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 - An Ongoing Conversation
Sunday, March 12 | 12:30 - 2:00 pm | Youth Room (next to Wesley Hall)
Leader:  Dr. Carol McPherson, Director of Discipleship & Fine Arts
Cost:  Suggested donation of $5 for lunch
Reservations:  Contact Carol at cmcpherson@fumcpeoria.org or contact church office at 309-673-3641
Mention if childcare is needed when making reservation. 

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

New Member Class
Begins March 12 - April 9 | 9:45 - 10:45 am | Conference Room B
Register: Call the church office at 309-673-3641 or complete this on-line form.
Those interested in full or affiliate membership at First Church and those interested in more information and discussion about  Christ's church and faith in a Wesleyan-Methodist perspective are welcome to attend our exploration class. 


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.


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

Parables from the Backside by J. Ellsworth Kalas (class closed)
Tuesdays | January 3 - March 28, 2017 | 9:30 - 11:00 am | Room L65
Class Leader:  Laure Ferguson
Cost:  $10
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
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 (class closed)
Wednesdays | January 18 - March 15, 2017 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Conference Room A
Class Leader:  Melinda Huisenga
Cost:  $93 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!

Roll Down, Justice! 

Wednesdays | March 8 - April 12 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm| Room L65 
Class Leader:  Rev. Carrie Carnes and Dr. Carol McPherson
Cost: No cost
Register:  Call the church office at 309-673-3641 or complete this form.
The United Methodist General Commission on Race and Religion's Lenten Bible Study, Roll Down, Justice!, written by Faye Wilson and featuring the music and reflections of Mark A. Miller, poses the following questions to believers:

  • What are you prepared to give in order to have a closer walk with God?
  • What can you give in order to embrace anew the work of justice?

Mark Miller has written a collection of songs, lyrics and music, which remind us of the work we have to do.  We all learn in different ways and this study calls us to sing to ourselves and to each other the call that we each have to do to "seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God."  Carry the commitment to care - to bring about justice in God's world - as a song in your heart.  Roll Down, Justice! 


Disciple Fast-track Old Testament
Thursdays | February 9 - May 4 | 10:00 - 11:30 am | Room L65
Class Leader:  Rod Skewes
Cost: $15 ($10 for Kindle edition)
Register: Call the church office at 309-673-3641 or complete this on-line form.
Disciple Fast Track, an adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study, provides a visible option for busy people seeking comprehensive engagement over time with the entire biblical text.  Participants 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 presentations then offer insights into the current week's session.