Short-Term Small Groups (Wednesday Nights)

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 and to participate in a short-term small group. Dinner is served from 5:30-6:00 PM and groups begin at 6:15 PM. Questions? Contact Carol Cooper,

K Groups

Leader: Carol Cooper (

Location: Various Locations

Day and Time: Wednesdays at 6:15 PM or at a time and place designated by a group A small, intimate group of 3-5 people growing in their faith together through prayer, study, devotion, and fellowship.

Growing Deeper in Prayer

Leader: Todd Nelson (

Have you ever wanted to know more about prayer? Have you ever struggled with how or what to pray? Most of us have. This fall, join Todd for a time of learning about prayer and then actually spending time in the practice of prayer. This will be a way to deepen not only your prayer life, but your overall formation as well.

The Good and Beautiful God book and spiritual discipline study

Leaders: Carol and Keith Cooper (

“God wants me to try harder.” “God blesses me when I’m good and punishes me when I’m bad.” “God is angry with me.” We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true—but many are false. James Bryan Smith believes those thoughts determine not only who we are, but how we live. In fact, Smith declares, the most important thing about a person is what they think about God. The path to spiritual transformation begins here. Turning to the Gospels, Smith invites you to put your ideas to the test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God.

Parables from the Back Side book study

Leader: John Stumbo

Dr. Ellsworth Kalas wrote a series of books entitled Parables from the Back Side. We will study his insightful view of well known parables cast in a very different light.

Walking Group

Leader: KaraBeth Moore

Meet at the church and walk around Downtown Lexington. Great exercise and great fellowship.

Crafty Hands and Hearts

Leader: Lu-Ann Farrar (

Location: Parlor (Room 107)

Small group of fellowship and service who enjoy knitting and other crafty projects. Bring whatever you are working on and join us for conversation and crafting.

Book of Ephesians study

Leader: Chad Foster

Chad Foster will lead a six week study of the Book of Ephesians.

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.