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.



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
Class Leader:  Laure Ferguson
Cost:  $10.00
Register:  Call the church office at 309-673-3641 or complete this form.
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. 

Latino Men's Bible Study Group (Spanish with English translation)
Tuesdays | Ongoing | 7:00  - 8:00 pm | Worship Center
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 | Youth Room
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. 

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.