Programs & Groups
Whether you participate a group every year, or this is your first time ever, EVERYONE is welcome! We believe that being part of a connect group is SO MUCH MORE than attending a meeting. It is an opportunity to KNOW, LOVE, and SERVE. Adult Connect Groups provide a way to live UNITED and to pray for each other. It is a group to do life with, ask the hard questions, and SHARPEN OUR FAITH. It is worth the investment! Scroll below to learn more about current Adult group offerings happening at Faith United.
New groups always forming! Listed below are the current Adult Groups offerings. For more information or to register for a group, complete the Adult Group Form or contact the group facilitator or Kathy Schmucker, Director of Spiritual Formation, at 330-224-6138 or email@example.com. Adult Groups continue to be added. If you don’t see what you are looking for, contact Kathy Schmucker. Maybe you have an idea for a new group!
The Bible Year - 2022 Church Wide Reading and Study Project
Let’s journey through the Bible together in 2022! By studying the Bible every day, you’re enriching your spiritual life and developing a deeper faith. Imagine how reading the Bible together as a congregation will make a difference in our church and community! Reading the Bible in a year might seem daunting, but The Bible Year has divided the Scripture into 365 smaller, daily goals.
- Weekly scriptures in the Navigator
- A devotional with summaries and key themes to help you better digest and understand the scripture readings is available at the Book Resource Table in the Gathering Area.
- Weekly videos to enhance your reading experience are available on Amplify Media through our church subscription.
- Monthly reflection and discussion with Pastor Steve, Pastor Jake and Spiritual Formation Director, Kathy Schmucker on the last Sunday at 6:30pm via Zoom.
Deeply Formed Life Practices
Sundays May 8-29, at 9:45am
Parlor & Zoom
Join us in exploring five practices that can spark internal growth and help us reconcile our Christian faith with the complexities of race, sexuality, and social justice. The Deeply Formed Life is a roadmap to live in the richly rooted place we all yearn for: a place of communion with God, a place where we find our purpose. Participate in one or more sessions.
- Contemplative Rhythms Value: slowing down our lives to be with God.
- Racial Justice Value: examining a multi-layered approach to pursuing racial justice and reconciliation.
- Interior Examination Value: looking beneath the surface of our lives to live free and love well.
- Sexual Wholeness Value: exploring how our sexuality connects with our spirituality.
- Missional Presence Value: living as the presence of Christ in a broken world.
After Dinner Table Talk
Join us for fellowship and conversation following Wednesday Dinner Worship.
The Promise of the Holy Spirit, Men’s Life Study
Two Saturdays a month, 8am, Beyesly’s Restaurant
Facilitator: Kim Reynolds
Join in exploring how we were meant for something more in our faith journey. Discover your spiritual gifts, or additional spiritual gifts, and walk in a higher faith with a deeper sense of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your life. Listening for God speaking to us, being led, challenged and changed.
The Conversation Continues
Loving your neighbor is action-oriented discipleship! Faith United’s Love Your Neighbor planning team will be coordinating experiences throughout the summer to continue conversations to guide us to build deep understanding and design intentional actions that move us toward bringing about positive change in our community. Contact Mike Howard, Teresa Purses, Pastor Jake, or Kathy Schmucker for more information.
Tuesday Women’s Group
Facilitators: Sue Bell and Sue Schillings
The Tuesday Evening Women’s Bible Study Group will meet several times this spring and summer.
Fellowship of Love
A quarterly gathering for women of all ages united in love, fellowship and mission to learn and love and care for others. Contact for invitation list: Maribeth Wilmer.
Book Discussion Group
7pm, July 21,
Facilitator: Jan Baker
Explore The Choice: Embrace the Possibilities by Edith Eger, one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors, in discussing how this dancer’s life was horribly affected by war.
Book of Luke Monday Night Bible Study
Mondays at 6:30 pm, Parlor
Facilitator Ron Luikart
Our group will be studying the book of Luke. We will explore Jesus’s interactions with individuals on the fringes of society, examine Luke’s unique perspective of Jesus as the Son of Man, and understand how Luke’s portrayal of Jesus has profound implications for our relationship with God today. Our primary text will be the Bible. Open discussions and perspectives are encouraged. Supplemental materials may be used to enhance the readings.
Check back soon for next class session.
Facilitators: Pastor Steve, Pastor Jake, Kathy Schmucker
Review the Christian Faith, Methodism and Faith United. Join Pastors Steve and Jake and Spiritual Formation, Kathy Schmucker. Whether you are new to Faith United or you have been here for a while, this class is a way to rediscover the wonder and power of the Christian faith; the mission, history, and theology of the United Methodist Church; and the unique expression of both at Faith United.
Love Your Neighbor Walk: Widening the Table
A 15-day study designed to create dedicated time and space to delve into scripture and connect God's word to our social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, and leadership. Each day provides opportunities to reflect on scripture then select from a variety of activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast or watching a video. The Love Your Neighbor Walk is indebted to the faithful work of the Stark County Dismantling Racism Task Force and their 15 Day Unity Challenge to Dismantle Racism in Stark County. Click Here to access. For more information contact a member of the organizing team: Donna Benzing, Mike Howard, Pastor Jake, Teresa Purses, Kim Reynolds, Kathy Schmucker, or Tom Strauch.
Spiritual Seekers Sunday School
Sundays at 9:45am
Facilitator: Bob Snyder, Conference Room & Zoom
Check back soon for Fall Sunday School studies!
Thursday Afternoon Group
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Thursdays at 1:00pm in the Parlor at Faith United
Coordinator: Mike Flechtner
Prayer Shawls are the most heartfelt of gifts. They wrap, enfold, comfort, mother, hug, cover, shelter, beautify and give solace to our recipients. Our knitters and crocheters laugh, cry, love, and pray over the shawls while we make them. The official Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting is from 1-3 on the first Thursday of the month. Because we have so much fun, we meet the other three Thursdays to knit, crochet, and have fellowship. Please join us. We provide the hooks, needles, patterns and yarn.
Friday Afternoon Study
Theology for the Times
Fridays at 1:00 pm by Zoom.
Contact Tom Strauch and Kathy Schmucker.
Theology for the Times"...with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other." This is how a 20th century theologian calls for followers of Jesus to discern and empower faithful living. Join this effort by engaging in a 'Theology for our Times' conversation to inform faithful living.
Faith and the Environment
Coordinator: Bob Kuchner
"People of Faith caring for our World"
Faith and the Environment Ministry here at Faith United is an expression of our congregations' need to put into action the gratitude we feel for this magnificent earth. The divine nature of our Creator bestows on all that is created as a sacred legacy. Collectively we commit ourselves to the task of under-standing and preserving this legacy.
Visit Faith and the Environment's page for more information.
Sewing for Missions
1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 6:30pm
Coordinator: Sue Bell
God has called us to use our sewing abilities to help many people and be a bright spot in someone's dark day. Join us on Wednesday nights to help sew the various projects we complete. We are always looking for ways that God is calling us to bless people through our sewing.
Second Wind meets 8 times a year on the 2nd Tuesday at 1:00pm. We are a fellowship group that meets for a snack, dessert and a program led by various speakers. Anyone is welcome, especially retirees and seniors.
Fun Over 50
A fellowship group for single individuals age 50+, to give singles the opportunity to enjoy meals out, movies, concerts, plays, etc., with others who have similar interests. We do not meet on any set day or at any set time. We take advantage of activities as the opportunity arises. Some things we have done in the past are Canton Symphony Orchestra concerts, Players Guild of Canton productions, VOCI concerts, Academy Award nominated movies at the Palace Theater, Concerts at Blossom Music Center, productions at Porthouse Theater, brunch at Arrowhead, and local high school plays just to name a few. Our members are always open to ideas for activities, and we always welcome new members.