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.

Adult Sunday School

Room 212, Leader: Bill Cleveland (
The Searchers class enjoys thinking about the history and future of Christianity through DVD lectures, readings, study, and discussions. Ask Bill about the current program.

B.A.S.I.C. CLASS 9:30
Room 209, Leaders: Frank Kyle (
B.A.S.I.C. (Brothers and Sisters in Christ) meets on Sunday morning at 9:30 am in room 209 in Shepherd Hall. We discuss a variety of topics throughout the year in the form of short‐term studies based on books, usually with DVD presentations. Studies are announced in the email newsletter and bulletin insert.

Room 208, Leader: Louise Williams and Ken Latta (
Potpourri is an Adult Education class that 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. Studies are announced in the email newsletter and bulletin insert.

Room 128, 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.

Short Term Small Groups

Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in Room 203 from September 10 through October 29 (No meeting October 8.)
Leader: Kerry Anderson (
A new reading group will focus on this book by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers. The book features two friends on opposite sides of the aisle who provide a practical guide to grace-filled political conversation while challenging readers to put relationship before policy and understanding before argument.  The purpose of this discussion group is to consider and learn how we can better discuss difficult issues with family, church members, neighbors, and friends.

Sunday evenings, beginning October 20, at the church
Leader: Tanya Marie Willis Anderson (
A new women’s group re-visiting the book study, ONE THOUSAND GIFTS, by Ann Voskamp. Join us for thoughtful and intimate reflection on life’s smallest blessings that “open the eyes, the heart, to the grace that falls upon us” filling our emptiness on days we need it the most. Study will include inspiration from Sarah Ban Breathnach’s book, SIMPLE ABUNDANCE. This group will be scheduled loosely dependent on mom calenders, etc. For details and/or be included on the email loop, please contact Tanya.

2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. in Room 202
Leader: Margaret Hiler (
Please come and join the Moms in Faith fellowship group. We will be meeting this fall on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month and working our way through the book “Triggers,” by Lia and Speake. Format is casual and open to everyone. Please bring a friend from outside of the Aldersgate Day School! Please email Margaret with interest and for more information.

Ongoing Small Groups

Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at the church
Leader: Jean Hardwick ( or 703-799-9143)
The Intercessory Prayer Group prays on behalf of people facing spiritual, medical, financial, and relationship concerns. Prayer requests come from our congregation, community, and from throughout the world. Confidentiality is strictly observed and prayers for others are offered in a non-political, non-judgmental setting. The group welcomes men and women of all ages and experience.

Wednesday at 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. in Church Library (Room 132)
Leader:  Hettie Hervey (
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.

Monday at 2:00 p.m. in Church Library (Room 132)
Leader:  Charlotte Rexroad (
The Christian Meditation Group will be viewing a study called Jesus and His Jewish Influences, a series of 24 lectures by Professor Jodi Magness. She uses her background in archeology as well as other ancient texts to reveal knowledge of Old Testament history beyond the texts in the Bible.

Monday at 11:15 a.m. in the Guback Center
Leader: Judy Jurkowski (
Small group meets regularly in Guback entrance discussing God and Christ centered books that the group chooses. The group is flexible and open to more people attending.

Sunday at 6:00 ‐7:30 p.m. in Room 128 (Shepherd Hall Conference room)
Leader: Bill Armstrong (
The Men’s Bible study started in 2013.  All men are welcome to attend.  This Bible study actually reads the biblical text and uses a variety of commentaries to help guide our study and deepen our understanding of the scripture.  The men are currently nearing the end of the study of the Psalms.  Following Psalms, the men will study Proverbs and Ecclesiastes into the Autumn and Winter months.  The conversations resulting from the readings of the Bible and the commentaries are stimulating and lively.  The goal of the men who attend is to deepen their study of GOD’s Word, discern its meaning, and apply what is learned in our lives.  If you have ever desired to actually read and understand the Bible – this Bible study is for you!

Thursday at 6:30‐8:00 p.m. at the Brattens’ home
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 at 7:30 p.m. at the Van Burens’ home
Leaders: Shari and Mark Van Buren (703‐780‐5769 or
This small group begins with refreshments provided by a member each week, followed by study, and prayer. We study the Bible, books, and other resources to help us deepen our faith.  We are currently studying Discussing Mere Christianity, a video-based study of C.S. Lewis.  All are welcome!

Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
Hosts: Deborah and Will Jones (
Are you an empty nester interested in meeting with other empty nesters? A small group meets regularly with a flexible format, discussing books that the group chooses. The time and date of the group is flexible, depending on the travel schedules of the members, and doesn’t meet as regularly as some of the others.

SUPPORT GROUPS (Contact Judy Jurkowski at

Caregivers Support Group
Grief Support Group
Divorce Support Group

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