What is Jump Start Sunday on August 9?

Each year during the month of August our church family celebrates Jump Start Sunday, when we encourage everyone to re-focus and re-commit to their faith development through small groups, Sunday School, Bible studies and other classes. We will be offering a variety of classes and groups for all ages.

All of our classes and groups will meet online except for a few youth and adult classes which will meet outdoors in appropriately sized groups. 

What will we be learning?

  • K-3 Grade –Focus on using Bible stories to teach three things: I can trust God no matter what. I should treat others the way I want to be treated. I need to make the wise choice.
  • 4-6th Grade – Focus on how the stories of the Bible connect with our everyday lives.
  • 7-12th Grade – Focus on how the Christian faith applies to life and relationships.
  • Adults – Focus on learning and understanding the Gospel, Biblical literacy, and Christian faith practices.

New Adult Small Groups & Studies

Invite a friend to join your small group or study!

Have a question about Adult Groups & Studies?

Contact Karen Milioto
Director of Adult Education and Spiritual Formation

New Small Groups- Fall 2020

Author Parker Palmer once wrote that Christian community is the, “context in which abundance can replace scarcity.” Discover more about the abundance of such community in a Small Group at First! All of the groups listed below will begin on August 9 and launch with a study of the Apprentice Series, by James Bryan Smith. The groups will meet weekly online using Zoom.

Fall 2020 Small Groups


New Disciple Bible Studies- Fall 2020

The Word of God is Jesus Christ, and the words of the Bible tell us about that Word. Therefore, when we study the words of the Bible we always look behind, in, and through those words for God’s Word – Jesus Christ. All Disciple groups will begin on August 9th and meet online using Zoom.

Fall 2020 Disciple Bible Study


Fall Study: Seeking Justice

As United Methodists, we are committed to challenging unjust systems of power and access. This social justice oriented group will journey together through material and studies aimed at learning how to act and stand against injustice “in whatever forms it presents itself.”

  • Begins August 9th online, using Zoom
  • Led by Jennifer Rossnagel
  • Sundays at 6:00 PM

Fall 2020 Studies


Fall Study: Love3

Here at First, our mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ able to transform the world through God’s Love. We measure our success in this mission through our growth as a community in love of God, self, and others. This fall, join the Love3 Study and journey with us through a series of books specifically designed to grow a disciple in love.

The first book of this study will be Invitation to the Jesus Life: Experiments in Christlikeness, by Jan Johnson

  • Beginning August 13th on Zoom
  • Led by Karen Milioto
  • Thursdays at 12:00 PM

Fall 2020 Studies


Facebook Live Bible Study with Rev. Brady


Wednesday at 12:00 pm
Facebook Link


Adult One-on-One

Virtual Prayer & Counseling with a Pastor
To schedule a time to meet with a pastor, please email Virginia Guffey.

Spiritual Direction Online
For more information or to schedule a time with her, please email Cherri Johnson, Spiritual Director.


Jump Start Sunday for Children (grades K-3)

On Jump Start Sunday August 9, small groups for ages K-3 will be formed with a focus on using Bible stories to teach three things:
• I can trust God no matter what.
• I should treat others the way I want to be treated.
• I need to make the wise choice.

Invite your friends!

Meet & Treat
On Jump Start Sunday, August 9 from 11:00 am-1:00 pm, your family is invited to a “Meet and Treat” in the FUMC parking lot so that you can safely meet your child’s small group leader (meeting times will be assigned by grade). Small groups will also decide to meet virtually or occasionally in person, depending upon the needs of the group. Click the button below to register your child.

2020-2021 Children's, Preteen & Youth Registration

  • NameBirthdayGrade your child/youth will enter in the fall of 2020) 
  • Parental Contact Information

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
Sirena Brock, First United Methodist Church, Director of Children's Ministries
Have a question about Children’s Ministry or Jump Start Sunday?

Contact Sirena Brock
Director of Children’s Ministry


Jump Start Sunday for Preteens (grades 4-6)

Invite your friends!

On August 9, preteen small groups will be formed with a focus on how the stories of the Bible connect with our everyday lives.

Preteen Worship
Sunday at 5:00 pm
Link: Facebook or YouTube

Preteen Zoom Small Group
Sunday at 10:15 am 
Zoom Link Meeting ID: 867 3699 5401
Password: 177188

Parent Relief Hotline
Schedule a call with Taylor Bacon, Preteen Ministry Director.

2020-2021 Children's, Preteen & Youth Registration

  • NameBirthdayGrade your child/youth will enter in the fall of 2020) 
  • Parental Contact Information

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
Have a question about the Preteen Ministry or Jump Start Sunday?

Contact Taylor Bacon
Director of Preteen Ministry


Jump Start Sunday for Youth (grades 7-12)

Youth Ministry wants your 7-12 graders to thrive this year by growing as a disciple of Christ and navigating this season relying on their faith, alongside good friends and trusted adults. Youth Bible Studies are being formed now and will meet in grade-level small groups (“Tribes”) at various times and locations throughout town. Register your youth using the form below.

Invite your friends to join you!

Junior High (grades 7-8) “Drive By
On August 9, families are invited to “drive by” TJ Jemison Blvd (located next to First Methodist) and meet your leaders. Youth will start the new ministry year online with morning games and surprises! Register your youth for the drive by and to receive information about joining a Tribe Group that will meet during the week for Bible study and mentoring.

High School (9-12) Drop In
Register your high schooler for a small group “Tribe” using the form below. On Jump Start Sunday, August 9 high schoolers will have their first meeting with their small group leader off campus. Youth who register will be contacted by their leader before Jump Start Sunday with the details. All gatherings will adhere to recommended guidelines. For those not able to meet in person, virtual Sunday youth party launch will be available!

2020-2021 Children's, Preteen & Youth Registration

  • NameBirthdayGrade your child/youth will enter in the fall of 2020) 
  • Parental Contact Information

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
Have a question about the Youth Ministry or Jump Start Sunday?

Contact Kale Wetekamm
Director of Youth Ministry