Short Term Classes

Our short-term groups give participants many opportunities during the year to choose a curriculum to help them grow in their faith journey and meet and mix with other believers. Groups meet between two to twelve weeks and are open to the public.



Viewing Race Through the Lens of Faith: Reflections and an Invitation from Dr. Carol McPherson
Sunday, January 8, 2017 | 12:30 pm | Wesley Hall
Facilitator:  Dr. Carol McPherson, Director of Discipleship & Fine Arts
Cost: No Cost
RSVP to church office at 309-673-3641, mention childcare need
Childcare will be provided
The online data outlet, 24/7 Wall St., recently named Peoria as the worst metropolitan area in the country for African-Americans based on 2015 data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. As a white person, Dr. McPherson acknowledges that the color of her skin affords her privilege denied to people of color and she will never fully understand what it is like to be confronted with racism on a daily basis. As followers of the One who reconciled humanity to God, we are called to seek reconciliation with one another, and acknowledge the hard work of reconciliation begins with relationship that are grounded in trust.  This trust is built by truly listening to one another and daring to speak the truth in love.

We will gathering for a meal and then explore some concrete ways we can begin the hard work of racial reconciliation.


Study for College Aged
Tuesdays | on-going | ages 19 - 25 | Panera's in East Peoria 

Parables from the Backside by J. Ellsworth Kalas
Tuesdays | January 3 - March 28, 2017 | 9:30 - 11:00 am | Room L65
Author J. Ellsworth Kalas presents new insight into twelve of Jesus' parables by entering them through the "back side" - through the eyes of a minor or unsympathetic character.  By approaching the stories in this way, Kalas releases new meaning and clarifies basic teachings.  Personal stories from the author's own experience and modern-day illustrations enrich the retelling even more.  These refreshing glimpses from the back side will provide new food for thought for everyone - even those most familiar with Jesus' parables.
Class Leader:  Laure Ferguson
Cost:  $10.00
Register:  Call the church office at 309-673-3641 or complete this form.

Latino Men's Bible Study Group (Spanish)
Tuesdays | Ongoing | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | Conference Room B
Class Leaders:  Pastor Adrian Garcia and Pastor Miguel Rios 

Lazarus Awakening: Finding Your Place In The Heart of God by Joanna Weaver
First Tuesday of each month | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | Worship Center
SoulSisters@FUMC monthly study
Cost:  $11.00 
This DVD study, filmed in the Holy Land, will be used in the women's ministry SoulSisters.  Register for SoulSisters and this study by calling the church office at 309-673-3641 or complete this form.


Financial Peace University
Wednesdays | January 18 - March 15, 2017 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Conference Room A
Class Leader:  Melinda Huisenga
Cost:  $93.00 plus shipping, unless you have the current material
Register:  Click on this link to register
Let 2017 be the year YOU take control of your money! Financial Peace University teaches God's ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you've dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

Lectio Divina
Wednesdays | 7:15 - 8:00 pm | Chapel
Leader:  Dr. Robert Phillips
Registration not required.  This study immediately follows Taize worship.
"Lectio divina (promounced "lec-tsee-oh di-vee-nah"), Latin for "sacred reading," "divine reading," or "holy reading," is a spiritual practice that has been in use for over a thousand years . . . The four traditional stages of lectio divina are Lectio (reading), meditatio (meditation), oratio (prayer), and contemplatio (contemplation). . . The four steps of lectio divina hae also been compared to "feasting on the Word."  Reading is taking a bite of food.  Meditation is chewing food.  Prayer is savoring food.  Contemplation is digesting food and making it a part of your body.  Too often we are fast food eaters, rapidly gulping down the Bread of Life (John 6:31).  The result is that we are unable to properly absorb our "spiritual meal."  Slow down.  Savor your time in God's Word and find joy in meeting God. 

For more information on Lectio Divina go to Bible Gateway.

Fear of the Other by Will Willimon
Wednesdays | January 18 - February 15 7:00 - 8:00 pm| Room L62 
Class Leader:  Rev. Carrie Carnes
Cost: $12.00
Register:  Call the church office at 309-673-3641 or complete this form.
Will Willimon invites readers to consider the gospel command to love (and not merely tolerate) those considered to be "Other" or outside mainstream Christian culture.  Rooted in the faith of Israel and the Christian story and vision, Willimon brings a Wesleyan perspective to bear on what may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do: keeping and loving the "Other" as tyhey are - without any need for them to become like us. 

Old Testament Disciple Fast Track
Wednesdays | January 4 - March 29, 2017 | 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Class Leader:  Rev. Carrie Carnes
Cost:  $15.00 for the book; Kindle edition is $10.00
Register: Call the church office at 309-673-3641 or complete this form.
Disciple Fast Track, an adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study, provides a viable option for busy people seeking comprehensive engagement over time with the entire biblical text.  Partipants read a manageable three-five chapters of the Bible daily in preparation for the weekly meetings.  A brief, illustrated review video enables participants to recall important facts and ideas; lively and engaging video presenters then offer insights into the current week's session. 

Young Adult Study
Wednesdays | Ongoing Study | 7:00 - 9:00 pm | Room L68
This small group is for those age late 20s - 40s.  Contact Doug Grogan at dgrogan@fumcpeoria.org with questions. 

Individual/Group Study

Read the Bible!
On January 1, 2017, we will begin the "Read the Bible" challenge.  We will provide reading plans both online and as a hard copy.  You do not need to use these particular reading plans - there are many options available.  For a variety of reading plans visit Bible Gateway.

You do not have to undertake this challenge along!  We have several ways for you to connect with others in your journey through the Bible.

  • Join an existing small group
  • Start a new small group
  • Connect with an accountability partner

To find a small group, start a small group, or find an accountability partner, fill out this form or contact Dr. Carol McPherson at cmcpherson@fumcpeoria.org or call her at 309-673-3641.