First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

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


Young People

A small group ministry for ages 18-35

The United Methodist Church defines young people as 18-35.  This is a pretty big age range but we have managed to make it work for a great small group experience.  Throughout the program year we meet on the third Sundays of the month after the 11 a.m. worship.  Our time together varies from month to month and the topic or event is a group decision.  We often watch documentaries that challenge our ways of thinking, living and believing. We also enjoy eating, so we might make a meal together or just hang out and eat bagels. Recently, we discovered a desire to study the Bible in a more meaningful and relevant way, and so we have been using the book Balance: Living with Life’s Demands a Bible Study for Young Adults.  The Young People’s small group is a way of connecting to others who value their faith but aren’t afraid to ask the questions and wrestle with God. This group is about making a place for young people in the church.  Hope you will join us. 

Pub Theology

Pub Theology began as one of the events of the Young People’s group. But we decided there was plenty of room at the table and the conversation was that much more fun if everyone was invited. On the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. we meet, share a fine tasting drink of choice and talk about God, life and faith. During the summer months of 2017, we have changed our routine a little from meeting at a local Kalamazoo pub to people's homes. We will call it, "House Pub Theology"! Often, we will begin with a lighter question such as, “What are you thankful for? Crunchy or smooth? Jif, Skippy or natural/organic?” Then we move a little deeper, “Who is your favorite Bible character? Why? Someone recently said, “No one believes in the God of the Bible anymore. Do they?” We might move into a deeper question like, “If you could choose, how would you die? Are you afraid of dying?” Almost all of the time we get sidetracked and we go down bunny trails and around the barn and back and we always laugh and go home thinking, "That was really good, I’m glad I went!"