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!
Class available on Sunday mornings at 9:45am or 11:00am or Wednesdays at 6:30pm beginning September 20 and 24.
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.
SOAPing Bible Study
Alternating Mondays at 7:00pm beginning September 11, Zoom
Facilitators: Julia Sager
The word "SOAP" is an acronym which stands for Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer. We will apply these four key terms in your time reading God's Word. Why SOAP? It's one thing to simply read scripture, but when you interact with it, when you truly slow down while reading it, suddenly words start popping off the page. By SOAPing your verses, you are able to dive deeper into God's Word and "see" more than just reading the verses.
Family Meet Up
Coordinator: Amanda DeFays
A group for families to gather 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.
4th Sunday of the month at 11:00am
Facilitator: Rebekah Heskett and Bethany Sedziol
Moms and their little ones are invited to gather for Bible Study and conversation!
Friday Afternoon Study
Theology for the Times
Fridays at 1:00 pm by Zoom.
Contact Tom Strauch and Kathy Schmucker.
If God Is Love Don't Be a Jerk: Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better Humans, a Theology of Our Times book study. We approach this on-going discussion with “the bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other”. We weekly take up current events in the news and look for the ways to apply our theology. These discussions often open our eyes to unexpected perspectives, as we broaden our understandings. Some topics require more in-depth insights, so we periodically read books together for a few weeks when we find books holding the key to understanding.
The Gospel of Matthew 13-28
Wednesdays, 6:30pm September13
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.
The Letters of Paul Monday Night Bible Study
Mondays at 6:30pm
Facilitator Ron Luikart
Join us as we study Paul’s letters in chronological order and how they impact us today.
After Dinner Table Talk
Wednesdays at 6:30pm beginning September 13
Join us for fellowship and conversation following Wednesday Dinner Worship.
Book Discussion Group
Buses Are a Comin’: Memoir of a Freedom Rider by Charles Person and Richard Rooker
Thursday, November 30 at 7:00pm
Coordinator: Jan Baker
The next discussion will be on Thursday, November 30 at 7 pm with the book Growing Up Amish: A Memoir by Ira Wagler. It's a coming-of-age story involving a young man questioning who he is and where he belongs.
Young Adult Group
Facilitator: Matt Kluchar
We meet once a month for fun outings, outreach, and fellowship. Our goal is to foster friendships, get involved in our community, and grow closer to God.
The Lord’s Prayer Tuesday Evening Women’s Group
Tuesdays at 6:30pm beginning September 12
Facilitators: Sue Bell and Sue Schillings
Join us as we explore each of the rich lines of The Lord’s Prayer and their meaning in the Bible, illuminating what we ask of God and what we ask of ourselves through its words, and how to use it as a pattern for our own prayer life.
The Chosen Season 3 Wednesday Women’s Group
Wednesdays at 9am beginning September 13
Facilitators: Linda Reynolds
The chosen follows the lives of Jesus and the disciples. As the ministry of Jesus begins to spread, Jesus reminds the disciples again and again that he came with hope.
Imagine Heaven Faithful Seekers Sunday School Class
Sundays at 9:45am beginning September 17
Facilitator: Bob Snyder, Conference Room & Zoom
Faithful Seekers is a class designed to appeal to those who are actively seeking a more meaningful spiritual connection, a deeper dive into themes of the Bible, or wanting to experience personal growth in their faith journey. Join us in exploring Imagine Heaven. This thrilling journey into the afterlife will make you feel like you’ve been there, forever changing the way you view the life to come - and the way you live your life today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fun Over 50
3rd Thursdays at 5:00pm
Coordinator: Bev Temple
A fellowship group for singles over 50. We go out to dinner the third Thursday of each month as well as attend various concerts, ball games, and other events.
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.
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.
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.