Spring Classes



Starting Fresh

 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?
Register here for the Winter/Spring 2018 Adult Classes and Groups.
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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_blueCriminals of the Bible, Part 2 (Mark Jones)  – [February 21-March 28; 6:15-7:30 p.m.]

The Bible is filled with crimes committed by the famous and infamous. This study will look at six such nefarious individuals providing the biblical context, what the crime was at the time, what crime it would be now, the punishment as told in the Bible and what would be a typical punishment today. You will find this study to be entertaining, informative, accurate and thought provoking. This is a continuation of a study that began in the fall but new folks are welcome to start in February.  Led by Aaron Sampson.

register_now_button_blueBridge Builders: Fear of the Other (William Willimon)[January 17-February 21;  6:15-7:30 p.m.]

What does it really mean to obey Jesus’ command to love our neighbors and our enemies?  How do we interact with those who are “Other” than us by virtue of nationality, religion, race, or any other such difference in a way that reflects the nature of Christ?  Willimon challenges us to live out our faith—the kind of faith where love conquers fear.  Led by Jim Hix.


register_now_button_blueTo Busy Not to Pray (Bill Hybels)  – [January 17-February 7; 6:00-7:15 p.m.]

For over two decades Too Busy Not to Pray has stood as a classic on prayer, helping Christians all over the world slow down to draw near to God. During those years, the world certainly hasn’t slowed down. If anything, the pace, intensity and number of distractions have only increased. Brokenness and pain seem to have increased as well, with news of civil war, poverty, broken families and sex-trafficking touching us daily. The urgent need for prayer is clear, but busyness still keeps many of us from finding time to pray. Two truths haven’t changed in all these years: God is the same powerful, just, holy God he’s always been; and true prayer―prayer that changes us and allows us to participate in God’s work in the world―can’t happen on the fly. So Bill Hybels once again offers us his practical, time-tested ideas on slowing down to pray.  Led by Danny & Lanie Shive.


register_now_button_blueDiscerning the Voice of God (Priscilla Shirer) – [January 17-March 7; 6:15-7:30 p.m.]

This study for women invites you to explore a more intimate relationship with God, one that can make hearing God—God’s will, God’s heart, and God’s voice—your ongoing experience. Discover how you can listen with greater confidence, clarity and discernment. Learn how to (1) more deeply understand the Holy Spirit’s role in your life; (2) differentiate God’s voice from imposters’ voices, even your own; (3) glimpse God’s guidance in your everyday life; and (4) grow consistently in obedience, surrender, stillness, and humility. Led by Lora Joyner and Linnley Cox.

register_now_button_blueThe Book of Ruth  – [January 17-March 7; 6:15-7:15 p.m.]

The Bible never shies away from the struggles we face in life. The story of Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi takes us from the tragedy of losing loved ones and the poverty that can result to the joys of new life. Trust in God and love for each other carries these two women from hardship to abundance. We discover even in this Old Testament story the reality that death can lead to a resurrected life.  Led by Mark Woods.

register_now_button_blueFinal Words from the Cross (Adam Hamilton) – [February 21-April 4; 6:15-7:30 p.m.]

Crucifixion is an agonizing way to die, yet Jesus went to the cross out of love for humanity, indeed, for all creation. During that time on the cross, he spoke very little, and what he did say was spoken with great pain and difficulty. What he said, then, should be of vital importance to us as we go through the season of Lent, into Holy Week, and then to Easter and beyond. This study will look at the last six things Jesus said before his death and what they mean to our lives today.  Led by Mary Ruth Sikes.

register_now_button_blueFalling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life (Richard Rohr)  – [January 17-March 28; 6:15-7:45 p.m.]

Rohr offers a new paradigm for understanding one of the most profound of life’s mysteries: how our failings can be the foundation for our ongoing spiritual growth. Adults of all ages will benefit from discovering an understanding of how the heartbreaks, disappointments, and first loves of life are actually stepping stones to the spiritual joys that the second half of life has in store for us. Led by Lynne Garrison.

register_now_button_blueWednesday Women: The Shelter of God’s Promises (Sheila Walsh) – [Beginning January 17; 6:15-7:45 p.m.]

If you look at your circumstances alone it may seem that God has forgotten you.  But He hasn’t.  He can’t.  God is the only promise maker who is always a promise keeper.  In this 10 week study, Sheila Walsh searches scripture for what God has promised us, what those promises mean, and how these promises through Christ provide the foundations for daily confidence, joy, shelter and hope. Led by Edie Snider.

Other Weekday/Evening Studies & Groups

GriefShare  [Monday Evenings, January 22-April 16; 7:00-9:00 p.m.]
register_now_button_blue GriefShare  [Wednesday Mornings, January 10-April 4; 10:00 a.m.-Noon]
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.

register_now_button_blueContemplating Prayers  [Tuesday Evenings, January 9-March 6; 5:30-6:30 p.m.]

This group takes one line from a prayer each week to use as a breath prayer, allowing God to speak to us through focused, intentional time with a few brief words. This season, we will be using a prayer attributed to Sir Francis Drake from 1577 called “Disturb Us, Lord.” We spend time each week in silent prayer, shared reflection, and discussion of our experiences throughout the week with that week’s breath prayer.  Led by Joyce Day.

register_now_button_blueMorning Inductive Bible Study  [Wednesday Mornings Beginning January 17; 9:30-11:00 a.m.]

Take a deeper look at all three of John’s letters using the inductive Bible study method. We will explore the text by observing, interpreting, and applying the practical wisdom of the epistles.  We will consider questions such as: “What does this passage say?” “What does this particular text mean?” “How does the passage apply to me, and how can I share it with others?” Participants will receive a manuscript of the letter and we will walk through the inductive process as a group; no additional materials are required. Also, there will be no formal homework. The Bible will be our primary source of study as we grow and develop in our faith together as intentional followers of Christ. Whether you are a seasoned student of God’s Word or if you have never been in a Bible study before, all are welcome!  Led by Nicole Franklin.


register_now_button_blueTruth Seekers: The Teachings of Jesus – [Thursdays beginning January 18; 9:30-11:00 a.m.]

What did Jesus teach and how should those teachings impact our lives today? Are we really living out the Way of Christ—the way of sacrificial love—or are we simply using faith to gloss over a life of convenience and comfort? Do we dare to explore the real meaning of Jesus’ words or are we content to think that we already know what God wants from us? In this study, we will explore Jesus’ teachings from the Gospels and discuss how they guide our words and actions in everyday life.  Led by Joyce Day