Spring Classes



TGIW Returns with New Spring Classes

It’s a New Year and a new opportunity to grow in your faith journey!
Why not join an Adult Ministries Small Group at St. James UMC?

This Winter and Spring , we’ve got plenty of opportunities for you to join with other disciples to dive in and grow spiritually!  Don’t allow your faith life to fall to the bottom of your priorities. 
The TGIW Fellowship Meals will begin on Wednesday, January 16th. Pick up a Spring Program guide today and see all of the opportunities offered this spring during TGIW and throughout the week. You can download a copy here.
Flip through the pages and find something that will help you grow closer to the Lord and closer with your sisters and brothers in Christ!  Then register below for your spot in a Spring 2019 Adult Class or Group.  Sign-up today and get your growing going!
Registration will begin Wednesday, December 19th.
Childcare may be available for evening and weekend classes and events, and must be requested at least one week beforehand.  Indicate your need for childcare through the online registration or by contacting the church office at 252-752-6154.

TGIW Offerings for Adults


  register_now_button_blueChristian Fitness Training[Jan. 16-April 10, 6:15-7:30 p.m.] Open to anyone of any age, this class will teach how to become stronger physically, spiritually, and mentally.  The class will include exercises and Bible study.  Led by Taylor Anthony.

register_now_button_blueCompanions in Christ [Jan. 9-April 10, 6:15-7:30 p.m.] The Christian faith is meant to be a journey, one that leads us closer to God and deeper into our understanding of God. If you want to discover a deeper level of spirituality in your Christian walk, join us for this 28-week small group experience. It sounds like a long time, but it is divided into five short sections: 1) The Way of Christ (discipleship), 2)  The Mind of Christ (Scriptures), 3) The Heart of Christ (prayer), 4) The Work of Christ (service), and 5) The Spirit of Christ (ongoing spiritual guidance). Take a chance and see where God will take you!  Led by Joyce Day.
DivorceCare [Jan. 16-April 17, 6:15-7:30 p.m.] Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. DivorceCare meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Each session has two distinct elements:  (1)  A Video Seminar with Experts who discuss divorce and recovery subjects and (2)  A Support Group with Focus where the participants will spend time as a support group, discussing what was presented in that week’s video seminar and what is going on in the lives of group members.  Led by Pam Sides.
  register_now_button_blueEsther – [Jan. 16-April 10, 6:15-7:30 p.m.] This study will focus on the biblical book of Esther. Esther is the only book in the Bible that does not mention God. It is unlike other biblical texts in this regard. Come and discover this wonderful story. Led by Mark Woods.

register_now_button_blueGenesis – [Jan. 16-March 6, 6:15-7:30 p.m.] Learn what the stories of creation, covenant, and family from the Book of Genesis teach us about the life of faith today. This Disciple class on the first book of the Bible is offered as a stand-alone class or as the first of four parts of the Disciple study on the Books of Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts.  Led by Scott Heritage.


register_now_button_blueGideon: Your Weakness, God’s Strength – [Jan. 16-Feb. 27, 6:15-7:30 p.m.] This is a 7-session women’s Bible study by Priscilla Shirer. Gideon’s story will encourage you to recognize your weaknesses as the keys that God gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life. Those places create the greatest opportunity to experience the sufficiency of God. Instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, this study will help you see them as the gifts that they are, given strategically by God to unlock the door of God’s strength.  Led by Lora Joyner and Linnley Cox.


register_now_button_blueWednesday Women: The Gospel of Mark – [Jan. 16-Feb. 27, 6:15-7:45 p.m.] God’s heart is moved by your cries for help. We know Him to be a God of unparalleled power and authority, but Mark paints Him as a deeply personal and intimate God, too. In The Gospel of Mark: The Jesus We’re Aching For, follow Jesus through His days of early ministry all the way to the cross. It’s there we discover what it means to be the recipients of His excessive compassion and the very reason for His all-consuming passion. Join Wednesday Women for this 7-session study. Workbook and video.  Led by Edie Snider.

register_now_button_blueJournaling and/or Scrapbooking Your Spiritual Life – [Jan. 16-April 10, 6:15-7:30 p.m.
This class has been cancelled.  Look for it on Tuesday mornings in the listing below.

register_now_button_blueLove to Stay: Six Keys to a Successful Marriage – [Jan. 16-Feb. 27, 6-7:15 p.m.] More than half of marriages end in divorce. Let’s be honest: marriage can be hard. Even the strongest of couples need reinforcement and support. This class is designed for couples who are interested in deepening their marriage relationship. We’ll use as primary text Adam Hamilton’s book, Love to Stay, but we’ll incorporate other sources. Classes will feature some discussion, but no one will be required to share anything that is out of their comfort. Couples will be expected to do some work outside of class, including reading and interfacing around key topics.  Led by Ben Alexander.


register_now_button_blueOra et Labora (Prayer & Work) – [Jan. 16–April 3, 6-7:15 p.m.] There is a rule of faith that states, “as we pray, so we believe, as we believe, so we live.” You are invited to participate in an eleven-week group that will be submitting to the guidance of Scripture in prayer and to the guidance of prayer in living. It is based upon the practice of lectio divina. It will move beyond an intellectual meditation upon Scripture to become an intentional practice of “ora et labora” (prayer and work): Ora/prayer–Participants will seek to let the Scriptures guide them in forming specific prayers.  Labora/work– Participants will seek specific ways to shape their lives according to what they are praying.  Community–Participants will do this in sacred community where they will encourage each other.  Led by Dennis Adams.


register_now_button_blueSix Hours One Friday – [Jan. 16–April 20, 6-7:15 p.m.] This study is based on the book by Max Lucado, Six Hours One Friday, which takes us though our Savior’s last hours. This is presented in a way that Max Lucado is well known for. There will be some reading between classes with open class discussion on class nights to meet the scheduled time line.  Led by Skip Bangley.


register_now_button_blueThe Write Stuff – [Jan. 16-April 10, 6-7:15 p.m.] This is a writing workshop. The main thing each individual will do is write and each may share what they have written if they want to. The main purpose is to explore by doing this simple question: how does writing bring me closer to God? We will not do a critique of each other’s work but rather focus on how the writing helps us on our individual journeys.  Led by Harvey Estes.


Other Weekday/Evening Studies & Groups

register_now_button_blueGriefShare  [Monday Evenings, January 28-April 22; 7:00-9:00 p.m.]  Losing a loved one to death takes a toll on us emotionally, physically, and spiritually.  This group will help you get through this difficult time guiding you from mourning back to joy in Christ.  You can join this group at any time and come for as many or as few sessions as you want.  Led by Dane Sergeant and Janet Berry.

register_now_button_bluePrayer Shawls  [Monday Mornings, Ongoing; 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.]  Share your gift of knitting or crocheting—or come and learn one of those gifts—as you create shawls bathed in prayer. These will then be given to people in our church, community, and around the world who will be blessed by knowing they are wrapped in God’s love.  Led by Lynn Gammell.

register_now_button_blueJournaling / Scrapbooking Your Spiritual Life [Tuesday Mornings, January 15-April 9; 10:00-11:00 a.m.] Express your faith journey using Bible Study, photos/pictures, stories, or journaling. This class is also offered on Wednesday nights. Led by Anne Heritage.

register_now_button_blueSt. James Prayer Team – [Tuesday Afternoons, Ongoing; 1:30-3:30 p.m.]  This ministry is for anyone who has a heart for prayer! The team meets once a week for about two hours to pray for the prayer needs offered on Prayer Request cards and other sources.  Led by Mike Arny.

register_now_button_blueSt. James Jammers  [Tuesday Evenings, Ongoing; 6:30-8:00 p.m.]  Do you have a fiddle, banjo, mandolin, dulcimer, autoharp, spoons, bones, harmonica, bass fiddle, guitar, flute, recorder, jug? Come join us. This group of musicians gets together each week to play bluegrass, folk, and gospel music. They play during Sunday worship and other events, and they play at local nursing homes. (Note: A beginners group is offered on Sunday evenings) To be on the email list so you will be notified about the Jammers’ activities, contact Harvey Estes at rainman1950@gmail.com.  Led by Sam Weatherly & Harvey Estes.
register_now_button_blueInStitches Quilters  [Wednesday Mornings, Ongoing; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.]  This class is for persons of all skill levels including beginners who want to learn. The group makes baby quilts for church families, items for Spring Fling bazaar, and other items..  Led by Elizabeth Collins.
register_now_button_blueThy Kingdom Come: Lectio Divina with the Gospel of Matthew [Wednesdays, January 9-April 17; 12:00-1:00 p.m.] Take a journey to the mountain and hear the words that Jesus gives us. Take time and listen to him, and contemplate what He is saying to you. Talk with Him, pray His Words and share in His Kingdom.. Led by Marianne Leventry.
register_now_button_blueTruth Seekers – [Thursday Mornings, January 10-March 14; 9:30-11:00 a.m.]  The class is now midway through a study of Genesis written by Dr. Micky Efird. Abraham has just received the covenant of circumcision. Even if you missed the first half, come join us for an in-depth study of the great patriarchs.  Led by Lynne Garrison.
register_now_button_blueBreak of Dawn Men’s Bible Study  [Friday Mornings, Ongoing; 6:30-7:30 a.m.]  This men’s Bible Study meets for a guided study of the Bible, using Disciplines: A Book of Daily Devotions from the Upper Room. This is for any man who wants a deeper understanding of God’s message to us. Come for study, coffee and fellowship.  Led by Marvin Little.
register_now_button_blueGrin Again Gang  [Friday Mornings, Ongoing; 7:30-8:30 a.m.]  The Grin Again Gang is open to any man who is looking for a men’s accountability, support, prayer, and study group. We use the Upper Room devotionals as the foundation for group discussions.  Led by Jim Hix.
register_now_button_blueSt. James Jammers for Beginners [1st and 3rd Sunday Afternoons, Ongoing; 3:00-4:30 p.m.]  Do you have a fiddle, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, autoharp, spoons, bones, harmonica, bass fiddle, guitar, flute, recorder, jug? Want to learn to actually play it? Join this group and discover the joy of making music. They also play at local nursing homes. Led by Sam Weatherly and Harvey Estes.

register_now_button_blueSt. James Book Club – [3rd Sunday of the Month, Ongoing; 5:00-6:30 p.m.]  This group meets once a month to discuss a book, which is announced in time for reading before coming to the group! Led by Renny Cannon.