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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
Complete this form to register or to learn more about Faith United’s Groups and Programs.
Adult Group Form
Family Meet Up
Coordinator: Amanda DeFays
A group for families to gather quarterly for fun, fellowship, devotions, connection and serving together. The gatherings will take place at the church as well as a variety of places and events around the community.
Summer Women’s Group,
Every other Wednesday at 1:00pm.
Facilitators: Sue Bell and Sue Schillings
Join us at Price Park every other Wednesday at 1:00 pm! Bring a sack lunch, enjoy fellowship and devotions, and walk the track. In the event of rain, we will meet at the church.
Book Discussion Group
The Memory Keeper of Kyiv by Erin Litteken
Thursday, June 29 at 7:00pm
Coordinator: Jan Baker
In the 1930s, Stalin's activists marched across the Soviet Union. It was the first step in creating a man-made famine that, in Ukraine, stole almost 4 million lives. Inspired by the history the world forgot, Erin Litteken reimagines their story. Please join us to learn and experience more of Ukraine's history.
Men’s Life Study
Do I Stay a Christian?: A Guide for Doubters, the Disappointed, and the Disillusioned
1st & 3rd Saturdays at 8:00am at Beyesly’s Restaurant
Facilitator: Jim Skinnner
Do I Stay Christian? Written by Brian McLaren addresses in public the powerful question that surprising numbers of people are asking in private. Join the Men’s Life Study group in exploring insights that may help us as leaders in our churches and families to better relate to those who are struggling with their faith.
Next class will be this fall!
Facilitators: Pastor Thom, Pastor Jake, Kathy Schmucker
Review the Christian Faith, Methodism and Faith United. Join Pastors Thom 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.
The Gospel of Matthew
Wednesdays, 6:30pm to say: Join us in September!
Facilitators: Pastor Jake
In the Gospel of Matthew, we find an account of who Jesus is and who Jesus calls his disciples to be. Join Pastor Jake for a read through of this Gospel! Each week we will gather to read and then talk through the book chapter by chapter. Join us in person or by Zoom.
Through the Year with John Wesley Text Group
Facilitators: Pastor Steve and Pastor Jake
Join Pastor Steve and Pastor Jake in exploring the daily readings in the book Through the Year with John Wesley. This group will connect through text messages for support and encouragement throughout the year. A deeply spiritual man of high integrity and indomitable character, Wesley strove to present great Christian truths to the non-churchgoing masses of England throughout the 1700s, making a powerful impact upon the nation; the like of which has rarely been felt since. Each daily reading is a pure extract from Reverend John Wesley's prolific output as an intelligent, thoughtful and passionate writer. Married to appropriate verses of Scripture and a daily prayer, the words he left behind carry an ancient power.
After Dinner Table Talk
Coming this fall!
Join us for fellowship and conversation following Wednesday Dinner Worship.
Young Adult Group
Facilitator: Matt Kluchar
The young adult’s group is a monthly gathering. Our vision is to bring together young adults for a regular time of fellowship and service. We want to build each other up, but also find ways to serve our community. We try to take everyone's schedules into account and plan around that.
Wednesday Morning Women’s Group
Wednesdays at 9am
Facilitators: Linda Reynolds
Coming this fall: The Chosen Season 3
Tuesday Evening Women’s Group
Title: Tuesday Evening Women’s Group
Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Facilitators: Sue Bell and Sue Schillings
Check back soon for Fall study information.
Monday Night Bible Study
Mondays at 6:30pm in September!
Facilitator Ron Luikart
Spiritual Seekers Sunday School
Sundays at 9:45am in September.
Facilitator: Bob Snyder, Conference Room & Zoom
Spiritual Seekers will be a class for those who want to develop a deeper spiritual relationship with their Creator and Savior. It will be designed also to stimulate growth by using materials and studies designed to promote forward movement in our respective faith journeys.
Check back for details.
Facilitator: Rebekah Heskett and Bethany Sedziol
Moms and their little ones are invited to gather for Bible Study and conversation!
Coordinator: Joanne Fox
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is the Emmaus Ministry?
Learn about Emmaus Spiritual Renewal Weekends and accountability groups.
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.
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