Spring 2021 Catalog

Spring 2021 Catalog

Spring 2021 AFF Catalog

A Note from Rev. Winter Hamilton

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!

Classes

May Classes & New Studies
Lydia Circle

Lydia Circle
Thurs, May 6

Lydia’s Circle offers a creative, supportive fellowship where women can know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ.  Learn more.

Toxic Charities

Toxic Charity
Mon, May 10-June 21, 6:30p

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.

Inclusion Hands

Courageous Conversations
Wed, May 12, 7p
Join us May 12 at 7p 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.

Adult Singles Bible Study
Sun, May 16-mid-Summer, 11:15a

Join this group as they discuss Rev. Adam Hamilton’s book, The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life.   Learn more.

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Sci-Fi Book Club
Wed, May 19-June 23, 7:30p

Join Pastor Andy Bryan and this new Sci-Fi Book Club as we read and discuss the book, Parable of the Sower by author, Octavia Butler.   Learn more.

Tuesday Evening Book Group
Tues, May 25, 7p

Join us as we discuss the book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates.   Learn more.

Harvest

Harvest
Sundays, thru June 6, 9a

Join the Harvest group as we continue to 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.

Inquire Young Adult Bible Study

Inquire
Sundays, thru Summer, 1p

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.

June Classes & Studies
Harvest

Harvest Group
Suns, June 13-27, 9a
Join us June 13 as we learn and discuss passages from Torah. We will learn how portions of scripture apply to our lives today!
Learn more.

Beyond Books

Tuesday Evening Book Group
Tues, June 29, 7p
Join us June 29 as we discuss the book, A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende. 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).

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 Class
Sundays at 9:30a
Alpha Class is a group of Christians looking for tools to bring Christ into our community. We ask challenging questions, look for meaningful answers and then seek ways to bring this to others. 
Learn more.

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

Harvest

Harvest Group
Sundays at 9:00a
The Harvest Group gleans from what life has taught thus far, and plants seeds for a rich harvest in the next segment of our life journey. 
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
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.

Adult Single Bible Study
Sundays at 11:15a
Our group likes to emphasize the 5 F’s:  Food, 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 us as we study the book, Companions in Christ, which offers a powerfully transforming small-group experience in opening yourself to God’s presence and guidance.  Learn more.

Tuesday Women’s Bible Study
Tuesdays at 9:30a
 Join us as we study Romans!  
Learn more.

Beyond Books

Tuesday Evening Book Group
Last Tuesdays/month 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 and meet via Zoom until we are able to meet safely in person.  
Learn more.

Fridays
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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 by 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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