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! first sundays at humc

Join us for First Sundays at HUMC, a series of monthly stand-alone classes for adults, with new classes each month. We’ll have two tracks:

  • First Things First track, foundational classes on our core values and practices (such as prayer, engaging Scripture, and personal development)
  • Diving Deeper track, for those looking for more depth on a topic (starting with the Enneagram).

Bring your own lunch to the Sanctuary building social hall anytime after 12:30pm, if you like. Classes will meet from 1-2:30pm the first Sunday of each month. Childcare provided.

March 1 classes:

  • First Things First track (social hall): Serving & Solidarity with Suffering.
  • Diving Deeper track (room 206/parlor): Enneagram Next Steps: Prayer Practices for the 9 Types. (If you don’t know your Enneagram type yet, come to the introductory Enneagram class, called Knowing Yourself, the next time it’s offered.)

prayer & meditation boot camp

Today’s scientists are revealing what people of faith have long known, that prayer and meditation are powerful tools to promote wellness, reduce anxiety, and foster healing. Studies show that a regular practice of prayer or meditation, even 5 minutes a day, can rewire the brain and change the way we react and respond in the world, helping us to be less reactive, anxious, and ashamed and more rooted in the generous love of God. Many would like to nurture a practice like this in their lives but aren’t exactly sure where to start or how to integrate it into an already busy life. Using simple tools from historical Christian prayer practices, Pastor April will provide some practical ways to help you kick start a consistent practice or deepen the practice you already have. The group will provide support and accountability as you build this into the rhythm of your life. Join us!

  • 8 Monday evenings, February 10 – March 30, 7:30-8:30pm.
  • Childcare provided.
  • Sanctuary building, chapel (room 302, upper level, education wing).
  • Facilitators: Pastor April Blaine and Ginny Fisher.
  • Cost: $10 (for those able).
  • SIGN UP HERE, or use the Sign Up Here insert in your worship folder, or contact Beth Palmer (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org) or Pastor April (ablaine@hilliardumc.org).


Take a closer look at the first book of the Bible and consider how the Old Testament relates to your Christian faith on a personal level. From the creation stories, the beginnings of sin and grace, and the great flood, to the sweeping narratives of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, Genesis is full of rich stories about God’s love for all humanity. Great for beginners and everyone.

  • 9 Monday evenings, February 10 – April 6, 7-8:30pm.
  • Sanctuary building, room 306/308. Childcare provided.
  • Facilitator: Pastor Jon Osmundson.
  • Cost: $15, for those able (includes a copy of Genesis: Immersion Bible Studies, available at class; less intense than the series used for Invitation to the Old Testament in the fall).
  • SIGN UP HERE, or use the Sign Up Here insert in your worship folder, or contact Beth Palmer (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org) or Pastor Jon (josmundson@hilliardumc.org).

Knowing Yourself (Enneagram intro)

Take 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 motivations and messages can set us free to be who God created us to be. Reading and self-reflection homework between sessions.

  • 6 Wednesdays, February 12 – March 25 (skip Feb 26), 6-7:30pm. Join us for community supper in the social hall, serving a hot meal starting at 5:30 every Wednesday (donations of any amount accepted).
  • Sanctuary building, room 306/308 (upstairs, education wing). Childcare provided.
  • Facilitators: Beth Palmer, Julie Johnson, & Aimee Lotz.
  • Cost: $20, for those able (includes a copy of Ian Cron & Suzanne Stabile, The Road Back to You, available at class).

Contemplative Prayer Group

Participants will enter into the presence of God with extended silence and stillness, through practices such as centering prayer and sacred reading of Scripture. Newcomers always welcome; drop in anytime to give it a try. No experience necessary.

  • Meets twice a month (usually 2nd and 4th Sundays), 6:30-8pm.
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, accessible).
  • Facilitators: Earlene Sanborn or Bill Eisner.
  • SIGN UP HERE, or use the Adult Discipleship insert in your worship folder or available in both buildings, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org).

Friday Morning Bible Study

This group chooses various books to study together during the school year, and they spend good time each week simply sharing and doing life together. New folks always invited to join.

  • Friday mornings, restarted September 6, 9:30–11:30am (ongoing, Sept-May).
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, accessible).
  • No childcare.
  • Facilitator: Patty Shrider (peshrider@gmail.com).
  • SIGN UP HERE, or use the Adult Discipleship insert in your worship folder or available in both buildings, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org).

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 or class materials 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 or class materials 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.)