Sunday Morning ADULT Connection Groups

These groups all meet on Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45, before the worship service.  (NOTE: Summer Schedule from June 18th to August 20th will be Worship at 10am, followed by a church-wide "Sermon Talk Back" session at 11am.) 

This means these are the only mutually exclusive Connection Groups – you can be a member of multiple Connection Groups otherwise. These groups meet at the same time the youth and children are in their Sunday School classes so there is built in childcare. Each of these groups has a slightly different focus and a little different demographic. But the demographics listed below are descriptive only.

Each group welcomes anyone and everyone. 

Abundant Grace

Focus: This co-ed fellowship group attempts to find ways to help each other follow Jesus by studying together, praying together, fellowshipping together, and serving each other and others.
Age: mid-50’s and up
Curriculum: Various Biblical or faith-based resources
Teacher: Ann & George Miles 
Location: Community Center Room 505

Babylon

Focus: As the word “Babylon” implies, this co-ed group speaks with many divergent perspectives and opinions on both religious and topical issues. Leadership is shared.
Age: 50’s and 60’s, co-ed
Curriculum: “The Wired Word” is an electronically-delivered weekly study built around current news/issues.  The format provides discussion questions as well as Scriptural references to encourage dialogue.
Co-Facilitators: Debbie Brown, Dona Leonard, and Merrilee Fellows    
Location: Community Center Room 501

Echerd

Focus: This is a “young-thinking and progressive-minded” co-ed group with theologies ranging from conservative to liberal. The group encourages member participation, and discussions can be lively! Currently using the video series How Jesus Became God by Bart Ehrman.
Age: 60’s up, co-ed
Curriculum: various
Facilitator: Bob Clare
Location: normally the Echerd Classroom, Sanctuary building, but in the Community Center until sanctuary air-conditioning is fixed

Futures - Men

Focus: This group meets on campus for Bible study and discussion, and off campus for fellowship and community service.
Age: mid-40’s to 60, Men
Curriculum: Follows the lectionary for discussion and reflection in the Men of Purpose format
Teacher: Dick Hester
Location: Milford Chapel

Futures - Women

Focus: This women’s group shares joys and sorrows with one another and responds readily to special needs of members, serving as a support group for each other. 
Demographics: mid-40’s to 60, Women
Curriculum: Various - discussion/reflection around the Biblical text being preached that Sunday or occasionally, short book studies
Teacher: Amy Jacks Dean
Location: Youth Building Room 101

Genesis Class

Focus: This is a fun, intellectually curious, open co-ed group.
Age: mid-30’s to 50
Curriculum: Discussion based on biblical texts and contemporary readings, with a focus on how they relate to our lives today
Teacher: Daniel Miles
Location: Milford Chapel Conference Room

Lydia Fidelis Dorcas

Focus: L-F-D is a close-knit group of women who enjoy studying, socializing and caring deeply for one another.  Many are long-term members who aren't afraid to voice their opinions in thoughtful and engaging ways while remaining friends both inside the classroom and out.  Some have been friends for more than fifty years and some are new to the group.  
Demographics: 70’s and above, women
Curriculum: Formations from NextSunday Resources (an imprint of Smyth & Helwys Publishing)
Facilitators:  Beverly Doyle
Location: Community Center Room 503