Small Groups

Get Involved with Small Groups

Our summer 2021 worship series is “The Renewing Work of God” that centers on the book written by Kristen Johnson Ingram entitled “Beyond Words: 15 Ways of Doing Prayer.” This book encourages us to find intentional ways of praying through every day actions. We are forming and continuing several small groups as a way of doing prayer together over the summer and building community. These small groups are fluid and not established. This means you can join at any time and come frequently or occasionally. Join a small group and make some new friends, join some old friends and do prayer with a renewed spirit. If you’d like to establish a new small group, contact one of our Pastors, Julie Kline or Matt Weiler: jkline@umckzo.org or mweiler@umc-kzo.org. Small groups will continue to form and existing small groups will share current plans. Watch our Around the Corner weekly e-newsletter for small group updates.

Bible Study

To dive into Scripture, fellowship and food, join Tammy Eaton at her house on Saturdays at 6pm. This group will reconvene in the fall. Please email Tammy if you are interested at teaton@kcsa.org.

Biking Beautiful Kalamazoo

Enjoy the fresh air, exercise and God’s beauty around us as we explore many of the bicycle trails in the Kzoo/Portage area. We will meet at each trailhead to begin together and distance traveled is up to individuals. Biking will be the FIRST and THIRD Monday of each month beginning at 6pm. Email Dawn Wheaton for details at dawheaton53@gmail.com

Children and Families Ministries

Join our family fun events! Swimming & Playground Fun on July 14 from 6-8pm at Markin Glen Park and Splash Pad Fun on August 18 from 6-8pm at River Oaks Park in Comstock. RSVP to Julia at jlibrizzi@umc-kzo.org.

Cuppa Inspiration on Facebook Live

Cuppa is an informal way of speaking of a “cup of tea.” Join Pastor Julie on Wednesdays at noon for a “Cuppa Inspiration.” This is a short, small group experience that is interactive on our Facebook page.

Dawn Patrol

A diverse group of men who meet each Wednesday at 9am on Zoom or in person. Their goal is growing in an understanding about, not only what it means to be a follower of Jesus in a divided world, but also what Christians are called to do to help bring an end to systemic racism that still harms so many People of Color. Contact Pastor Matt at mweiler@umckzo.org for more information. 

Family Foundations

This group for parents with small children is taking turns meeting in each other’s backyards for family fellowship most Wednesdays nights through the summer. Contact Magen at jeffmagenlindstrom@gmail.com to learn more. This fellowship is for the whole family, so please bring the kids! 

KLUMP (Kalamazoo League of United Methodist Players) Softball

KLUMP softball’s season is now underway! Games will be on Tuesday or Thursday nights at various times (depending on the week) at Pathfinder Church in Portage through August 10. This is a Co-Ed league for anyone 13 and over. Contact Jay Gross at jaynlaura5@gmail.com with any questions and click here to access the schedule

Manna

Young adults are invited to gather with Pastor Matt on Wednesdays at 6:30pm for “Manna.” In the Bible, Manna represents God arriving to a people who were yet discovering who they were. Manna was God’s provision. Manna was God’s way of teaching a people how to live and be together. Manna was preparing them for the journey ahead. Our Wednesday nights are like Manna! Email Pastor Matt at mweiler@umc-kzo.org to learn more.

Praise, Pickleball and Prayer (3P’s Group)

Want to play pickleball and share fellowship at the same time? Dick and Carol Shilts are hosting pickleball at their home on Thursday evenings at 8:30pm. Please call to reserve a spot as participation is limited by one court. Paddles and balls will be provided. Email dcshilts@hotmail.com to sign up and get more details. 

Small Group Singing

Come on out to Flesher Field most Thursdays at 7pm to share some time of singing together in parts! We meet near the gazebo. We welcome you for this time of informal music making that feeds our souls. Contact Jackie at jstilger@umc-kzo.org for more information.

Walking Group

Let’s get out and walk! Join Tammy Eaton as we head to the trails! Group currently meets most Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Email Tammy at teaton@kcsa.org if you are interested and to confirm upcoming dates and locations. 

Yoga

Join us for yoga and prayer on Wednesday mornings at 8am on Zoom. This yoga is for every-body. It is most often a gentle session that stretches our bodies and reminds us to breathe. This is a video led session from popular yoga websites. If you are interested in connecting with this class, email Pastor Julie at jkline@umc-kzo.org