Adult Ministries

Adult Ministries

If you're looking for life-long friends to share your spiritual journey with, Central is the perfect place! Central offers many Life classes, Life groups, women-specific groups, men-specific groups, and many other opportunities for fellowship. 

Adult Classes and Small Groups

Sunday School Classes

The Circle- 9:30 AM-10:55 AM, CAC Room 3-5. An eclectic Sunday School group, couples and singles, age 40 and up, who enjoy frequent fellowship gatherings.

Asbury- 9:30 AM-10:30 AM, Wesley Room 104. A large Sunday School group of men and women 65 and older, couples and singles, this class also meets for social gatherings.

The Bridge- 10 am-10:55 am, SMB. A Sunday School group of couples and singles, mid-30s and 40s, most with children.

The Forum- 9:30 AM-10:30 AM, Wesley Room 310. A large Sunday School group with various ages and life stages (ages 40s-70s). The class is participant led.

Sunday School Classes are part of Central's DNA, with the reputation of being close-knit and welcoming to newcomers. These groups meet during the 10 a.m. hour throughout the campus. All Sunday morning groups are co-ed. There are groups for every life stage, from college students and young parents to empty-nesters and retirees.  Grow in faith, serve together, pray together, and enjoy friendships that go beyond Sunday morning. 

Small Groups

Bible Stories for Grown-Ups: Reading Scripture with New Eyes. Wednesday, January 10-February 7, from 6 PM-7:15 PM. Wesley Room 310 & Zoom. Led by Rev. Jennie Williams & Rev. Dr. Chase Burns.

Join our pastors for a story of an audacious journey of what happens when people garden, worship, and eat together- and invite anyone and everyone to join them. His Bible study will consider stories many read as children, including Noah's Ark, the binding of Isaac, Jonah and the big fish, Jesus and Zacchaeus, Jesus healing a blind man, and the parable of the talents. Scott reimagines these stories and opens new visions for readers to understand well-known pieces of Scripture in our current cultural environment. Register here. Order the book here.

New Beginnings (formerly Grace Place). Wednesdays, January 17 – March 13, from 6 p.m. -7 p.m., CAC Room 3-5

Led by: Laura Underwood, Jacque Nagel, and Gail Nebben

Do you feel stuck? Join the New Beginnings ladies on Wednesday evenings as we take a deep dive into Bible study and practical exercises in Stuck by Jennie Allen. She shows us how we've been trying to fix this stuck feeling with everything but God. He has a plan for these spaces inside of us, the places where we feel broken, but we have to go to Him. Stuck is a journey to take an honest look at the fight going on inside, leading us to the God who has a plan to restore us. Our stuck places are the very places that make us ache for God, and we find Him waiting there for us with hope and freedom. Order Stuck Bible Study Guide.

The Book of Ephesians. Connections Women's Bible Study. Tuesdays, January 23- May 21, from 6:30 PM- 8 PM. Wesley 306-307 & Zoom. Led by Jennifer Haas & Janet Hailey.

This spring, the Connections Women’s Bible Study will be studying the book of Ephesians.  In this book of the Bible, Paul helps readers better understand God’s eternal purpose, grace, and the goals God has for the church.  As a group, we will spend time reading and digging into the Word to deepen our walk with God.  

Join us as we spend time in Bible reading and exploring topics that are at the very core of what it means to be a Christian, both in faith and in practice.  Register Here.

Inclusive Connections. Inclusive Connections for our LGBTQIA+ Community & Allies. Thursday, January 18- March 21, from 6:30- PM 8 PM. Wesley 102. Led by Julie Thibodaux & Kennie Goff.

The purpose of this class is to provide inclusive connections with our LGBTQIA+ community, stakeholders, and allies through thoughtful discussion, prayer, and book & Bible study of the challenging constellation of history and Scriptures that have impacted our marginalized LGBTQ & Gender Non-Conforming (GNC) members, friends, loved ones, families & neighbors. Our intention is to openly affirm and unconditionally include, explore, understand, listen, love and be loved, and support attendees. Our class will be a Brave Space for all attendees. Our study in this session will be the book “Entangled” written by Arkansas native Ashley Dreff, Ph.D. She serves as the General Secretary to the Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church. Her book is a comprehensive study of the intersection of United Methodist history and the LGBTQIA+ community since WWII. Register Here. Order a book available at Amazon for $34.00 Cokesbury $34.29

CUMC-YA. Central United Methodist Church Young Adults. We meet once a month. To find out more, join our texting app https://groupme.com/join_group/96614708/t6iSHzg9.   

CUMC-YA (Central United Methodist Church Young Adults) is a community of individuals who are either seniors in college or entering the workforce from diverse backgrounds and share a common interest in building meaningful connections and navigating the transition into the next phase of our lives. This community is a safe space where members can share their experiences, ask for advice, and learn from one another. 

Small Groups are designed to help you learn and expand your knowledge of God and His perfect plan for you.  Studies offered will help deepen your faith and prepare you to step out and share the gospel with others. These classes are offered throughout the week in the fall, winter, and spring.  Most classes are co-ed. However, some studies are specifically for women and some specifically for men. Discipleship classes are a great way to meet diverse people and expand your community. 

Wesley Foundation (College)

We reach out to students and invite them into christian community. Areas of emphasis include Welcome Weeks events, fellowship events, intramurals, freshmen community, outreach events on campus, and more.

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Missions + Outreach

Central's Missions & Outreach Ministries equip members of our congregation to serve people locally and worldwide. We envision, partner, and facilitate missions so that justice, freedom, peace, health, and well-being prevail across racial, cultural, national, and political boundaries; and all peoples live in dignity and security, even when they face humanitarian disasters and their aftermath.

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Serve with Us

There are many ways to volunteer and serve, from one-day community outreach projects, serving at Community Meals, to helping usher on Sunday mornings, serving at Central will bring you opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ.

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