Ongoing Groups for Adults

Ongoing Groups for Adults

For more information on any of these groups, contact Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship (

Looking for information on being in an ongoing small group for sharing life and faith with a few friends?

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LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group

Taking a break for the summer; look for this group to resume in the fall.

Join seminary intern Molly Collier for an affinity group for members of the LGBTQIA+ community — to connect and support each other.

  • First Wednesdays, 6:30pm – reach out to Molly Collier, Pastor Jon, or Beth Palmer, or sign up to get on the list for notifications.
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, main level, about halfway down the long hallway from the sanctuary, on the left, next to the nursery)
  • Facilitator: Molly Collier, seminary intern
  • Come at 5:30 for Wednesday Community Supper, too, if you like! A free hot meal (freewill offerings accepted). All invited.

Women’s Group

Taking a break for the summer; look for this group to restart in September

This group is an opportunity for women to meet new people and reconnect with friends, to share life experiences, prayer, and more. No preparation is needed, and no commitment is expected. Reach out to Lisa Haney or Amelia McCarty with your questions.

  • Last Wednesday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm in the Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, main level, down the hall from the Sanctuary).
  • Facilitators: Lisa Haney (lghaney @ & Amelia McCarty (aamccarty @

3rd Monday
Men’s Group

ATTENTION MEN! Join Pastor Jon for a no-commitment, no-agenda time of just being together in the shared presence of the Holy Spirit to fellowship, to share, to grow in faith, and to unlearn together. Let’s gather and share what life is like for us, and together let’s encourage one another.

  • Third Monday of the Month, 7-8pm.
  • Sanctuary building, room 306/308 (upper level of education wing).
  • Facilitated by Pastor Jon Osmundson.

Seekers Sunday School Class

This ongoing Sunday school class for adults discusses a wide range of books and topics.

Class pace is relaxed, and the only real requirement is that participants are seekers who want to deepen their relationship with God.

  • Sundays, 10-11am.
  • Sanctuary building, room 206 (parlor, accessible). You may also participate on Zoom; sign up and we’ll send you the details.
  • Facilitator: Ginny Blasingame.

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Seams That Bind
Threads of Faith

Mondays 9am-12pm
Wednesdays 9am-12pm

Location: Missions Room, Warehouse 839 building.

Monday is mission day. Come help create homemade quilts for:

  • Moms2B, an “innovative, community-based program” of Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center that aims to support low-income women through pregnancy and motherhood.
  • Stepp Clinic Program (OSU)
  • My Very Own Blanket, fleece blankets for foster children
  • UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief), large unlined quilts that go internationally as well as stateside
  • Henderson Settlement in Frakes, Kentucky
  • Toledo Maternal Health

We also make quilts for children getting baptized at Hilliard UMC.

We continue to accept fabric and pass on what we cannot use to St. Paul’s Lutheran (New Rome) and the Golden Hobby Shop (Columbus), which assists seniors in their arts and crafts projects.

Wednesday is open for your own projects. Linda is also available some afternoons for special projects.

Don’t know how to quilt yet? Beginners welcome! You can cut fabric, sew, do finishing work, and more, while you learn.

Ministry Leader: Linda Overman.

Monday Men’s Breakfast Group

Meets the first and third Mondays of each month, 8:30am, Bob Evans on Cemetery Road near I-270 (3910 Lyman Dr). Contact: Steve Larrick.

Open Basketball

Wednesdays 7:45-9:15pm in the Warehouse 839 gym. Exercise and have fun with a great group of people. Not a league; it’s open gym basketball for individuals of all skill levels. Contact: Dave Bowman or Jason Hudson, or just show up!

United Women of Faith

Formerly called United Methodist Women

Enjoy a supportive community of women, engaging in activities that foster growth in Christian faith, mission education, and social involvement. Lydia-Dorcas Circle meets the second Wednesday of the month for lunch and program in the social hall, Sanctuary building (most months; usually skip July, August, and January).

UMW was rebranded by the United Methodist Church in 2022 and is now called United Women of Faith.

  • Second Wednesday of the month, 11:30am-2pm, in the Sanctuary building, social hall.
  • Bring your own lunch.
  • Facilitator: Jan Weatherby.

A Different Kind of Small Group:
The Wesley Class Meeting

One of our Wesley Class Meeting groups

Do you want to connect on a personal, spiritual level with friends? Do you want to go a little (or a lot) deeper in your faith?

These groups have no homework and minimal leader prep (once the group gets started), just a commitment to meet regularly for an hour or two to do life together by answering a couple of key questions: “How have you experienced God this week?” and “How is it with your soul?” It’s transformational in the best possible sense!

It’s about watching over one another in love and learning to pay attention to what God is doing in your life.

If you’re interested forming this kind of group with a few friends, contact Beth Palmer to get started.

If you don’t feel like you know enough people at church yet to start your own group, start by signing up for some stuff, so you can get to know more people: take a class, help serve dinner at the Wednesday night community meal, offer to greet people arriving for worship on Sunday mornings, join the choir…  Or contact Beth, and we can help you find some people.

When you have a few others you’d like to try doing group life with, people with whom you think you might be able to be your authentic self, contact Beth Palmer for details and resources — we’ll get you started.

Small Group Resources

Looking for your next study? If your small group does book studies, stop by the church office to check out all the small group study resources Hilliard UMC owns. Contact Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Spiritual Formation, with questions or to arrange a time to meet her there to talk about the options and get some ideas for your group (, 614.876.2403).

Staff Contact

Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship
614.876.2403 (church office)