Following Jesus is hard work.
We understand that being a Christian can be hard work, and it is easier and more rewarding if it can be done in a group with laughter and open sharing. If you participate, chances are that you will learn something you didn’t even know you wanted to learn.
Sunday Morning Classes
Our adults actively engage in a number of Sunday School groups and other conversations to explore issues and ideas that impact our lives. Joining in these conversations and learning opportunities will allow you to ask questions in a safe place, meet new people, and build deeper relationships with folks you already know.
If you’d like to read about classes that have been offered in the past, visit the adult Christian education section of our news and events page. You may also be interested in our Spiritual Direction program.
Sundays from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Roger Williams
March 2 through April 13, 2014
You are invited to join Janice Lilly and Caela Simmons Wood for a conversation about just eating during Lent. You are welcome to look over the online version of the participant guide. Those who have e-readers are encouraged to use the free online version to save paper. Several paper copies of the participant guide will also be available at our introductory meeting.
From the publishers: Just Eating? While this phrase could mean only eating, the word, just, also means “being honorable and fair in one’s dealings.” This play on words captures a paradox that this curriculum addresses. Eating can be a mundane activity done with little thought or reflection; or it can be an opportunity to thoughtfully live out our faith and practice justice.
What does it mean to practice our faith at the table? The Just Eating? curriculum will help you better understand the relationship between our Christian heritage and our food. Drawing on Jesus’ story and the rituals of the Christian faith, this curriculum examines four aspects of our lives with food: 1)the health of our bodies, 2) the access others have to food, 3) the health of the earth, which our food choices influence, and 4) the ways we use food to extend hospitality and enrich relationships.
You will be challenged to think about each of these areas, to see how they relate to each other, and to consider what changes your faith may ask of you. Together with other believers, you will reflect on selected scripture, pray together, dialog, and celebrate the Eucharist. You will also be invited to try spiritual disciplines that may be new to you, such as fasting, using food preparation as a time of prayer, engaging in food advocacy, or changing items in your diet.
Getting to Know First United
Sundays from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Roger Williams
April 27 through June 1, 2014
Join us to learn more about this congregation. We will spend six weeks learning about what it means to be American Baptist and United Church of Christ, the history of First United Church, how we are organized, what we try to do in the world around us, our theology and our relationships with other congregations and organizations in Bloomington. Come for all six sessions or stop in for a few. This class is a great way for new people to learn more about First United. It’s also a wonderful way for “old timers” to meet some new folks and add to the discussion as we teach each other.
Lectionary Bible Study
Sundays from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. in Room 6
Lectionary-based class where we discuss a different Scripture and theme each week. Drop in any week for discussion, laughter, and serious contemplation of the Bible. Older youth are welcome to attend this class. We also have childcare and KidsWorship available for younger children.
Are you looking for a space where you can connect with others from First United and explore what it means to follow the Way of Jesus? You are invited to join one of our Covenant Groups. These groups of 8-10 people meet in homes or in the wider community. At each meeting, you will have the chance to check in with the others in your group, spend time in prayer together, and talk about how you experience God in your life. If you want a place where you can be intentional about knowing others, sharing yourself, and experiencing the Holy, we hope you will sign up for one of these groups.
Groups are forming now and are always open to newcomers. Click here for descriptions, times, and all the info you need to choose a group that’s right for you.
Looking for an informal way to spend time with others from First United? Our drop-in groups may fit your schedule perfectly. Unlike our covenant groups, these do not require a commitment from you. Instead, you may come when your schedule allows and enjoy an opportunity to visit, meet new people, and explore shared interests. Don’t see the right group for you? Maybe it’s time to start a new one!
Click here for descriptions, times, and all the info you need to choose a group that’s right for you.
“What is happening in your life? Where is God in the midst of that? What is the invitation?” Are these questions you’d like to explore with other like-minded folks.
Group spiritual direction participants look and listen together to notice and to respond to the ways in which God is present and to reflect on questions like these. God meets us where we are, in the ordinary experiences of our everyday lives, and interacts with each of us uniquely. When group members explore together, they reap the benefit of shared insights and broadened perspectives that the collective wisdom of the group provides. For more information about group spiritual direction, please contact our Spiritual Director, Dawna Petersen.