Summer 2022 Catalog

Summer 2022 Catalog

A Note from Rev. Winter Hamilton

Happy Summer, Beloved Community!

Welcome to the Online Summer Faith Formation Catalog!

As we find ourselves in the heat of summer, I hope this letter finds you warm and happy. With these longer days we may find ourselves outside a bit more and taking some time to vacation and catch up with friends and family.

Programming for adults slows down just a bit during the summers at Manchester UMC, but there is still plenty of happening for those of us who want to connect. We have multiple classes that meet throughout the summer and Sermon Reflection Studies meeting at different times on different days. Sermon Reflection Studies have no homework and you can come and go as you please (great for those who vacation a bit over the summer). They are based on the current sermon series and are written in-house.

At Manchester UMC we are dedicated to helping each other grow deeper in our faith. No matter where you are on your faith journey, there is something here for you. Please reach out with questions if you are trying to figure out where you belong!

Grace & Peace,

Rev. Winter Hamilton
Associate Pastor of Faith Formation

All of these classes and groups listed are welcome to everyone, newcomers included!

Classes & Retreat

July Classes & New Studies

Sermon Reflection Study Groups
Various days and times
These studies are open to everyone with no homework required. Newcomers are always welcome! Learn more.

Tat and Chat
Sat, July 2, 9:30a
Gather with others for fellowship and to work on tatting projects. Learn how to needle tat. Newcomers and beginners are welcome! Learn more.

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Adults Single Bible Study
Begins Sunday, July 17, 11a

Adult Singles Bible Study group will begin studying the book, Jesus: The God Who Knows Your Name, by Max Lucado.

Do you ever feel like Jesus couldn’t possibly know what you are going through? He’s the God of the universe after all Does he really know your daily struggles? The good news is: he does. Learn more.

Beyond Books

Evening Book Group
Wed, July 27, 7p

This group will be discussing the book, The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. Learn more.

August Classes & New Studies

Tat and Chat
Sat, Aug. 6, 9:30a
Gather with others for fellowship and to work on tatting projects. Learn how to needle tat. Newcomers and beginners are welcome! Learn more.

Beyond Books

Evening Book Group
Wed, Aug. 31, 7p

This group will be discussing the book, Arthur Trulove by Elizabeth Berg. Learn more.

September Classes & New Studies

Sermon Reflection Study Groups
Various days and times
These studies are open to everyone with no homework required. Newcomers are always welcome! Learn more.

Tat and Chat
Sat, September 3, 9:30a
Gather with others for fellowship and to work on tatting projects. Learn how to needle tat. Newcomers and beginners are welcome! Learn more.

Joy Butterfly

Joy Class
New Study begins Sun, Sept. 4, 9:30a
This fall, the Bible lessons follow the theme “Freedom.” The lessons explore the concept of salvation and God’s gracious acts in redeeming us.
Learn more.

Sojourners

Sojourners Class
New Study begins Sun, Sept. 4, 9:30a
This fall, the Bible lessons follow the theme “Freedom.” The lessons explore the concept of salvation and God’s gracious acts in redeeming us. Learn more.

Alpha Class
Sunday, Sept. 4, 9:30a

Join the Alpha Class for fellowship and celebrate being back together Learn more.

Reflections
Begins Friday, Sept. 9, 10a

In Vanishing Grace, bestselling author Philip Yancey acknowledges the problem and then explores how we can respond with both grace and truth. He offers a discerning look at what contributes to a hostility toward Christians, and identifies three groups–pilgrims, artists, and activists–who can show us a different way. Learn more.

Alpha Class
Begins Sunday, Sept. 11, 9:30a

Starting September 11, the Alpha Class will kick off the new year by studying the book, What’s So Amazing about Grace?, by Philip Yancy. It explores the concept of grace–the one thing the world cannot duplicate and the one thing it craves above all else–and explores what it looks like in action.  Learn more.

Making Disciples
Tues, Sept. 13, 9:30a

Trusted pastor and bestselling author Adam Hamilton draws on the latest research, therapeutic insights, biblical principles, and personal experience to untangle the knots of fear and truly embrace Jesus’s recurring counsel to his followers: “Do not be afraid.”
Learn more.

Beyond Books

Evening Book Group
Wed, September 28, 7p

This group will be discussing the book, Memorial Drive: A Daughter’s Memoir by Natasha Trethaway. Learn more.

Disciple & Beyond

The writings in the Bible are one of the prime ways that we learn about God and what it means to follow Jesus and reading scripture is at the heart of our discipleship. The Bible is filled with stories of great faith, betrayal, hope, despair, and God’s steadfast love.  

At Manchester UMC, we offer different Long-Term Bible Studies. These run 32-weeks on average and culminate with a graduation worship service at the end of the learning cycle. We use multiple resources including DISCIPLE, a renowned United Methodist Bible Study.

Enroll now for the Disciple & Beyond 2022-2023 classes! If you are looking for an in-depth Bible study, then choose one of our Disciple & Beyond classes below:

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Disciple & Beyond 1B
Weds, Sept. 7, 2022-May 3, 2023, 10a OR 6:30p
An in-depth, 30-week study of New Testament through the Jewish and Christian perspectives. We will look at how the Jewish traditions and Jewish Bible (Tanach) influenced the life of Christ and the formation of the church. What influenced the books chosen to be part of the Bible as we know it?  Learn more

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Disciple & Beyond 2
Weds, Aug. 31, 2022-May 10, 2023, 6:30p
This 32-week study that offers a deeper examination of Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts, emphasizing the rhythm of coming to God and going for God. It explores all experiences of life as opportunities for faithful witness and service.   Learn more

Women’s Retreat – September 16-18, 2022
Women's Fall Retreat 2022

Women’s Retreat
Experiencing God Through Our Senses
Fri, Sept. 16 – Sun, Sept. 18, 2022
This retreat is a faith formation event to gather women together to build community, experience God through all their senses, and give them a respite from their normal activities. Learn more.


Sermon Reflection Study Groups

Learn More About Sermon Reflection Study Groups

Sermon Reflection Study Groups
study new curriculum produced weekly, still based off of weekly sermon. These studies are open to everyone with no homework required. Small groups are meeting in person, hybrid, and online only throughout the week.

Everyone is welcome…anytime!
Learn more


On-going Groups

The following small groups meet on an on-going basis. For convenience, they are listed by the day in which they meet. Newcomers are ALWAYS welcome!

Sundays

Alpha
Sunday at 9:30a
(Taking Summer Off)

This group is taking the summer off and will return in September! Join the Alpha Group as they reflect on how the teachings of Jesus and Christian practices relate to contemporary issues of the day. All are welcome as we gather for fellowship and discern future studies. Learn more.

Christian Fellowship Group
Sundays at 9:00a
Join us as we continue to study and discuss the weekly Sermon Reflection Study. No registration or homework required. Learn more.

Joy Butterfly

Joy Class
Sundays at 9:30a
The Joy Class uses lessons to explore and focus on our love for God. Learn more.

Sojourners

Sojourners
Starting Sundays at 9:30a
The Sojourner Group lessons to explore and focus on our love for God. We are studying the All-Church Study and provide a weekly notes which are available.  Learn more.

Singles Group

Adult Single Bible Study
Sundays at 11a
Our group likes to emphasize the 4 F’s:  Fun, Fellowship among Christian Friends, on a Foundation of meaningful Bible Study!  Learn more.

Mondays
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Sermon Reflection Group
Mondays at 10:00a

Join this group with Rev. Nancye Dunlap as they study new curriculum produced weekly, based off of weekly sermon. These studies are open to everyone with no homework required. This group meets in online only.

Everyone is welcome…anytime!
Learn more

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer
Mondays at 7:15p

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer in which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence. Join this group as they read, reflect, discuss and pray. This group meets virtually. Learn more

Tuesdays
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Sermon Reflection Group
Tuesdays at 6p
(Taking Summer Off)
Join this group with Kurtis and Ethan as they study new curriculum produced weekly, based off of weekly sermon. These studies are open to everyone with no homework required. This group meets in online only.

Everyone is welcome…anytime!
Learn more

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Making Disciples
Tuesdays at 9:30a (Taking Summer Off)
We always welcome newcomers to our fun Bible study group! This group is meeting virtually by Zoom.  Learn more.

Tuesday Bible Study
Tuesdays at 9:30a (Taking Summer Off)
The Tuesday Bible Study is meeting in person and virtually on Zoom. Please join us!  Learn more.

Beyond Books

Evening Book Group
Monthly at 7:00p
Our discussions arise out of questions that are open-ended so everyone can bring their own perspectives. Learn more.

Wednesdays
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Sermon Reflection Group
Wednesdays at 1:30p

Join this group with Pastor Winter Hamilton as they study new curriculum produced weekly, based off of weekly sermon. These studies are open to everyone with no homework required. This group meets in online only.

Everyone is welcome…anytime!
Learn more.

Sermon Reflection Group
Wednesdays at 4:45p
(Taking Summer Off)

Join this group with Pastors Andy Bryan and Winter Hamilton as they study new curriculum produced weekly, based off of weekly sermon. These studies are open to everyone with no homework required. This group meets in person.

Everyone is welcome…anytime!
Learn more.

Thursdays
Lydia Circle

Lydia Circle
1st Thursdays at 9:30a
Lydia Circle meets on the 1st Thursday of the month (September thru May). Monthly gatherings include a guest speaker(s), fellowship, and join them afterwards for lunch at a local restaurant.   Learn more.

Fridays
Reflections

Reflections
Fridays at 10a (Taking Summer Off)
We are a group of mature women who enjoy reading and discussing a variety of religious themed books. We meet weekly in person and on Zoom. Newcomers are always welcome!
Learn more.

Saturdays

Men’s Bible Study
Saturdays at 8a
Join us each week as study the Hebrew minor prophets.  Lessons are emailed ahead of time. Learn more.

Various Days
LGBTQ Heart in Hand

LGBTQ+ Family Support Network
Various Days and Times
Any LGBTQ+ person or family member, including parent, grandparent, or guardian of an LGBTQ+ person(s) are welcome! This faith-based group provides on-going education, guest speakers, and peaceful advocacy. Learn more.

Zoom Tips

How Do I Participate?

Everyone is welcome to participate in any of these online classes or groups.  The classes and groups are meeting through a free website/app called ZOOM.  You can use your phone, tablet or personal computer. If you are connecting from your computer, you will just go to the website. If you are using your smartphone or tablet, you will need to download the ZOOM app (it’s free).

How Do I Use ZOOM?

It’s easy!  Follow these step by step instructions.
1. Go to Zoom.com and download this free app, before your study begins.
2. Click the button in the upper right corner that says “JOIN A MEETING.”
3. Enter the Zoom Required Password that is listed Online Catalog for Groups & Classes.
4. Enter the Zoom Meeting ID number and Passcode.

ZOOM Tips & Tricks

Once you’ve connected, have others help you learn to use your mute function, find how to show and hide your video, and explore the different ways you can view group members.

The important things for you to do during this time of physical distancing are to stay well and connected!  Manchester UMC strives to provide these opportunities to help you worship, connect and serve.

If you have any questions about upcoming classes or groups, or if you are feeling called to lead a class or group, please contact Pastor Winter Hamilton or Tiffany Conway.


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