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ADULT | Long Term Classes

All are welcome!

Manchester UMC offers a variety of adult long term classes where you can connect with other people as you learn and grow in your faith together. Explore these different classes and find one that fits your interests and schedule. Let us know which classes you’d like to give a try by completing the form below. We’ll introduce you to the group leader and help you get plugged in.



9:00 - 10:00 a.m. | Room 222

Alpha Class

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Room 223

Joy Class

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Room 219


9:30 - 10:45 a.m. | Room 309

Adult Singles Bible Study

11:00 a.m. - Noon | Room 311



7:15 - 8:15 p.m. | Online



9:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Online

Tuesday Morning Bible Study

9:30 - 11:00 a.m. | Rm 226


Disciple & Beyond Torah

10:00-11:30 a.m. OR 7:00-8:30 p.m. Both Online Only

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Diving into the Gospels

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. | Rm 223 Inperson

Banned Books

Banned Books Club

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. | Joey B's

Grief Care

Grief Care

6:30 -8:00 p.m. | Room 309



10:00 - 11:00 a.m. | Rm 223


Men's Bible Study

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. | Online

Long Term Classes

Please complete one form per person:


Pastor's Note

Venom: Jesus & Nicodemus

   It seemed like every televised football game in the 1970s had a huge banner displayed in the stands near the end-zone with “John 3:16” emblazoned on it. Many times, the banner was the work of one man, Rollen Stewart, who traveled from town to town, seemingly just to unfurl

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Adult Faith Formation
Long Term Class

christian fellowship

Date: Sundays thru May 19
Time:  9:00-10:00 a.m.
Location:  Room 222 | Manchester UMC
Zoom Meeting ID:  225 180 622
Passcode: 757205
Leader:  Mary Beth Harper

This class meets during the school year and takes the summer off.  Please join us on Sept. 15 when we resume!

This class is for adults interested in making friends with other families at MUMC while growing spiritually through reflection and study.

In addition to Sunday class meetings, we meet socially for casual get-togethers with and without our children. We look forward to meeting you!

Newcomers are always welcome!

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April 7 - May 19

Adult Faith Formation
Long Term Class

alpha class

Date: Sundays thru June 9, 2024
No Class on Mar. 31, May 5 or 26
Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location:  Room 223 | Manchester UMC
Zoom Meeting ID:  843 6667 1102   
Passcode: 245451
Leaders:  Shared Leadership

Join the Alpha Class 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 study our faith and how to put it into practice.

The Alpha Class will be studying the following:

  • Mar. 31:  No class, Easter
  • Apr. 7 – May 19:  Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White
  • May 5: No class
  • May 26: No class 

Newcomers are always welcome!

Dec. 3 – Feb. 25

Mar. 3 – May 26

June 2 – Aug. 25

Adult Faith Formation
Long Term Class

Joy class

Day: Sundays
Time:  9:30-10:30 a.m.
Location:  Room 219 | Manchester UMC
Leader:  Jane Carr

The Joy Class studies the Adult Bible Study which is a comprehensive Bible study plan with spiritual practices to deepen your relationship with God.

Each quarter, the new study focuses on a different theme:

  • Winter 2023-2024 (Dec. 3 – Feb. 25)
  • Spring 2024 (March 3 – May 26)
  • Summer 2024 (June 2 – August 25)

Newcomers are always welcome!

Mar. 3 - Apr. 14, 2024
The Lords Prayer Book
Apr. 21 - Jun. 2, 2024

Adult Faith Formation
Long Term Class


Date: Sundays
No class Feb. 25 & Mar. 31 (Easter) or May 19
Time:  9:30-10:45 a.m.
Location:  Room 309 | Manchester UMC
Leader:  Prudy Bertolino

Join the Sojourners class as they study:

  • The Call by Rev. Adam Hamilton starting Mar. 3 – Apr. 14, 2024.
  • The Lord’s Prayer by Rev. Adam Hamilton, Apr. 21 – Jun. 2, 2024.

Newcomers are always welcome!

Adult Faith Formation
Long Term Class

Adult Singles bible Study

Date: Sundays (No class Mar. 31, Easter)
Time:  11:00 a.m. – Noon
Location:  Room 309 | Manchester UMC
Leader:  Ralph Burns

This singles group likes to emphasize FIVE F’s: Fellowship, Food, Fun, among Christian Friends, on a Foundation of meaningful Bible Study! Newcomers are always welcome, so please join us any Sunday!

Through April 28, the Adult Singles Bible Study group will be studying the book by Max Lucado, They Walked with God.

This group will study Rev. Adam Hamilton’s new book, Wrestling with Doubt Finding Faith.

Newcomers are always welcome!

Adult Faith Formation
Long Term Class

centering Prayer

Date:  Every Monday
This group will not meet on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.
Time: 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Zoom: Please register below and Zoom instructions will be emailed.
Leader:   Lou Kimmell

Centering Prayer, traditionally called contemplative prayer, is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence.  It facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer into a receptive prayer of resting in God.

This group is studying the book, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer, by Richard Rohr.

This popular and bestselling book of the renowned Franciscan challenges people to move beyond the comfort of a settled life toward an understanding of themselves that is rooted in their connection to God. Only when they rest in God can they find the certainty and the freedom to become all that they can be. Contemplation has its place at the heart of Christianity, a place that allows people to experience how “everything belongs.”

Newcomers are always welcome!

The Lords Prayer Book
Apr. 2 - May 14, 2024

Adult Faith Formation
Long Term Class

Making Disciples

Date: Tuesdays thru May 14, 2024
Time:  9:30 – 10:30 a.m. 

Online Only
Zoom ID#:
314 779 879
Passcode:  697261
Leader:  Rev. Nancy Wilson

We always welcome newcomers to our fun Bible study group!

From April 2 to May 14, the Making Disciples group will be studying Rev. Adam Hamilton’s book, The Lord’s Prayer.

Description:  Most Christians know the Lord’s Prayer by heart. We pray it often, at different times and in different settings. We remember it as the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. But do we really understand and appreciate the meaning and power of its words, what we ask of God each time we pray it?

Books available at the Information Center on Sunday mornings or by emailing Tiffany Conway.

Adult Faith Formation
Long Term Class

Tuesday Morning bible Study

Date: Tuesdays thru May 17, 2024
Time:  9:30-11:00 a.m.
NEW Location:  Room 226 | Manchester UMC
Zoom Meeting ID:  347 375 197
Passcode: Blessings
Leader:  Rev. Brenda Becker

The Tuesday Morning Bible Study is studying Richard Rohr’s book “Jesus’ Alternative Plan: The Sermon on the Mount.”

When Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God, he was talking about an utterly different way of relating to human society as we know it. He lays out a blueprint for this new life in his best-known teaching, the Sermon on the Mount. From the Beatitudes onward, the Sermon on the Mount overturns conventional wisdom and traditional power structures, offering a plan for an alternative way of being.

 Acclaimed spiritual leader and Franciscan priest Richard Rohr explores the implications of this vision in Jesus’ Alternative Plan. Rohr goes through the teachings of the sermon, explaining the historical and cultural context of each verse and offering guidance for what it means for Christians today.

Participants are not required to purchase this book.

This group is meeting in person, as well as virtually on Zoom. Child care is available with advance reservation. 

Newcomers are always welcome!

Adult Faith Formation
Short Term Class

Banned Books

Day:  Tuesdays, May 14
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Location:  Joey B’s Restaurant
14445 Manchester Rd, Manchester
Leaders:  Alison Seitz & Suzanne Shimkus

A couple of our Youth Parents who are also Rockwood Middle School teachers have been hosting a monthly book club. Reading is not required as the group will be given discussion topics and questions. 

Register to learn more about what book we are reading next!

Newcomers are always welcome!

Grief Care

Congregational Care
Support Group

Grief Care

Date: Wednesdays thru Dec. 18, 2024
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Location:  Room 309 | Manchester UMC
Leaders:  Rev. Dr. Mary Beth Hartenstein and Denise Stuckmeyer-Keller 

Description:  Grief Care is a new support group that will focus on those individuals who are dealing with all types of grief and loss.

This group offers a safe, welcoming place where people understand the difficult emotions of grief.   The group will grow together and the goal is to gain solid support each step of the way!

Adult Faith Formation
Long Term Class


Date:  Fridays, Jan. 5 – May 31, 2024
Time:  10:00-11:30 a.m.
This group will not meet on Good Friday, March, 29.
Location:  Room 223 | Manchester UMC
Leader:  Barb Bess

This is a group of mature women who enjoy reading and discussing a variety of religious themed books, by authors Adam Hamilton, Phillip Yancey, Henri Nouwen, and many others.

Book Description: 

Join this group as they begin studying the brand new book, “Somehow: Thoughts on Love” by Anne Lamott.

Book Description:   “Love is our only hope,” Anne Lamott writes in this perceptive new book. “It is not always the easiest choice, but it is always the right one, the noble path, the way home to safety, no matter how bleak the future looks.”

In Somehow: Thoughts on Love, Lamott explores the transformative power that love has in our lives: how it surprises us, forces us to confront uncomfortable truths, reminds us of our humanity, and guides us forward. “Love just won’t be pinned down,” she says. “It is in our very atmosphere” and lies at the heart of who we are. We are, Lamott says, creatures of love.

In each chapter of Somehow, Lamott refracts all the colors of the spectrum. She explores the unexpected love for a partner later in life. The bruised (and bruising) love for a child who disappoints, even frightens. The sustaining love among a group of sinners, for a community in transition, in the wider world. The lessons she underscores are that love enlightens as it educates, comforts as it energizes, sustains as it surprises.

Newcomers are always welcome!

Adult Faith Formation
Long Term Class

Men's Bible Study

Date: Saturdays
Time:  8:00 – 9:00 a.m. 
Zoom ID#:  807 155 411
Passcode: 241385 
Leaders:  Rev. Steve Harbaugh, Kevin Tobin

Join us on Zoom each Saturday morning as we read and study the Bible. The discussion is lively and the fellowship is great.

Newcomers always welcome!