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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.

  • 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.

    Session 1 - Creating

    Mondays at 10:00 am beginning August 7th

    Led by Chris Lee

    Sign up by clicking here.

    Session 2 - Living

    Wednesdays at 4:00 pm beginning August 9th

    Led by Rev. Catherine Nance

    Sign up by clicking here.

    Session 3 - Trusting

    Sundays at 6:00 pm beginning August 13th

    Led by Rev. Catherine Nance

    Sign up by clicking here.

  • Women of Influence

    Celebrate Recovery Share Group

    Wednesdays at 7:40 pm in Room 151

    This group is for women who will use their struggles and triumphs to inspire each other. Understanding and discovering the power they have in Christ will promote inner strength and encouragement to live a purpose-filled life. 

    (This group meets during the share group time at Celebrate Recovery.  Come early at 5:30 for dinner and worship at 6:30, then come to the group)

  • The Best Yes Bible Study (for women)

    Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

    Starting August 2nd in Room 202

    "Saying yes all the time won't make me Wonder Woman.  It will make me a worn-out woman." - Lysa TerKeurst

    The Best Yes study focuses on the difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yest ot God.  In this 6-week study author Lysa TerKeurst will help you:

    • Cure the disease to please with a Biblical understanding of the command to love.
    • Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no.
    • Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process.
    • Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today. 
    Sign up for the study by clicking here .
  • A study on prayer practices

    Wednesdays in August at 10:00 am

    Room 205

    Explore ways to enhance your prayer life through different methods of prayer. We will take time each week to learn the history of each discipline before taking time to pray using the spiritual practice. 

    Historical ways of praying, walking the labyrinth, and body prayer are just a few of the disciplines we will discover. If you attended last August's Prayer class, these will be all new prayer practices. 

    This study will be led by the Rev. Sarah Slack

    Sign up by clicking here

  • Step Study Classes

    Women's Class, Wednesdays at 7:40 pm, starting August 9th

    Men's Class, Saturdays at 8:00 am, starting August 5th

    In a Step Study class, we work through our hurts, habits, and hang-ups. We take a personal journey through each of the 12 steps and 8 Recovery Principles. Participants feel a burden lifted by sharing struggles with other people and learning God’s grace and mercy are enough.

    Participants use Celebrate Recovery’s first four Participant Guides (The Journey Begins). These materials will be provided free of charge to those who register for the class. Each class lasts about 2-hours and this is meant to be a year-long journey.

    Sign up on Wednesday nights at Celebrate Recovery or email crmaryvilletn@gmail.com .

  • Battle Plan for Prayer

    Men's Bible Study

    Thursdays at 6:30 am in Room 254

    Starting August 17th

    This is the latest topic covered by this ongoing men's study led by Owen Ragland. 

    For more information contact Owen at oragland@empireinctn.com .

  • Just Moved: After the Boxes are Unpacked

    Wednesdays at 10:00 am in Room 254

    Starting September 6th

    The Just Moved: After the boxes are unpacked study provides women with Biblical guidance

    when starting over in a new community or moving ahead with a major life change.

    Sign up for the class by clicking here. 

    The class will meet Wednesdays at 10:00 am starting September 6th. 

    For more information contact Mary Kay Hamlin at mkh323@charter.net or

    give her a call at 865-233-3359 .

  • Financial Peace University

    Sundays at 6:00 pm

    Starting, September 10th

    This 9-week class uses video lessons and practical teaching in asmall group, confidential setting.  The class teaches Biblical principles of handling money.  Each class is 90 minutes.  This course costs $93.   

    Sign up by clicking here.  (Course leader Moe Click will contact you to finalize the registration)

    Benefits of attending:

    • Get out of debt
    • Create and live on a budget
    • Live on less than you make
    • Learn to live and give like no one else
    Learn more about the program at www.daveramsey.com/fpu
  • 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  to let us know, so we can order enough books. 

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


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


C.A.S.T. (which stands for Community Adult Singles Together) hit the ground running on January 22nd. This new ministry offers singles with a variety of opportunities to get together.  So far, the group has hosted a special chocolate themed Valentine's party,  had a potluck lunch and taken time to plan out several more activities. The group is open to singles of all ages. 

For more information on CAST events please contact Dana Hogan at dahogan22@hotmail.com .

No events scheduled at this time. 

Keep checking back.

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