Bible Studies & Small Groups

*except Communications Skills for Co-Parenting, which has separate form

As with everything in our world today, the COVID-19 pandemic has altered the way we are organizing our studies and groups. During the fall and spring, we typically offer Wednesday in the Neighborhood groups, which meet in different people's homes around the area for a meal, Bible study and connection. And our Sunday School classes would normally meet at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings.

However, this fall, most of our groups are meeting online only. Check out these opportunities for growth and register below.

We also encourage everyone to "band together" and become part of a small group. Groups can be as small as three people, and you can meet in person or electronically. Learn more about banding together

  • Communication skills for co-parenting

    Wednesdays, 6-7:15 p.m. at Parkway Heights - Room TBD

    FALL SESSION: October 14-November 18 - still taking place!


    Download a PDF brochure

    This class has been developed to assist parents who are divorced, who never married but live separately or who live together but do not always agree about parenting. Over the six-week class, parents will develop skills to communicate and work together towards raising an independent child. Topics will include a discussion of personality types, various types of relationships, raising strong children, psychological effects of divorce on children, decision making, communication, discipline, alienation and beyond. There is no registration fee or other charge for this class; however, appropriate opportunities for love offerings may be provided.

  • 1619 Podcast discussion group

    Wednesdays at 6 p.m. / Via Zoom / Begins September 9 & Ends October 28 / Led by Bruce Case

    Are you a history buff? Do you love learning more about things in the past that have shaped our present? Are you interested in hearing and discussing a documentary that explores how slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and Civil Rights have impacted our culture today? Join us on Zoom as we listen each week to a 35-minute podcast together and discuss what we’ve heard and learned. If you like to be challenged and are eager to have a better understanding of the difficult parts of our past; or if you believe learning our history can help us to be more compassionate, empathetic Christians in our world, then this class is for you! We’ll explore other books and works during this time as well.

  • divisions: conversations about race, the church & our nation

    October 7 & November 4 at 7 p.m. / Via Zoom / Led by Sam Bruton

    These webinars will invite special guests who have made a difference in our world to speak with Sam and Bruce. The special guest on October 7 will be William Sturkey, professor and historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sturkey is also the author of Hattiesburg: An American City in Black and White. Join us on Zoom for these meaningful conversations.

  • long story short by joshua mcnall

    Mondays at 10 a.m. / Via Zoom / Begins September 14 & Ends October 19 / Led by Susan Eaton

    The Bible can be daunting. It’s ancient, enormous and sometimes challenging to understand. Long Story Short shares the Biblical narrative in a way that requires no prior engagement with the Bible. It traces the big story of who God is and how he is saving the world through six simple movements: Creation, Fall, Israel, Jesus, Church, New Creation.

    McNall writes in a compelling, tongue-in-cheek style and has pop culture references scattered throughout. But rather than distract from the Biblical story, it engages the unchurched, de-churched or over-churched with substantive truth about God’s character and the story of redemption.

    During this study you will: (1) learn the big story of Scripture as a seamless whole (2) engage with a highly readable book (3) be challenged to think about familiar stories of the Bible in fresh ways.

    Everyone participating in this class will need to purchase a book. They are available at the church for $15. You can pick up one on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 until 1 p.m. Press the button on the intercom for someone to come to the door to help you.

  • monday lunch group

    Mondays at noon / Via Zoom / Begins September 14 / Led by Brian Ford

    Take a break in your day to share a meal and continue walking together on the spiritual path. This group will be listening to Barbara Brown Taylor's Holy Envy. The group typically begins their time together with a period of silence before 20 minutes of video or audio, followed by conversation for the rest of the hour. 

    The group occasionally meets on Fridays instead of Mondays. Search for the private group "Monday Lunch Group" on Facebook for more information and to learn of date changes.

  • rebuilding when your relationship ends

    Next Session Tentatively Planned for January 2021

    Facilitated by Lou Ann Morris

    This highly regarded program ministers to hurting individuals. The nine-week workshop is based on the belief that if given information, guidance and emotional support, people can adjust to the ending of a relationship through separation, divorce or death and experience personal growth. Learn more at 

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