Adult Sunday Morning Groups

Alpharetta Methodist offers Sunday morning groups for all adults — young, single, married or in various other stages of life. Groups are a way for everyone to grow in the knowledge and love of God by learning, serving, praying and doing life together.

Groups are offered at 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Newcomers are always welcome! Feel free to visit a few groups until you find the place that feels like “home.” If you need help finding a group, please stop by the welcome station outside the main sanctuary.

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8:15 a.m.

• Earlybirds

Ages: All adults
Location: Library
Contact: Wes Maston, 770-521-8783

Beginning August 14 and running for 6 weeks: “The Cross: Examining God’s Work and Our Response” – a discussion on various theories of the atonement, evaluating what each says about God and His relationship with humanity, and practical implications for how we live, including a look into John Wesley’s views. Led by Michael Turner, Ph.D. in Christian Ethics from the University of Chicago and Professor of World Religions at Georgia Gwinnett College.

9:30 a.m.

• Abiding in the Vine

Age Range: 40-70

Location: MS212 (NOTE: Class will meet in Vinebranch Chapel August 14.)
Contact: Jim and Victoria Potts

Inspired by the verses in John 15:1-17, this class’s goal is to follow Jesus Christ and be obedient to God. By “abiding in him,” class members strive to fulfill Christ’s purpose in their lives. The class is a mix of faith journeys and ages. This diversity lends itself to thoughtful discussion. Recent studies have included the book of Ephesians; “Christianity’s Family Tree,” by Adam Hamilton; and a class on honoring parents into their golden years. Several studies were written by noted Christian author Andy Stanley. Curriculum includes a variety of media, occasional guest speakers, small group prayers and hymn sings.Abiding in the Vine is very involved outside of the classroom, with quarterly events for families and couples and annual gender-specific events, like fishing trips for the guys and boating for the girls. The class supports many missions including tending the memorial garden outside of Trinity Hall and providing food for Trinity Soup Kitchen.

• Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club_2016Age Range: 25-40
Location: T353
Contact: Chip Waller, 678-907-0433

Comprised primarily of couples starting families, the Breakfast Club is close-knit, inquisitive and fun-loving. Recent class studies have included “Christianity’s Family Tree,” by Adam Hamilton; “The Screwtape Letters,” by C.S. Lewis; and “Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus,” by Kyle Idleman. Two of the Breakfast Club’s favorite authors are Adam Hamilton and Rob Bell. Class members rotate bringing breakfast every Sunday morning. Class members also get together for holiday parties, small group dinners and to serve the community at places such as the Drake House and EnAble.

• Builders

Age Range: 50-85
Location: T349
Contact: Kathy Vail, 770-998-0666

Beginning on August 7: An 8-week study entitled “Follow,” which will examine the Gospels to discover how Jesus’ teaching was a call for the establishment of an ongoing relationship with Him.

When the Builders class chose its name because the original members – who came from a variety of locations and denominations – were endeavoring to form new relationships while following Christ the carpenter. The Builders class is an interactive, diverse group of Christians affirming each other in their attempt to grow more in Christ. The class has been active in mission projects including service at the North Fulton Community Charities food pantry and for AFUMC’s annual Great Day of Service.

• Cobb Class


Age Range: 70 and up
Location: T235
Contact: Betty Leftwich, 770-751-0676

The Cobb Class analyzes scripture using Bible commentaries. The class was originally organized in 1946 to serve the needs of young adults at a time when many young men were returning from service in World War II. The class still honors its namesake, Eulalia Cobb, who served as class leader for more than 15 years. Her portrait still hangs in their Sunday School classroom. The class strives to be friendly, fun and caring. Class members volunteer for many church duties including delivering flowers and, every Friday afternoon, inserting flyers into worship bulletins.

• Discerning Hearts

Age Range: All adult women
Location: T337
Contact: Carla Ebright

Led by Carla Ebright, this class for women will study David Jeremiah’s “Agents of the Apocalypse,” a study on the book of Revelation.

• Faith Foundations

Age Range: 30s-40s
Location: MS103 (NOTE: Class will meet in the Vaughn House on August 14.)
Contact: Danielle Day , 404-664-7148

Faith Foundations is comprised of families with children ranging in age from toddler to teen. Members have been brought together by a desire for fellowship and a deeper understanding of faith. The class is committed to seeking instruction from the Bible on how to lead Christian lives and nurture Christian families.

Class members endeavor to forge and maintain relationships with each other that foster a sense of Christian community and help them grow in faith together. They also engage in service projects with their children in an effort to further connect the children and themselves to God and the church. Recent projects have included painting at The Drake House during Great Day of Service and landscaping during the Camp Grace Family Work Weekend. During the 2015-16 school year, a number of class members will volunteer with Children’s Ministries during the Sunday School hour on the 3rd Sunday of each month, while other class members will meet as usual to explore various topics.

• Families of Faith

Age Range: mid-30s to mid-50s
Location: MS112
Contact: Lainey Bradley

This class consists of singles and couples, with members who have elementary through college-aged children. Families of Faith celebrates the fact families look different, but that all families need Christ in the center. The class is family oriented. Study topics are chosen to uplift and challenge members in their daily walk with God.

Families of Faith members serve one another and the community by hosting an annual Christmas luncheon for church maintenance staff; sponsoring local foster children at Christmas, baking for the Cupcake Ministry, providing lunches for MUST Ministries, sending weekly cards to shut-ins or others in the church that need encouragement.

The class also recognizes the importance of serving the ministries of our church, and members encourage one another to volunteer. Class members serve as ushers; Children’s Ministries, Vacation Bible School, children’s choir and Youth Ministry volunters. They also serve as Sheep Feeders and Prayer, Finance and Technology Committee volunteers.

Families of Faith social activities have included college football tailgating, an annual Christmas party, men’s Taco Mac nights and impromptu events.

• Family Matters

Age Range: 30-40s
Location: MS101
Contact: Eric Adkins, 770-597-4484

Family Matters is comprised of parents with young children, from toddlers through elementary school. The class maintains a weekly focus on the successes and struggles of parenting young children. Chip Ingram’s “Effective Parenting in a Defective World” was a recent study. The follow-up discussions within the group each week revolve around class members’ own efforts at biblical parenting. They have found that the Bible offers invaluable and direct instruction and boundaries for parenting. Members encourage each other to guide all children toward Christian living.Members also meet outside of Sunday School class time with their children. New members are welcome to the community, to help each other grow as young parents and to increase mission involvement in the church.

• Family Ties


Age Range: 30-50s
Location: MS110
Contact: Jane Scott

Named after the 80s TV show, Family Ties is a group of young parents focusing on Christian living, marriage and children. Recent studies have included the importance of godly friendships, self-worth based on Christ’s love, faith, fears and overcoming failure. A favorite study has been the NOOMA series, short films that explore our world from Jesus’ perspective. Class time is highlighted by open discussion, and each gathering begins with a “favorite things” discussion that helps participants get to know each other better.A mission-oriented group, Family Ties adopts a less fortunate family each Christmas, purchasing items on the family’s wish list. Family Ties has also been very involved in the AFUMC Special Needs Ministry. The class’s motto is, “Havin’ Fun, Doin’ Good.”

• Footsteps

Age Range: Teens-60
Location: MS109
Contact: Joy BooneMary Fletcher, 770-378-1045

Footsteps is a very diverse class pursing a wide variety of discussion topics. The class generally alternates a 6-week Bible study, such as the book of James, with a book study, such as “When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box,” by John Ortberg. The Footsteps class welcomes anyone with a sense of humor who wants to grow in faith.

• In His Steps


Age Range: 40 plus
Location: T333
Contact: Cindy Roberts


In His Steps Sunday School class draws its name from 1 Peter 2:21, “Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in His steps.” The class is comprised of members who are single and married, working and retired – all of whom are striving to be more Christ-like. In His Steps uses books and video for short-term studies that are highlighted by open discussion. Recent studies have included the books of Luke, 1 Corinthians and Titus, as well as “The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity,” by Lee Strobel. Class members host occasional get-togethers and an annual Christmas party.

A mission-oriented group, class members serve as ushers and small group leaders. Several sing in the Chancel Choir. The class supports the American Cancer Society’s local Relay for Life and church mission efforts and adopts a needy family each Christmas.

• In the Middle

Age Range: 30-50
Location: MS107 (NOTE: Class will meet in MS209 on August 14.)
Contacts: Mary Ann CoramWayne Ellington

In the Middle began in early 2015, at the conclusion of the parent confirmation course that runs simultaneously to youth confirmation classes. In the Middle was selected as a class name because many of the parents are middle-aged and have middle school children. The class is comprised of members who are single and married. It class focuses on parenting issues for Christians.

Curriculum has included the book, “Parenting Beyond Your Capacity,” and “Surviving Adolescence.” In the Middle uses book study, the Bible and open discussion to help bring God’s word to class members’ parenting styles and daily lives. Children are included in service projects and fellowship outside of class.

Since In the Middle is still an new class, it will continue to evolve based on the needs of the class members. All parents are invited to join in this fun and lively class!

• The Mod Squad

Age Range: 20s-30s
Location: Mod 2
Contact: Chris Wilson

On Sunday, Feb. 7, the Mod Squad Sunday School class will begin the Adam Hamilton study “Final Words from the Cross.” The seven-week Lenten study focuses on seven statements Jesus made in the hours leading up to the crucifixion. The study will conclude on Palm Sunday. Adults are invited to Mod 2 at 9:30 a.m. for breakfast and fellowship, with study time beginning at 9:45 a.m. The Mod Squad is comprised mostly of 20 and 30 year old professionals. Singles and couples, with or without kids, are all welcome. Bring your Bible or Bible app and join us!

• New Life

Age Range: Singles, 30s – 60s
Location: T 237
Contact: Janet McDanelLinda HoffmanCarl Knight

The New Life class is comprised of single men and women. The class members have diverse and interesting backgrounds. The goal of the class is to strengthen our faith while forming meaningful friendships and supporting one another.

The class uses books and videos on various biblical, spiritual and social topics for short term studies. Class time includes open and lively discussions.  Recent studies have included “The Call” by Adam Hamilton; “The Grave Robber: How Jesus Can Make Your Impossible Possible” by Mark Patterson; “ASK – Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age” by Scott and Arthur Jones; “Discovering God’s Will” by Andy Stanley and “Simplify Your Life“ by Bill Hybels.

Members participate in community service at the North Fulton Community Charities, AFUMC Great Day of Service, and the Action Ministries.

Regular social events are scheduled so we can get to know each other, such as going to lunch together after church services, going to Roswell’s Alive After 5 and Alpharetta’s Brew Moon Music Concerts together, meeting for dinners and movies, monthly game nights at member’s houses, cookouts, etc.

• Open Door

Age Range: 60 plus
Location: Bagley House
Contact: Connie Rappa — 352-408-9772, James Spruell — 678-517-8476

The Open Door class name recalls the United Methodist Church’s slogan, “Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors.” The class pursues a traditional study of the Bible, focusing on reading scripture. Members support North Fulton Community Charities and Paraguay missionary Christian Dickson, who hails from Alpharetta Methodist.

• Pairs and Spares

Age Range: 40-80
Location: Mod 3
Contact: Paul and Kenna Norfleet, 404-510-4485

Formed in the mid-70s, Pairs and Spares was named for its inclusion of both couples and singles. Recent studies have included “Discovering God’s Will,” by Andy Stanley, “Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear,” by Max Lucado, and “The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You,” by John Ortberg.  The class is oriented toward serving others. Members have collected food for the North Fulton Community Charities food pantry, done yard work for shut-ins and helped with renovation of AFUMC’s Hope House. Many class members have participated in Honduras mission trips.

• Pathfinders

Age Range: 40-60
Location: MS106
Contact: Joy and Bud Manbeck, 770-715-5422

The members of Pathfinders are constantly seeking to “find their path” and follow Christ. Recent class studies have included Romans chapter 12 and “Becoming a Contagious Christian,” by Bill Hybels and Mark Mittelberg. Some of Pathfinders’ favorite authors include Chip Ingram, Lee Strobel and C.S. Lewis. The class uses Bible studies with strong study guides and DVDs, with class members rotating teaching responsibilities. The Pathfinders membership can be described as “supportive, loving and seeking God’s will.”

• Serendipity

Age Range: 50-90
Location: T351
Contact: Jim Toler

Named because class members gather together in joy, the Serendipity class is an intellectually oriented group. Class time features academic, open discussion. Recent studies include United Methodism, world religions and the Holy Spirit. Serendipity members are always there to care for each other.

• Spirit in Action

Age Range: 30-50
Location: T355
Contact: Gratia Pratt, 770-569-7769

Spirit in Action was formed 20 years ago with the desire to be the hands and feet of Christ. Its members are laid back, supportive and very active in church. Recent studies include “It Came from Within! The Shocking Truth of What Lurks in the Heart,” by Andy Stanley, and the NOOMA series, short films that explore our world from Jesus’ perspective. Other studies have focused on specific books of the Bible.Spirit in Action is a family-oriented group that enjoys supporting missions, among them MUST ministries and the annual Paraguay mission team. Outside of class, members host quarterly small group dinners, monthly luncheons and an annual Christmas party.

11 a.m.

• Truth Seekers

Age Range: All adults
Location: T333
Contact: Sharon Rocchio, 678-878-1198

Truth Seekers is a mix of all adults, ages, and faith journeys using study books, video series, and lively discussion to understand biblical truths. Recent studies have included John: Book of Light and Life, 24 Hours that Changed the World, Christianity & World Religions and Christianity’s Tough Questions. The class enjoys fellowship by attending church-sponsored events as a group, sharing brunch and supporting each other in the spirit of God’s love and prayer.