Adult Faith Formation

Throughout the year, a variety of Adult Faith Formation 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 Faith Formation Sunday offerings are 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

Childcare is 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 expressions of prayer, drumming circles, Advent yoga, and visio divina. Come along on the journey to learn and practice new (and very, very old) ways to celebrate the Divine and deepen your spiritual connection. Learn more about this offering and our current/future topics.

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 experiences and struggles with faith, belief, and the place of God in scientific study. We’ll focus on technology and religion for the 2018-19 season, with the book Technology and Religion: Remaining Human in a co-created World by Noreen Herzfeld. Read more about our meetings and future plans.

THIRD SUNDAYS: Vital Conversations: An interactive video series on racial justice. Vital conversations are essential for every Christian community that strives to deepen individual and corporate faith and worship, bring new people into relationship with God, and to make a credible witness to the power of Christ and His church to transform the world for the better. These sessions from the General Commission on Race and Religion of the UMC will nudge you into conversation about the challenges of race, culture, and oppression in the church and world today. Read more about our meetings and future plans.  


(TBA in 2019) Faithful Living — Telling Our Stories  Stories can open our eyes into the workings of God in the world and in our day-to-day lives. We just need to think about the story in terms of finding the “god moment” — when the unexpected happens, or we find ourselves helping another, or we see small actions of love between strangers. Learn how to look for holy moments as we hear stories of witnessing the unexpected  from fellow congregants. Next meeting TBA.

Are you curious about the challenges faced by those with disabilities? Do you have a disability and want to share your experiences? Join us for Disability Awareness Talks this winter and spring!  Each talk will begin with a presentation by a person experienced with the disability, and then will open up to group conversation. Becoming more aware is the first step in being more welcoming.

March 31, 2019: “Living with a Loved one with Mental Illness” – Mental Illness is not easily talked about yet is more common than we may know. Talking about it is a beginning to understanding. Come and hear Eric Hammar share his experience. (11:00 a.m. in the Asbury room) – actually on a FIFTH Sunday in March!



If your passion is in learning about and solving food insecurity issues in our community and in Michigan, please join us. Read more about our group and our upcoming plans.


Bring your lunch and join us for this weekly midday hour-long drop-in Bible study. This 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. Bring your lunch and join the conversation. Meets Tuesdays from 12-1pm in the Chapel.
Through April 9: A study of the book of Acts.
April 30-May 28: A study of Galatians.

Lenten Book Study of Nadia’s latest book, “Shameless”
Our senior pastor, Rev. Nancy Lynn, will lead a Lenten Book Study and discussion of Nadia Bolz-Weber’s newest book, Shameless: A Sexual Revolution. (This book was published January 29, 2019.) The weekly study will be held Wednesday evenings downtown in the Social Hall,  through April 10. We will begin with a supper at 5:30pm; the study will begin at 6:00pm each evening. Please note the location change!


VirtualStoreLogoIf you are interested in buying any of Adult Education books, please do so through our Cokesbury Virtual Store. First United Methodist Church benefits when you shop with Cokesbury using this link.


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