Upcoming Learning Opportunities

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

knowing yourself (enneagram)

This class will invite you on a journey of self-discovery and exploration of your true self in Christ, using the Enneagram. What unconscious habits of thinking, feeling, and doing might be getting in the way of your personal and spiritual growth? Becoming aware of those inner messages can set us free to be who God created us to be. Reading and self-reflection homework between sessions.

  • 5 Mondays, February 4 – March 4, 6:30pm-8pm.
  • Sanctuary building, room 306/308.
  • Facilitators: Beth Palmer, Julie Johnson, & Aimee Lotz.
  • Book cost: $18-$22, for those able (Ian Cron & Suzanne Stabile, The Road Back to You).
  • Childcare provided.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the Sunday worship folder insert, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Engaging the Bible

Learn how to read and understand the Bible in a way that’s meaningful for you and speaks directly to your daily life, through the ancient practice of “lectio divina” (“sacred reading”), reading the Bible slowly and prayerfully.

    • 7 Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm, January 16 – February 27. Come when you can; drop-ins welcome!
    • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, main level).
    • Facilitator: Pastor April Blaine.
    • Bring your Bible and a notebook or journal (we also have some).
    • Childcare provided. No cost for class.
    • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the Sunday worship folder insert, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Exploring Racism book group: the cross and the lynching tree, by james cone

Interested in learning about racism and how we can make a difference in our world? Starting in January 2019, we’ll read and discuss theologian James Cone’s important book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree. It’s “a landmark book in the conversation about race and religion in America.”

So far we’ve read: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me; Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow; Debby Irving, Waking Up White; Jodi Picoult, Small Great Things; Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give; and Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, among others.

  • 5 Select Thursdays, 6:30-8pm.
    • January 17 (discuss introduction & chapter 1)
    • January 31 (chapter 2)
    • February 21  (chapter 3)
    • March 7 (chapter 4)
    • March 21 (chapter 5 & conclusion)
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, main level)
  • Facilitator: Beth Palmer (staff).
  • Book cost: $18 (for those able). Get your own copy or let Beth know by January 2 to order one for you.
  • NO childcare.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the Sunday worship folder insert, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

pursuing justice book study

Read and discuss Ken Wytsma’s Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live & Die for Bigger Things. There is a remarkable connection between our own joy, the joy of others, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pursuing Justice shows that God isn’t only concerned with personal piety but also about empowering the faithful to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with their creator. “The ONLY way to find abundant life and happiness is to give your life away.”

  • 8 Monday evenings starting January 28, 6:30-8pm.
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, main level).
  • Facilitator: Pastor Karen Muntzing (kmuntzing@hilliardumc.org).
  • Book cost: about $16 (feel free to get your own copy).
  • Childcare provided.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the Sunday worship folder insert, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Parents Group

Join hosts Darci Matheny, Laura Roeth, and other parents for weekly discussion and fellowship.

  • Wednesdays, ongoing, gather 6-6:30; discuss & share 6:30-7:30pm.
  • Sanctuary building, room 305. Childcare provided.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the Sunday worship folder insert, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Ongoing Contemplative Prayer Group

This group formed out of Pastor April’s spring 2018 contemplative prayer class; they’ve been practicing together all summer and will continue into the fall. Participants will enter into the presence of God with extended silence and stillness, through practices like centering prayer and sacred reading of Scripture. All are welcome; feel free to drop in anytime and check it out.

  • 2nd and 4th Sundays, 6:30-8pm.
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, on main level).
  • Facilitator: Earlene Sanborn (winter facilitators: Ginny Blasingame & Bill Eisner).
  • NO CHILDCARE.
  • No cost for class. Bring your Bible and a notebook or journal.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or just show up, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Ongoing Groups: Newcomers Always Welcome

Ongoing Adult Sunday school classes are on THIS page…

Other Ongoing Groups for Adults are on THIS page…


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 book 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.)