Grow Groups at Madison First UMC are groups that help you to connect and grow with others in faith. There are three main types of Grow Groups: Fellowship Groups, Small Groups, or Sunday School Groups.

You will find a listing of our Grow opportunities below. You are welcome to join our Grow Groups anytime throughout the year.

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Sunday School Groups

SEEKERS

The Seekers group is composed mostly of couples (though, singles are welcome!) in their 30s and 40s who are seeking a deeper relationship with God. Having a common ground, this group strives to create a better Christian environment for all, and it provides healthy means for coping with the daily grind.

Approximate Age Group: 30-45
Type: Mixed Adult (mostly couples)
Day: Sundays
Time: 10:00 AM—10:45 AM
Location: Wesley 101
Leader: Catherine Simmons

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MILESTONES

Milestones are a self-taught group of couples (though, singles are welcome!) in their 40s and 50s with mostly high school and college-aged children. We enjoy Bible studies, but also look for studies which apply Biblical principles to everyday life. And we enjoy each other’s company – inside and outside of church.

Approximate Age Group: 40-60
Type: Mixed Adults
Day: Sundays
Time: 10:00 AM—10:45 AM
Location: Wesley 112
Leader: Kathryn Cardwell

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GOOD NEWS

We are a mixed age group of couples and singles from 45 to 85. We primarily use the Life Bible Study curriculum. We feature lively class discussions and a good dose of fellowship as well.

Approximate Age Group: 45+
Type: Mixed Adults
Day: Sundays
Time: 10:00 AM—10:45 AM
Location: Asbury 205
Leader: Roberta Watson

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ALIVE

The 10 Alive Sunday School Class is a group that is made up of adults of all ages and genders, married or single. Each week members study different portions of the Bible, share. Everyone is welcome!

Approximate Age Group: All Adults
Type: Mixed Adults
Day: Sundays
Time: 10:00 AM—10:45 AM
Location: Wesley 102-103
Leader: John Miles

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EASTER

The Easter Sunday School class is made up of men and women, ages 50+. We follow the Cokesbury International Sunday School lesson with special lessons from occasional guest teachers.

Approximate Age Group: 50+
Type: Mixed Adult
Day: Sundays
Time: 10:00 AM—10:45 AM
Location: Epworth 203
Leader: Jimmy Stokes

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OLIN EVERITT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

This is a self-taught class of congenial gentlemen 65+ of age. We try to conduct a comprehensive study of the Bible. We use the uniform series of International Bible Lessons. Everyone is welcome to visit or join.

Approximate Age Group: 65+
Type: Men’s Group
Day: Sundays
Time: 10:00 AM—10:45 AM
Location: Epworth 201
Leader: Warren Few

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HERITAGE SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

This class is comprised of ages 55+, women and men, married or single. All are welcome. Teachings come from the International Sunday School Uniform Study which gives an overview of the Bible in a six-year cycle. A rotation of four teachers lead the lessons and the group takes a collection each Sunday to support charitable causes.

Approximate Age Group: 55+
Type: Mixed Adult
Day: Sundays
Time: 10:00 AM—10:45 AM
Location: Epworth 202
Leaders: Donna Martin & Sue Foy

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NEW COVENANT

New Covenant Sunday School Class is composed of couples and singles, ages 55+. The International Lessons are taught by rotating teachers. The class donates to many needs in the community and other worthy causes. Outings are enjoyed during the year. Everyone is welcomed.

Approximate Age Group: 55+
Type: Mixed Adult
Day: Sundays
Time: 10:00 AM—10:45 AM
Location: Epworth 204
Leader: Anelle Argo

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SONSHINER’S SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

Sonshiner’s Sunday School class was created for intellectually challenged teenagers and adults, as well as for others with special needs. On the 4th Sunday of each month, participants go out to eat together at a local restaurant after Sunday School. The group also goes on seasonal outings together.

Approximate Age Group: 13-Adult
Type: Special Needs
Day: Sundays
Time: 10:00 AM—10:45 AM
Location: Epworth Youth Center
Leader: Fran Holmes

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STUDENT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

Sunday the Madison Student Ministry hosts a Sunday School Class for students from 6th—12th grade. Come for donuts, juice, a fierce game of ping-pong and a relevant, life-based teaching of Scripture.

Approximate Age Group: 6th-12th Grades
Type: Students
Day: Sundays
Time: 10:00 AM—10:45 AM
Location: Epworth Youth Center
Leader: Garrett Bearden

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Young Adult Sunday School Class

A Sunday School Class for Young Adults—Ages 24-early 30s.
Approximate Age Group: 24-early 30s
Type: Young Adult
Day: Sundays
Time: 10:00 AM—10:45 AM
Location: Wesley 201
Leader: Deborah Mosley

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KIDZ GROW SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES

Sundays at 10AM are fun, dig-deep learning times for our Pre-K—5th Grade kids. Kids are broken into age based groupings and engage in Bible teaching and discussion with the goal of instilling three powerful truths: I need to make the wise choice, I can trust God no matter what, and I should treat others the way I want to be treated.

Approximate Age Group: Pre-K-5th Grade
Type: Kids
Day: Sundays
Time: 10:00 AM—10:45 AM
Location: Wesley Basement
Leader: Debbie Britt

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Small Groups

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY (Sunday Evening)

This is a short-term Bible Study (approximately 8-weeks) that is offered twice a year— after Labor Day and around Lent. The groups offers a video based Bible Study, faith building discussion, and time for fellowship and fun.

Approximate Age Group: All Ages
Type: Women’s Group
Day: Sundays (SEASONAL)
Time: 5:00 PM—7:00 PM
Location: Wesley 103
Leader: Deborah Mosley

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WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY (Thursday Morning)

This group meets weekly to engage in Bible Study, faith building discussion, and fellowship. Bible Study materials change throughout the year and cover many topics and Biblical themes.

Approximate Age Group: All Ages
Type: Women’s Group
Day: Thursdays
Time: 10:00 AM—12:00 PM
Location: Asbury Choir Room
Leader: Bunnie Schimitt and Claire Zant

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YOUNG ADULT SMALL GROUP

This is a Bible Study for those ages 24—early 30s. The Young Adult Small Group is a place to come for Godly fellowship, discussion, laughter, and teachings that will help you grow deeper in faith.

Approximate Age Group: 24-early 30s
Type: Young Adult
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 7 PM
Location: Home of Brooks & Cecily Pennington
Leaders: Brooks & Cecily Pennington

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WOMEN’S COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY

This is an interfaith community based group that is open to women of all ages. Each weekly meeting offers a video based Bible Study, faith building discussion, and time for fellowship and fun.

Approximate Age Group: All Ages
Type: Women’s Group
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 10:00 AM—12:00 PM
Location: Epworth Youth Center
Leader: Jean Wood & Betsy Briley

**Note: This group is a community based group and it is not overseen by Madison First UMC.

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MEN’S COMMUNITY BIBLE STUDY

This is an interfaith community based group that is open to men of all ages. The weekly meetings center on the study and discussion God’s word and how to apply faith to the rigors of life.

Approximate Age Group: All Ages
Type: Men’s Group
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 AM—8:00 AM
Location: Farm Bureau
Leader: John Miles

**Note: This group is a community based group and it is not overseen by Madison First UMC.

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Fellowship Groups

PRIME TIMERS

Prime Timers is a Senior Ministry that meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at noon for a luncheon and special program. The group also plans day trips and overnight trips to exciting places.

Approximate Age Group: 55+
Type: Mixed Adult
Day: 4th Thursdays
Time: 12:00 PM—1:30 PM
Location: Wesley Worship Center (typically)
Leader: Tom Womack & Anelle Argo

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UNITED METHODIST WOMEN

The United Methodist Women is a mission minded organization that meets the 1st Tuesday of the month in members’ homes. Our emphasis is on local missions as well as national and international missions. Different study books are used for programs and are taught by members. The group enjoys fellowship with all ages.

Approximate Age Group: All Ages
Type: Women
Day: 1st Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM—9:00 PM
Location: Varies
Leader: Teri Dobie

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UNITED METHODIST MEN

Open to all men of the church—we meet the first Sunday of each month for breakfast. Our passion is to help kids in our community through fundraisers and food. We support many programs in the community such as FCA, Young Life, Boys and Girls Club, Camp Scholarships, and The Caring Place.

Approximate Age Group: All Ages
Type: Men
Day: 1st Sundays
Time: 7:00 AM—8:00 AM
Location: Wesley Worship Center
Leader: Jim Abeel

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