Adult Sunday School

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:6, NIV

Church Street offers a variety of education and spiritual development opportunities through our Sunday School classes. We invite you to peruse the offerings below by clicking through the arrows, and then join us on Sundays at 9:40 a.m.

COVENANT

Young engaged and married couples and young families

This discussion class for adults ages 25-39 uses various materials related to Biblical study and Christian discipleship. Class members offer friendship and support for one another on the journey of faith and plan frequent fellowship events.

Meets in Room 201 (E)

CROSSROADS

Adults of all ages 

A presentation/discussion format centered around Bible study and current issues impacting Christian life. Lessons emphasize intellectual inquiry and welcome all points of view. Fellowship includes social activities and gatherings outside of class.

Meets in Room 201-A

DISCOVERY

Adults (Singles and Couples), all ages 

This interactive class focuses on spiritual issues and growth through the use of book studies, videos, and guest speakers. The group enjoys discussion and participation, as well as service and social activities. The class loves welcoming new members and believes in the importance of service to others.

Meets in Room 201-C

EPWORTH

Adults, all ages 

This small group focuses on Bible study and utilizes lectures, discussions, and book studies. Class preparation and participation are expected. Service projects are encouraged.

Meets in Room CLC-122

FOLLOWERS

Adults, late 30s-50s

The format for this class features structured Bible study and topical book and video studies. Materials will be provided.

Meets in Room 310-E

FRIENDS IN CHRIST

Older Adults

Utilizing a lecture/discussion format, the class looks at topics from current issues to Bible study to literature, considering these topics within a context of faith, scripture and United Methodist tradition and practice.

Meets in Room 202-E

ISBELL

Adults with and without children

An open-minded, modern reconciling Sunday School class tackling current issues through discussion-based biblically grounded learning in a welcoming environment that celebrates people of every gender identity, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, class, ability, and age. Whoever you are, there is space for you here.

Meets in Room 309-E

JOYFUL SOJOURNERS

Singles and Friends of all ages

This class is part of the Church Street Singles Ministry and uses a variety of lectures, videos, and group discussions to better understand the Bible and how it relates to current issues and interpersonal relationships.

Meets in Room CLC-124

MURPHY BUILDERS

Older Adults

This supportive group of older adults focuses on adult Bible studies taught by Dr. Charles Wender.

Meets in Room 204-S

OPEN DOOR

Adults, all ages

A safe and hospitable group where class members are motivated to reach out and invite others and together discover ways through teaching and open discussion to strengthen our commitment to “love each other as Christ loves us.” Through dynamic speakers, lessons, and class discussion, this group seeks to help persons strengthen their Christian discipleship.

Meets in Parish Hall

PARABLES

Couples, ages 50s to 70s (mostly)

This class is noted for its diversity, both in membership and in topics of study. While most members are couples in their 50s to 70s, the class also has members who are single, younger, and older. Lesson topics range from traditional Bible study to current issues, both sacred and secular. The class gathers for social events quarterly.

Meets in Room 118-S

PARTNERS

Adults, all ages

This informal group discusses a variety of topics dealing with current issues using Bible studies and theology-based books. There is a heavy emphasis on discussion and contemporary issues. The Christian perspective regarding family life and everyday events is discussed.

Meets in Parlor, 103-S

PATHFINDERS

Adults, middle aged to older

A friendly group of middle-aged to older adults and special teachers who follow the Adult Bible Studies series. The group maintains an active and varied social schedule.

Meets in Room CLC-120

POTTER’S WHEEL

Adults, all ages

This class studies and discusses a broad range of theological positions and social issues based upon book or media studies. Opportunities for personal theological and spiritual probing and development are provided. Books are selected by class members.

Meets in Chiles Room (off of Parish Hall)

SEEKERS

Adults, all ages

The purpose of this class is to provide a small study group that emphasizes discussion and spiritual growth through modern literature and the Bible.

Meets in Room 302-S

Adult Sunday School

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

Proverbs 2:6, NIV

Church Street offers a variety of education and spiritual development opportunities through our Sunday School classes. We invite you to peruse the offerings below by clicking through the arrows, and then join us on Sundays at 9:40 a.m.

Covenant

Young engaged and married couples and young families

This discussion class for adults ages 25-39 uses various materials related to Biblical study and Christian discipleship. Class members offer friendship and support for one another on the journey of faith and plan frequent fellowship events.

Meets in Room 201 (E)

Crossroads

Adults of all ages 

A presentation/discussion format centered around Bible study and current issues impacting Christian life. Lessons emphasize intellectual inquiry and welcome all points of view. Fellowship includes social activities and gatherings outside of class.

Meets in Room 201-A

Discovery

Adults (Singles and Couples), all ages 

This interactive class focuses on spiritual issues and growth through the use of book studies, videos, and guest speakers. The group enjoys discussion and participation, as well as service and social activities. The class loves welcoming new members and believes in the importance of service to others.

Meets in Room 201-C

Epworth

Adults, all ages 

This small group focuses on Bible study and utilizes lectures, discussions, and book studies. Class preparation and participation are expected. Service projects are encouraged.

Meets in Room CLC-122

Followers

Adults, late 30s-50s

The format for this class features structured Bible study and topical book and video studies. Materials will be provided.

Meets in Room 310-E

Friends in Christ

Older Adults

Utilizing a lecture/discussion format, the class looks at topics from current issues to Bible study to literature, considering these topics within a context of faith, scripture and United Methodist tradition and practice.

Meets in Room 202-E

Isbell

Adults with and without children

An open-minded, modern reconciling Sunday School class tackling current issues through discussion-based biblically grounded learning in a welcoming environment that celebrates people of every gender identity, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, class, ability, and age. Whoever you are, there is space for you here.

Meets in Room 309-E

Joyful Sojourners

Singles and Friends of all ages

This class is part of the Church Street Singles Ministry and uses a variety of lectures, videos, and group discussions to better understand the Bible and how it relates to current issues and interpersonal relationships.

Meets in Room CLC-124

Murphy Builders

Older Adults

This supportive group of older adults focuses on adult Bible studies taught by Dr. Charles Wender.

Meets in Room 204-S

Open Door

Adults, all ages

A safe and hospitable group where class members are motivated to reach out and invite others and together discover ways through teaching and open discussion to strengthen our commitment to “love each other as Christ loves us.” Through dynamic speakers, lessons, and class discussion, this group seeks to help persons strengthen their Christian discipleship.

Meets in Parish Hall

Parables

Couples, ages 50s to 70s (mostly)

This class is noted for its diversity, both in membership and in topics of study. While most members are couples in their 50s to 70s, the class also has members who are single, younger, and older. Lesson topics range from traditional Bible study to current issues, both sacred and secular. The class gathers for social events quarterly.

Meets in Room 118-S

Partners

Adults, all ages

This informal group discusses a variety of topics dealing with current issues using Bible studies and theology-based books. There is a heavy emphasis on discussion and contemporary issues. The Christian perspective regarding family life and everyday events is discussed.

Meets in Parlor, 103-S

Pathfinders

Adults, middle aged to older

A friendly group of middle-aged to older adults and special teachers who follow the Adult Bible Studies series. The group maintains an active and varied social schedule.

Meets in Room CLC-120

Potter’s Wheel

Adults, all ages

This class studies and discusses a broad range of theological positions and social issues based upon book or media studies. Opportunities for personal theological and spiritual probing and development are provided. Books are selected by class members.

Meets in Chiles Room (off of Parish Hall)

Seekers

Adults, all ages

The purpose of this class is to provide a small study group that emphasizes discussion and spiritual growth through modern literature and the Bible.

Meets in Room 302-S

Special Offerings for Adults

Additionally, Church Street offers special courses, presentations, and discussions throughout the year.

Summer Adult Elective Series: A variety of topics important to our community are explored in July 2019. We welcomed Rabbi Erin Boxt, Dr. Alison Chapman, Dr. Tina Shepardson, and Dr. Thomas Heffernan for our Summer Adult Elective Series in Parish Hall.

A. Orin Bishop Lecture Series: Each year, Church Street invites guests to speak with the community about a number of topics, thanks to a generous legacy gift from Asa Bishop.

This Fall, Church Street offers lectures from:

  • Dr. Gerald Borchert, who will share a series on the Book of Revelation. Dr. Borchert wrote the study notes for Revelation in the NLT Bible, and he also translated the Book of Galatians for the NLT. He has previously spoken at Church Street about the Book of John. He will give presentations at Church Street on October 19 & 20, 2019.
  • Jennifer Barry Hawes, author of Grace Will Lead Us Home, recounts the events and aftermath of Charleston’s Mother Emanuel Church shooting in 2015. Her work is a narrative that tells all aspects of the Emanuel tragedy — not just that arc of hope that many people cling to. She will give three presentations at Church Street on November 10, 2019.

United Methodist Women (UMW)

God is within her, she will not fall.

Psalm 46:5, NIV

Church Street has a vibrant and active cohort of United Methodist Women. Membership is open to any woman who indicates her desire to belong and to participate in the global mission of the church by support of the purpose of United Methodist Women, which is:

The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

To learn more about Church Street’s chapter and circles of UMW, please contact Verna McLain at 659-0612.

Stephen Ministry

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

Galatians 6:2, NRSV

Stephen Ministry is the one-to-one lay caring ministry that takes place in congregations that use the Stephen Series system.

Stephen Ministry congregations equip and empower lay caregivers—called Stephen Ministers—to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting.

Stephen Ministers

Stephen Ministers—Lay caregivers trained in the congregation by Stephen Leaders. Learn more about Stephen Ministers.

Stephen Ministers are congregation members trained by Stephen Leaders to offer high-quality, one-to-one Christian care to people going through tough times. A Stephen Minister usually provides care to one person at a time, meeting with that person once a week for about an hour. Twice a month, Stephen Ministers gather with their Stephen Leaders for supervision and continuing education.

Learn more:

  • What Is a Stephen Minister?—Stephen Ministers describe how much they grow from serving in this ministry.
  • Stephen Minister Training—A Christ-centered experience that equips participants with essential caring and relating skills. Participants will learn how to listen to, care for, and walk with those going through difficult times in life.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Stephen Minister or receiving care from one of Church Street’s Stephen Ministers, please contact Rev. Dawn Chesser, Senior Associate Pastor.

Parish Health Ministry Team

Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.

Jeremiah 33:6, NIV

The vision of the Parish Health ministry is to share the love of Christ through promoting safety, health, and wellness in the lives of the Church Street United Methodist Church (CSUMC) family.

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of this ministry is to provide supportive health related and spiritual care to the CSUMC family by the Parish Health Team (PHT). The Parish Health Team (PHT) is a group of trained volunteers from a variety of healthcare backgrounds and experiences (e.g., nurses, dietitians, social workers and other mental health professionals, pharmacists, and others).

GOAL: The goal of the Parish Health ministry is to enable CSUMC to respond more fully to the health needs of the CSUMC family through organized programs and visitation designed to extend a positive, Christ-centered response to those who are dealing with their own health issues or those of a loved one.

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Promote the ability of the CSUMC family to care for one another.
  2. Provide advocacy, education, and support while promoting safety and well-informed decisions for health care needs.
  3. Assist individuals in navigating complex medical care systems.
  4. Empower individuals to be good stewards of their health. Encourage and support spiritual growth and well being, to include spiritual resources for health and healing.

For more information about Parish Health Ministry, please contact Vicky Shelton.

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