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  • 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, or  Sunday School, 

there are many opportunities throughout the year to grow in Christ through small groups. 

Scroll down to learn more about your opportunities to


  • a woman's heart, god's dwelling place

    study led by bonnie vanpelt

    tuesdays starting january 15th in room 152

    10:00 am

    Perhaps no Old Testament event so dramatically illustrates God's persistent desire to relate to His children as the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness and no Old Testament event so richly prefigured the coming of the true Tabernacle, Jesus Christ.

    Bonnie VanPelt leads this updated Beth Moore study on Tuesday's starting January 15th in room 152. There is a $20 charge for the workbooks. You can bring your money to the first class.

    Sign up here for the study.

    For more information contact Bonnie VanPelt at bjkv@bellsouth.net . 

  • just moved: after the boxes are unpacked

    women's study

    wednesdays starting january 16th

    10:00 am in room 201

    The Just Moved Ministry is committed to the spiritual growth and emotional well-being of women who are uprooted by a move or any life change. Through Biblical teaching and personal support, we prepare, encourage , and equip a woman to let go of the past, rebuild hope, and embrace her new life as she trusts God with her future.

    Click here to sign up for the class.

    Mary Kay Hamlin leads the class. For more information contact her at mkh323@charter.net

  • we saved you a seat: finding and keeping lasting friendships

    women's study

    wednesdays 6:00 to 7:30 pm (starting january 23rd)

    room 202

    · Have you had a misunderstanding with a friend who you’ve had for a long time?

    · Are you new to the area and looking to find new friends? 

    · Did you recently become a parent, but most of your friends are currently without children?

    We all wish to be loved in spite of our own imperfections and flaws. But finding and keeping lasting friendships isn’t always easy. Starting January 23rd and going through March 6th, Denise Johns and Amanda Small invite you to a new Bible Study, “We Saved You a Seat” from Lisa-Jo Baker.

    Throughout the study learn how to find and keep lasting friendships while exploring your relationship with Jesus, your ultimate friend.

    Please contact Denise at djohns@firstchurch.org if you have any questions.

    Click here to sign up.

  • 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

    Session 2 - Living

    Session 3 - Trusting


Men's Connection

Meets the second Monday of each month at 11:30 at 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 or 865-414-8912.

Men's Bible Study

Thursday mornings at 6:30 am in 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.

For more information contact:

Owen Ragland at foragland@gmail.com or 865-556-6338


On the second Thursday of each month from 10:00 am to Noon, 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