Our small groups are divided into the following categories:
· Bible Study & Spiritual Development
· Self-Care & Fellowship
We hope you will take a look at the offerings in each category, and consider signing up to be part of a small group!
We look forward to seeing you in worship, AND a small group!
Getting to Know Burke UMC!
Want to learn more about Burke UMC and the United Methodist Church? Join Pastors Jason & Katie for lunch on any of the dates below to find out the basics of the UMC and the ministries at Burke. This is a great time to ask the questions, or listen to others, as we get to know one another! Sign up in the
entryway—or just show up!
· October 29, 11:30-1:30
· January 28, 11:30-1:30
· April 15, 11:30-1:30
Family Meeting! (For Parents of Infants—Teens)
October 15, 11:30AM-1:30PM
Join Pastors Jason & Katie for an overview of what BUMC offers for children & youth. Whether you’re a long-time member, or new to our community, we hope you will join us as we share about the intentional programs we offer and the important transitions between them. Lunch,
nursery, & childcare provided.
—BIBLE STUDY & SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT--
■ HOPE: Adult Study Class
Sundays, 10:30am, Room 1
Leader: Audrey Romasco
Open to anyone; join any time! Using a variety of books, this class engages in conversation, questioning, and the opportunity to learn and grow together.
■ GIFT (Growing In Faith Together)
Room 5 “Wesley Room”, Leader: Kenny Robeson
Using the Uniform Adult Bible Study series, this class studies scripture and considers how the gospel can be applied in daily life.
■ JOY Class
Room 6 “The Well”, Leader: Mary Houck
Topical discussions and fellowship are the key ingredients of this casual adult small group. All are welcome; join
■ Centering Prayer
Sundays, 7:00PM, Leader: John Richards
Centering prayer is a form of silent contemplation. This small group learns about spiritual disciplines surrounding prayer, practices them, and works to love and support one another as they grow their prayer life together and as
individuals. All are welcome!
■ United Methodism 101
September 25, October 1, 8 & 15: 7-8:30PM
Leader: Rev. Judy Fender
As United Methodists, we have an obligation to bear a faithful Christian witness to Jesus Christ, the living reality at the center of the Church’s life and witness. This class will discuss the basic history, structure, connection, doctrine, beauty, and challenge of the United Methodist movement. A great class whether you are new—or have been a
United Methodist for many years.
■ Spiritual Gifts
November 6, 13, 20, 27: 7-8:30PM
While all of life is a gift from God, Paul’s letters reveal 20 gifts that are lifted up within scripture as the gifts of the Spirit, given specifically for the upbuilding of the body of Christ. This fun class will provide an opportunity to explore your story, the unique ways God has grown and shaped you, and what that means for your growth as a Christian!
■ S4 (Safe Space for Sacred Study)
Time: Mondays, 7-9PM
Book discussion & Bible study for adults.
Leader: Audrey Romasco
■ Covenant Bible Study
THE BIBLICAL CONCEPT OF COVENANT speaks to an
enduring commitment between God and God’s fruitful people. So the purpose of COVENANT BIBLE STUDY is to
engage participants in conversations about this unique and special relationship—as well as our relationships with each other and the world around us—as we study the Bible together. Leader: Kathy Nash
■ Disciple I
Time: Wednesdays, 7-9PM
DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. The first study in the program is DISCIPLE: BECOMING DISCIPLES THROUGH BIBLE STUDY, a thirty-four week overview of the entire Bible.
■ “The Call” By Adam Hamilton
Time: Six Weeks, Sept. 20– Nov. 8 (No Oct. 4)
Leader: Dan Freeman
Follow the journeys of Paul, beginning with his dramatic conversion, as he spread the Gospel through modern-day Greece and Turkey. In this six-week study, you are invited to experience faith through Christ’s greatest teacher and
■ Women in Study (WIS)
Leader: Rev. Katie Webster
Using Cokesbury’s Adult Bible Study and other resources, WIS helps women move from a focus on the Word to
reflection on personal, family, church and community
concerns. Women of every age are welcome. Thursdays, 10-11:30 AM. For those that can, we continue our
fellowship after the Bible Study with lunch at Spartan’s
Restaurant. Come join us!
■ Monthly Women's Supper
Leader: Rev. Katie Webster & Guests
Join other women for a free meal, fellowship, fun, and a message. Women's Supper is an awesome opportunity to meet other women and grow in your relationship with Christ! Child care is provided.
■ Men's Spirituality Group
1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month, 7:30pm
Leader: Ross Kendall
A study, discussion, and fellowship group
especially for men. You may join the group at any time.
■ Barnabas Ministry
Barnabas Ministry is a ministry of listening and
encouragement unique to Burke UMC. The focus of the program is: engaging in authentic spiritual conversation fostering a deeper awareness of God; practicing various forms of prayer and other spiritual disciplines;
enhancing spiritual leadership through practices of
listening and discernment; and, appreciating how God is uniquely present in and through each individual. Contact Wendy Hudson, Ellen Quisenberry or Jacque Flynn with questions.
—SELF-CARE & FELLOWSHIP GROUPS--
■ Cards of Comfort Wednesdays, 9:30-11am
Cards are designed, created, and sent to individuals on BUMC's concerns list, those celebrating special events, and deployed military.
■ Prayer Shawl Wednesdays 10:30AM-Noon Shawls are made and dedicated as symbols of God's comfort, in the midst of warm fellowship.
■ DivorceCare Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
(Childcare Provided) For those who are separated, newly divorced, or working on divorce-related issues. Come any time!
■ 3rd Thursday Book Club, 7-8:30PM
Leaders: Sarah Snow & Kelly Stewart
Join us on 3rd Thursdays from 7-8:30PM (childcare provided) to discuss a book each month. This small group is for you if you enjoy reading and learning about new things, like to share ideas in a safe space, look forward to building friendships, and want to feel empowered to know more about the world around you. (Read the book for the month prior to the monthly meeting.)
■ Art Group
Coordinator: Carie Cole
Every Friday from 10AM-Noon, local artists are invited to bring their own supplies (any media) and work on their individual projects. The group critiques one another (if suggestions or thoughts are wanted), otherwise they support one another in their artistic efforts and build community as they get to know one another. This group has been meeting for over 15 years! You are welcome at any time!
■ United Methodist Men
3rd Saturdays, 8:00am
Leader: Bob Read
Enjoy breakfast, program, and fellowship. All men are welcome.
■ Running & Walking Fellowship Saturdays, 8:00AM
Join a group of encouraging and supportive runners (& walkers) who gather at BUMC every Saturday to enjoy a time of exercise together!
■ Military Fellowship
Active-duty military families are invited to a potluck lunch (unless otherwise advertised) and a time of fellowship and fun! This group is about friendship, mutual support, and prayer.
—Music Opportunities for Adults--
■ Chancel Choir
Directed by Tammy Zerbo
Chancel Choir is open to all adults. No audition is
required. You do not have to read music to
participate. New members are always welcome.
■ Celebration Ringers Handbell Choir
Mondays at 7:30pm
Directed by Rob Aughtry
The Celebration Ringers adult handbell choir enhances our worship services regularly, and participates in clinics and special performances in the area. New members are always welcome. Musical literacy is preferable, but not required.
—COMING IN 2018!--
■ A Year with John
Leader: Pastors & TBD
John Wesley, the father of Methodism, had an enormous influence on modern Christianity—not least for his role developing the Methodist movement. This class will study and learn about the man, the myth, and the legend through a series of different curriculum, films, and readings. A great class for old and new Methodists—or the curious!
■ Bible Basics
February 5, 12, 19, 26: 7-8:30PM
You, like many of us, are just wanting to know more about the Bible—how it all connects, is it really contradictory, does the whole thing really matter? This class is a basic Bible class for old & new Christians—ready to learn or revisit the basics about the Bible!
■ Disciple’s Path
April 30, May 7, 14, 21: 7-8:30PM
This study combines a Wesleyan understanding of our growth in God’s love and grace with the time-tested practices of spiritual discipline expressed in the membership vows to uphold the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Participants will develop spiritual practices, discover their unique gifts, and become engaged in ministry that brings transformation in their own lives, the lives of others, and the world.
Baptism 101 April 8, 11:30-1:30PM
Join Pastors Jason & Katie for a discussion of what baptism is and how/why we do it in the UMC. This is a great class for expecting parents, parents of young children, or adults interested in baptism! Sign up in the entryway—or just show up!