Why should I participate in a class?

At First United Methodist Church, we take seriously Jesus’s commission to “make disciples of all nations” as stated in Matthew 28:19.  In fact, our vision statement is “Growing Disciples Who Make a Difference.”  Put simply, our desire is to become more like Jesus.

When and where are these classes?

Most of the classes below will meet on Wednesdays at 6:30pm at First United Methodist Church in the Multi-Ministry Center (MMC) building.  (Other times will be noted below.)  Room numbers soon will be listed below and also, the display in the lobby will direct you to the specific room.

Will there be childcare?

Yes!  Children may be dropped off to the children’s ministry in the main building.

What is the fall class schedule?

  • September 5 – classes begin meeting in the MMC building
  • October 31 – no classes for Halloween (Trunk-or-Treat in the parking lot!)
  • November 21 – no classes for Thanksgiving
  • December 5 – last day of classes for the fall semester (Classes will start again on January 9.)

What if I have more questions?  How do I sign up?

You can either (1) call the church at 859-623-3580, (2) contact the group leader directly or (3) email the Adult Ministry Coordinator, Jamie Jordan, at with your questions or to reserve a spot.


And now for our fall Wednesday classes…


  Not sure where to begin?  Start with Seeds!

Led by Jon Clevenger and Denise Harover

If you’re new to FUMC or looking to connect at a deeper level, Seeds is the class to join!  Seeds is where you’ll get connected to the church, learn about service opportunities, tour the church buildings, and ask all the questions you have.  Participants also will learn the basics of the Christian faith through a Wesleyan perspective and how that is lived out at FUMC.  Then, we’ll help you take the next step – whatever that might be!  This is a core Stepping Stones class!


The Epic of Eden  

Led by Stacy Jordan and Barry Tait

Many of us might be able to recall certain Bible stories we know by heart.  But do we know how those stories fit together?  Do we know the one story of the Bible?  If not, this class is for you!  Taught by Sandra Richter, The Epic of Eden explores the story of God bringing his wayward people into his family.  This is a core Stepping Stones class!


    Bear Fruit

Led by Pastor Bruce Nettleton

While becoming a follower of Jesus is a personal decision and process, we believe that the true follower will begin to impact the world around them in profound ways. One of the goals of our church is to help our members find the areas in which they can best serve in the world around them, helping to make it more like the world God wants it to be.  This is a core Stepping Stones class!



  Financial Peace University  

Led by Bob Keith

Participants that engage the teachings of Dave Ramsey in Financial Peace University will learn biblical concepts of stewardship as they make a budget, save money, get out of debt and even give!  This class will encourage you to “Live like no one else now so you can live like no one else later.”  Highly recommended for high schoolers on up!  This class meets from 6:15pm – 7:45pm.



  Men’s Group Bible Study – The Book of Judges 

Led by Mike Ballard and Bobby Herbst

In this series, pastor and author J.D. Greear wades into the book of Judges to shine a light onto the muddy waters of human rebellion. The stories and truths within are not just archaic tales with no relevance for us today. Rather, J.D. works through each chapter unpacking the truth of God’s grace in the midst of human wickedness, and shows how only the divine can redeem the fallen.



  The Gospel of John

Led by Sonnie Maas

Where do you turn when the world around you grows dark? In this study of the Gospel of John, Dr. Tony Evans encourages us to turn to Christ by reminding us of the two purposes for the beloved disciple’s book—that we would believe in Jesus and find life in His name. Despite what our culture may argue, there is only one hope that is truly trustworthy and that is our Savior, Jesus Christ. So join Tony for this 12-session series that will draw you back to the essential truths of our faith and the life found in our King.



  Disciple Fast Track  

Led by Kathy Vockery

Into the Word helps readers deepen their understanding of Scripture and make connections between what they already know and what they are reading. Each week you will encounter three spiritual disciplines, learn what they are, and how you can engage those disciplines. The first discipline varies from week to week, then moves into Sabbath and prayer. In every session, you commit to how you will respond to Scripture in terms of ministry in the world.  Class begins at 6:15pm.



  Cooking with Ruth and Kelly  

Led by “Mama” Ruth Babbitt and (“Daddy?”) Kelly Upchurch  (meets in the main building, Fellowship Hall)

What can we say?  You get to hang out and cook with two of FUMC’s best!  Learn the tricks of the trade while making goodies from their great recipes.  The class will include devotional time and a chance to pray for one another.



  The Book of Revelation  

Led by Jamie Jordan

One of the strangest, intriguing and profound books of our Bible, Revelation presents the reader with a simple message:  God wins!  We’re presented with striking images of Jesus, a dragon, scrolls, trumpets, oh my!  But, what’s it all about?  For those struggling to find hope in a world where evil often triumphs, Revelation graphically depicts the power of God over sin and death.  This class meets at the Wesley Foundation on EKU’s campus on Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.


Unless noted, these classes will meet on Wednesdays at 6:30pm in the First United Methodist Church Multi-Ministry Center building.  Contact the church office (859-623-3580), the class leader or Jamie Jordan (adult@richmondfumc.org) to reserve your spot!



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