Upcoming Learning Opportunities

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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]).

Fall 2018 Classes & Groups for Adults

NEW! 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, Oct 15 – Nov 12, 6-7:30pm, Sanctuary building, room 306/308.
  • Facilitators: Beth Palmer (staff), Julie Johnson, & Aimee Lotz. Childcare provided.
  • Book cost: $17.50, for those able (Cron & Stabile, The Road Back to You).
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the Sunday worship folder insert, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

NEW! Exploring Racism book group, JUST MERCY, by Bryan Stevenson

Interested in learning about racism and how we can make a difference in our world? Read attorney Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy, the compelling true story about the case of Walter McMillian, a young man sentenced to die for a murder he didn’t commit. Join us — new people join with every new book!

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, among others.

  • 4 Select Thursdays, Oct 25 (discuss Intro & chapters 1 & 2), Nov 8 (chapters 3-7) & 29 (chapters 8-13), Dec 6 (chapters 14-16, Epilogue, P.S.), 6:30-8pm, Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, main level).
  • Facilitator: Beth Palmer (staff).
  • Book cost: $13 (for those able). 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).

Engaging the Bible

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 this Bible study, where you’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 (though you will expand your knowledge) 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!

  • 7 Wednesdays September 26 – November 14, 6:30-7:30pm.
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, main level, no stairs). Come when you can; drop-ins welcome! Each week stands alone.
  • Facilitator: Pastor April Blaine.
  • No cost for class. Bring your Bible and a notebook or journal (we also have some).
  • Childcare provided.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or just show up, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Contemplative Prayer Class

The practice of prayer is ultimately designed to lead us into union with the living God. One of the gifts of the Christian contemplative tradition is the recognition that in order to connect fully with God, we must surrender, letting go of what we think and do, allowing ourselves to BE with God in the stillness. If you have a regular prayer practice and are longing to dive deeper into God’s presence in extended silence and stillness, this is the class for you. Pastor April will introduce you to some of the rich, foundational practices from the contemplative tradition, and each week we will practice together entering into this space.

  • 8 Tuesday mornings (NOTE: EARLY MORNINGS), 7-8am, Sept 25 – Nov 13.
  • Sanctuary building, chapel (education wing, upper level).
  • Facilitator: Pastor April Blaine.
  • NO CHILDCARE (the blue worship folder printed insert is incorrect).
  • No cost for class.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the Sunday worship folder sign-up insert, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People (book study)

What if that person who’s been annoying you is your best shot at grace today? In Accidental Saints, former standup comic turned pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber tells stories about encountering God in the least likely people and being swept into first-hand encounters with grace—a gift that feels to her less like being wrapped in a warm blanket and more like being hit with a blunt instrument. But by this grace, people are trans­formed! Accidental Saints shows what happens when ordinary people share bread and wine, struggle with scripture together, and tell each other the truth about their real lives. (Note: Her language isn’t always PG, just FYI.)

  • 8 Wednesdays, Sept 12 – Oct 31, 6:30-8pm.
  • Sanctuary building, MOVING to room 306/308.
  • Facilitator: Lynn Weatherby.
  • Book cost: $11 (for those able).
  • Childcare provided.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the Sunday worship folder insert, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

Young Adult Book Study Group

Join hosts Ben & Michelle Hahn in their home to connect with other post-college young adults for book discussion of Public Faith in Action: How to Think Carefully, Engage Wisely, and Vote with Integrity, by Miroslav Volf and Ryan McAnnally-Linz.

  • Monday evenings starting Sept 10, 7-9pm.
  • Location: Home of facilitators Ben & Michelle Hahn.
  • 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, 6-7:30pm, starting Sept 12
  • 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 through the end of October, 6:30-8pm.
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, on main level).
  • Facilitator: Earlene Sanborn.
  • 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).

Friday Morning Bible Study

This group chooses various books to study together (fall book: Nathan Foster, The Making of an Ordinary Saint), and they spend good time each week simply sharing and doing life together. New folks always invited to join.

  • Friday mornings starting Sept 7, ongoing, 9:30–11:30am.
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor).
  • Facilitator: Patty Shrider.
  • NO CHILDCARE.
  • 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.)