For more information on any of these groups, contact Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In this season of pandemic, some of these groups are not meeting (or maybe on Zoom), but some are!
2nd 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.
- Second Monday of the Month, 7pm.
- LOCATION CHANGE: Now meeting in the Sanctuary building, room 306/308 (upper level of education wing).
- Facilitated by Pastor Jon Osmundson.
Contemplative Prayer Group
1st & 3rd Sundays on Zoom, 6:30-8pm
Earlene Sanborn leads a short Bible study (they’re currently working their way through the Gospel of John) and some discussion, and then the group does 20 minutes of silent Centering Prayer together. All welcome; come when you can.
Contact Earlene for the Zoom information and to confirm the schedule, which occasionally changes (cell 614 578 8816; okay to text or call).
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).
- Facilitators: Ginny Blasingame.
No Matter What Bicycle Club
Want to get some exercise? How about riding your bike? All ages and abilities are welcome!
You may choose to ride either on your own or with the group, which will meet every other Thursday to ride together.
We can accommodate all ages and types of riders, from comfort bikes to carbon frame rockets. Kids and great grandmas are all welcome. After riding for about 60-90 minutes on trails or roads, it’s fun to find a place to buy ice cream and have some social time together. If you are interested or have any questions about the group, please contact Rob. We start with a short devotion and end with licking our ice cream spoons.
Contact: Rob Erskine (RErsk78563@aol.com).
Seams That Bind
Threads of Faith
Location: Missions Room, Warehouse 839 building.
Monday is mission day, and our emphasis has broadened. 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.
Men’s Open Basketball
Wednesdays 7:45-9:15pm in the Warehouse 839 gym. Exercise and have fun with a great group of guys. Not a league; it’s open gym basketball for individuals of all skill levels. Contact: Dave Bowman or Jason Hudson, or just show up!
Saturday Monthly Men’s Breakfast Group
Come for food and fellowship, and sometimes a bike or kayak ride! Meets for breakfast the 4th Saturday of each month, location varies (schedule is somewhat irregular these days because of the pandemic, but sign up to get added to the notifications list). Participates in church and community service and outreach projects. Contact: Rob Erskine.
RIPPLES (Retired Persons Group)
Not meeting right now. Meets the fourth Monday of each month for dinner (except in winter). Locations vary. Contacts: Linda Rust and Linda Brown.
United Methodist Women
Not meeting right now. 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). Contact: Jan Weatherby.
Men’s Softball Church League (summer)
‘Hoping to be back next summer (2022)! Enjoy fun and fellowship while representing Hilliard UMC in this semi-competitive league. Games are played on Sundays beginning the first week of May each year, with team(s) forming in March/April. Contacts: Dave Bowman or Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship (email@example.com).
A Different Kind of Small Group:
The Wesley Class Meeting
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 is it with your soul?” and “How have you experienced God this week?” 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 614.876.2403).
Beth Palmer, Director of Adult Discipleship
614.876.2403 (church office)