Small Groups at Sharon    

You hear us talk about Real Relationships and Deep Discipleship all the time at Sharon UMC.  It’s a significant part of our vision but you may wonder how does that happen?  How do I grow deeper in my discipleship?  How do I experience relationships that are real and authentic – with Jesus and with other Christ followers?” Our Answer:  Small Groups. 

In a small group you will find warm, biblically-focused community where you will be encouraged and challenged as you cultivate a deeper connection with Jesus and meaningful relationships with others. 

Real Relationships are found in community where people share life together – growing, learning and serving.  Deep Discipleship happens when people gather together to share where God is at work in their lives, to pray with and for each other and to support and encourage each other in their discipleship walk with Jesus. What are you waiting for?  Get connected to a small group!   

Registration Information

· Registration begins Sunday, January 22, 2016.  For study-based groups registration ends Monday, January 30.
· To Register: Complete a registration form in the Atrium or office, or register online at
· Visit our table in the Atrium on Sunday morning to learn more about each group
· Groups will need a minimum of 6 participants in order to begin; please invite friends and encourage others to join!
· Questions? Need financial assistance? Not seeing a group for you?  Contact Pastor Nancy at 704-366-9166

Life Groups

LIFE groups (Living In Faithful Experience) will give participants a caring, sharing group with which to explore where God is present in their daily lives and how they can grow as disciples of Christ.  These groups will offer real connection among group members.
Facilitator: Madeline Gray
Meeting Time: 10 am Wed. 2/8-4/12
Location: Union Presbyterian Seminary
Would you like to deepen your prayer life?  Are you eager to allow God’s Word to speak to you?  This LIFE group will use the spiritual practice of Lectio Divina – “divine reading” – to hear God speaking through scripture to shape your prayer life.  All you will need is a notebook or journal and your presence for this small group experience. 

Facilitators: Kevin and Claire Ache
Meeting Time: 7 pm 2nd and 4th Thursday
Location: meets in homes
Facilitator: Bill Campbell (for men)
Meeting Time: Fridays at 12:30 pm
Location: Southpark Food Court

Sermon- Based Study Groups

Sermon-based small groups will meet weekly to discuss questions related to Sunday’s sermon and how it relates to circumstances group members are facing.  Participants will either hear the sermon in service or listen to it on-line  before the weekly meeting.

Facilitator: Brad and Ruby Reinhard
Meeting Time:  Thursdays at 7:00 pm
Location: the Reinhard’s

Study- Based Groups

Study- based groups meet weekly utilizing curriculum to facilitate discussion and growing togehter as a community

Epic of Eden – 4:30 pm - Sunday – facilitated by Mayreese Koraly  – Cost:  $20.  
Understanding the Old Testament is a study for those who are looking for a substantive and spiritual exploration of the Old Testament.  For some, the Old Testament can feel like a junk drawer—a disorganized collection of important stuff we don’t want to lose, but we don’t know what to do with it.  From the Pentateuch to patriarchs and from kings to prophets, it can feel like a puzzle we’ve tried to put together but wind up putting back in the box because it’s too complicated.  Sandra Richter, the author of this study, shows us how Old Testament understanding leads to fresh depths of New Testament faith for everyday life in the real world.  Mayreese Koraly will be the facilitator for this group which will meet on Sunday afternoons (4:30-6pm) at the home of Mary Climer.  There are twelve sessions in this course and the group will confirm a schedule at its orientation on February 5th.  Click here for more information

Financial Peace University – 4:30 pm Sunday – facilitated by Bill Hemingway – meets at Quail Hollow Presbyterian Church, 8801 Park Road – Cost: $100 per family 
Dave Ramsey and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more. Small groups are a great way to share ideas, be encouraged, and stay motivated. Class will meet for nine weeks.  Click here for more informaiton.

Holding Up Your Corner: Talking About Race in Your Community – 7 pm – Wednesday - facilitated by Will Bernart – meeting location TBD – Cost: $16
As Christians, how are we called to respond to the racial divide in our own community?  Using Holding Up Your Corner, by F. Willis Johnson, this group will spend time observing, identifying and naming the complex causes of violence and hatred in our city.  They will have the opportunity to open their eyes to the realities in our own community; to own the calling and responsibilities we have as Christians and to learn how to advocate hope for God’s Kingdom in Charlotte.  A very timely small group opportunity. Click here for more information 

Creating the Covenant -  4 – 5:30 pm – Sunday – facilitated by Joyce Frazier and Nikki Kimball – location – Mouzon UMC – Cost:  $20
Covenant Bible Study is an in-depth group Bible study where group members read and discuss the Bible together, learning how to love God and each other better.  Creating the Covenant is the first 8-week segment – followed by Living the Covenant and Trusting the Covenant – each 8 weeks in length.  The study examines the Bible through the lens of the covenant relationship we have with God as seen in the Old and New Testaments.  Begin your journey in God’s Word with Creating the Covenant.  Click here for more information.

A Disciple’s Path – 7 pm – Tuesday – facilitated by Nancy Miller Campbell – location TBD –Cost: $20.
Are you ready to take the next step in your discipleship?  A Disciple’s Path combines a Wesleyan understanding of how we grow in God’s love and grace with the membership vows we take as United Methodists – vows to uphold the church with our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness.  Through daily readings and personal reflection participants will develop spiritual practices, discover their unique gifts and share and support each other in the process.  A great place to start if you are new to Sharon or new to the United Methodist Church.  Click here for more information.

Sunday School

Adult Sunday School classes meet Sunday mornings from 10:05 AM to 11:05 AM.  Classes vary in style and topics covered.  Contact for a current listing of topics covered by each class.  Download class descriptions [+].




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