First Church is committed to continued Christian growth and seeks to provide varied opportunities for education and fellowship. Please contact Pastor Tish Bowman at 451.2879 or email@example.com if you have questions. Click here to register for adult opportunities Online.
Adult Education Opportunities We believe that adult church school is a place to learn about our faith and how it affects our lives. We also believe that we can learn from each other. A wide variety of topics are covered. The classes provide information to stimulate thinking, discussion and new ideas while getting to know the people in the class.
6 Decisions That Will Change Your Life
//Sundays, October 5 – November 9, 9:30-10:30 am with Laure Mieskowski. //Our busy lives are filled with decisions, but are they the important decisions? In this simple, inspiring book, pastor and author Tom Berlin helps us discern six key decisions in our walk with Christ. 1) The Decision to Follow, 2) The Decision for a New Life, 3) The Decision to Mature, 4) The Decision to Respond, 5) The Decision to Persevere, 6) The Decision to Surrender. Books are available in the north lobby for $5. Register online.
Developing Christian Leaders
//Sundays, October 5 – November 9, 5-6:30 pm with Dr. Bob Hundley. //Leadership within the church is different from leadership in the corporate world. Many of the principles of leadership are the same between the corporate environment and the congregation, yet the fundamental value system of Christianity ought to drive every decision that is made in the church. This six-week course will be an introduction to understanding the organization of the church and how leaders lead where process and product are partners. Register online.
Disciple 1: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study
//Sundays, October 5 – November 9, (5:00-6:30pm) January 4 – February 15, and April 12 – May 17, (and three segments in 2015/2016 tbd) with Pigeon Hundley. //For those who cannot commit to 34 consecutive weeks, we are experimenting with a class to be offered in six-week segments over a two-year period! In this course, you will read over 80% of the Bible and engage in a weekly discussion group. Register online.
The Wesleyan Way: A Faith That Matters
//Wednesdays, October 8 – November 19, 6-7:30 pm with Dr. Bob Hundley. //This 8-week study aims to engage Christians in a deeper exploration of the historic and dynamic Wesleyan tradition. The goal is to help Christians grow in their faith, live their faith, and feel comfortable sharing their faith with others. This study is written by Scott Jones, Bishop of the Kansas/Nebraska area and former Professor of Theology at Southern Methodist University. There is a video presentation each week by some of the leading thinkers in United Methodism followed by study and conversation on pertinent topics of today. Register online.
Disciple 2: Into The Word Into The World
//Beginning September 17, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. //This study builds on biblical knowledge gained in Disciple 1, and deepens biblical understanding by probing selected portions of Scripture, shifting from the broad view to a deeper, more detailed view. Disciple 2 is an in-depth study of Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts. As you will remember, Genesis and Exodus are foundational books of the Bible that cover creation, Noah and the ark, the call of Abraham, the stories of Moses, the Ten Commandments and much more! The writings of Luke, who wrote both Luke and Acts, cover more of the New Testament than any other single author, including Paul. From the first chapter of Luke through the last chapter of Acts, the Holy Spirit is active in a very powerful way. These writings are very readable and convey information and an excitement about the early church that are not to be found anywhere else in the Bible.
The emphasis of this 32-week study is both to understand the text (Into the Word) and to allow the text to challenge and inspire the student to respond in practical ways (Into the World). In addition to the Bible study, each lesson identifies one spiritual discipline to experience during the week.
We hope that you will give prayerful consideration to joining us in the fall. Sign up online at www.grandrapidsfumc.org/sign-up-sheet
Ongoing Adult Opportunities
- Book Club — Meets second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 pm in area restaurants to discuss current books. Contact Marlys Davis, 735.3339.
- Fixin' 'n' Fellowship — Meets year round every other Thursday morning at 9:00 am in room 105. We start the day with fellowship over coffee and baked goods, and then tackle minor repairs needed throughout the church buildings.
- Moms’ Group — This is a wonderful opportunity for moms of young children to meet and support each other. Kids and dads are welcome too! Click here to see when our next event is.
Older Adult Opportunities
Join our many activities and ministry programs planned especially for adults who are 60 or more years of age!
- 60's + Luncheon — A catered lunch and short program. Meets the third Monday of the month at noon in Wesley Hall. Does not meet Januray, February, July, and August.
- Retiree Bible Study — Meets at 11:00 am on Monday mornings at First Place. Using the daily and weekly devotions from Christian Linving in the Mature Years, this group offers lively discussion and wonderful fellowship. New members are always welcome.