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]).

updates below!

fall 2019 short-term classes

NEW! being present: mindful Journaling

Do you like to write about your thoughts and experiences in a journal? Have you wanted to but needed inspiration? Come for scriptural and other prompts and ideas about different ways to journal, and explore this spiritual practice. Plenty of silence for solo journaling during group time.

  • 7 Wednesdays, October 9 – November 20, 6:30-7:30pm.
  • Facilitator: Stephanie Harrell.
  • The first week, October 9, will include a journal making workshop with Stephanie’s friend Sayuri. A second session that evening (7:30-8:30pm) will be made available if needed, depending on sign-ups. Cost: $5 (for those able). All welcome, whether continuing with the class or not.
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, accessible).
  • Bring your own journal and a Bible if you have one (we also have some to share).
  • 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).

NEW details! 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 Mondays, October 7 – November 25, 7-8pm.
  • Sanctuary building, chapel (room 301, upper level, education wing).
  • Facilitator: Pastor April Blaine.
  • Childcare provided.
  • Cost: $10 (for those able).
  • 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).

updated! 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 Mondays, October 7 – November 18 (skip Oct 28), 7-8:30pm.
  • Room TBD, hopefully an accessible room without stairs. Childcare provided.
  • Facilitators: Beth Palmer, Julie Johnson, & Aimee Lotz.
  • Book cost: $18-$22, for those able (Ian Cron & Suzanne Stabile, The Road Back to You). Copies available at class.
  • 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).

Invitation to the Old Testament

Get to know our new Associate Pastor while exploring the Old Testament’s story of God and God’s calling of the people of Israel through the many “voices” of the biblical text. Learn about the context in which these voices wrote their words. Hear the magnificence of a Creation hymn, discover the law and wisdom teachings, listen to the warning of the prophets and explore the poetry of the Song of Solomon. Video teaching segments also include visuals of historic and archeological sites. Great for beginners and all.

  • 9 Wednesdays, September 25 – November 20, 6:30-8pm.
  • Sanctuary building, room 306/308.
  • Facilitator: Pastor Jon Osmundson.
  • Book cost: $15 (for those able), Invitation to the Old Testament (Marshall & Tabor), a short-term Disciple Bible Study (Abingdon Press).
  • Childcare & children’s programming (FaithKids, 6:30-7:30pm) provided.
  • 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).

Engaging the Bible

Wednesdays at lunchtime!

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. In this Bible study we’ll teach you the ancient practice of reading the Bible slowly and prayerfully, listening for God’s word to you. It’s a prayer and Bible reading practice that is less about gaining intellectual knowledge about the Bible (though you will expand your knowledge) and more about encountering the living God through scripture. This practice is for everyone, beginners and long-time Bible readers alike. We’ll use the Bible texts being used in the upcoming Sunday messages.

  • 10 Wednesdays at lunchtime, 12-1pm, September 18 – November 20. Come when you can; drop-ins welcome, & each week stands alone.
  • Sanctuary building, social hall. No cost for class. No childcare.
  • Facilitator: Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship.
  • Bring your Bible and a notebook or journal (we also have some).
  • 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).

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 (Sept 15 & 29, but 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).

fall study chosen! 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. Studying Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself, by Angela D. Schaffner (Upper Room Books) starting September 13 or 20 (as soon as the books arrive). Comprised of compelling, relatable stories, Revealed explores cherished biblical characters and stories. She helps readers to relate to these stories in their own spiritual lives and move toward simplicity, finding purpose, and healthy navigation of painful emotional issues, in a personal and meaningful way.

  • 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.)