Growing in discipleship & friendship
Adult Sunday School and Christian Fellowship
Below you will find a list of opportunities for adults of all ages. Joining a small group is an important part of church life and we encourage you to find one that's just right for you.
Men's Christian Fellowship Group
Rick Morgan is leading the launch of a men's weekday fellowship group which will meet on Tuesday mornings at 6:45 AM at the church. This group will use the traditional Methodist "class meeting" model of fellowship, accountability and Bible study. The group will start off with an 8-week study of the book "The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and essential) Small Group Experience”, written by Kevin M. Watson. Rick's prayer is that this group will be a means for all who participate to grow in relationship with Christ together. If you are interested in joining this group, please email Rick Morgan at email@example.com.
Older Adult Ministries
There are many opportunities for older adults to get to know new friends, join together in caring for one another, study Scripture and consider some of the issues affecting our society. We have many small groups with a specific focus of service. Our Care Group creates small vase flower arrangements from our altar flowers to take when they visit shut-ins. Our Sewing Sisters make female hygiene kits for girls in Haiti. Epworth also provides transportation to and from Croasdaile Retirement Center and The Forest at Duke with our own church bus so our resident members can worship with us each Sunday.
United Methodist Women (UMW)
United Methodist women have been reaching out to “the least of these” here at home and around the world for more than 140 years. Women join UMW to grow spiritually, educationally and intellectually and to seek justice for women, children and youth. Did you know that United Methodist Women is the largest lay organization in any denomination? Our emphasis is on women, children and youth. You can find out so much more by going to www.unitedmethodistwomen.org.
Locally each of our three circles meets monthly for fellowship, learning, and worship. If you do not belong to a circle, come and join us! Besides all the things we do together for missions, we are a creative and supportive fellowship. Email UMW President Sue Stutz for more information. Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. The following are a list of circles and meeting details:
Eve Circle meets on the third Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the church parlor. Circle leader is Fran Whaley. The September meeting will be a discussion of the book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness by Michelle Alexander. The meeting is at 7:00 p.m. in room 2/3, Thursday, September 20. All are welcome. For more information contact Fran Whaley, 919-489-8290.
Susanna Circle meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 12:30 pm at Epworth UMC and members bring their lunches with them. Circle contact is Emily Dike.
Ruth Circle meets on the third Monday of each month at 1:30 pm at the church. Circle leader is Sue Stutz.
All women and friends of Epworth United Methodist Women are welcome to come together four times annually for lunch followed by a speaker sharing about a mission outreach opportunity. All gatherings are in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the 11 AM worship service. The remaining date for the 2018 gatherings will be on Sunday, October 28th. Michelle Peedin, of Interfaith Power & Light will be our speaker. All are invited for lunch followed by the program. If child care is needed, please contact the church office at 919-489-6557.
United Methodist Men (UMM)
The United Methodist men are active in service to the church and community. They often prepare and serve food for church-wide events and support fund raising events for many ministries including Reality Ministries, the National Association for the Blind, local food banks, and many others. The UMM meet the second Wednesday night of each month for fellowship. All men of the church are always welcome.
Weeknight Fellowship Group
The Weeknight Fellowship Group was established in 2010. This small group is flexible and informal. They have meetings on a weeknight evening, once a week in the homes of members. The group is made of professional, working adults. Studies range from topics of interest to books of the Bible. Everyone is welcome! Please inquire with Sangwoo Kim at email@example.com for more information and to be included on the group listserv.
Young Adult Ministries
Young Adult Class meets Sunday mornings during the Sunday school hour and is a discussion-based class that explores what it means to be a Christian in the modern/postmodern world. The class may include book-based discussion as well as Bible study or exploration of other topics of interest to the group. The group intermittently meets outside of the Sunday morning time slot to eat, socialize, pray, and enjoy the company of one another. It is for those who are graduate students, young adults, and young professionals. Typically the group is made up of those who are in their twenties or thirties, but we welcome anyone who is simply “young at heart.”
Sunday School Classes
Sunday School is a vital part of the Epworth community and meets every Sunday morning from 9:50 – 10:45 am. It is a great time to build relationships with other members while exploring God’s world. Each class features its own unique style and curriculum. Topics may include Bible study, theology, culture, social ethics, Christian parenting, and many more. Many classes enjoy social outings as well as outreach projects together. Please feel free to visit any of our classes and talk with the teacher or a class member for more information. (our classrooms are located on the entry level)
Genesis Class is a discussion class that enjoys a variety of topics from literature to history to theology. They enjoy participating in social gatherings including potlucks and movie nights, and outreach projects to benefit those in need.
They are currently studying “Teach Me to Pray: An Overview of Prayers and Practices.” Recent topics have included: Paul: A Very Short Introduction by E. P. Sanders; Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr; Grounded: Finding God in the World: A Spiritual Revolution by Diana Butler Bass; “The History and Future of the United Methodist Church”; encounters of theology in modern fiction; and baptism in cinema. They traditionally engage the “Scriptures of Advent and Christmas” each year too.
The class includes a broad range of ages, experiences and viewpoints and the discussion is lively. They support one another and anticipate our Sunday morning fellowship with joy. All are welcome. (Room 2-3)
International Class seeks to explore ways to understand the biblical message and apply it to everyday life. The method of instruction is lecture/discussion led by a designated teacher employing the Uniform Series of International Bible Lessons for Christian Teaching. The class helps adults move from a focus on the Word of God to reflection on personal, family, church, and community concerns. Class breakfasts are held on Saturday mornings two or three times per year. (Conference Room in the Church Office)
New Testament Class studies the New Testament in its own historical context as well as our own contemporary context. Jung Choi, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at North Carolina Wesleyan College (Th.D. Harvard), leads the class. They read the biblical text very thoroughly, raising important questions about the text that they read. They are studying the Epistle to the Galatians now. This class is also a praying community. Everyone is welcome! (Parlor)
Nexus Class focuses on contemporary issues applicable to daily life. Members are committed to one another and held together by a flexible nexus of beliefs. With no formal leader, all members share in class discussions and books are chosen by consensus. They enjoy social gatherings and dinners together and even a once a year weekend adventure. They participate in a number of outreach activates. All ages are welcome. (Room 4)
Parents of Young Children Class discusses concerns related to parenting from a Christian perspective as well as other topics in a casual atmosphere. With no formal leader, all members share in curriculum selection and conversation. Everyone is welcome, including folks without children. (Room 1)
Young Adult Class is a discussion based class that explores what it means to be a Christian in the modern/postmodern world. The class may include book-based discussion as well as Bible study or exploration of other topics of interest to the group. The group intermittently meets outside of the Sunday morning time slot to eat, socialize, pray, and enjoy the company of one another. It is for those who are graduate students, young adults, and young professionals. Typically the group is made up of those who are in their twenties or thirties, but we welcome anyone who is simply “young at heart.” (Room 5)
THURSDAY MORNING CLASS
Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam: These five great religions have influenced people’s lives for thousands of years. Starting this fall and continuing over five semesters, the Thursday class will examine each of these faiths, its history, geography, writings, beliefs, practices, and impact. The classes will follow The Great Courses curriculum, with weekly reading assignment, video and discussion questions.
For the fall semester, we will focus on the oldest of these religious traditions, Hinduism. The first of twelve class meetings will take place on September 6 at 11:00 am in room 2-3. Please sign up on the list in the office, or call Marie at 919-493-6199. All are welcome!