At Zionsville UMC, our small groups are known as LIFT Groups. A LIFT Group is 8-12 persons meeting weekly or bi-monthly, that incorporates LIFT (Love, Inspiring with Hope, Filling with Faith, and Transforming the World) as a core to their mission. These groups read and study together, serve together, and uphold one another in prayer. There are ongoing groups that have been meeting for years as well as newly formed groups that have only recently joined together. There are groups of people covering all different ages and stages of life.
All groups have a host(s) who help organize the group and facilitate conversation. Groups meet in people’s homes, at church, around the city, or at restaurants. They may have specific demographics, such as seniors, couples, young adults, empty nesters, etc. Although most groups are open to all.
We intentionally start new LIFT Groups at the beginning of each new sermon series but you can join a group at any time of the year.
New Classes in January and February 2019
The small group ministry has a potential lineup of small groups and classes for January & February:
Don & Sharon Thompson will offer a study entitled “The Peacemaking Church,” focused on conflict resolution and creating safe places for dialogue. The plan is to offer it on Sunday nights beginning January 13th from 6:00-7:30pm.
Pastor Dave will offer the Animate study also on Sunday nights. The study will begin on January 13th and go through March. The nice part about Animate is that anyone can jump in at any time.
Reid Walker will start a new Sunday School class at the 9:30 hour. The course format and subject is TBD.
Financial Peace University - time and date TBD
Starting in February, we will offer a 3-4 week class covering some of the issues of same-sex inclusion that the General Conference will tackle at the end of the month. The course will most likely be on Monday evenings, possibly February 4, 11, 18 and possibly the 25th.
Jim Hutton is leading a study based on Adam Hamilton’s Making Sense of the Bible for 5 weeks starting Feb 5. The class will meet on Tuesday nights at 7pm. Want to know more about the study, check out this video summary.