SMALL GROUPS & STUDIES



ONLINE SUNDAY SCHOOL & SMALL GROUPS

During the restricted access to the church due to the corona virus pandemic, our Sunday School classes are being taught as a single, combined online class at 9:30 am on Sunday mornings.


*NOTE* A password is required to join the Zoom meeting. Please contact our grow ministry team at grow@atlantafirstumc.org to receive a Zoom invitation with the link to the video conference, phone number for call-in, and the password for both.


To join the Zoom meeting on a computer, you will need the Zoom program, which can be downloaded by clicking here. To join on a smart-phone or tablet, visit your appropriate App Store (Google Play, Apple App Store) and download the free Zoom app. After starting the program or app, you will select "Join Meeting", where you will be prompted to enter the nine-digit meeting ID code and password. To receive instructions on how to join the ZOOM class, please send an e-mail to our grow Ministry Team at grow@atlantafirstumc.org.


To join the Zoom meeting by phone, dial the Zoom phone number, then when prompted, enter the nine-digit meeting ID code, followed by #, then the meeting password code, also followed by #.




WHEN: Sunday mornings at 9:30 am

WHERE: Online video conference and phone conference call through ZOOM

You are invited to join us as we grow together in our relationship with God. It’s very easy to join in – you can either join by video on a smartphone, tablet, or computer; or, you can just call in and participate that way.

The three units of Bible lessons in this study unify around the central theme Respond. The lessons move through various responses people of faith are called to make as they live out their faith in both good times and difficult ones. The three units are:


Intended for Good - looking at the Genesis story of Joseph and his brothers.


The People Next Door - looking at multiple biblical perspectives on the importance of neighborly love.


The Five Stages of Job - looking at the five ways that Job dealt with his suffering: worship, resignation, protest, angry despair, and acceptance.


The class meets online in ZOOM and limited in-person in a classroom at Atlanta First. In-person attendees must pre-register and must be vaccinated for COVID-19. Please send an email to grow@atlantafirstumc.org to register for in-person attendance or to receive the links for the class ZOOM meeting.


You can click the link below to order the study guide book from Cokesbury:

You can click the link below to order a copy of the study guide book from Cokesbury:



To receive instructions on how to join the ZOOM class, please send an e-mail to our grow Ministry Team at grow@atlantafirstumc.org.





 

WHEN:  Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm (Beginning May 18th)

WHERE:  Online video conference and phone conference call through ZOOM

REGISTER:  Click here to register or send an email to grow@atlantafirstumc.org.

As Christians, we do our best to live our lives as Jesus lived, following the examples of his many virtues—including honesty, faithfulness, and generosity. But one virtue that is often overlooked is courage. Throughout Jesus’ life, he was called upon to be brave: in the face of his enemies, when being tempted, and certainly at the time of his death. By examining the life of Christ, we can begin to understand what true courage is and how God works in our lives when we exhibit a brave faith. In Courage: Jesus and the Call to Brave Faith, pastor and author Tom Berlin challenges us to unlock the courage that we already possess as Christ followers, and in doing so, we can begin to find the remarkable life Jesus offers us.

Pastor Jasmine will lead this small group study, which is open to any who wish to attend.


To register for the class and receive the link for the class ZOOM, please email grow@atlantafirstumc.org or click the link below:

Click Here to Register


You can click the links below to order a copy of the study guide book from Cokesbury or Amazon:


 
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(Paperback and Kindle options)




WHEN: Tuesday nights at 6:30 pm.

WHERE: Online in ZOOM.

You are invited to join us for a virtual intentional time of prayer, weekly on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. You can call in or login on your smartphone, tablet, or computer once a week to pray together. A congregation that prays together is a strong, fortified, and faithful congregation that can endure anything! The prayer time will be hosted in ZOOM. Please send an email to prayer@atlantafirstumc.org for instructions on how to connect to the ZOOM, and to share any prayer concerns you have.



 

 

WHEN:  Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 pm (beginning August 17th)

WHERE:  Online video conference and phone conference call through ZOOM.

REGISTER:  Click here to register or send an email to grow@atlantafirstumc.org.

The next opportunity to participate in the Disciple Bible Study Series begins in August! This fall we will use the Disciple Fast Track study called Remember Who You Are - The Prophets, which is 12-week study that immerses readers in the Old Testament Prophets.

This Disciple Fast Track is an adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study: Remember Who You Are. The study is ideal for busy people who want to fit an in-depth Bible study into their schedule. The study retains the familiar Disciple format with its theme word, theme verse, statement of the human condition, daily and weekly assignments, and prayer. This study examines the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. Participants will find common themes, including calls to remember, calls to repent, calls for renewal, and calls for community.

Pastor Jasmine will lead this class, which will meet Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.


To register for the class and receive the link for the class ZOOM, please email grow@atlantafirstumc.org or click the link below:

Click Here to Register


The study guide book can be ordered from Cokesbury and Amazon through the links below:



 
Order Study Guide from Cokesbury
 
Order Study Guide from Amazon
(Paperback and Kindle options)



 

 

WHEN:  Thursdays, 11 am to 1 pm (beginning August 19th)

WHERE:  Online video conference and phone conference call through ZOOM.

REGISTER:  Click here to register or send an email to grow@atlantafirstumc.org.

Covenant Bible Study guides small groups through a comprehensive, in-depth study of the whole Bible over twenty-four sessions broken into three eight-session modules. Unlike the learning participants may have experienced in other groups, this study emphasizes the biblical concept of covenant as a unifying theme through both the Old and New Testaments. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses to have with us as God’s people. This relationship is grounded in the faithfulness of God’s love and on our ongoing commitment to stay in relationship with God while we share signs of God’s love with others.

Each Covenant Bible Study participant needs a Participant Guide and a Bible. The CEB Study Bible is preferred, but not required. Links to order the Participant Buide are below.

The Participant Guide walks study participants through the daily scripture readings and offers space to interact personally with the readings, the group experience, and the weekly meditations. This single volume Participant Guide contains the materials required for all three modules: Creating, Living and Trusting.

Creating: God establishes the covenant to be in relationship with us. This first module, Creating the Covenant, examines how the covenant community is created and established, by focusing on several books of the Bible.

It discusses the story of our origins in Genesis, the Exodus narrative, the teachings of Moses, the Gospels of Matthew and Mark, as well as other books from each Testament that focus on the foundation of Christian faith. In doing so, it lays out the framework for a life lived in concert with God and others.

Living: Living within the covenant translates into action—into how we behave in our everyday lives. That’s why the second module, Living the Covenant, focuses on how the community lives out the covenant in faithful love—how it is applied to actual relationships in daily life.

The scripture readings included in these episodes examine the practical challenges of faithful covenant life. Participants explore leadership challenges among tribal chieftains, kings and prophets, and spiritual and political crises. They look for practical wisdom and guidance in the teachings of Israel’s sages, the letters of Paul, and more. By demonstrating how people of vastly different cultures came together in a common purpose, the study shows how faithful love is the root of the covenant life.

Trusting: Life often presents significant challenges. Difficulties are inevitable. That’s why the final module, Trusting the Covenant, looks at the crises that sometimes call covenant life into question, and how we are restored to trust in God when troubling things happen. It how hope is restored by faithfulness in the midst of suffering. From the story of Job, to the Hebrew exile, to the apocalyptic visions in Daniel and Revelation, we learn how God’s faithful love is at work in everything—to restore hope, freedom, and wholeness to our lives.


To register for the class and receive the link for the class ZOOM, please email grow@atlantafirstumc.org or click the link below:

Click Here to Register


The study guide book can be ordered from Cokesbury and Amazon through the links below:



 
Order Study Guide from Cokesbury
 
Order Study Guide from Amazon
(Paperback and Kindle options)