What are Small Groups?
Small Groups are an integral part of the make-up of First United Methodist Church Plant City. We follow the example of Jesus who had the first small group - His disciples. At the core, the group was composed of Jesus and 12 regular men. They became friends, shared meals, laughed together, helped their community, and studied the teachings of Jesus Christ. Not much has changed in a couple thousand years.
Small groups are composed of 10-15 people (both FUMC church members and non-members). There are several groups, all meeting on different days, times, and places. There is a small group available every day of the week. Some meet weekly, while others every other week. Some in the morning and others in the evening. The point being - there's a place for you!
Small Groups propel you further and deeper into God's Word, which can't be solely achieved by just attending Sunday morning worship.
What to Expect
Don't feel nervous or out-of-place. No one will make you stand up and recite each book of the Bible in reverse order or force you to spill your deepest life secrets. One of the benefits of a small group of people, is that relationships are easier to build, trust is easier to gain, and sharing your story/thoughts/opinions comes when you feel ready - without pressure. Most groups enjoy a bit of fellowship time (read: lots of food!) along with their 'study' time. Many groups also meet in a Small Group member's house, allowing for even further intimacy and comfort. Four words will sum up most of it: Come as you are.
The most important thing, though, is that you grow further and deeper into the teachings of Jesus Christ surrounded by others wanting the same thing.
Small Group Schedule, Locations, & Contacts
Below you'll find a list of small groups, when they meet, where they meet, and the name of a member along with their phone number. You are welcome to call any of them (we promise they want to hear from you). Or you can contact our Associate Pastor, Nancy Chaney, for further information.
Asterisks (*) indicate meeting place is held on the First United Methodist Church campus.
All phone numbers are (813) area code unless noted otherwise.
Sunday (each group meets weekly)
10:00 a.m. Seekers Adult Sunday School*
Larry Jackson, 757-6103 (Wesley Center)
10:00 a.m. John Wesley Adult Sunday School*
Dr. Hal Brewer, 752-4949 (rm 221,Education Building (EdBld))
10:00 a.m. CrossRoads Adult Sunday School*
Bob Edwards, 752-2740 (rm225,EdBld)
10:00 a.m. Open Door Sunday School*
Bonnie Bullard, 754-4320 (rm333,EdBld)
9:30 a.m. “Humble Hearts” Small Group*
Meets in room 221, Ed Bld
Fran Harris, 754-7070
1:00 p.m. "Spirit Seekers" Small Group
Doris Jessup, 752-0442
Josi Cain, 719-2805
7:00 p.m. "The Dukes of Earl" Small Group
Peg & Earl Smith, 752-2020
5:30 p.m. “The Last Suppers” Small Group
Nancy Lambert, 754-3519
7:00 p.m. “The Cracked Pots” Small Group
Barbara Scales, 752-0221
Young at Heart
The Young at Heart is an Adult Ministry group of the church which meets the 2nd Thursday of each month from Sept. through May in the Wesley Centre. They meet at 11:00 am and have a program followed by a delicious meal. The price of the meal is $5.00 per person. The programs are usually fun and diverse and it is a great way to get to know one another and enjoy fellowship and a great meal..Everyone is invited. Call Dot Fascenda at 754-2803 for a reservation.
7:00 p.m. “Small, Small World” Small Group
Sandi & Rick Norman, 752-6711
2nd and 4th Friday night of each month
Larry and Donna Jackson 813-757-6103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Study: The Life and Faith of Fred Rogers (Finishing in October). Next study will be A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by W. Phillip Keller.
Special Events: We have a pot luck dinner before each meeting starting at 6:30pm. We go to Blue Ridge, Georgia each year to visit Chuck and Karen McGinn (who are members). We have a fun game night each quarter.
United Methodist Women
The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose PURPOSE is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship: and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
Every woman in the church is invited to become a member of the United Methodist Women! United Methodist Women is an organization of approximately one million members whose purpose is to foster spiritual growth, develop leaders and advocate for justice. Members raise nearly $25 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.
Officers of United Methodist Women
President: Betty Wilson, 752-4514
Secretary: Bette Heydrick, 754-3818
Treasurer: Barbara Bartlett, 754-5881
Guild Circle……….Barbara Bartlett
Night Circle……………..Debbie Putnal
At this time, First United Methodist Church has two Circles. They are:
The Guild Circle meets the fourth Monday of each month at 10 am in the UMW room on the third floor--take the elevator. The group participates in the Reading Program and buys 4 new books each year to share in the group.
The Guild meets all year long and meets at Buddy-Freddys restarant for brunch during June, July and August. Call Barbara Bartlett at 754-5881 if you would like more information.
The Night Circle is led by Debbie Putnal and meets one Friday evening of each month. Call Debbie at 759-8445 for more information. This group is small but usually does a study and sometimes meet for supper--they would like to increase in size.