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]).

faith talk

Watch one of Rob Bell’s short “Nooma” video discussion starters, led by Jason Hudson.

One-time event, Thursday, August 8, 7-8pm, Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, accessible).

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


engaging the bible

lunchtime bible study & prayer

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!

  • 8 Wednesdays, 12-1pm, June 12 – July 31.
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, accessible).
  • Facilitators: Pastor April Blaine and Beth Palmer (Director of Adult Discipleship) will take turns leading on an irregular schedule.
  • No cost for class.
  • Stay tuned on whether we can offer childcare for this class.
  • 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 and some to give away). We also have some journals available (free).
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the Sign Up Here insert in your Sunday worship folder, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403), OR JUST SHOW UP.

Enneagram 2.0

For those who know their Enneagram number already, feel pretty settled in it, and are ready to go deeper (you’ve either taken our introductory Enneagram class, called Knowing Yourself, or you’ve done some Enneagram work through the Constructive Theology class or elsewhere). Come explore your inner life in more depth — the thoughts, feelings, and instincts that drive your behavior and keep you stuck in old, unhelpful patterns. Learn to hack your patterns! Work on developing your non-judgmental self-awareness. Build regular spiritual practices of silence, solitude, and/or stillness into your life, to help you move toward three-centered wholeness (grounded body, open/accepting heart, quiet mind). There will be lots of time for small group discussion and solo reflection.

  • 6 Sunday afternoons, 4-5:30pm, July 21 – August 25.
  • Sanctuary building, room 306/308 (not accessible, with our apologies).
  • Cost: $15 for supplies and materials, for those able.
  • Childcare provided.
  • Facilitators: Beth Palmer (Director of Adult Discipleship), Julie Johnson, and Aimee Lotz.
  • Bring a notebook or journal.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the Sign Up Here insert in your Sunday worship folder, 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.)