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 meets on Tuesday mornings at 6:45 AM at the church. This group uses the traditional Methodist "class meeting" model of fellowship, accountability and Bible study. Rick hopes 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.
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 and childcare is available on request.
Have you ever heard of PIM? If not, now is your chance. You are invited to come for lunch following the 11AM worship service November 3rd followed by an opportunity to learn about Partners In Ministry from LaNella Smith, a board member for PIM.
After serving children, youth, seniors, disabled and otherwise marginalized families throughout the Gateway District for the past 12 years, Partners In Ministry (PIM) collaborates ecumenically with churches, conferences, work teams, missionaries and faithful servants of God to improve the quality of life for thousands of people and their families. It is the first and only National Mission Institution supported by United Methodist Women in the North Carolina Conference. The reach of their ministry goes far beyond the Gateway District and even the North Carolina Conference. They unite with servants from across the country to impact the lives of entire communities. Headquartered in Scotland County, North Carolina this ministry started as a vision of Bishop Leonard Fairley and the Executive Director, Dr. Melba McCallum, Deaconess. The success of the organization has rested on partnering with the public schools, departments of social services, local hospitals, banking institutions, local and state government officials as well as individual servants who were seeking a “feeding ground for ministry” that they could use to touch the lives of the least of God’s people and make a difference. Countless lives have been transformed because Partners In Ministry has restored their faith in God and the servants of God.
More information can be found at www.pim-nc.org
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. 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. 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. 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.
In our continuing series of courses on the world’s great religions, the focus this fall (the third semester) will be on Buddhism. We will learn about its founder Siddhartha Gautama and about concepts such as dukkha, karma, and nirvana. The first of twelve class meetings takes place on September 5th at 11:00 a.m. in room 2/3. Please sign up in the office or call Marie Hammond, 919-493-6199. All are invited to join us-you need not to have attended the first two semesters!