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small groups

We want people of all ages and stages of life to have the opportunity to learn, grow and share the love of Jesus Christ.  

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.

Lenten studies

Starting in march

The Lenten season begins on March 1st with Ash Wednesday and runs until Easter.  

This season on the Christian calendar is a time for reflection and prayer.  It can also be a time for learning.   

Below you will find a look at Lenten studies offered during this Lenten season. 

  • What is Lent all about?

    Wednesday, March 1st

    7:40 pm (following Celebrate Recovery worship)

    Get an introduction to scripture and traditions surrounding Ash Wednesday and Lent.

  • A World Worth Saving

    with Rev. Catherine Nance

    Monday mornings at 10:00 am

    Beginning March 6th

    Sunday evenings at 6:30 pm

    Beginning March 12th

    (from the book's website)

    "This study is for  anyone who dismisses Lent as a seemingly endless time of self-sacrifice and introspection.  This 6-week study for Lent offers a breath of fresh air. It connects prayer and other inner spiritual practices with outward actions of mercy and compassion. 

    George Donigian guides you to grow in your prayer life by praying about daily news reports, discovering the needs around you, and responding with love and compassion. You will discover ways to :

    · serve others

    · feed the hungry

    · seek justice and fight injustice

    · offer healing

    · extend friendship

    The author’s conversational style and use of well-known hymn texts will engage you in this energizing Lenten study."

    Books may be purchased online at Amazon.com

    Please sign up for the study here.

    Please sign up for the Sunday evening study here.

  • Know the Story

    with Rev. Catherine Nance

    Wednesday evenings at 7:40

    Beginning March 8th

    This five week study compares the Gospel texts on the events leading up to Holy Week.

    (People attending Celebrate Recovery are encouraged to sign up for this Wednesday night study.)

    March 8th - Mark

    March 15th - Matthew

    March 22nd - Luke

    March 29th - John

    April 5th - Paul

    Please sign up for the Wednesday evening study here.  

  • More than Enough:

    Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess

    with Rev. Sarah Slack

    Wednesdays at 10:00 am (Beginning in March)

    Room 205

    The choices we make have an impact on the world around us as well as other people.  This study uses a blend of practical reflection and insight on certain topics to help you find ways to use your choices to help others while finding joy in your own life.

    The cost of the book for the study is $15.  

    Please sign up for the study here.


This group hit the ground running on January 22nd with a special "coffee and conversation" event where people filled out surveys and talked about the direction the group would be taking. Already, there are several events lined up for the group and they hope other single, divorced or widowed people will join CAST in the future.

Dana Hogan is heading up this single's ministry effort.

You can reach her at dahogan22@hotmail.com.

covenant bible study

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.

Session 1 - Creating

Check back  for info on the next session!

Session 2 - Living

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Session 3 - Trusting

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Learn more about Covenant Bible Study by visiting:


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.

Women are involved in small study/fellowship groups called "circles" that meet once a month at the church or in member's homes. The entire group meets the third Thursday of each month at the church for a luncheon and program.  



Donna Doede


Mary Kay Hamlin


Frances Hodge

Communications Coordinator

Linda Richards

Coordinator for Spiritual Growth

Marilyn Johnson

Coordinator for Social Action

Betty Smith

Coordinator Membership, Nurture & Outreach

Sue Cox

Sec. of Program Resources

Beth Porter

Related links:

Holston Conference UMW website

UMW Website

men's groups

Men's Connection

*Next meeting is  January 9th  at 11:30, Asbury Place Bistro

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

just art


10:00 am to noon

room 119

Are you interested in learning more about creating art? Come join others doing Just Art in room 119 every Wednesday. Beginners are very welcome! 

For more information contact John Thierbach at 256-3780 or 233-0365.