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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


  • tuesday morning study (led by bonnie vanpelt)

    Current topic:  a woman's heart, god's dwelling place

    *this study has already started.  keep watching for details on bonnie's next study.

    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. 

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

  • 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


The United Methodist Women is an organization celebrating 150 years in mission to others.  This group is committed to cultivating the spiritual life of its members and contributing to mission projects, locally, regionally and internationally.


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