You may be making some new goals for yourself this year. But why not, let one of those goals be to ‘grow in my Christian faith’. A great way to get started (or continue) is to find a group of people to share that journey with, a group of people just like you, studying the bible and asking questions. Want to know more before you try it out for the first time, email the facilitator. Want to grow in faith and understanding, but don’t see what you’re looking for, contact Pastor Julie at julienitzsche@cvaumc.org.

This list was updated January 2021.

For All Adults

Sermon Discussion Group:

Description: Informal discussion of the Scripture and sermon of the day. Adults of all ages are welcomed and you may come and go as is necessary and come every week or whenever you can. Join us for conversation and prayer.

  • Sundays at 10:15am
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: Mike Thornton


  • Mondays at 10:00pm
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: Bob Forrest

Agape Group:

This group is ongoing and open to all adults (although many of us are over 50). We study a variety of biblical topics together. 

  • Sundays at 10:00am
  • Aldersgate UMC – Parlor room
  • Facilitator: Myron Ripley

Tuesday Morning Prayer

This group meets weekly to pray over the needs of our church body and community. All are welcome to pray.

  • Tuesdays, 9:15am 
  • Via text group chat 
  • Facilitator: Pastor Chip Giessler

Pastor’s Bible Study

This group is open to everyone – those new to the Bible, Bible experts,  and those who wish they were more familiar with the Bible. 

  • Tuesdays, 10am 
  • Via Zoom 
  • Facilitator: Pastor Chip Giessler


This Bible study group is open to all adults (regulars and drop-ins) who are interested in reading, understanding and discussing scripture and how it applies to our lives. We include maps, commentaries, and photographs in our learning. We are currently studying Exodus. 

  • Sundays, 1:30pm 
  • Via Zoom 
  • Primary Contact: Gary Elwell and Kimberly Roll

Prayer Shawl Ministry:

Our group is made up of all ages and enjoys connecting with one another and serving in God’s love.  Our purpose is to bless others in their times of spiritual and physical need and we teach knitting and crocheting skills to all who are interested.

  • Contact facilitators for time/day 
  • Facilitators: Sandy Checchi and Dottie Garman

Reading Together:

This group meets monthly to read and then discuss books with themes that address or touch on religion and spiritual growth. All are welcome to join!

  • 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:00pm
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitators: Michelle Wamsley and Meredith McKeown

Bridge Builders

This groups meets weekly to discuss issues of race, with goals of understanding the Biblical call to justice and better loving our neighbors. Our discussions include study of scripture, reading additional book resources, and watching films. 

  • Thursdays at 7:30 pm
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: Laura Giessler

Lectio Divina

This group gathers to meditate on scripture and connect with God. 

  • Fridays, 9:00-10:00am
  • You can choose Zoom or In-Person
  • Facilitator: Pastor Chip Giessler

For Women

Fill My Cup:

We are a group of women of a variety of ages growing in faith by praying  together and unpacking God’s word through Bible study. 

  • Mondays, 8pm 
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: Pastor Julie Nitzsche

Women’s Bible Study 

We’ll begin with a 7-week introduction to bible study using Being a Disciple, Counting the Real Cost, and have conversation about a variety of women’s issues related to the Christian journey. Please contact Edie now to learn more

  • Wednesdays, 9:30am 
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: Edie Richards

For Men

Saturday Morning Men’s Group:

Men of all ages are invited for coffee and donuts, Christian fellowship,  spiritual growth, a prepared devotion and discussion, and prayer. No  commitment is required – come when you can!

  •  Saturdays, 8-9am
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: Mike Thornton

Men’s Bible Study

Instead of having to drive somewhere each week, this group meets online to read, study, and discuss various books of the Bible.  Contact John to find out when the next session will start and what book we’ll be studying.

  •  Wednesdays, 8:00-8:30pm
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: John Oliver

For Young Families

Faithful Families – Mondays

For parents/grandparents with children of all ages who desire to deepen  their everyday life with faith-filled practices and bring faith alive in their  families. 

  • 2nd & 4th Mondays, 6-7:15pm
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: Pastor Julie Nitzsche

Faithful Families – Wednesdays

This group is a place where parents can connect with God and one another, grow in their Christian faith and serve God together. 

  • 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 8:30pm
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: Drew Richard