Upcoming Learning Opportunities

Explore Faith, Make Friends, Connect at Church…
Adult learning opportunities for spiritual formation all meet at church.
Free childcare is almost always provided.
Staff contact: Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Spiritual Formation (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403 [church office]).

Constructive Theology

Are you ready to dig deeper into this faith journey? Join Pastor April for this new spring and summer spiritual formation opportunity as you explore ways to better understand and articulate who God is. Developing a strong theological foundation is key to our life of faith, but it is difficult work. This course will involve study, discussion, guided prayer, artwork, videos, and even a retreat! Participants will be expected to do reading between classes and work toward the creation of a final project.

  • 8 Sunday afternoons, 12:30-2pm: May 7 & 21, June 11 & 25, July 9 & 23, and August 13 & 27.
  • Overnight retreat, August 4 & 5 (cost roughly $25-$40; financial help available).
  • Sanctuary building, room 306/308.
  • Facilitator: Pastor April Blaine.
  • Childcare provided.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or sign up on the Sunday sign-in card, or contact Beth Palmer or Pastor April Blaine directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, ablaine@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Exploring Racism Book Group

Starting a new book in May — join us! We’ll read and discuss together Ta Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me ($14.50 for those able). We’re exploring racism and how we can make a difference in our world by challenging ourselves to read hard stuff, and we’d love to welcome new participants! Future books include: Jim Wallis, America’s Original Sin, and Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow.

  • 3 Thursdays, May 11, 18, & 25, 6:30-8pm.  (Read section 1 by May 11.)
  • Sanctuary building, social hall.
  • Facilitators: Beth Palmer (staff) & Lynn Weatherby.
  • Book cost (Ta-Nahisi Coates, Between the World and Me): $11 (for those able).
  • We’ll get you your book ahead of time (you’re also welcome to get your own, of course), so you can have the first section read by May 11; May 18, discuss section 2; May 25, discuss section 3.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

When Kids Come Out (held at Worthington UMC)

A four-session class for parents of LGBT children. When a child comes out to his/her/their family, it often raises many questions for both the child and the family.

  • What does it mean for the family when a child comes out to his/her/their parents?
  • What does it mean for the parents’ relationship to their church?
  • What does it mean for the parents’ own faith?
  • How do parents navigate their own “coming out” after their children have come out to them?

These questions and more will be addressed in this class, led by retired pastor, The Rev. Jim Waugh, a former pastor here at Hilliard UMC. Jim and his wife, Carol, have an adult daughter, Lisa, who came out to them several years ago.

  • 4 Wednesday evenings, May 3-24, starting at 7pm.
  • Location: Worthington United Methodist Church, 600 High Street, Worthington. Look for signs directing you to “Kids Coming Out” class.
  • For questions or more information, or to sign up, please email Jim (jwaugh3@mac.com).


Newcomers always welcome to these ongoing groups:

Mom’s 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).

Monday Night Women’s Bible Study

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

  • Mondays, 6:30-8:30pm (except holiday Mondays).
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor).
  • Facilitators: Amy Rae Bashforth & Mary Wertz.
  • Free childcare available (let us know if you need it).
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or just show up anytime, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).


Class pace is relaxed, and the only real requirement is that participants are seekers who want to deepen their relationship with God.

  • 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!

  • 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) 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.