Our Adult Ministries are designed to prepare, challenge, and inspire women and men to a life of Christian discipleship. Our Sunday School classes, as well as information on our ministries that are focused on Women & Men can all be found in this section. If you have a question or a suggestion about our Adult Ministries, please contact Lara Upton, Nurture Ministry Chair.

Adult Sunday School

Sunday School classes meet year round with studies beginning at various times during the year. You are invited to visit any group to observe or join at any point in a study. Don't wait for a new study to begin, get connected today!

Adult Sunday School Class: This class seeks to gain better understanding of the Bible through knowledge and discussion. They choose current and classic studies and books for discussion. Meets in Room 315 at 9:45 am.

Tower Class: Together, this group selects studies that will take them deeper into scripture and topics that encourage thought and discussion. Meets in Room 314 at 9:45 am.

Adult Fellowship Class: This class uses guided studies on various topics that run several weeks each. The leader guides discussion. Meets in Room 208 at 9:45 am.

Adult Bible & Discussion Class: This senior adult class selects various topics for study and discussion, sometimes studying a book of the Bible and at other times selecting a current book for discussion. Members share leadership. Meets in Room T-120 (located on the left side of the Sanctuary) at 9:45 am.

Focused Forum: This group selects studies based on current and classic books and topics. They will make you feel welcome at any point in their study; don't put off joining them for good discussion and fellowship. Meets in Room 308 at 9:45 am.

Faith Explorers: The name describes this group; they are people who explore their faith. They read books that span from spiritual writings of the ancient fathers to contemporary topics. Meets in Room 314 at 11:10 am. This Sunday School class has adopted the following welcoming statement: "We, the members of the Faith Explorers class at First United Methodist Church, Charlottesville VA are committed to be welcoming and sharing of the good news of Jesus Christ to all persons in God’s creation. We believe that Jesus taught that we are all God’s children regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or physical or mental disabilities. Thus we affirm that all of God’s creation is entitled to respect, dignity, kindness, equality and a place at His table. Just as we welcome divergent views and theological ideas, we encourage the inclusion and participation in our studies and activities of all persons and seek out and make special invitations to include those persons who may feel vulnerable or uncomfortable in our society. John Wesley preached that there is no holiness but social holiness. We will strive to follow his lead." 

Women's Ministry

Our women's ministries include weekly Bible studies and prayer groups, and monthly fellowship opportunities.

The Women at the Well, Bible Study: This group, facilitated by Carolyn McGee, faithfully supports each other spiritually through study and prayer. The studies vary from specific books of the Bible, to prayer, spiritual growth, and contemporary literature as well as classic books. The group meets on Thursdays from 9:30 - 11:00am. For questions, please email Carolyn.

Last Thursday Lunch Group (LTL): This ever-growing group of ladies meets for food, fun, and fellowship on the last Thursday of each month. The group is welcoming and is comprised of women spanning all ages. Locations vary and are advertised monthly. There is always room at the table for another person! For more information or to sign up, email ltlfumc@gmail.com

Ladies Gatherings: This group began as an opportunity for women of the church to gather for a casual, monthly potluck dinner since the Lunch Group doesn't fit everyone's schedule. They usually meet in someone's home at 6:30pm on the 2nd Thursday evening of the month. The location is announced in the Sunday bulletin and weekly email prior to the gathering. The contact for this group is Julie Marazita.

Congregational Care Ministry: This group gathers every Monday at 2pm in room 208 to pray for - and find ways to support and encourage – the ministries of First UMC! For more information please contact Rev. Heaton or Frank McMullen

Men's Ministry

Men's Groups: There are several small groups which meet weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly. Please contact Lara Upton, Nurture Ministry Chair, to assist you with locating a group which meets your faith needs.