A group composed of ages “50 to full maturity”, this Life Group is led by Tom Cross, with assistance from the members. Pairs and Spares has been in existence since 1955 and its members are quite active in the Church’s ministries. Members of this class honor its late teacher, Charles Stuck, with a scholarship for youth church members to further their education. In addition, they support local community needs and the church’s youth program. Their prayer chain phone line is a key prayer ministry for all. Curriculum studied in this class is the Adult Bible Study from Cokesbury. This class begins at 8:30 on Sunday mornings to allow plenty of time for fellowship and learning. Pairs and Spares meets in the Connection Center in the Genesis Room.
Prime Time Christians L.I.F.E. Group
This group began in 1980 as the SUMones (Single United Methodist Ones). Over the years, the name has been changed to Prime Time Christians and their philosophy is that whatever time of life you’re in, it’s the “prime time”. Ages range from 25 to 92 and include more than one generation of several families. The class meets together for summer cookouts, birthday and anniversary celebrations and an annual Christmas party in members’ homes. They support the church Mission 5000 program by preparing and serving the meal one Saturday a month. They also sponsor a church birthday calendar with the proceeds going to support youth and children’s ministries. The class is kept up to date on church and class activities through email as often as needed. The Prime Time Christians participate in all church functions such as the Chili Cookoff and the Halloween Carnival. They meet in the Connection Center in the Good Shepherd Room.
Scriptures L.I.F.E. Group
The Scriptures Life Group is taught by members of the class on a rotating basis using the Adult Bible Studies series from our own church library as well as other studies that interest the class. They support local causes financially and have an email ministry among their members. They meet on Sunday mornings in the “UMCOR” Room of the Connection Center. The members are mostly very young at 65+. Several members compose the Light Maintenance Team, a group that assists with repairs of the church buildings along with lots of fellowship.
Seekers L.I.F.E. Group
A small but mighty group, the Seekers Life Group is led by Bart and Carolyn Gray. The Seekers use the Adult Bible Study and short term studies with books written by James Moore and Adam Hamilton. They study God’s Word and learn from each other. Potlucks and a Christmas party happen in members’ homes which also give time to build close relationships. The Seekers may be best known for the beautiful wall of crosses that continue to grow in their classroom, along with their support of and participation in the Walk to Emmaus, a nondenominational spiritual renewal program. New members are welcome to join this group as they seek to hear what God has to say to them each Sunday. Seekers meet in the Connection Center in the Emmaus Room.
Upper Room Friends L.I.F.E. Group
This delightful group of adults is the combination of the former Upper Room class and the Friendship class. Keri Dupree and Arleta Dupree lead this class that meets in the church parlor. The average age of these friends could possibly be in the 80s, and they have lots of wisdom to share with their younger counterparts.
Christian Soldiers L.I.F.E. Group
Christian Soldiers is a group for adults with disabilities. Elaine Wolff leads this class and they meet in the Choir Room. Lessons focus on how Jesus would want us to live.
Through the week…
Life 360 L.I.F.E. Group
Monday evenings @ 6:30 pm
One of the church’s newer groups, Life 360, meets on Monday evenings in members’ homes. This group is composed of younger couples and singles that are quite active teaching or leading others on Sunday mornings. Pastor Nathan Kilbourne is leading this group.