Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Make Friends, Connect at Church, Grow in your Faith…
Adult spiritual formation groups all meet at church.
Free childcare is almost always provided (see bottom of page for details).
Staff contact: Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Spiritual Formation (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403 [church office]).


Engaging the Bible

Come anytime; each week stands alone.

For centuries, the primary process by which God has shaped Christians into fully devoted followers of Jesus has been through Bible reading and reflection as a spiritual practice.

But for most of us, reading the Bible is like reading a foreign language: hard to understand, hard to figure out what it means, even harder to decipher what God might be saying to us today through the Bible.

This class will equip you to engage the Bible from your heart, opening yourself up to the rich, meaningful wisdom that is available in this diverse collection of books, and to the powerful ways that it can impact our lives by the power of the Spirit. We will read scripture slowly and prayerfully, using an ancient practice called “lectio divina” (“sacred reading”).

The practice itself is experiential. It’s less about gaining intellectual knowledge and more about encountering the living God through scripture.

The hope is that you will be equipped to develop a regular Bible reading and reflection practice at home. God will meet you there.

Whether you’ve been reading the Bible for 40 years or never cracked its cover, this practice is for everyone!

Three groups for learning this practice and engaging in Bible reading and reflection will start late September, led by the pastors.  Childcare provided for all three.

Engaging the Bible (three options; choose one; come anytime — each week stands alone):

  • Option 1: 8 Monday evenings, 7-8pm, Sept 25 – Nov 13, facilitated by Pastor Karen Muntzing, using the biblical texts for the upcoming Sunday message series (the week before preaching on them). Meets in the Sanctuary building, in the Sanctuary.
  • Option 2: 8 Tuesday evenings, 5:45-6:45pm, Sept 26 – Nov 14, facilitated by Pastor April Blaine, using the biblical texts for the upcoming Sunday message series (6 weeks before preaching on them). Meets in the Sanctuary building, in the Chapel (Sanctuary building, upper level of education wing).
  • Option 3: 8 Wednesday mornings, 10:30-11:30am, Sept 27 – Nov 15, facilitated by Pastor Karen Muntzing, using the biblical texts for the upcoming Sunday message series (the week before preaching on them). Meets in the Sanctuary building, in the Sanctuary.

Bring your Bible and a notebook or journal. If you don’t have a Bible in an easy-to-read translation, we have copies at church (as well as suggestions of good translations you could buy; we may even be able to purchase one for you). We also have some journals available (free).

Free childcare provided. No cost for this class.

SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the insert in your Sunday worship folder, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Other Learning Opportunities & Groups

The Call: The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul (Monday Night Women’s Bible Study)

From the road to Damascus to the sun-drenched lands of modern-day Greece and Turkey to a Roman prison, go with Pastor Adam Hamilton as he follows the journeys of Paul, one of Christianity’s greatest teachers and missionaries. You’ll see where some of the most dramatic events in the spread of Christianity took place. Through Hamilton’s insightful teaching style on DVD, you’ll gain a better understanding of Paul’s missionary travels as if you had covered the many miles in person.

All women are welcome to join this ongoing group anytime for study and spiritual formation.

  • 8 Mondays starting Sept 11, 6:30-8pm (except holiday Mondays).
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor).
  • Facilitators: Amy Rae Bashforth & Mary Wertz.
  • Book cost: $13 (for those able).
  • Free childcare provided if requested.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or just show up anytime, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Exploring Racism (book group): The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander

Interested in learning about racism and how we can make a difference in our world? We’re continuing our book group (new readers more than welcome!) with Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, in which the author, a legal scholar, argues that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” “By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control – relegating millions to a permanent second-class status.”

  • 7 Thursday evenings (most are every other week): Sept 28, Oct 5 & 19, Nov 2, 16, & 30, & Dec 14, 6:30-8pm
  • Sanctuary building, social hall.
  • Reading for Sept 28 & Oct 5: Read through page 19 for Sept 28. Read chapter 1 for Oct 5. We can get you a book ahead of time, or you can get your own.
  • Facilitators: Beth Palmer (staff) & Lynn Weatherby.
  • Book cost: $13 (for those able).
  • Free childcare provided.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the insert in your Sunday worship folder, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Making Sense of the Bible (Friday morning Bible study)

Consider questions such as: Who decided what texts made it into the Bible? How literally must we read it? Is the Bible ever wrong? Were Adam and Eve real people? Why is God so violent in the Old Testament? What does the Bible really say about LGBTQ+ relationships? How can we hear God speak through the Bible today and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving? DVD teaching by Pastor Adam Hamilton, using his book Making Sense of the Bible.

  • Friday mornings starting September 8 (ongoing, no set number of weeks for this study), 9:30–11:30am, Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor).
  • Facilitator: Patty Shrider.
  • Book cost: $16 (for those able).
  • No childcare unless requested.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the insert in your Sunday worship folder, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Moms Group

This ongoing group for moms of all ages is about meeting moms where they are in the midst of full mom-kid-family-chaos schedules. There will be a little learning each week and exploring the Bible, to help moms grow spiritually and apply its truths to everyday life as women of God.

  • Saturday mornings, ongoing, 10-11:30am (not meeting again until September 10).
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor).
  • Facilitator: Elysa Smeltzer (elysasmeltzer@yahoo.com).
  • No cost, no book, no homework.
  • Free childcare available.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or just show up anytime, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Saturday Men’s Group

Come for food and fellowship, and sometimes a bike or kayak ride!

  • Saturday mornings, once a month.
  • Locations vary.
  • Facilitator: Rob Erskine.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE,or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Sunday mornings for adults @ 9:45am

Seekers

Class pace is relaxed, and the only real requirement is that participants are seekers who want to deepen their relationship with God. Currently working through The Book of Joy, by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

  • Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45am.
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor).
  • Facilitators: Bill Bates & Ginny Blasingame.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or just show up anytime, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Friends & Followers

All adults welcome! Fall study details coming soon.

  • Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45am.
  • Sanctuary building, room 306/308 (upper level of education wing).
  • Facilitator: Peter Hahn.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or just show up anytime, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Extra Stuff…

Childcare (free) for children up to age 11 is usually available for all classes as a gift to you from the church. Take your child(ren) to the Sanctuary building nursery on the main floor or the Warehouse 839 nursery, behind the stage, where they will be met with a smile by trained, paid staff who have completed all the requirements outlined in our Safe Sanctuaries Policy (including a background check).

We don’t want the cost of books to get in the way of you taking a class, so sign up whether you have book money or not. It’s on us, happily! If you’d like to contribute a few extra dollars toward a book for someone who doesn’t have the money this time, that’d be great, thank you! Class facilitators will collect book money at class. (There are one or two exceptions to this, such as Financial Peace University.)