Adult Faith Studies

At FUMC, we believe in life-long learning. We understand the importance of a safe space where folks may ask and wrestle with questions that Christianity, spirituality, and religion raise in one’s mind and heart.

Intellectually Challenging and Theologically Progressive

You will find a variety of opportunities to challenge you as you explore your faith, how it impacts everyday life, and how to practice it in the wider world.

For more information on any of the following classes and groups, please contact our Director of Membership and Communication, Anna Rodriguez.

Sunday Morning Groups

We have a dedicated Christian Education Hour between services for children, youth, and adults from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Our Nursery is open so parents and caregivers may attend Sunday School. All are welcome to participate in any class!

COVID-19 UPDATE: In adherance to the CDC’s recommendations to limit social gatherings, First United Methodist Church is only offering one in-person worship service at this time. You can join us in worship on Sundays at 10:50 am in-person or online, via www.facebook.com/FUMComaha. You do not need a Facebook account to view the video. Some of the classes are meeting online and some are returning to in-person. For some it varies week to week depending on cases, and right now our nursery is not available due to COVID

Boomers +/-

Room 112

Explore topics around the theme “Progressive Christian Living.” This discussion-led group often views videos and dives into current events and how they intertwine with the lens of Progressive Theology. We are a lively and welcoming group that encourages folks of all ages to participate!

Centering Prayer

Mead Chapel

Not a class, but an experience. This time of soul-work begins with 10 minutes of fellowship, followed by 20 minutes of silence, closing with The Lord’s Prayer. The meditative process is facilitated by retired clergy, Rev. Dr. Don Bredthauer.

Connections

Mead Chapel

This group of mostly Gen-Xers meets to share support as friends and parents, and wrestles with challenges presented by the world, and what solutions may be found in Progressive Theology. We typically begin with “share a life-giving moment from your week” – which leads into great conversation and support.

Explorers

Adult Education Library (Room 100)

These seekers inquire in depth by reading and discussing a book. They change over their book every six-to-eight weeks, but new folks are welcome any time!

FaithLinks

Room 111

In this inter-generational class, each week a new, stand-alone topic invites Christians to consider the United Methodist Church’s stance on important contemporary and developing issues; to consider them in the thoughtful light of their personal experience; and then encourages action on the basis of their beliefs.

Spiritual Study

East Parlor

A new class dedicated to a book-study style discussion. We are currently working with Breathing Under Water by Richard Rohr. All are welcome to join!

Weekday Study Groups

FUMC offers a variety of groups and ministries during the week both inside and outside the church building. The list and meetings of the groups changes often, so we encourage you to contact our Director of Membership and Communication, Anna Rodriguez, for the latest updates, as well as how you may connect with any of our group and committee leaders.

Spiritual Practices

Deepen your spiritual practice in one of our weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly study groups. Our classes and study groups have something for everyone and are a great way to support your spiritual practice and get to know others in the community.

Meditation

Wednesdays, 12:00 pm in Mead Chapel

This small, intimate group gathers during the lunch-hour for peaceful and quiet meditation. Bring a pillow to kneel, a mat to sit, or sit in a provided chair. However you are most comfortable, we have a space for you.

Morning & Evening Yoga

Morning: Mondays, 9:30 am; Evening: Thursdays, 6:15 pm in Mead Chapel

Facilitated by trained instructors, these classes are considered introductory in nature – no experience required! Come as you are and connect with your body and spirit through gentle yoga exercises.

Outdoor Labyrinth, Garden & Gazebo

Open 24/7, weather permitting, South Front Lawn

We invite all folks to journey through our outdoor labyrinth, garden, and gazebo at any time so long as weather permits outdoor activities.

Tai Chi for Balance

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30 – 4:30 pm in Mead Chapel

This is a low-impact exercise class for that puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, while strengthening ankle muscles and teaches moves designed to help prevent falling. All over the age of 55 are welcome in this free class led by a licensed instructor.

Taizé Worship

First Saturday Monthly, 5:00 – 6:00 pm in Mead Chapel

Taizé worship services involve sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, and liturgical readings, and icons.

Fellowship Groups

First United Methodist Church believes a community of faith should include faith-based learning… AND community fellowship! As with most things in life, our small groups and fellowship groups often change. Please contact our Director of Membership and Communication, Anna Rodriguez, to find out more information on any of our groups!

Craft Group

Meets the first Monday of every month

A group of women who love working on craft projects together. Maybe general or more specific (paper crafting or vinyl projects). Group rotates volunteers to lead craft projects monthly.

Everyday Theology

Meets every other month in the Parlor, typically on Wednesday evenings

An open conversation group about progressive theology, or any other questions or topics those in attendance bring related to faith, life, creed, journey, etc.

Friends & Dogs Group

Meets weather permitting at local dog parks

All dog-owners and their dogs are welcome as we get together to try out the local dog parks around Omaha!

Game Night

Meets monthly, location varies each month

Evenings of game-playing meeting monthly. Rotate at people’s homes or at the church depending on the date/time specified.

Girls Night Craft Group

Will begin meeting in 2020!

Join a group of FUMC women who love to get creative and try new things. You will enjoy getting to know other women at the church and make something. The events will be held once a quarter, at one of the many venues in Omaha that offer “creative project” get-togethers. Each individual will be responsible for their own project fees.

Guitar Group

Meets monthly, often in homes

Bring your guitar and some songs and we’ll go around the circle and sing and play!