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 Lambert, 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*
Education Building, 1st Floor, Room 118 - Larry Jackson, 757-6103
10:00 a.m. John Wesley Adult Sunday School*
Education Building, 1st Floor, Room 121 - Shirley Robertson, 659-1955
10:00 a.m. Open Door Sunday School*
Education Building, 1st Floor, Room 120 - Bonnie Bullard, 754-4320
2nd and 4th Monday night of each month
Larry and Donna Jackson 813-757-6103 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
1:00 p.m. "Spirit Seekers" Small Group
Nancy Lambert, 754-3519
6:00 p.m. "Faithful Servants" Small Group
Barbara Baker, 752-2041
6:30 p.m. “The Last Suppers” Small Group
Nancy Lambert, 754-3519
"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 $6.00 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.
1:15 p.m. "Humble Hearts" Small Group*
Education Building - Shirley Robertson, 659-1955
6:00 p.m. “Small, Small World” Small Group*
Education Building, 1st Floor, Room 121 - Sandi & Rick Norman, 752-6711