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Adult Ministry

Here at Good Shepherd UMC, there are many opportunities to connect, grow and serve in our discipleship journey together. 

Adult Sunday School Classes

Sunday School classes are offered for adults each Sunday from 9:45-10:45 am. Most of our classes have a wide variety of age levels. Click to read more about the various classes currently offered on Sundays.

Disciple Bible Study – Search Scripture … Find Community

The Disciple Bible Study Series provides people with a working knowledge of the Bible in a small group that becomes an experience in Christian community.  The study format creates the opportunity for people at different points in their faith journey to wrestle with questions and share the way the Bible speaks to them.  Disciple also helps people make time for spiritual growth by establishing a regular time for reading and reflecting on scripture and developing a daily pattern of prayer.  .

Courses included in the Disciple Bible Study series include:

Disciple 1 Fast Track: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study – This 24-week study provides an overview of the biblical story from Genesis to Revelation. 

Disciple II Fast Track: Into the Word Into the World – This is a 24-week study of Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts.

Disciple III Fast Track: Remember Who You Are – This is 24-week study of the Old Testament Prophets and the New Testament letters of Paul.  

Disciple IV: Under the Tree of Life – This is a 33-week study of the Old Testament Writings, including Psalms and Proverbs, the Gospel of John, and Revelation. 

Jesus in the Gospels – This is a 30-week comparative study of the four Gospels.

New classes begin in the fall.  For more information, contact Cathy Childers cathy@umcgs.org

Journey Groups

Journey groups provide a place to connect with God and other persons as we follow Jesus together.  Each meeting provides time to get to know one another, encounter our Lord through the Bible, apply the Christian faith to our daily lives, and pray for one another. The Bible encounter times will be connected to the weekly sermon series or special book study.  Each meeting is a stand-alone study.  Groups will be offered at various times.  Click to read more about the current Journey Group schedule.

Ladies Bible Study

This weekly Wednesday Ladies Bible Study meets Wednesday morning at 10:00 am.  Women of all ages connect with one another for a time of fellowship, prayer and study.  Leader: Sue Corbin | Christian Life Center, Parlor, Room C1

Men’s Ministry

The United Methodist Men (UMM) is a supportive fellowship of men who seek to know Jesus Christ, grow spiritually and serve. This group sponsors various church activities throughout the year, such as, cook-outs, fishing trips, Easter breakfast, and is involved in mission and ministry in the local church and community.

The United Methodist Men (UMM) is open to men of all ages.  The monthly breakfast takes place the first Saturday of the month at 8:00 a.m. in the Parlor, Room C1.  It’s a great place to meet others!  Join us for a short devotional, delicious home cooked breakfast and a time of fellowship.  If you are interested in more information or would like to join the UMM, contact the church office at 324-1900. 

Midweek Classes/Groups

Several connection points are available throughout the week for people of all ages.    Wednesday nights begin with a meal and a prayer in the Christian Life Center followed by classes for children, youth and adults. Wednesday night meals are served September thru November and January thru April.  Click to read more about the various adult classes or groups offered midweek.

Prayer Shawl Ministry Group

The Prayer Shawl Ministry Group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. People of all ages and skill levels are welcome.  This group knits and crochets shawls for people experiencing a life transition.  This group also hosts the annual craft fair the 1st Saturday in November.  Leader: Helen Wingard | Christian Life Center, Prayer Room

Promise Keepers

This weekly men’s group meets 5:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Men of all ages connect with one another for a time of fellowship, prayer and study. Leader:  Bob Macemon | Staff Center

Walk to Emmaus

“While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and walked with them.” Luke 24:15. From the Emmaus Website: “The Walk to Emmaus is an experience of Christian spritual renewal and formation that beings with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as God’s grace and love is revealed to you through other believers.” Good Shepherd is proud of the strong Emmaus participation. For more information contact Cathy Childers.

Women’s Ministry

The United Methodist Women (UMW) is a group of women who are dedicated to serving God through missions, both locally and globally. We focus on ministries with women, children and youth, at home and around the world. The Good Shepherd UMW contains three sub-groups, as listed below:

Craft Crew Circle – 3rd Wednesday/month – Staff Center – 6:30 pm

This circle is open to women age 13 and up.  The group uses their creative skills to create crafts that help local and worldwide missions.  One of the first projects was handcrafted pillows distributed to cancer and heart surgery patients.  Contact:  Joyce Martin

Friendship Circle – 2nd Wednesday/month – Room C1, the Parlor – 11:30 am

Friendship Circle is for women of all ages.  This circle meets once a month over lunch for a time of fellowship, study, and service. The group enjoys a variety of study options that promise to spark interest, including hands-on demonstrations, video series, motivational speakers, etc.  The group supports and serves the Neighborhood Services Organization. Bring a dish to share and join in the fun!  Contact: Wilma Goodwin

Reflections Circle – 2nd Thursday/month – member’s homes – 7 pm

Reflections Circle is a book-reading circle. This group reads and discusses an assortment of information and educational books. They strive to provide items needed by local charitable organizations. Contact: Sharon Burke

If you are interested in more information or would like to join one of the UMW groups listed above, contact the church at 405-324-1900 or Joyce Martin.

 Women’s Retreat

This annual event is for women of all ages and stages of life and is generally held in the fall.  The retreat offers time to experience meaningful worship and Bible study, connect with other women, and have time for quiet reflection and plenty of laughter!    

Ladies Bible Study

This weekly Ladies Bible Study meets year round on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m.  Women of all ages connect with one another for a time of fellowship, prayer, and study.  Leader:  Sue Corbin | Christian Life Center, Parlor, Room C1    

Promise Keepers

This weekly men’s group meets year round on Wednesday mornings at 5:30 a.m.    Men of all ages connect with one another for a time of fellowship, prayer and study.  Leader:  Bob Macemon | Staff Center

Other Adult Classes

Stay tuned!  New fall class offerings will be posted soon!