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.
Get Connected this fall! Listed below are the current Adult Groups that are beginning in September. Groups will be meeting via Zoom or outdoors. Please note that outdoor gatherings are limited to 10 persons. Visit Realm, then under Groups look for Find Groups for more detailed information and to join the group you are interested in! Contact the group facilitator or Kathy Schmucker, Director of Spiritual Formation, at 330-224-6138 or email@example.com for more information.
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!
Begins October 4:
Church-wide Study, Defying Gravity: Break Free from the Culture of More!
Our possessions can create unbearable weight and affect our ability to serve and thrive. How do we defy gravity and find freedom? During the month of October, we will examine the generous life—what it is and why it can be hard to experience. Join us at Faith United as we gather in small groups and as a congregation to build relationships, experience community and explore living a more joyful, healthy, purposeful life. How can we defy gravity and break free from the culture of more?
Drive by the Church on Thursday September 24, 6–7pm or Sunday September 27, 1–3:00pm to pick up your Defying Gravity book and World Communion Sunday Kit.
For more details download this PDF.
Wednesday Women’s Bible Study
Begins October 14:
Get Your Life Back
Wednesdays at 9:00 am
We live in soul-scorching times. The 24-7 onslaught of contemporary life--with its never-ending feed of global tragedies and shrieking demands for our attention, to say nothing of the ordinary pressures of work, family, friends, and community--has left us ragged, wrung-out, and emptied. But if we already have no margin in our lives, how do we find room to change things? In his life-changing new book, John Eldredge distills a lifetime's wisdom about healing into a series of practical, ready-to-implement practices for putting yourself back together. These simple steps will enable you to begin recovery, help you focus on what matters most, disengage from the tragedies of this broken world, and discover the restorative power of beauty. The practices include:
- the one-minute pause
- benevolent detachment
- practicing kindness
- getting outside
- stepping back from technology.
The practices explained here are ready for the taking. You don't need abandon your life to get it back. You can restore it here and now. And you will never be the same.
Wednesday Evening Study
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
Wednesdays at 6:30 pm beginning September 23 by Zoom.
Facilitator: Pastor Jake
Race and racism are now everyday conversations in the United States. Race comes up in political conversations, around the dinner table, and online. Disciples of Christ have a vested interest in anti-racism work as part of our discipleship journey. White Fragility by Robin Diangelo, a consultant and trainer on issues of racial justice for more than twenty years, is a book written by and for white people. The book encourages a more deeply nuanced exploration of what it means to be white. This is an invitation to engage in a deep personal journey, in a space that invites reflection, pushback, and conversation.
Wednesday Evening Study
Praying in the Messiness of Life by Linda Douty
Alternating Wednesdays, 6:30 PM, Begins September 9th
Facilitator: Kathy Schmucker
How can you find more time for prayer when life keeps you on the run? In Praying in the Messiness of Life, you will find encouragement to incorporate prayer into your daily life as it is, rather than trying to find more time to pray. Discovering fresh ideas for weaving prayer into each day will help you connect with God even in the messiness of life. You will feel closer to God and better able to cope with your circumstances.
Sundays at 9:00 am
A weekly virtual gathering! Grab your coffee and donuts (or whatever morning treats you prefer) and join us for conversation and fellowship via Zoom on Sunday mornings!
Thursday Afternoon Group
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Thursdays at 1:00 pm outdoors at the church beginning September 3.
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. The Prayer Shawl Group will be meeting outdoors at the church and will be limited to 10 people.
Tuesday Women’s Group
Hope for Hard Times: Lessons on Faith from Elijah and Elisha
Tuesdays at 6:30 pm beginning October 6 via Zoom.
Facilitators: Sue Bell and Sue Schillings
Open your eyes, and open your hands to find hope from God in hard times. There is hope for you in hard times. Your story of hurt, heartache, and hopelessness has been heard, and God has a message for you: don’t give up, don’t lose hope. God is with you and will give you everything you need. It’s the same message God gave to Elijah when he was so alone he hid in a cave. And it’s the same message he gave to Elisha when he was surrounded by his enemies. In Hope for Hard Times you’ll discover how these two great, biblical prophets trusted God to find a way for them. Read these stories, pray, and listen as you receive encouragement and guidance for whatever you are facing today.
Friday Afternoon Study
Theology for the Times
Fridays at 3:00 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.
Book Discussion Group
Sue Monk Kidds’ The Book of Longings
Thursday, October 29 at 7 pm via Zoom.
Contact Jan Baker or Judy McLaughlin for more information.
Sewing for Missions
1st and 3rd Wednesday evening of the month following Wednesday Dinner and Worship.
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.
Quilts to Share
Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am.
We meet each Tuesday morning from 9-11:30 am. We make flannel baby quilts for the NICU at Aultman hospital and quilts for nursing homes. This is not your mothers quilt group. If you know how to sew a seam or tie a knot we welcome you!
United Methodist Women
The United Methodist Women is 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. Circle of Faith, Circle of Love and Lydia Circle welcome new members!
Various speakers and programs are held on the second Tuesday of the month.
Fun Over 50
This is a fellowship group for anyone over the age of 50 who is single. The purpose of the group is 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.
Men’s Life Study
Saturdays at 7:00 am - Coming Soon!
Faith and the Environment
“Faith and the Environment” Ministryis 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."
Women’s Prayer Breakfast
Men’s Prayer Group