Contact Rachel Chen at for more information on any of these small groups or events.


Common Ground Study
Selina Heslep will be leading a 4-week women’s study on Common Ground: Loving Others Despite Our Differences by Amberly Neese. It will begin on Tuesday, Jan 9 at 10am in the Library. All interested women should purchase the book and complete chapter 1 before the first meeting. Sign up on the Information board and contact Selina Heslep with questions.


Adult discipleship at St. Mark’s UMC provides personal and communal spiritual growth opportunities to learn Christ’s teachings, live Christ’s way, and extend Christ’s love to our community and world.


We offer classes and small groups for adults of all ages and stages of life during our Sunday morning Grow Hour and throughout the week. We offer opportunities to meet in person or join in online via Zoom. Check out the latest list of our weekly discipleship opportunities below.


On Sunday mornings at 10 am, we have ongoing and short-term small groups. We offer a variety of opportunities including God 101 with Pastor Justin, Parents Small Group, Two Adult Sunday School classes, and Advent/Lenten Studies. See the latest updates below.

  • Advent Study – Faithful: Christmas Through The Eyes of Joseph with Barbara Hunt
    *Nov 19-Dec 17
    *Room 204 at 9:45 am

  • God 101: Advent Study Through 12/17, No class 12/24 or 12/31
    Pastor Justin leads this group in the Dining Room and on Zoom (Zoom link here, Meeting ID: 892 4039 2990, Passcode: 952152)
  • Growing Deeper in Faith
    *Have you ever wondered the why behind what you read in the Bible? Or maybe you’ve tried reading Scripture, but you end up with a bunch of unanswered questions? Then our class is for you! We explore a couple of chapters of Scripture, diving into the history, the storyline, the characters, and grappling together to better understand God’s word. We are currently reading 2 Samuel. No prior reading is required, as we summarize the chapters in class. 
    *Meeting in Room 202

  • Growing As Parents
    *Discussing weekly parenting topics around the holidays
    *In January, will study “Habits of the Household” by Justin Early
    *Meeting in Room 207


We meet offsite one Friday a month to chat about life, faith, our questions, and adulting. Young(ish) adults (ages 18-37ish) in all stages of life are invited to join this inclusive group where various belief systems are welcome! No affiliation with St. Mark’s or the UMC necessary. Contact Pastor Rachel for address and more details at

Our final young adult gathering of 2023 will be Saturday, December 9, 6-8pm at the Chen’s house. We’ll enjoy another white elephant gift exchange and the theme for the evening will be Christmas Morning. Wear pajamas or festive wear and bring a breakfast dish, a gift, and any beverages you’d like! All ages 18-37ish are invited!


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Your results will give you an overall picture of how you assess yourself in regards to theological knowledge, spiritual transformation, and living out your faith. You will receive your results by email (not immediately). Cumulative results will guide our adult ministry team as we plan and schedule adult GROW groups and spiritual development activities.

Adult Ministries Books + Studies

Resources: Google Doc

This is a list of studies/books that our adult classes have used. If you’re looking for a new study for your group, scroll through to find out what studies/books other leaders have used. If your group finishes a study/book that you found insightful, gave well sourced information, and/or helped your group grow spiritually, please feel free to add to this list. If you have any questions, please email Pastor Rachel Chen at


“Faith and Fellowship”
 Adult Sunday School  Rm 206/Zoom 9:45-10:45 am
Short studies of 6-8 weeks that can be applied to following Jesus in today’s world. Our purpose is to study God’s Word, grow in our Christian faith, and support class members through love and prayer. Studying A Fragile Stone: Peter: Jesus’ Friend
For adults of all ages
Contact Bob Jennings

“Applying the Faith” Adult Sunday School  Rm 205/Zoom 9:45-10:45 am
Bible study with an emphasis on group discussion and practical application of spiritual principles. Regular mission and social activities. Currently reading Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor.
For adults of all ages
Contact Danny Lewis

God 101 with Pastor Justin Dining Room/Zoom 10-10:45 am
This group explores a new topic every 4 to 6 weeks. No homework, and no experience necessary. Bring your questions and your sense of humor! Have studied Methodism, the Bible, Christmas Carols in past classes.
For adults of all ages

Contact Pastor Justin White

GROW Hour Groups 10 am
We will announce new group/study options as they are available. Contact Rachel for any questions!
For adults of all ages

Weavers Women’s Small Group Library 2x/Month 4-6 pm
For women of all ages
Contact Joan Buchanan

“Children Of God” Small Group Library/Zoom 7-8 pm
For adults of all ages
Contact Jim Schiele

Circlemakers Study + Prayer Group Zoom 10-11:30 am
Our classes are conversational and facilitated by group members.
For women of all ages
Contact Lynne Kelly

Saving Graces Women’s Small Group Conference Room 7-8:30 pm
This is an on-going women’s group with a focus on short-term studies, prayer, small group mission activities, and fellowship. All women are invited to come any time to see what we’re all about. For more information, contact Joanna Blanks by email below or (804) 651-4126. Currently studying the FAITHFUL book on Joseph by Adam Hamilton.
For women of all ages
Contact Joanna Blanks or Jennifer Anderson

Prayer Shawl Ministry Library 1st Mondays 6:45-7:45 pm
Please join us at our meetings on 1st Mondays to create prayer shawls, baby blankets & more.
For all who knit/crochet
Contact Brenda Koebel at 804-247-0527.

Men’s Morning Small Group Library/Zoom 7-8:30 am
Currently studying Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis.
For men of all ages
Contact Jim Schiele

Men’s “Fellaship” Small Group Rm 202 7-8 pm
We are a fairly diverse group ranging in age from late 30s to 70+. We are married and single, young families and adult children, active in the faith and just getting started. We have read Christian books by authors such as Max Lucado and Francis Chan, studied scripture and completed mission projects. Most importantly, we meet weekly to discuss life’s challenges living the life of a Christian today while enjoying each other’s company. Currently, we enjoy video series from RightNow Media and are studying Colossians by Louie Giglio.
For men of all ages
Contact Rick Wingen

Zoom Study: Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew About The Bible Zoom 7-8pm
Join us in reading Michael Bird’s Seven Things I Wish Christians Knew about the Bible. This book is a short and readable introduction to the Bible—its origins, interpretation, truthfulness, and authority. It is a must read for any serious Bible reader who desires an informed and mature view of the Bible that will enrich their faith. Join Randy Godwin on Tuesday nights at 7 pm on Zoom until December 5. Email Randy at if interested/for the Zoom link.

“Thank God It’s Wednesday” Opportunities for Adults
For adults of all ages
Contact Pastor Rachel Chen

Stages Small Group Library/Zoom 7-8:30 pm
Meeting for dinner a few times during the summer and resuming early September.
For wives, mothers of young adults, & daughters of older parents
Contact Terri Clifton or Sandy Wingen

Young Adult Small Group Offsite 6 pm monthly (Nov 17)
Young(ish) adults in all stages of life are invited to join this inclusive group where various belief systems are welcome! No affiliation with St. Mark’s or the UMC necessary.

For adults ages 18-35ish
Contact Pastor Rachel Chen



The purpose of the St. Marks’ United Methodist Men (UMM) is to help men know Jesus Christ, to serve Him, to grow spiritually and seek daily to do His will. The UMM seek to help men grow in learning of the Bible and how to deal with everyday challenges. We hold fundraisers throughout the year to support different ministries, like our Good Samaritan Fund, Heart Havens, Youth, etc.
Contact Jim Schiele


The Walk to Emmaus focuses on God as known through Jesus Christ and on the expression of that awareness in the local church. The Emmaus experience is intended to inspire, challenge, and equip local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, and places of work. Emmaus lifts up a way for our grace-filled life to be lived and shared with others. See the FLYER for more details and contact information!

Upcoming Walks:

Men’s Walk: September 21-24

Women’s Walk: October 5-8

Those interested should contact or the following individuals: Rick Wingen (804-346-7292), Bobby McDavid (804-337-8216), Kristie Faison (804-543-4649), Ralph Hollingsworth (804-350-5722), Steve Astoria (804-229-0777), Rebecca Harmon (336-214-2942), or Jim/Jimma Attaway (804-338-8053).


If you are interested in joining a small group or study, please fill out the form below.