Adult Education

Throughout the year, a variety of Adult Education opportunities are available through First Church. We hope you will find something that piques your interest and nourishes your faith. These classes are open to all and there are no fees unless mentioned in the blurbs below. Come back often to check out our schedule of adult education offerings. If you have questions or you are interested in leading a class or are looking for a specific topic, be sure to contact Debbie Houghton (


Adult Education is offered in a rotation schedule – each Sunday will focus on a different aspect of our spiritual lives:

Linking to the center – First Sundays
Living in creation – Second Sundays
Loving the community – Third Sundays
Learning to be Christ followers – Fourth Sundays

All classes meet in the same location and at the same time on Sundays: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm in Calkins Hall

You are welcome to attend the classes on a drop-in or continuing basis. Check out what interests you!

New! Childcare is now provided Sunday mornings, 10:45am-12:15pm, for parents attending worship or other church activity. There is no cost to families for this service. Please come to the A room to check in your child between 10:45am and 11:15am.


FIRST SUNDAYS: Centering Through Faith
We are all searching for deeper meaning and divine connection in our life. Join us as we share and learn practices that nourish our faith journeys. Sessions will introduce centering practices like guided meditation, breath and silence, body movement and mindful self-compassion. Come along on the journey to learn and practice new (and very, very old) ways to celebrate the Divine and deepen your spiritual connection. See our class website and sign up for these sessions.
Our own Elaine Shaw developed Advent Yoga sequences to help you slow down and make space for all those things we crave when we light the Advent candles: hope, joy, love, and peace.

SECOND SUNDAYS: Conversations About Science and Religion
How do we bridge the gap between science and religion? Join Rev. Al Bamsey and our own FUMC science and medical community for conversations about their experiences and struggles with faith, belief and the place of God in  scientific study. Join this monthly conversation and forum designed to discuss science and religion.  See our class webpage for meeting information and supporting links.

THIRD SUNDAYS: Mind the Gap — A Hunger and Food Insecurity Interest Group
If you are passionate about learning about and solving the food insecurity issues in our community and Michigan, then this is a great Sunday offering to check out. They have spent the last year listening to speakers from CAN (Community Action Network), Bread for the World, and author Luke Shaefer ($2.00 a Day) and discussing ways to address the issue of food insecurity. All are welcome to attend! Check out the class webpage for meeting information and supporting links.

If you are looking for thoughtful discussion about our faith journeys and the Bible, join us for Animate on fourth Sundays. This curriculum is built on solid theology and allows us the opportunity to strengthen faith through spirited discussion and questioning. This is a DVD/discussion format – speakers include well-known Christian theologians. Some samples of  Animate sessions: “Where God Is” – Nadia Bolz-Weber; “Faith is a Quest” – Brian McLaren; and ‘A Book Like No Other” – Lauren Winner. April 2018 is the last meeting.


Find out more about our Lenten Pilgrimage of Hope project and associated exploration and study opportunities.

Adult Education SPRING RETREAT – April 20-22, 2018
Our adult retreat will be at the beautiful Lake Huron retreat  center by Port Huron – join us for a wonderful, relaxing weekend of friends, games, campfires, and a presentation by Sarah Hescheles, facilitator for the Center for Courage and Renewal, created by Parker Palmer. Sarah is a life-long United Methodist with a masters in divinity from Yale and Duke. She will lead us in a program called “Living in the Gap,” which explores how we hold the tension of brokenness and potential in our lives. Find out more!



Weekly “Brown Bag” Study
Bring your lunch and join us for this midday hour-long Bible study. In January 2018 we will begin a study of the Gospel of Luke. This drop-in study is a great place to either begin a regular practice of reading Bible, or to ponder books of the Bible you have yet to read. The group is very supportive and welcoming! Meets Tuesdays from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Chapel, from Jan. 9 through March 27.

Global Issues
Discuss various perspectives on issues impacting us locally, nationally, and globally. We use the Great Decisions DVD/Text series; members also lead discussions. Meets Sundays at 11:00 am in the Chapel. Contact: Hal Brannan,

Tuesday Night Study Group
The Tuesday night study group meets weekly at 6:00 for an hour and a half in the Asbury room. Our goal has been to to bring our faith into our weekday lives through study and discussion. We have been a group for a number of years and typically read four or more books each year (September thru May). We have about an equal number of men and women. Contact: Linda LaBarre,

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Please contact our Director of Adult Education, Debbie Houghton, or the church office for more information,