Fall 2021 Catalog

Fall 2021 Catalog

Fall 2021 online catalog

A Note from Rev. Winter Hamilton

Hey Beloved Community!

Welcome to our Fall 2021 Online Adult Faith Formation Catalog. This fall we have a bunch of classes meeting. Some are meeting online, some are in-person, and some are hybrid. Meals & Ministry, our Wednesday evening programing is returning. We will have classes and more classes. Sunday morning programming returned to in-person on September 19th. We will also see a return of Children’s choir, Children’s Sunday School, and the reopening of our Nursery.

This October we will have a four-week All Church Study and sermon series that is rooted in our Wesleyan heritage, using a book that comes from Church of the Resurrection. Remember that our worship times are currently 9:00 & 11:00 am on Sunday mornings.

Whether this is your first time or your 31st time taking a class at Manchester UMC, we are blessed to have you. You are welcome here and we pray that you find ways to get connected. If you need any help getting plugged in our have any questions, please reach out to me or Tiffany Conway with any questions you may have about any of these listed offerings.

Blessings & Peace,

Rev. Winter Hamilton
Pastor of Adult Faith Formation

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

Classes

October Classes & New Studies
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Inward, Outward, Upward
Fall All Church Study

Various days & times, Oct. 3-30
This October, you are invited to participate in our 4-week All Church Study. Our All Church Studies are an opportunity to grow deeper in our faith, while connecting with others in fellowship.  Learn more.

Alpha Group

Alpha Class
Sun, Oct. 3, 9a

Join the Alpha Class on Zoom as they discuss the topic, Adoption Learn more.

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Current Connections
Mons, Oct. 4-25, 6:30p

Each week this group will read the top 3 or 4 news stories as reported by the Associated Press and discuss them together. In our conversations, we will make theological, Biblical, and spiritual connections to the events of the day.  Learn more.

Lydia Circle

Lydia Circle
Thurs, Oct. 7, 11:30a

Join us as we get together in person and get to know each other….again or the first time! Welcome to a time of fun and friendship as Lydia Circle renews it’s purpose.   Learn more.

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Parent Group
Fridays, Starting Oct. 8, 9:30p

Join us as we meet in person to discuss Francine Rivers’ novella Unshaken, which is a fictional account based on the book of Ruth from the Bible.  If child care is needed, advanced registration is required.  Learn more.

Alpha Group

Alpha Class
Sun, Oct. 10, 9a

Join the Alpha Class in person as they discuss the topic, How Immigration Works Learn more.

Alpha Group

Alpha Class
Sun, Oct. 17-Nov. 14, 9a

Join the Alpha Class in person as they study a new video series produced by General Commission On Religion and Race (GCORR).  Learn more.

Singles Group

Adult Singles Bible Study
NEW STUDY! Sunday, Oct. 17, 11a

Join us Oct. 17 as we begin discussing Life and Ministry of the Messiah by Rev. Ray Vander Laan.  Learn more.

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Making Disciples
Tuesdays, Oct. 19-Nov. 2, 9:30a

We will jump right into the Lectionary Studies.  Learn more.

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Parent Group
Fridays, Oct. 22, 9:30p

Join us as we meet in person to discuss Francine Rivers’ novella Unshaken, which is a fictional account based on the book of Ruth from the Bible.  If child care is needed, advanced registration is required.  Learn more.

Evening Book Group
Wed, Oct. 27, 7p

Join us as we discuss the book, The Widowsby Jess Montgomery.   Learn more.

Good Samaritan painting by Paula Modersohn-Becker

Sermon Reflection Groups
Begins the week of Oct. 31

These studies are open to everyone with no homework required. Sermon Reflection Study Groups meet throughout the week and you can join any time. See below which time works best for you!  Learn more.

November Classes & New Studies
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Current Connections
Mons, Nov. 1-22, 6:30p

Each week this group will read the top 3 or 4 news stories as reported by the Associated Press and discuss them together. In our conversations, we will make theological, Biblical, and spiritual connections to the events of the day.  Learn more.

Doing Theology Together

Doing Theology Together
Weds, Nov. 3-Dec. 8, 4:30p

Join Pastors Andy and Winter as they explore essays and concepts from theologians and biblical scholars using postmodern methods.   Learn more.

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Saving Grace
Weds, Nov. 3-Dec. 15, 6:30p

Join us as we learn tools needed to address the topics of: saving, earning, giving, spending, and debt. It also provides helpful strategies for achieving a sustainable financial life..   Learn more.

Lydia Circle

Lydia Circle
Thurs, Nov. 4, 9:30a

Manchester Chief of Police, Scott Wills, and Maggie Tauser will discuss how to watch out for scams and how to protect your information. Learn more.

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Parent Group
Friday, Nov. 5, 9:30p

This is a wonderful group to get to know other parents and grow in faith-based learning together.  If child care is needed, advanced registration is required.  Learn more.

Good Samaritan painting by Paula Modersohn-Becker

Sermon Reflection Groups
Various days and times
These studies are open to everyone with no homework required. Sermon Reflection Study Groups meet throughout the week and you can join any time. See below which time works best for you!  Learn more.

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Making Disciples
Tuesdays, Nov. 9-Dec. 14, 9:30a

Start the Advent season with our group as we study Rev. Adam Hamilton’s book, Not a Silent Night.  Learn more.

Alpha Group

Alpha Class
Sundays thru Nov. 14, 9a
Join the Alpha Class in person as they study a new video series produced by General Commission On Religion and Race (GCORR).  Learn more.

White Fragility

White Fragility
Suns, Nov. 7-Dec. 12, 3p

Using Robin Diangelo’s book White Fragility: Why it’s hard for white people to talk about racism, we will examine some of the complicated feelings white folks can run into when talking about race.   Learn more.

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Parent Group
Friday, Nov. 19, 9:30p

This is a wonderful group to get to know other parents and grow in faith-based learning together.  If child care is needed, advanced registration is required.  Learn more.

December Classes & New Studies
Lydia Circle

Lydia Circle
Thurs, Dec. 2, 11:30a

Meet Katie from Love on a Leash, a program under the auspices of American Kennel Club. You will meet Katie and her friend, plus learn a lot of about this program.  Learn more.

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Parent Group
Friday, Dec. 3, 9:30p

This is a wonderful group to get to know other parents and grow in faith-based learning together.  If child care is needed, advanced registration is required.  Learn more.

Mom holding child's hand

Parent Group
Friday, Dec. 17, 9:30p

This is a wonderful group to get to know other parents and grow in faith-based learning together.  If child care is needed, advanced registration is required.  Learn more.


Sermon Discussion Study Groups

Learn More About Sermon Discussion Study Groups

By popular demand, we are continuing our All-Church Study, under the new name Sermon Discussion Studies.

These Sermon Discussion Study Groups are online until we are all back together again! There will be new curriculum produced weekly, still based off of Pastor Andy’s sermons. These studies are open to everyone with no homework required. Small groups are meeting throughout the week. (Please note that previous Sermon Discussion Studies are available as well).

This October, we will have a four-week All Church Study and sermon series that is rooted in our Wesleyan heritage, using a book that comes from Church of the Resurrection. Click here to learn more.

Everyone is welcome…anytime! To learn more, please click on the green “Learn more about Sermon Discussion Study Groups” button.


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 Class

Alpha
Sunday at 9a

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 9:00a
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 In Person
Our group likes to emphasize the 4 F’s:  Fun, Fellowship among Christian Friends, on a Foundation of meaningful Bible Study!  
Learn more.

Mondays
Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer
Mondays at 7:00p
Centering Prayer is a method of prayer in which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence. Join us as we read, reflect, discuss and pray.  Learn more.

Tuesdays
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Making Disciples
Tuesdays at 9:30a
Join the Making Disciples group as study the Lectionary through Nov. 2. On Nov. 9, we will begin our Advent study, Not a Silent Night.  Learn more.

Tuesday Bible Study
Tuesdays at 9:30a
The Tuesday Bible Study is meeting in person and 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.

Thursdays
Lydia Circle

Lydia Circle
1st Thursdays at 11:00a
Our group will study one book per month in person, and join us afterwards for lunch at a local restaurant.   Learn more.

Fridays
Mom holding child's hand

Parents Group
Fridays at 9:30a
Our fun Parent Group is made up of parents that meet and grow in faith-based learning. 
Learn more.

Reflections

Reflections
Fridays at 10a
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.

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 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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