Adult Sunday School

Arab First UMC provides Sunday School classes for all ages to aid spiritual growth in Christ through Bible study and interaction with others. Theses classes welcome everyone and strive to create a holy and comfortable atmosphere to grow in Christ, to read and study his Word, and to face the work week with a thankful heart.


A short-term class for new members, visitors, and others interested in knowing more about Arab First UMC and the Methodist faith. Explorations meets Sunday
mornings for four weeks, concluding with lunch at the pastor’s home. The leaders are Sandy and Steve West, and the location and schedule is announced seasonally.


This 9:30 a.m. class is open to women of all ages. The leader is Nancy Stewart and the location is room 102. Various Bible studies as well as book studies are
used. The class is an eclectic group of Christian women who love the Lord and want to learn and share with each other! They have “Prayer Partners” much like
Secret Pals. Every age group of women is represented in this class; it makes for some very lively conversations to say the least! This group cares for one another
and constantly strives to lift each other up.


This interactive class is open to adults of all ages and values input from all those who attend. The scope of the discussion is scripture based and explores ways to
apply those scriptures to individuals and communities. The group provides a platform for holding each other accountable for living faith to the fullest. Hope
Class meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in room 118 with leader Randy Tucker.


A class for older adults, this class has a rotating cadre of Bible teachers (Janet Calhoun, Joe Creel, Mary Holley, Teresa Hughes, and Wayne Kendrick),
and uses the Cokesbury Adult Bible Study. In addition to Bible study and prayer support, the class sings hymns with piano accompaniment, enjoys good spirited
fellowship, and supports a variety of mission projects. The class meets in room 112 on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. The facilitators of this class are seasoned
Bible instructors who enjoy digging deeply into scripture as they teach and lead discussion about topics that have timely application for living as a Christian in
today’s world.


FAMILY meets in room 115 at 9:30 a.m. FAMILY is an acronym for Faith, Accountability, Mercy, Insight, Love, Yoked together. The class name exemplifies
the primary goal of the class, that of supporting each other in making the family unit stronger. Participants lift and support each other in day to day challenges
that families face, making God the head of their households. Facilitated by Josh and Mary Shumate, this class is open to individuals of all ages.


This is a class for older adults that meets in room 121 at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays. Leaders Bill Brasseale and JoAn Taylor use the Standard Quarterly and other
resources to further the exploration of God’s Word. Class members support each other both in and outside of the classroom, finding ways to fellowship and grow
closer as they grow in their faith. The mission outreach of the class started as support of the United Methodist Children’s Home and has evolved into also
supporting other local missions for younger folks such as Blessings In A Backpack, Christmas and Beyond, Discovery/Encounter, and support of the Arab City School System to help children with school supplies and other needs.


Beyond Contemporary meets on Sunday mornings at 10:50 a.m. in room 117 and is facilitated by Dan and Gail Lueker. The class is open to all people, any
age! Members range in age from late 20’s to grandparent age, singles to married couples, empty nesters to those with a full house. This multi-generational group
enjoys current events, has prayer time, focuses on DVD/discussion lessons, and is mission minded. The class members are supportive of each other, of the church
family, of the community, and of God’s world.


This class meets at 10:50 a.m. in room 121 with Chris Hemphill serving as leader. The class is open to adults of all ages, with members ranging from 25 to 70 years of age, married and unmarried, with and without kids. The blend of generations and backgrounds is awesome! There is prayer, fellowship, and contemporary topical studies during their Sunday morning time. Topics they have studied include modern political issues, life purpose, Heaven, and the Holy Spirit. Authors used include Adam Hamilton, Chip Ingram, Francis Chan, and Rick Warren.


For a list of other ongoing and seasonal small groups for adults, click here

For a list of children’s Sunday School classes click here. For information on youth Sunday School click here.


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