Bible Studies

This fall we are offering a Smorgasbord of Bible Studies! Below is a brief synopsis of the four studies that are available:

NAKED FRUIT — Every Wednesday, from 8:45-10am, we invite all Mothers to join us for a study by Elisa Morgan called Naked Fruit. Fruit is the evidence that a plant has been firmly rooted and nurtured, and spiritual fruit is produced when we’re rooted in God. But, as Elisa Morgan emphatically states, the fruit of the Spirit is not just about “being nice.” It’s about God’s fruit being expressed in your own unique personality, a concept that frees women to reject superficial standards and embrace a life of producing the kind of fruit God likes. So, the author tells readers, “strip off the nice and get naked.” With a fun, fresh style of writing, Morgan thoroughly explores all the fruits of the Spirit and offers new twists on these sometimes over-worn and misinterpreted concepts.  As a mother of 2 and past CEO of MOPS International, Inc. (Mothers of Preschoolers), Elisa Morgan understands the fear we have in “getting naked”.  So drop off the kids at school and come have a cup of coffee 8:45-9:15, before getting really REAL, developing Naked Fruit at 9:15 am!

WORD AND WINE — This study meets on Mondays at Dragonfly Wine Market from 6:30-8 pm. Rev. Fawn Mikel will be leading us as we look at the Bible using J. Ellsworth Kalas’ creative way of exploring Scripture and Faith from alternative points of view. This will be an opportunity to draw in the unchurched and inquiring persons to consider Christian belief. So, invite your friends, neighbors and coworkers!

DISCIPLESHIP — Do you want to go deeper into the Scriptures? Rev. Fawn will be offering a more in-depth discipleship study this fall using Discipleship: Living for Christ in the Daily Grind by J. Heinrich Arnold. This 24 week study is an opportunity for personal and community transformation as a disciple of Christ. We will have 2 of these classes on Thursdays. The morning class will meet at 9:00 am and the evening class will meet at 6:30 pm.

CHRISTIANITY AND WORLD RELIGIONS – Beginning Tuesday, September 19th, 6-7 pm, join Fawn and others for Christianity and World Religions, a 6 week study aimed at helping us to listen to other faiths, as we are inspired and challenged, discovering our commonalities and differences.  Opportunities to speak with leaders and experience worship of other faiths will be offered during the study at various locations and times.


Sunday School

Held at 9:00am every Sunday

It is our belief that the Sunday School teaching program provides the glue that bonds our church family together. Spiritual enrichment and lasting friendships are benefits of the Sunday School program.

Adults have the opportunity to study and discuss the Old and New Testament as it applies to our daily lives. Dedicated teachers enlighten class members with their knowledge and abilities while encouraging growth through discussion and practice. We believe these classes strengthen our relationship with God, our marriages, our families, our friends and our community.

There is a place for you in Sunday School! You would be welcomed in any of these classes!

There are several classes to choose from, each with a different focus:

  • Cornerstone: young adults, single or married or college age students. The class deals with contemporary topics in a Biblical context as it relates to their lives.
  • Growing Christians: mostly young adults and married couples who are striving to grow in their Christian faith and service to the church. Teachers rotate, leading the class in discussion topics of interest to the class. This class sponsors frequent socials and Sunday fellowship dinners.
  • Saints and Sinners: singles and couples of all ages. Several teachers lead discussions centering around a variety of topics. Activities and projects include offering assistance to foster children at Christmas and occasional socials.
  • Hoey Bible class: any adult, male or female. The oldest Sunday School class at Central is steeped in local and church history due to the influence of two former governors. Several teachers offer weekly lessons with music and singing as an integral part.

Wesley Class: Mostly retired women and couples. The International Lesson Series is used in this class and is taught by rotating teachers. Regular fellowship events emphasize service to others through mission projects. Music and singing is an important part of each class. This class meets every Sunday at 11:00am.

Women’s Circles

There are three active circles at Central United Methodist Church. Each one functions under the United Methodist Women auspices and supports the UMW with a yearly pledge to the conference.

  • Lydia Circle meets at 1:15pm on the 2nd Monday of each month. The group supports the goals of the Methodist conference through World Bank offerings. Their meetings provide opportunities for fellowship and reviews of Christian books. Lydia Circle is the newest circle at Central consisting of members from the former Altar Guild.
  • WINGS meets 3rd Wednesdays at 10:00am in the church parlor. This circle has published a cookbook “Holy Chow” proceeds from which were used to fund many church projects. If you would like to have one of these cookbooks, they are still available in the office. These caring, generous women enjoy their service projects as well as many fellowship activities. Members offer care and support for each other.

Older Wiser Livelier Seniors (OWLS)

The Older, Wiser, Livelier, Seniors is open to adults age 50 and over who enjoy having a nice lunch away from home. We meet the 3rd Monday of each month in the fellowship hall where we enjoy delightful conversations, personal stories, entertainment and informational programs. On occasion, we also take trips to museums and theaters.

Walk To Emmaus

The “Walk to Emmaus”, a spiritual renewal program, is the Methodist adaptation of a movement started in Spain in 1949. The current program was developed by the Upper Room ministry of the UMC to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. Participants begin the program with a 72 hour pilgrimage weekend.

The program gets its name from the story in Luke 24: 13-35 where the risen Christ appears to two disciples walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus.

Many members of Central have participated in the Walk weekend and are active in the program. Central is a member of Grace Emmaus Community which also includes many churches of several denominations in Cleveland County and the surrounding area.

Detailed information can be found at the following websites:

Newborn Visitor Committee

The purpose of the Newborn Visitor Committee is to make a visit in the home of babies born to church members. We present a small gift to the child on behalf of the church. In addition, we typically take a gift of food. We offer support to the family and let them know the church is thinking of them during this time.

Volunteer Opportunities

Hot Lunch Program—every Tuesday and Saturday in PAC
Bereavement Team Ministry—support grieving families with a meal
Congregational Care Ministry to Homebound Members—support shut-ins with companionship
Backpack Ministry to Shelby Public Schools
Hospice Support
Disaster Relief
Prayer Shaw Ministry
Prayer Team and Prayer Chains
Soup Group

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Music Programs

Central offers multiple music opportunities:  Chancel Choir, Praise Ensemble, and Central Ringers (Hand bell Choir).  Chancel Choir meets on Wednesdays from 6-7pm. Praise Ensemble meets on Wednesdays from 7:15-8:30pm. Central Ringers meet on Tuesdays from 7:15-8:30pm.

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