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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.


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 .

Movie Night - "The Shack"

Tuesday, March 28th

Meet at Foothills Mall Theater by 6:15 pm

Bring money for ticket ($6) and Concessions

Maryville College Jazz Concert

Tuesday, April 18th @ 7:00 pm

Clayton Center for the Arts

Please sign up here by Sunday, April 16th

Concert is free.

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

Check back for info on the next session!

Session 3 - Trusting

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Learn more about Covenant Bible Study by visiting:


united methodist women

General Meeting and Luncheon

March 16th @ 11:00 am

Wesley Hall (Upper Level)

Guest speaker: Dr. Jaclyn Hone, MD

Lunch served afterward. Suggested donation of $5

Please let us know you are coming by signing up here

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

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

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.