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]).

New Contemplative Prayer Practice Opportunity

A new Contemplative Prayer Group is forming for those who are seeking a deeper relationship with God and want to support, encourage, and challenge one another in their prayer practice journeys. Each week, the group 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!

  • 2nd and 4th Sundays starting June 10, 6:30-8pm.
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, on main level).
  • Facilitator: Earlene Sanborn.
  • 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).

Lunchtime Bible Study & Prayer Group

(Engaging the Bible): 9 summer Wednesdays @ lunchtime

Would you like to learn more about how to read and understand the Bible in a way that’s meaningful for you and speaks directly to your daily life? For many of us, reading the Bible is like reading a foreign language: hard to figure out what it means, even harder to decipher what God might be saying to us today. If so, come try the Engaging the Bible class, where we’ll experience the ancient practice of reading the Bible slowly and prayerfully (“lectio divina,” which means “sacred reading”). It’s a prayer and Bible reading practice that’s less about gaining intellectual knowledge about the Bible and more about encountering the living God through scripture. Whether you’re new to Bible reading or you’ve been reading it for years, this practice is for you!

  • 9 Wednesdays starting June 13 (skip July 4), 12-1pm.
  • Sanctuary building, social hall. Come when you can; drop-ins welcome!
  • Facilitators: Pastor Karen, Pastor April, and Beth Palmer (3 weeks each).
  • Childcare provided. No cost for class.
  • Bring your Bible and a notebook or journal (we also have some).
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or just show up, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).


Exploring Racism book group: summer reading

Meet for discussion Thursday, July 12, and maybe July 26, 6:30-8pm
Sanctuary building, Social Hall.
Get your own copy or let Beth Palmer know by May 29 to order one for you (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org).

Free childcare provided.
SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or just show up, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

This is a memoir written by a middle-aged white woman. From the back cover: “For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn’t understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one ‘aha!’ moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan.”

Criminal Justice Reform: Fall 2018 Ballot Initiative
Community Organizers from the Columbus People’s Partnership are working with bipartisan partners in support of a ballot initiative to reform our criminal justice system, promote safety and healing over punishment, and reinvest millions of dollars into drug treatment and community-based recovery programs. Their goal is to get the Ohio Neighborhood Safety, Drug Treatment, and Rehabilitation Amendment on the November 2018 ballot. Adoption of the amendment will increase public safety while decreasing incarceration. For more information, visit columbuspeople.org.

Help collect petition signatures to get this on the November ballot!  We’re looking for volunteers to help staff a booth at the Hilliard Farm Market on Tuesdays in June, 4-7pm. You’ll be trained & given some talking points.

If you’re looking for a practical way to work for change, here’s an opportunity! Please submit the form here and we’ll be in touch.

Yes, I’d like to help get petition signatures


Ongoing Open Groups

Ongoing Adult Sunday school classes 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.)