Our vision is to create space for adults of all ages and stages of life to connect with God and with one another as they continue on their journey of transformational discipleship. Believing that the journey of discipleship is best walked in community, Grace UMC offers a wide variety of opportunities to gather for study, conversation, mission, and worship.
Sunday Small Groups
The Sunday Small Groups program at Grace UMC is vibrant and engaging! We constantly hear from new members that they knew Grace was their church home when they connected with one of our Sunday Small Group classes.
Sunday morning Small Groups meet in the main building or Oak Park Center between worship services, from 10:15 – 11:00 AM.
Many of the Sunday morning groups also gather throughout the year for mission projects, church events, fellowship, and other ways of “doing life” together.
Covenant – Room 135
This group, led by Sam Powell, enjoys in-depth studies to further their understanding of the Bible. The group is mainly composed of 45-70 year-olds who have been studying the Bible for years.
- They meet at 9:45 AM instead of 10:15 AM.
Friendship – Room 117
This group, also known as the “D.O.W. Group” (Doers of the Word), is led by Jim Lacey. They find importance in connection with others within the group, the church, and the community.
Journey – Room D112
Led by Ryka Schroeder, this group uses multi-media and scripture-based discussions to interpret and apply Biblical truths to their daily lives. Their discussions get pretty deep!
Pairs and Spares – Room D106
This group is led by Lisa Boggs and Kathy Borhauer and is composed of singles, married couples, singles-on-Sundays, young people, older folks, and everything in between.
Seekers – Room 136-137
This group is led by Geno Sharp and they find community in diversity with many different age groups and seasons of life. Their discussions start off with a video followed by Bible-based discussion.
Transformers – Room D108
This small group welcomes men and women of all ages. Their biggest focus is to reach out to the community of Grace and Calallen by doing God’s work as the hands and feet of God. On Sunday mornings, they love to dive into the Word of God through topical studies.
Grace Families - Room D110
This is our new Sunday Small Group. It is led by Nickia Larsen and is focused on all aspects of the family – kids, family dynamics, and living a godly life by example.
UMW is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice. The chapter at Grace UMC includes two circles that meet monthly for mission studies, book studies, and special programs, as well as for various ministries and social outings throughout the year.
Grace UMC is a faith community into which diverse families are received in love, assisted in their faith development and spiritual growth, guided and equipped for ministry, and supported as they live out their faith daily in the community and in the world.
Midweek Small Groups
Bible Babes: Mondays at 9:30 AM, led by Ryka Schroeder
Women’s Thursday Morning Study: Thursdays at 9:30 AM, led by Melly Dinkel
Men’s Wednesday Morning Study: Wednesdays at 6:30 AM, led by Scott Taylor
Men’s Thursday Morning Study: Thursdays at 9:30 AM, led by Sam Powell
**Childcare available upon request