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

  • Thursday Study Group: 
    • This group meets on Thursday mornings from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. 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.
  • Today’s Walking Wounded: 
    • This is a men’s group meets on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and 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.
  • UMW Faith Circle:
    • This women’s group meets as a part of the United Methodist Women from 10:05 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. once a month on Tuesday to build their faith in God and build their community.
  • UMW Wesley Circle: 
    • This women’s group is part of the United Methodist Women and meet once a month on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. to build their faith in God and build their community.
  • Winter Patrol: 
    • This group leads our Winter Patrol Mission and uses their experience of this ministry to strengthen and support each other. They meet every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. from December through March and serve those living in St. Louis with food and warm winter items. 
  • Young Adult Journey Group: 
    • This group is open to all young adults in their 20’s and 30’s. They meet twice a month on Wednesday from 7:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. They study various books and DVD series to spur discussions about God and life. They also spend time in mission, service and fellowship together.

 

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.
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.

 

Connection Groups

  • Cancer Support Group: 
    • This group is meets on the first Monday of the month from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. and is open for anyone who has been affected by cancer. They meet to share stories and struggles and occasionally have guest speakers.
  • Book Discussion Group: 
    • This group meets once a month for a potluck and discussion on a book of their choosing. 
  • 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: 
    • This is an open group for quilters and anyone willing to learn. They meet twice a month on Wednesdays to share in time of devotion, quilting, learning, and doing life together.
  • Senior Men’s Group: 
    • This group of men meets for breakfast on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:30 a.m. They provide charitable donations to several ministries of our congregation and serve the congregation with many acts of compassion, including the congregational Free Breakfast.

 

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.
  • Christianity and Social Justice
  • Disciple Bible Study

 

ADDITIONAL GROUPS THAT MEET AT ST. JOHN’S UMC

  • Al-Anon: 
    • An open group to the community for friends and families of problem drinkers. They meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in Room 105.
  • Children of Hope: 
    • An open group for the community for adult children of problem drinkers. They meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in Room 104. 
  • Narcotics Anonymous: 
    • 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. They meet on Friday evenings from 8:15 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall.