Short-Term Small Groups

At 1st UMC, we believe the individual is never alone and never finished on the journey with Christ. Rather, we journey with other seekers and disciples to grow as better followers of Jesus. Our short-term small groups offer the opportunity to connect with others and learn more about God’s work in Scripture and the world. Join us throughout the week, and especially on Wednesday nights after our community meal (beginning at 5:30 PM), to participate in a short-term small group.  Questions? Contact Carol Cooper,


Summer Small Group: Join us this summer as we journey through the Book of Samuel. We will gather Downtown from 5:30-7:30 PM on Wednesdays through August 8th. We will take 30 minutes for a brown bag dinner and fellowship then 90 minutes of exploring the text together. This study requires no outside work and recognizes that many of us will be out some weeks with travel and other plans. Childcare will be available. Please let our Executive Pastor, Chad Foster, know if you are interested in participating by emailing him at or texting him at 252-916-0250.


Coming this Fall: Learn more about your place in God’s plan: this fall, Todd and Susan Nelson will lead a 10-week group on calling and spiritual formation. We’ll have lots of discussion, read The Call by Os Guinness and Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster, and do several other outside assignments.
This group is the first part of our 2-year Discipleship Intensive. If, after these 10 weeks, you choose to continue, you’ll learn about the Biblical narrative, Christian theology, and ministry in the Methodist tradition. Discipleship Intensive requires high commitment: a 2-hour meeting and 4-6 hours of reading and preparation each week. Those who have completed DI say you can’t do it without that time commitment. They also say it was worth it for them. Please contact Todd,, if you are interested or have questions.