Christian Education and Connection Groups At WFMC
Note: All groups meet when in-person worship is being conducted. For Sundays that are online-only, all in-person only groups are suspended.
Children’s Sunday School
We are offering a full range of children’s Sunday school classes every Sunday from 9:45 a.m. through 10:40a.m., birth/nursery through grade five.
Youth Bible Fellowships
Teens in grade 6 through 12 currently have classes as follows:
6-7th Grade Girls, Erin McLaughlin, C204
6-7th Grade Guys, Todd & Krista Padgett, C203
8-9th Grade, Andrea Tinsley, C202
10-12th Grade, Ken Thompson, C205-206
Adult Bible Fellowships
Café Berea takes its name from Acts 17:11 where it is said that the people of Berea “received the message with great eagerness and searched the Scriptures daily.” The focus of the class is on direct study of the Scripture. Before the present virus attack, class members brought snacks that were enjoyed by all (“cafe”), and it is hoped we can do that again in the future. The present study is of the book of Psalms. Dr. John Oswalt is the teacher. Study questions are passed out in advance, and class discussion is an important feature. Glen Ellwood opens the class with a devotional thought and leads in prayer for requests that have been voiced. Later in the week Nancy Ellwood sends out the list of requests so that we can continue to be connected with one another. The class meets in B-100 and is also Zoom connected.
Current Conversations, Ancient Faith Would you like to talk about today’s issues through a biblical and historical (Free Methodist) lens? Join us for this new discussion- oriented ABF. In the first year, expect topics around social issues, justice, race, gender identity, women in leadership, church and state, parenting concerns, and technology challenges. Many of these issues and more can be found at https://freemethodistconversations.com/. To quote the Free Methodist Church’s website, these conversations “are intended to be open and respectful discussions on various present-day topics. Our intention is not to limit discussion but to elevate it by assuring that God’s love and respect is always expressed.” This new ABF also intends to take the conversation into action with monthly service events and other community activities. Discussion is led by a variety of women and men in our church. For more information, contact Sarah Beth Baldwin, Jason Johnston, or Amanda Reifsnyder, facilitators for this ABF. Meeting in person, Room B102.
Explorers From Charlie Brown to the Psalms, from Mr. Holland’s Opus to the letters of Paul, from To Kill a Mockingbird to the stoning of the adulterous woman: The Explorers is the intersection of culture and the Bible. We look at what our culture is saying—through film, TV, TedTalks, and more—and discuss how the culture is addressing the issues of life compared with how the Bible and Christian tradition speak into those same issues. Led by the attendees of the class. Zoom only at present – click here to join!
Homebuilders The vision of the Homebuilders ABF is to study how God’s Word speaks practically to present-day families. Each week the class begins with fellowship over breakfast, followed by a time of prayer. The study portion of class alternates between Bible book studies and topical studies. The class hosts monthly fellowship opportunities for members and their families to get together. Ben Riffell leads this ABF, which meets in person in Room B200-201.
Layman’s Class Layman’s ABF is attended by singles and marrieds in age ranges from the 20’s to the 80’s. Our study is interactive, with a focus on what the Scriptures have to say to Christians living in a world that looks more and more like it must have looked in the first century. Coffee is always available and heavily partaken of. Food and snacks, rarely. Teaching responsibilities are shared among Matt Kinnell, John Swaim, and Larry Winkleman. In-person only, (Sanctuary)
Wrestling With Truth The Wrestling with Truth ABF digs deeply into scripture to discuss what we know about God, and how we can live and share the life-giving Truth. We focus on the biblical text, emphasize discussion, and usually address a chapter each week. We also have a significant interest in mission work and hymns of the church. We plan fun social times and have a vibrant ministry of prayer and encouragement. Melanie Kierstead is the primary teacher of this ABF, assisted regularly by Art Brown. We are currently wrestling in the Gospel of John. In-person (Room B101) and Zoom accessible.
On Purpose For 2020, the On Purpose ABF (a 20-30 somethings class) has a slate of speakers that will help us look at the Scriptures as a source of encouragement and guidance for living our lives on purpose. These teachers are counselors, Bible scholars, history buffs, etc. Each will offer a unique perspective on how lives should be lived with purpose. In-person (Room B105)
The Upper Room The Upper Room ABF utilizes a variety of teaching resources to help its members grow in their relationship with God. Because of its smaller size, The Upper Room ABF allows for an engaging and intimate learning experience. Class members are encouraged to share their ideas and opinions in order to add depth to the group discussion. Michael Montoya and Joanna Crabtree co-lead this ABF. Zoom access only at the moment- contact the church office.
Young Married Couples Academy (YMCA) This Adult Bible Fellowship is especially for you if you are an engaged, young married couple just starting out (with or without children) or are a single parent. Young Families ABF promises a laid-back atmosphere for sharing and studying God’s Word together, as well as social opportunities for making long-term friendships. Dave and Carol Coulliette coordinate the leadership team. In-person (room B203)
Membership / Orientation Class Church membership can be a significant and meaningful part of your personal spiritual growth. Membership classes are offered several times each year and are designed to introduce what the Wilmore Free Methodist Church believes about God, the Bible, salvation, and life lived in intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and the mission and organization of the church. This Adult Elective meets four to five times throughout the year. Check the worship folder for current dates and times. Charlie and Patti Fiskeaux lead this ABF.
Connections Class This Adult Elective meets the first Sunday morning of each month and offers a brief introduction to our church’s ministries, beliefs, staff, and facilities. It is designed to be a one-time, get-acquainted opportunity for visitors. If you are new to our church, please join us! In-person (Room A200)