Spring 2021 Online Catalog
Hey Beloved Community!
Welcome to our Spring 2021 Adult Faith Formation online catalog! I hope you will take some time to look over the many options that Manchester UMC has for you to get connected to others and to God. As the weather gets warmer and we spend more time outside, I encourage you to take some deep breaths. We have had a crazy year. Reach out to friends, family, and neighbors. In all of this, know that your church is here for you.
The majority of our offerings are still on ZOOM. The church parking lot is available for hangouts. I know we are all still “going through it.” Please know that I pray for our church community every day. The love of God and the work of the Holy Spirit is present in our community always. 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!
Lent 2021 All-Church Study
The season of Lent is a special time of prayer and reflection for Christians. It’s also an ideal time for us to reorient our hearts and minds toward loving God and each other more deeply. Starting Sunday, February 21 through the week of March 21, Manchester UMC will offer a special 5-week Sermon Series and an accompanying All Church Study called The Fast I Choose: Living with Intentionality.
The church is an “intentional community.” And, in our baptism we promise to live intentionally in five specific ways: through our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. This Lent we will spend one week focusing on each of these promises.
Our Lenten All-Church Study brings together elements of music, scripture, prayer, sermon reflection, and spiritual formation practices! By coming to worship and attending a Lent small group during this time period, you’ll encounter caring people as you learn more about God and yourself. Together, we’ll examine our response as followers of Jesus and intentionally live into these promises.
Please click on the blue button to learn more, obtain Lent materials or register:
Conversations on Inclusion
Wed, Mar. 17, 7 p.m. or
Sun, Mar. 21, 3 p.m.
Join us either Mar. 17 or Mar. 21 for an opportunity to connect and debrief about the Feb. 28 Manchester United Methodist Church Leadership Board vote on facility usage for same-sex weddings. Learn more.
April Classes & New Studies
Study 3 Major Kings
Thurs, Apr. 8 & 15, 9:30 a.m.
This 2-week study comprises the fascinating narratives of the three major kings of the Old Testament: Saul, David and Solomon.
Sun, Apr. 11, 9:30 a.m.
Join the Harvest group as we as we discuss the book, Interrupted – When Jesus Wrecks your Comfortable Christianity, by author Jen Hatmaker. Learn more.
I’m Black, I’m Christian, I’m Methodist
Suns, Apr. 11-May 9, 3:30 p.m.
Studying this new book, we will learn about ten Black women and men as they explore life through the lens of compelling personal religious narratives. Learn more.
Starting Sunday, Apr. 11, 1 p.m.
Join our Young Adults (ages 18-40) group as we study The Animate Faith Journal. An interactive journal where participants can delve deeper and reflect on animate session content.. Learn more.
Law, Prophets & Christ: Biblical Foundations for Social Justice
Thurs, Apr. 15-29, 8 p.m.
This short-term study is on the Law/Torah, the prophets, and on the teachings and practices of Jesus to better understand what we mean when we use the term social justice as Christians. Learn more.
Upstream: Selected Essays
Sun, Apr. 18-June 6, 9:30 a.m.
Join the Harvest group as we study these essays by Mary Oliver where she looses herself within the beauty and mysteries of both the natural world and the work of literature. Learn more.
May Classes & New Studies
Mon, May 10-June 21, 6:30 p.m.
Join us as our social justice book club dives into the topic of Mission and Charity. Using the book, How Churches and Charities Hurt Those They Help, by author Robert D. Lupton. Learn more.
Parables of the Sower
Wed, May 12-June 16, 7:30 p.m.
Join Pastors Andy Bryan & Winter Hamilton for a 6-week Sci-Fi Book Group. We will read and discuss the book, Parable of the Sower by author, Octavia Butler.
Sermon Reflection Study Groups
After Lent, we may continue our All-Church Study, under the new name Sermon Reflection Studies. Please check back on this website in late March to learn more.
These Sermon Reflection 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 Reflection Studies are available as well).
Everyone is welcome…anytime! To learn more, please click on the green “Learn more about Sermon Reflection Study Groups” button.
- Adult Singles Bible Study
- Centering Prayer
- Christian Fellowship
- Lydia Circle
- Making Disciples
- Men’s Bible Study
- Parents Group
- Tuesday Evening Book Club
- Tuesday Women’s Bible Study
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 & Trick
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.
Check out these websites:
- Sermon Reflection Study Groups
- Online Sermons
- Online Classes and Groups
- Online Church
- Social Justice
- Faith In Action