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.



New Member Class
Sundays | September 11 - November 6 | 9:45 - 10:45 am | Conference Room B
Class Leaders: Lori Herold and Jennifer Haney
Register: Call the church office at 309-673-3641 or complete this form
Interested in what it means to be a member of the United Methodist denomination and First United Methodist Church?  We will use A Disciple's Path to guide you toward a membership decision in this study.


Faith from the Backside by J. Ellsworth Kalas
Tuesdays | September 6 - November 22 | 9:30 - 11:00 am | Room L69
This study explores something central in the Christian life, but difficult to understand: "We exercise faith every day, in hundreds of secular moments, then struggle to find it in its purest form when we need God's help the most.  The back side indeed!  Sometimes it's the only side of faith we can seem to approach. Yet faith is nearer than our hands or feet, and more real than the air we breathe. It's time we learned more about it."
Class Leader:  Laure Ferguson
Cost:  $10.00
Register:  Call the church office at 309-673-3641 or complete this form.

Tuesdays | September 6 - November 29 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Bride's Room
Class Leaders: Mary Howard & Marian Hopper
Cost:  $15
GriefShare is a weekly, non-denominational support group for people grieving the death of a special person in their lives.
Register:  Visit the GriefShare website for more details and register at this link.

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
Tuesdays | beginning September 6 | 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 | September 7 - November 2 | 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
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!

Home Sweet Home
Wednesdays |  August 3 - August 31 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Worship Center 
Class Leaders:  Rev. Adrian Garcia and Chuck Bohannan

Invitation by Dr. Brian Russell
Wednesdays | September 7 - November 9 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Room L70
Class Leader:  Dr. Robert Phillips
Register:  Call the church office at 309-673-3641 or complete this form.
A ten session series of the Bible by Dr. Brian Russell, Old Testament professor at Asbury Theological Seminary. This study provides a helpful foundation for how to read, study, and understand scripture.  The book/study guide is recommended ($23.00).  Contact the church office by August 28 to order your book.

Shaping A Life of Significance for Retirement
Wednesdays | beginning September 7 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Room L65
Class Leader:  Christy Phillips
Cost:  $10.50
Register:  Call the church office at 309-673-3641 or complete this form. Registration deadline is September 5.
Retired engineer Jack Hansen and spiritual formation leader Jerry Haas explore the transitions, opportunities, and challenges of facing retirement through a series of interviews with persons facing and in retirement.  It is about the more personal dimensions of the transitions from working full time to retirement, including relationships, feelings of self-worth and purpose, and spiritual and intellectual growth. 

Studying the United Methodist Social Principles
Wednesdays | beginning September 7 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Room L62
Class Leader:  Rev. Carrie Carnes 
Cost:  $3.00
Register: Call the church office at 309-673-3641 or complete this form.
"The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church are a call to a 'prayerful, studied dialogue of faith and practice.'"

The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus by Adam Hamilton
Wednesdays | beginning September 7 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm | Room L65
Class Leader:  Jane Boyd
Cost:  $7.00
Register:  Call the church office at 309-673-3641 or complete this form.
Adams Hamilton teaches about the life of Jesus and His ministry and miracles.  We will begin with a DVD that will take us from the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized to the places He taught and gave His Sermon on the Mount and to the Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem where He spent His final days.  There will be time for questions and discussion as we read God's Word, strengthen our faith and walk with Jesus. 

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.