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everyone is invited to be inspired

and challenged to:

  • Know and experience God through Jesus Christ
  • Claim and live God's promises
  • Grow and serve as Christian disciples

Whether it's Covenant Bible Study, participation in United Methodist Women, Sunday School, or the new CAST Single's Ministry,  there are many opportunities throughout the year to grow in Christ through small groups. 

Scroll down to learn more about your opportunities to


study, learn, grow

While children and teachers head back to school, opportunities for you to learn are picking up here at 1st UMC.

Take a look at the small group studies offered this fall and sign up for the ones

Click here for Sunday School opportunities.

Scroll further down for year-round study opportunities.

  • Small group study: Uninvited by Lysa TerKerust

    Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 7:45 pm

    October 18th through November 29th

    This study is designed for moms of all ages. Each week, participants will watch a video together and have discussion time afterward about the information presented. There are also weekly readings to be completed prior to each class.

    Lysa TerKeurst uses "Uninvited" to help stop the feeling of being left out, by believing that even when you are overlooked by others, you are handpicked by God

    Please sign up for the study by clicking here

  • Bible Study for Young Adults with small children

    Sunday Mornings: November 5th, 12th and 19th

    9:30 am to 10:15 am in room C5

    Denise Johns (Director of 1st Kids Ministries) will be leading this video based study. Each week, participants will watch a video, have a little bit of conversation about it, and have an opportunity to connect with other young adults. Plus, there will be great tasting

    coffee and small bite to eat.

    The videos cover issues like:

    • Longing for the past and not enjoying today
    • Feeling that our prayers are unanswered  
    • Being so busy but still feeling empty inside

    Come to all three of the classes or just one. Contact Denise Johns at djohns@1stchurch.org for more information. 

  • Finding I Am

    Women's Bible Study

    Tuesdays at 10:00 am, Room 152

    Starting, September 19th

    This exploration of the seven "I AM" statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John comes from  Lysa Terkerust (a contemporary of Lisa Harper). Each week as Lysa roams the streets of Israel, she brings you a closer look at what Jesus said and the significance of it . 

    Bonnie VanPelt leads the class here at 1st UMC.  If you are interested in joining the study please click here

  • Men's Bible Study

    Thursdays at 6:30 am in Room 254

    This ongoing men's study is led by Owen Ragland. 

    For more information contact Owen at foragland@gmail.com

  • Covenant Bible Studies

    The Bible is a great tool to use in our daily lives, but too often many of us only study it a few verses or possibly a few chapters at a time. The Covenant Bible Study offers a chance to study the entire Bible in a way designed to better fit in to your busy schedules.

    This in-depth study is divided into three 8-week sessions that will be begin at different times during the year with breaks in between each session.

    *Covenant classes are already in session.  Please check back for future start times and registration information. 

    Session 1 - Creating

    Session 2 - Living

    Session 3 - Trusting

united methodist women

The United Methodist Women is an organization committed to cultivating the spiritual life of its members and contributing to mission projects, locally,regionally and internationally.

One continuing project for the UMW is making prayer bears.  These hand sewn teddy bears have a small wooden heart with the words "God Loves You" on it.  The prayers are given out to people in need of that reminder.  If you know of someone who needs a prayer bear, please contact a member of the United Methodist Women or Donna Doede at doedew@bellsouth.net .

The entire group of United Methodist Women meets the third Thursday of each month at the church (or someone close) for a luncheon and program.  Several special programs are also organized throughout the year. 



Donna Doede

Vice President

Marilyn Johnson


Linda Richards


Frances Hodge

Communications Coordinator

Pat Cherry

Coordinator for Spiritual Growth

Mary Kay Hamlin

Coordinator for Social Action

Betty Smith

Sec. of Program Resources

Beth Porter

Related links:

Holston Conference UMW website

UMW Website

men's groups

Men's Connection

Meets the second Monday of each month at 11:30.

Another group meeting at 1st United Methodist Church is the Men's Connection. This group meets once a month for a time of food and fellowship.

For more information on Men's Connection contact Ron Werker at rwerker@bellsouth.net

Men's Bible Study

Thursday mornings from 6:00AM to 7:30AM

Room 254

The Men’s Bible Study group has been meeting on Thursday mornings for about four years. The group typically uses a video-based and discussion-led format to explore the Bible and grow in the understanding of faith and practice.  This study typically has 10 to 15 men who attend that are in the age range from 40 to 90; younger and older are welcome.

Knit together ministry

Second Thursday of Each month

10:00 am - noon

On the second Thursday of each month, a group meets here at the church to knit prayer shawls and other items to be given to people who are ill, have suffered a loss or are in the midst of a crisis.  The group also knits blankets for infants being baptized. 

There are two ways to be involved in this ministry.  You can knit or crochet a shawl or blanket ore give a financial donation to the group.  Each shawl costs about $15. 

For more information on being part of this ministry please contact Sally Thierbach at 865-774-4532 or email her at sthierbach@gmail.com