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]).

advent prayer class: color while you pray

In the midst of the craziness of the holiday season, spend some intentional time in prayer through coloring. Engage both sides of your brain as you read and reflect on the biblical stories of Advent and color your way through illustrations of prophesies of the coming Messiah, the humble birth of Jesus, and the time-honored first worshippers at Epiphany.

  • 5 Wednesdays, Nov 14 – Dec 19 (skip 11/21), 6:30-7:30pm.
  • Sanctuary building, room 306/308.
  • Facilitator: Lynn Weatherby.
  • Book cost: $13 (for those able).
  • Supplies provided (or bring your own); you don’t need to bring anything but yourself and an open heart.
  • Childcare provided.
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the Sunday worship folder sign-up insert, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

new advent study: silence and other invitations of advent

As we wait with anticipation the birth of the Christ child, all are invited to take time for spiritual reflection on the biblical stories of Zechariah, Elizabeth, and Mary, who had personal encounters with God that startled them into silence, awed them into solitude, and inspired them to praise and thanksgiving.

  • 4 Sunday mornings starting December 2, 9:45-10:45am, with the Seekers Sunday school class.
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor).
  • Facilitator: Ginny Blasingame.
  • Book cost: $10 (for those able).
  • SIGN UP ONLINE HERE, or use the Sunday worship folder sign-up insert, or contact Beth Palmer directly (bpalmer@hilliardumc.org, 614.876.2403).

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 & join us anytime.
  • 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 through the end of October, 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.)