First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

212 South Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 381-6340


Sunday morning Adult Academy Classes

Christian Education at First Church: It’s for Life!
Learn and grow in faith together – all life long

Sunday Morning Academy Classes are short-term gatherings from September through May for adults which explore a wide variety of faith issues and interests. Most last about six weeks, and many lend themselves to drop-in attendance. Most Academy classes are discussion-based, with lots of lively, open-minded, good-humored conversation. Our exceptional leaders and facilitators come from the congregation and from the Kalamazoo community. We strive to have a wide variety of topics during the program year. Drop-ins are always welcome!


Academy Classes - April 23 - May 21, 2017 @ 9:30 a.m.

"Can You Be the Pebble?" (Parlor)
Mission work is vital to our ministry at FUMC. How much do you know about the many ways our congregation is involved in mission around the world? Why is mission so central to our Christian call? How can you become more involved? Learn more about our members who went on a mission trip to Costa Rica and the missionaries we support through special offerings, as well as opportunities for more participation close to home and far away. This class is sponsored by the Outreach Ministry Team. Below is the schedule of ministries that will be highlighted each Sunday.
1)  April 23 - Helping Our Neighbors
2)  April 30 - Costa Rica Children's Home
3)  May 7 - UMCOR/Volunteers in Mission
4)  May 14 - Foods Resource Bank
5)  May 21 - International Child Care in Haiti

"The Story of God" (Fellowship Room)
Actor Morgan Freeman flew 100,000 miles to 7 countries to trace the origins of the world’s great religions. In this National Geographic Channel series, he sets out on a global journey to uncover the meaning of life, the question of God, and everything in between that these faith traditions share. By discussing these essential questions and the ways humans have answered them over the centuries and around the world, we can gain insight into how we understand God. Topics covered include "Creation" and "Power of Miracles." Our Academy Class will be facilitated by Ron Grant. Note: If you miss a Sunday, you can watch the full episodes on line at

"Family Foundations" (Room 304)
The Family Foundations Class is for parents with young children seeking to enrich their spiritual life. We address the joys and challenges of parenthood as we explore contemporary issues through a discussion of books, videos, and online materials. The focus is on plugging young families into the fellowship and outreach opportunities at First Church, as well as creating an environment for young families to spend time together.