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.
  • 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.