Adult Studies and Events

adult studies

As it is the mission of Wesley United Methodist Church "To Make and Nurture Disciples for Jesus Christ," the Adult Ministries at Wesley seek to prepare, challenge, and inspire women and men to a life of Christian discipleship. It is our desire and mission that every adult becomes a full and fulfilled disciple of Jesus Christ, and that each person will have a passion for Christian service whether it is across the street or around the globe.

Please take a moment to view the many opportunities and resources listed below that are available to the adults at Wesley. We hope that you will find that these resources will help bring spiritual depth to your life and greater effectiveness service and ministry. Enjoy your studies and become closer to God and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

Calendar

Jun
20
Sun
9:00 am Online Worship @ Wesley United Methodist Church Bloomington YouTube Channel
Online Worship @ Wesley United Methodist Church Bloomington YouTube Channel
Jun 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
 
Jun
22
Tue
6:30 pm Journey Bible Study Group @ Zoom
Journey Bible Study Group @ Zoom
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We begin studying “Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves” by Adam Hamilton on September 12.

So you've just taken a look at our ongoing studies groups and have found a great group for you to explore. Excellent- we are looking forward to seeing you join! Simply fill out the brief information form below so we are sure to make a spot just for you. Enjoy your studies and remember that your friends are always welcome! For additional guest registration or information on book purchases, links, and other online material, please contact Kathy Pritts.

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Tuesday mornings at 8:00am on Zoom
Mondays In-person and Zoom at 5:30 - 6:30pm May 3rd - June 14th
Tuesdays zoom, 6:00pm - 7:00pm, April 6 - June 8
Wednesdays in-person, 12:00pm, April 7 - June 3

POPULAR GROUP!

hopeful earth

Join Pastor Justin as he leads a study of Bishop Sally Dyck and Sarah Ehrman’s book, A Hopeful Earth: Faith, Science, and the Message of Jesus.

Monday In-person and Zoom meetings at 5:30 - 6:30pm May 3rd - June 14th

 This book is a call to action for Christians who care deeply about creation. The study will be on Monday evenings, starting May 3, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the Lounge at the Church. If you’d prefer to join by Zoom, follow this link: https://zoom.us/j/91545167484?pwd=RDRFVXd4T1M4bnA4UzFSNGoxaXg2UT09. Books can be purchased by contacting the Church office and requesting a copy. 

CONTINUOUS STUDY!

disciplines daily devotions

Join Mary Ann Knudson for a continuous women's study of Disciplines: A Book of Daily Devotions

Tuesday mornings at 8:00am on Zoom

How important is it to have a daily spiritual routine? The habit of reading and reflecting on God’s Word daily can bring a much-needed respite from the grind of everyday life. “We sometimes experience seasons in our lives when our faith seems dormant,” Junius Dotson wrote in the 2018 edition of The Upper Room Disciplines. “It’s especially important to practice the daily discipline of scripture devotion in our seasons of winter,” he remarked. “When we engage in daily spiritual formation, we deepen our roots . . . and grow our capacity to handle any season of life.” Daily devotional reading is essential to our spiritual growth, and it helps keep our faith alive.

Disciplines invites readers to spend unrushed time with God, reading a lectionary-based scripture passage, reflecting on the author’s insights, and thinking about how to apply the truths from the readings to their daily life. This devotional book features 53 authors from diverse backgrounds, including some of the leading Christian thinkers of our time.

Among the writers for 2021 are J. Dana Trent, James A. Harnish, Enuma Okoro, Jean-Claude Masuka, George Donigian, Beth A. Richardson, Kenneth H. Carter Jr., D. L. Mayfield, Stephane Brooks, Rachel Hackenberg, Rosalind Hughes, Memory Chikosi, Liz Magill, Charity Kiregyera, Joe Pennel, and Beth Taulman Miller.

NEW GROUP!

womens studies at wesley umc bloomington

United Methodist Women's Reading Program books are here!

Most of our the books we have chosen are non-fiction and chosen from these 5 areas of concern:

- Leadership
- Development
- Social Action
- Spiritual Growth
- Education for Mission
- Nurturing for Community

Until we are able to regain full access to the Wesley Church library, these books will be available on Sunday mornings in the East parking lot of the church. Please look for Judy Bute on May 23rd or Fran Tatum on May 30th for access.

For more information, please contact:
Judy Bute or Fran Tatum

ACTIVE NOW!

invitation to genesis

Join this short-term study and learn with dramatic video in the Invitation to Genesis

Tuesdays zoom meetings begin 6:00pm - 7:00pm, April 6th - June 8th

In each of these life-altering study courses, we offer a carefully designed study which is ideal for busy people who are unable to commit to longer studies. They focus on smaller Bible sections, or single books of the Bible, and appeal to more participants with more frequent offerings! These studies embody the same trusted scholarship as the Disciple foundational studies and include the same core activities: independent reading, weekly small groups, and video presentations by scholars.

This study takes groups into the rich tapestry of Genesis exploring the interaction between God and very human people - pride, family relationships, conflict and journey all showcase the best known stories of Creation, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Rebekah and Joseph.

The video reflects the drama of the Genesis stories, first with selected text dramatized by an actor, and then study writer, Peter Enns, interviews a scholar to help unpack the meaning and the mystery in the stories.

Participants for this Invitation to Genesis do not have to have an in-depth knowledge of the Bible to enjoy and benefit from participation. Reading just two chapters of Genesis a week, they will discover the life altering stories that will invite them to follow Christ as true disciples. Contact Kathi Pritts for more information and the zoom link.

Sessions:

  1. The Beginning...and What Went Wrong
  2. Another Beginning: The Flood...and What Went Wrong
  3. Another Beginning: Abraham and the Patriarchs
  4. Abraham and a Glimpse to the Future
  5. The Promise Fulfilled: Isaac
  6. Another Beginning: Jacob and the Uneasy Birth of a People
  7. Jacob: The Struggle Continues
  8. Another New Beginning: Joseph and the Family of Israel
  9. The Trek Into Egypt
  10. An End and Another Beginning: Israel's Story
  11. Contact Kathi Pritts for more information and the zoom link.

JOIN IN-PERSON!

invitation to romans

Study with the convenience of this course, Invitation to Romans

Wednesdays in-person meetings begin 12:00pm, Meeting at Greg Yount's office. 304 N. Hershey Rd., April 7th - June 3rd

These life-changing courses are ideal for busy people who are unable to commit to longer studies. They focus on smaller Bible sections, or single books of the Bible, and appeal to more participants with more frequent offerings! These studies embody the same trusted scholarship as the Disciple foundational studies and include the same core activities: independent reading, weekly small groups, and video presentations by scholars.

The Planning Kit is design to provided you with everything to review the study. To implement it for your church you need only to purchase a Participant Book for each study participant. You receive one each of the Participant Book, Leader Guide, and DVD.

Exploring how people have interpreted Romans through the ages is a good lens to view the history of Christianity itself. Compare what Paul writes in Romans to what theologians like Augustine, Luther and Calvin say in trying to understand Paul in their time. At the end of this study your group will have a more informed commitment to Paul's radical vision of God's relationship to both Christians and Jews and to their relationship to each other, thanks to the "love of God in Christ Jesus."

The weekly video segments first present text read aloud against a backdrop of a wide variety of church settings followed by a conversation between a church historian and a church theologian about the text. The second weekly video is led by storyteller Michael Williams, who shares snapshot views of how Romans has been read through history.

Ideal experience for adults who are interested in the practice of prayer and worship and would like to connect prayer practice with Scripture. The study is accessible for adults with little prior Bible experience.

Participants for this Invitation to Romans do not have to have an in-depth knowledge of the Bible to enjoy and benefit from participation. Reading just two chapters of Romans a week, they will discover the life altering stories that will invite them to follow Christ as true disciples.

This eight-week study includes a participant book outlining daily reading assignments for group preparations, a leader guide suggesting discussion activities for use in the 60–90-minute weekly meeting, and a video component providing interpretation and context for the biblical texts. Please contact Greg Yount for any information pertaining to this study

Sessions:

  1. An Orientation to Romans
  2. The Righteousness of God and the Faith of Jesus
  3. Abraham, Father of All
  4. Christ, the New Adam
  5. Sin, Law, and Grace
  6. Divine Purpose and Human Responsibility
  7. The Salvation of Israel and the Nations
  8. Love and Humility Are the Making of God's Kingdom