Adult Groups and Classes

Adult groups and classes are how we build community at Aldersgate Church. Being a part of a group is the best way to help a big church feel smaller. Whether it’s a class, a small group, or bible study, in a group, you’ll connect with people in a similar stage of life, or with similar interests. Together, you’ll build community and foster spiritual growth.

We offer small group bible studies, fellowship groups, women’s and men’s groups, prayer groups, topical classes and mission/service groups. United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women also provide a place to plug-in for fellowship, outreach and prayer. We offer nontraditional groups like ‘Pub Theology’ as well as yoga and wellness classes for everyone from pregnant moms to older adults and caregivers.

Small Groups


1:00 p.m. at Charity Todd’s home
Leader: Jessica Hickey (

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. in Church Library
Women of all ages, who bring brown bag lunches to enjoy fellowship, service and study various books, topics and Bible chapters with the intention of broadening our understanding of the arts and literature as they relate to living a life of following Jesus’ teachings. Our mission statement is: Serving women and their families through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

1:00-3:00 p.m. Leader: Hanya Collins

9:30-10:45 at Aldersgate
Leader: Tanya Anderson (


SUNDAY Evening 6:00 -7:30 p.m. in Aldersgate room 128
Leader: Bill Armstrong (
The Aldersgate Men’s Bible study meets in the first floor conference room in Shepherd Hall. All men of the church desiring to study scripture and deepen their faith with the fellowship of like-minded men are welcome. Having completed a two year study of the Old Testament prophets – Aldersgate’s Men’s Bible study will now move to the New Testament and embark on a detailed study of the Letters of Paul. All men of the church are welcome. Enjoy the fellowship of like-minded men as we study the “Word” of God, enjoy stimulating conversation – and feast on delicious snacks. The study will include DVD’s, CD’s and scripture – all you need is your Bible and a curious mind!


MONDAY Evening 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Gianchetta’s home
Leaders: Megan and Travis Gianchetta (
We are a small group comprised of young families that meets every Monday night for food, fellowship and study. We begin each week with a potluck style meal and socializing, followed by a study and discussion time. Families contribute a small amount to cover the cost of a babysitter during the study portion of the evening. The group chooses studies together and we often follow the Aldersgate sermon series, including the Church Wide Studies.

TUESDAY Evening at the Gamiz home 6:00 p.m.
Leaders: Danielle and Nick Gamiz (
We are a group of couples with elementary-age children that meets at 6 p.m. on Thursdays at the home of Nick and Danielle Gamiz. We share a potluck dinner, fellowship and have a discussion while the children play with sitter supervision. We discuss a variety of spiritual topics based on Bible study guides or books we choose to read together. We will likely delve into a book of the Bible to be determined this fall. We also take on various family-friendly service projects each quarter.

THURSDAY Evening at the Bratten home 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Leaders: Cheryl and Tom Bratten (
This family-friendly small group meets each Thursday for food, fellowship, and study. We begin each week with a potluck dinner and socializing before moving on to study and discussion. We study a variety of topics from spiritual practices to books of the Bible and we participate in the annual church-wide study. Service to the church and community is important to our group and we strive to participate in family-friendly service at least quarterly.


WEDNESDAY Evening at the Van Buren’s home 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Leaders: Shari and Mark Van Buren (703-780-5769)
Our small group begins with dessert provided by a member each week, followed by study, and prayer. Most of the members are older singles and parents of older children. Starting September 9th, we will begin a 10-week DVD study of The Bible TV miniseries, produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, that originally aired on the History Channel. Each week, we will view and discuss a new episode for it’s Biblical accuracy and significance, as well as how it matters to our Christian faith. Regardless of your familiarity with the Bible, we invite you to join us.


Sunday Evening at 6:00 p.m
Hosts: Sally and Miles Wiley (
Are you an empty nester interested in meeting with other empty nesters? Miles and Sally Wiley are hoping to form a small group beginning in September. The format is flexible. Anyone interested in a small group is invited to come to the home of Sally and Miles Wiley on Thursdays, at 6:30 p.m. Bring a side dish to share, and we will discuss what form our group will take. This group is flexible, depending on the travel schedules of the members and doesn’t meet as regularly as some of the others.

Sunday School Classes

Room 212 Leader: Bill Cleveland
Searchers will be exploring the experience of personal faith development through a series of lectures and conversations in a set of programs featuring Father Thomas Keating and Ken Wilbur. Father Keating talks about “Divine Therapy” and its relation to centering prayer. Dr. Wilbur presents his framework for stages of spiritual development known as integral life, and how this affects our vision of the world around us. The series title is The Future of Christianity.

Room 208 Leader: Louise Williams and Ken Latta
Potpourri is an Adult Education class that usually meets on Sunday morning at 9:45 am in room 208 in Shepherd Hall. We discuss a variety of topics throughout the year in the form of short-term studies. You don’t need to make a long-term commitment to participate in any of our studies and lively discussion is encouraged.

Room 209 Leaders: Frank Kyle and Jay Steadman
The BASIC (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) class engages in six- to ten-week studies of books, usually accompanied by DVD presentations. To learn about the current offering, email Frank Kyle.

Room 132 Leader: Mac McPherson

Foundations Forum is a dynamic experience of discussion, discovery and discipleship. This adult small group explores the foundations of Christian belief and teaching through the pursuit of practical application in contemporary living. The forum is very relaxed and casual with discussions of multimedia lessons and presentations primarily in a DVD format.

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