The heart of Methodism during the life of John Wesley was the Class Meeting. This was a small covenant discipleship support group where members were accountable to each other. They confessed their faults to one another, prayed for each other, and encouraged one another to love and good works. They examined the teachings of the Bible in light of actual personal experience and provided nurturing and equipping leaders.Small groups enable us to grow through Bible study and spiritual formation, to build community together, and to explore a diverse range of study opportunities.
Small groups are an essential part of any vibrant church community, and they provide a place of care, concern, accountability, and fellowship that is sometimes harder to find in the larger body of the church. Whether camping, traveling, quilting, crafting or studying the Bible or other books, we hope that you will find a group that feeds your soul.
Small group offerings change seasonally, with the majority of the groups beginning in the fall.
Online Small Groups
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Bible Study 101- Sunday, 9:40 am, Room 338/East Wing. Bible study class of various ages, both singles and couples, who seek to answer the questions of: What does the Bible say? What does the passage mean? How does the Scripture relate to my life? Come help us answer these questions. Contact: Greg and LaVonne Ankeney at or email@example.com.
Bungalow - Sunday, 9:40 am, Room 230/East Wing. Adults, couples and singles, 65+, meet for fellowship, hymn singing and Bible study led by experienced teachers. Lessons are based on the United Methodist Adult Bible Studies Series. The class also holds regular social events. Contact: June Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harvest - Sunday, 9:40 am, Room 336/East Wing. We are a class for couples and single parents with school-aged children, studying the Bible as it applies to daily life through discussion and pop culture studies. Contact: Jimmy and Shelly Renfro at .
Living the Bible Today - Sunday, 9:40 am, Room 203. Living the Bible Today is a multi-generational discussion class using contemporary resources where the group seeks to discover how to use the Bible in our lives today, referencing the appropriate Bible verses. Jim and Marla Garner, John and MaryAnne Knolle and John Carpenter are the facilitators and everyone will have their opportunity to lead discussions. For details contact Jim or Marla Garner at email@example.com.
Men’s Discussion - Sunday, 9:40 am, Miller Dining Room. We study texts dealing with issues of Christian living, interpretation of Scriptures and related questions. Contact: Dieter Gaupp at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Methodism 101 - Whether you’re new to FUMC-Denton or a long-timer wanting to brush up, Methodism 101: A Disciple’s Path offers a scripture-based guide to discipleship in the United Methodist church. The series focuses on the elements of the United Methodist five-fold commitment to church membership – prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.
This discussion-based series includes Bible study, guest speakers from FUMC committees and work groups, video presentations, and more. Come join this small-group study. All are welcome! To find out more about the curriculum for A Disciple’s Path, click here - https://www.abingdonpress.com/product/9781501858147#.W6jqimhKiUk.
Miracles - Sunday, 9:40 am, Room 204/Education Bldg. Intergenerational adults studying the book, A Course In Miracles, and other literature, who seek to achieve inner peace through forgiveness. Contact: Donna Meinecke at email@example.com.
New Horizons - Sunday, 9:40 am, Room 206/Education Bldg. A mixture of singles and married adults, 50s-70s, discussing a wide variety of spiritual, social, political and personal issues in a loosely structured, relaxed environment. Contact: Delaney Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SALT - Sharing and Learning Together the Bible - Sunday, 9:45 am, Room 330. This new group meets weekly to discuss Bible-based themes. It primarily targets empty nesters and retirees but everyone is welcome. The discussions are led by Alan and Beverly Albarran and Jerry and Joan Ulrich. For more information, contact Alan at email@example.com
Searchers - Sunday, 9:40 am, Room 231/East Wing. Adults, couples and singles, 60+, who support each other with prayer, enjoy singing and follow the United Methodist Adult Bible Studies Series. Click here for more information. Contact: Bill Neu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visions - Sunday, 9:40 am, Room 334, East Wing. An intergenerational class that uses the United Methodist Adult Bible Studies series as we discuss the integration of Scripture and contemporary issues. Contact: Rev. Jarrell Sharp at email@example.com. Weaver class has been combined with Visions.
Women’s Discussion - Sundays, 9:40 am. Room 200/Education Bldg.
Women of all ages exploring spirituality and Christian development. Contact: Marilyn Simms at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Families Fellowship Group - Young Family Fellowship is a group of young families, single parents and young couples. Our purpose is to connect and fellowship as Christians with other individuals seeking to grow and support each as they begin new, and sometimes challenging stages in their lives. The group meets regularly at 9:45 and 11:00 am on Sundays in room 205. We also organize outside opportunities for adult and family participation. For details please contact Fara Crawford at email@example.com .
Find us on Facebook using Denton First United Methodist Young Families Group.
Quadrilateral - Sunday, 9:40 am, Room 332/East Wing. An intergenerational class that focuses on applying the Wesleyan Quadrilateral (scripture, tradition, experience and reason) to current events and social concerns to discover how we can be more faithful and active Christians in 21st-century society. Contact: John Iverson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridge Group - Two groups meet monthly for fun and fellowship. All are welcome, singles or couples. Call to get on the list! Third Fridays, 7:00 pm at Good Samaritan Village; Fourth Fridays, 7:00 pm at Lake Forest Good Samaritan. Linda Hook leads (940-383-4678).
Community Bible Study - Led by FUMC-Denton pastors, the Community Bible Study is open to anyone who would like to discuss the scripture current scriptural text. It is done over the lunch hour on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:00 pm. Bring a brown bag lunch. Participants eat first, followed by a prayer, scripture and subsequent discussion.
The main goal of this Bible Study is getting people comfortable with reading, studying and discussing scriptures. It is an opportunity for our local community and neighbors to study and discuss the Bible and get acquainted with our pastors and other Christians. So, we invite anyone who can get away from everything for one hour to listen to God’s message and discuss what is behind the stories.
Intersect - 2nd and 4th Sundays, 7:00 pm at the Denton Wesley Foundation Are you interested in the intersection between faith and action, loving God and seeking justice? Join a collaborative group from Open and Denton Wesley College Ministry exploring theology and contemporary issues and working together in action to make a difference in our world.
Open College and Career Group - A new gathering of undergraduate students and recently graduated high school seniors. Meets at Miller Center Foyer area, at 10:00 am Sundays. Also, folks can sign up or request more information at openfumc.com/groups
Open Guys - Join other guys to share life, faith, and community and grow in being a positive presence in our world. They meet at Open and then walk to get breakfast (9:45 am) every Sunday. Also, folks can sign up or request more information at openfumc.com/groups
Open Kids - 11:25 am in Flinn Hall Lounge - Kids can engage with a meaningful lesson and spend time together during the Open sermon.
Open Moms - Join other Open moms for a weekly opportunity to laugh, grow, share, and find strength and moxie together in community. Sundays, 9:45 am in Room 214. Also, folks can sign up or request more information at openfumc.com/groups
Open Thought - 9:45 in Flinn Hall Lounge. An open, thoughtful discussion about faith and spiritual practice in a multi-generational community. Young adults, not-so-young adults, not-so-adult adults — everyone is welcome! Also, folks can sign up or request more information at openfumc.com/groups
Prayer Shawl Ministry- Crocheters and knitters in our Church make shawls, baby/child blankets and lap robes. After completion of the handmade article, the individual who made it brings it to the Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting, when it is prayed over, wrapped up and delivered. Meetings are first Wednesday of each month at 1:00 pm in Cole Chapel. Kathryn Stream leads. Contact Kathryn at email@example.com.
Quilting and Crafting Groups - These are sub-groups of United Methodist Women (UMW). Quilters gather in the tradition of the quilting bee. Hand-quilting is done for a fee to support UMW missions. Learners are welcome or you may put your quilt on the waiting list. Thursdays, 9-11:30 am. Donna Jambor leads. Crafters bring their knitting, crocheting, needlework or whatever craft and meet for fellowship, fun and sharing expertise. Thursdays, 8:30-11am at FUMC. Mary Layne leads.
Real Talk, Y'all - Monthly, Mondays at 6:30 pm in Flinn Hall. An opportunity to talk about real stuff, hard stuff, faith stuff, and whatever. Each month, we’ll meet, gather anonymous questions and topics from the group, and explore real topics together through open, safe, authentic conversation with Jonathon and Krystal. Pizza included. Also, folks can sign up or request more information at openfumc.com/groups
Sisters in Spirit coordinates two reunion groups for women who have completed a Walk to Emmaus, a program of The Upper Room coordinated locally by the Denton Area Emmaus Community (http://www.dentonemmaus.org). Please join us for monthly reunion meetings if you've participated in a Walk to Emmaus locally or elsewhere. Sisters in Spirit reunion groups meet at 9 a.m. the first Saturday of each month at Panera on South Loop or in the homes of members and the first Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. at locations near South Loop. For details about our reunion group meetings or about joining a Walk to Emmaus, contact Betty Roberts, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Songwriting and Art Group - Quarterly. Calling all musicians, poets, and artists. Open is home to so many talented writers, singers, instrumentalists, and artists, and we come together to create as a community. Also, folks can sign up or request more information at openfumc.com/groups
Stephen Ministry - Stephen Ministers bring God’s healing love to hurting people. If you are interested in serving in this way, a training course will be offered that will meet once a week through the school year. Contact: Vicki Grider - email@example.com
The Artist's Journey: Room 336, 11:00 am
This Mosaic small group continues its artistic journey by looking at Twyla Tharp's The Creative Habit as we support each other's artistic pursuits, creativity, and spiritual development. For details contact Laura Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Enneagram - Tuesdays, 7:00 pm at Zera’s Coffee — Are you seeking to more deeply understand yourself and others? Join Krystal as we explore the power of the Enneagram, an ancient spiritual tool to unlock the soul. Also, folks can sign up or request more information at openfumc.com/groups
Trippers (Travel Group) - We travel locally, regionally, and internationally. We hold 5 membership meetings each year, noon potluck luncheons where future trips are discussed. Call to get connected. Jim and Linda Hook coordinate trips (940-383-4678). For more information click here.
United Methodist Women (UMW) - We focus on ministries to women, children, and youth; advocacy for the oppressed and dispossessed; leadership and spiritual development; and efforts for inclusiveness. Reliable Ruth circle (2nd Tuesdays, 11:45 am at FUMC, Miller Center) Dorcas Circle (2nd Tuesdays, 2:00 pm location varies, call Joyce George or Anna Tolson), The Encouragers Circle ( Thursdays, 6:30 pm Miller Center or Flinn Hall. Call Cynthia Rives for date and location). During the summer, all circles meet together each month. Ruth Bowen is the current president. Click here for details on UWM.
United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) - An opportunity for service and witness to the world with, for, and by our youth. We worship, play, study, laugh, and learn together. We offer a meal each week. All middle school and high school students, as well as their friends, are welcome! Sundays, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Open Out - Events on Facebook Opportunities to gather with our Open friends and explore Denton. Community-organized activities—like live music, bowling, dancing, games, good eats, park visits, and more! If you’re interested in organizing a community Open Out, contact Krystal at email@example.com, facebook.com/opendtx/events
Open Young Folks - Group on Facebook - Just a bunch of Young Adults doing life to- gether. Come hang out with us! facebook.com/ opendtx/groups