We believe that spiritual transformation is not a solo event. We all need a circle of people to encourage and grow with. Our small groups and classes can help you press into God's love, even when it seems beyond reach.

small groups

  • Changing Habits:  Thursdays from 8 - 8:45 a.m. at St. John’s
    • Just like it sounds, this group uses a book to guide them through making wise decisions and changing bad habits. Contact: Nancy Hoffman 
  • Liquid: Monthly on Fridays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Various Homes
    • This is a couples group that shares a meal together and then discusses a DVD study about discipleship. Contact: Karen Reed
  • Loving God: Monthly or bi-Weekly on Thursdays from 6:30 - 8 p.m.
    • This group is mixed by age and gender but is a committed group that has studied a variety of topics from prayer, world religions, all-church studies, and being a disciple of Jesus. Contact: Reverend Katie Gholson
  • Mom2Mom: Fridays from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at St. John’s
    • This is a women’s group for moms at any stage that follows our children and student curriculum to help them bring what their kids are learning at church at home to their family. This is also a support group for the joys and difficulties of being a mom. Contact: Reverend Katie Gholson
  • Parenting Group: Bi-Weekly on Fridays from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at St. John’s
    • A casual group open for parents of infants through elementary children with discussions about parenting with a Christian perspective. Childcare is provided. Contact: Rachel Douglas
  • Thursday Bible Study: Thursdays from 9:30 - 11 a.m. at St. John’s
    • Over the years, this group has studied the Bible from beginning to end and now is using different books to continue conversations about God and the Bible. Contact: Nancy Hoffman
  • Today’s Walking Wounded: Tuesdays from 7 - 9 p.m. at St. John’s
    • This is a men’s group that seeks to give men purpose and passion through life’s struggles. This committed group uses book studies to promote deep conversations about faith and life. They also meet once per month for dinner and always have tasty snacks. Contact: Jim Brendle
  • UMW: Faith Circle: Monthly on Tuesdays from 10:05 - 11 a.m. at St. John’s
    • This women’s group meets as a part of the United Methodist Women to build their faith in God and build their community. Contact: Nancy Carey
  • UMW: Wesley Circle: Monthly on Tuesdays from 7 - 8 p.m. at St. John’s
    • This women’s group meets as a part of the United Methodist Women to build their faith in God and build their community. Contact: Nancy Hoffman
  • Winter Patrol Men’s Group: Contact - Jon Snider, Meet: Monthly on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
    • This group leads our Winter Patrol Mission and uses their experience of this ministry to strengthen and support each other. They  meet weekly for Winter Patrol in St. Louis from December to March.
  • World Religions: Thursdays from 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s
    • In order to know more about our own faith and traditions, it is helpful to learn about other religions in the world. This group meets to do just that. As they build tolerance and understanding for those who differ from us, it gives them a broader understanding of God’s love and grace. Contact: Nancy Hoffman
  • Young Adults: Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays from 7:30 - 9 p.m. at St. John’s
    • This group is open to young adults in their 20’s and 30’s. They use various book and DVD series to spur discussions about God and life. They also spend time in mission, service and fellowship together. Contact: Katelyn Bertels

 

adult Sunday School Classes

  • Bible Study Class:
    • This group goes through the Bible chapter by chapter. They use a curriculum guide to broaden their discussions about the context of the Scripture and how it relates to their every-day lives. Contact: Jodi Henderson
  • Captivating Women:
    • This women’s group meets during Sunday School for faith-based discussion and prayer. Contact: Marilyn Hungerford
  • Contemporary Issues Class:
    • This is an ongoing Sunday School class that uses 6-8 week books and DVD discussion guides to have deep discussions about when faith and life collide. They are a mixed group that is always changing, depending on the topic. Contact: Hazel Loucks
  • The Far Side:
    • This mixed gender and age group takes a progressive look at questions about God, faith and life. They use books, lectures and articles to have informed discussions about these topics. Contact: Nancy Hoffman
  • Transitions:
    • This class often, but not always, follows the weekly sermons to dig deeper into topics of faith. They are a mixed group of “empty-nesters” that use their life experiences and Scripture to grow in their understanding of God and what God is doing in our world. Contact: Jon & Jackie Snider
  • Travelers of the Word:
    • This group studies various topics from deep Bible Study to current events in a Christian context. They change topics every 3-6 weeks. Contact: Luke Snell

 

Connection Groups

  • Cancer Support Group: First Monday of the month from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at Jeri Lampman’s home
    • This group is open for anyone who has been affected by cancer, and it is open to the community. They meet to share stories and struggles and occasionally have guest speakers. Contact: Jeri Lampman
  • Book Discussion Group: Monthly on Sundays from 6 - 8 p.m. at Jeri Lampman’s home
    • This group ranges in age and gender and meets for a potluck and discussion on a book of their choosing about once per month. Look in the Reminder for the book they have chosen. Contact: Jeri Lampman
  • JOMA (Just Over Middle Age):
    • A social group for people in their 60’s and 70’s. They meet around holidays and for community events. 
  • OMG:
    • This is a social group for people in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. They meet for fellowship and also for occasional studies on justice issues.
  • Quilting for God: Bi-weekly on Wednesdays from 6 - 8 p.m. at St. John’s
    • This is an open group for quilters and anyone willing to learn. They share in time of devotion, quilting, learning, and doing life together. Contact: Jenice Belling
  • Senior Men’s Group: Fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. at St. John's
    • This group of men meet for breakfast once per month. They also provide charitable donations to several ministries of our congregation and serve the congregation with many acts of compassion, including the congregational Free Breakfast. Contact: Reese Plickebaum

 

Classes

  • Baptism Class: held annually
    • This class is for parents and adults interested in baptism and covers the basics of our baptism tradition and theology to help make an informed decision about baptism. Taught by Reverend Troy Benton and Reverend Katie Gholson.
  • Christianity and Social Justice: Contact – Saundra Hudson and Tamra Coldren
  • Disciple Bible Study: Contact – Reverend Louis Frick

 

ADDITIONAL GROUPS THAT MEET AT ST. JOHN’S UMC

  • Al-Anon: Wednesdays from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Room 105
    • An open group to the community for friends and families of problem drinkers.
  • Children of Hope: Tuesdays from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. in Room 104
    • An open group for the community for adult children of problem drinkers.
  • Narcotics Anonymous: Fridays from 8:15 - 9:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall
    • A group for the community that provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle.