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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To learn more about Sunday morning small groups for adults, contact Director of Discipleship Wes Maston (770-521-8783).

8:15 a.m.

• Earlybirds

Ages: 40s-70s
Location: MS208
Contact: Wes Maston, 770-521-8783

All are invited to this discussion class.

9:30 a.m.

• Abiding in the Vine

Age Range: 50-plus
Location: MS212
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; a series by Andy Stanley entitled “What do you REALLY want?” and “Epic of Eden,” by Sandra Richter. Curriculum includes a variety of media and occasional guest speakers/teachers. Abiding in the Vine gets together socially for a member-hosted potluck every other month and annual gender-specific events, like fishing trips for the guys and boating for the girls. The class participates in the Great Day of Service and the Lionheart School’s Grilling & Gridiron benefit. Abiding in the Vine members also organize the church’s Operation Oreo project every summer. Their current study is the series called “This Changed Everything, a study of the Reformation.”

• Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club_2016Age Range: 30s
Location: T353
Contact: Beth Myers, 770-330-6991

The Breakfast Club is close-knit, inquisitive and fun-loving group of couples with young children. One recent class study is “The Art of Marriage.” Rev. Terri Henkel will teach June 11-25 on the “Women of the Bible” — Mary Magdalene and others. Two of the Breakfast Club’s favorite authors are Adam Hamilton and Rob Bell. Class members take turns 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: 60-plus
Location: T349
Contact: Anita Mathews, 770-676-7966

The Builders class chose its name because its original members 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 during the annual Great Day of Service. Their current study is “Twelve Extraordinary Women,” by John MacArthur (May-July). Discipleship Director Wes Maston will teach a study on the Bible beginning in August.

• Cobb Class


Age Range: 70 plus
Location: MYC6
Contact: Roy Foster III, 678-773-7433

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.

Their current study is the Book of Matthew.

• Discerning Hearts

Age Range: All ages welcome
Location: T257
Contact: Carolyn Jackson, 678-852-1435
Discerning Hearts is a women’s only Sunday School class. Their current study is the Amazing Collection: Old Testament.

• Faith Matters

Age Range: 30s-50s
Location: MYC8
Contact: Eric Adkins, 770-597-4484
Nicole Britt: 404-578-4105
Danielle Day: 404-664-7148

The Faith Foundations and Family Matters classes are now Faith Matters! The class 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. Projects have included working at The Drake House and Enable House. Members also participate in the Camp Grace Family Work and Play Weekend in the spring.

• Families of Faith

Age Range: 40s to 70
Location: MS112
Contact: Kelly Ryan, 678-756-3342

Families of Faith is a class made up of singles and couples. Most members have elementary through college-aged children. Families of Faith celebrates the fact that 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 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, and sending weekly cards to shut-ins or others in the church that need encouragement.

The class recognizes the importance of serving the ministries of our church, and members encourage one another to volunteer. Class members serve as ushers and help with Children’s Ministries, Vacation Bible School, the Children’s Choirs and Student Ministries. They also serve as Sheepfeeders and as Prayer, Finance and Technology Committee volunteers.

• 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. Class time is highlighted by open discussion.

A mission-oriented group, Family Ties adopts a family each Christmas.

During the summer months the class uses The Wired Word for class discussions.

• Footsteps

Age Range: 40s-70
Location: MS109
Contact: Joy Boone, 678-366-8809

Footsteps is a very diverse class pursing a wide variety of discussion topics. The class generally alternates a 6-week Bible study and a book study. The Footsteps class welcomes anyone with a sense of humor who wants to grow in faith.

• In His Steps

Age Range: 40s-70s
Location: T259
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. The class’s current study is Jackie Chan’s book, “Forgotten God: Reversing our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit.”

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 family each Christmas.

• In the Middle

Age Range: 40s-50s
Location: MS107
Contacts: Mary Ann Coram

In the Middle began in early 2015, at the conclusion of the parent confirmation course that runs simultaneously to Student Ministry 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.

Their current study is Adam Hamilton’s “Creed, What Christians Believe and Why.”

• New Life

Age Range: Singles, 40s-70
Location: T255
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.

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

Regular social events are scheduled, such as going to lunch together after church services, going to Roswell’s Alive After 5, and meeting for dinners and movies.

• 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.

This class recently studied Adam Hamilton’s “Revival” The class will enjoy a study led by Rev. Terri Henkel on Job, as well as a study of Revelation facilitated by Pamela Jackson.

• Pairs and Spares

Age Range: 60-70
Location: MS 208
Contact: Sandy Kirkpatrick, 770-378-5764

Formed in the mid-1970s, Pairs and Spares was named for its inclusion of both couples and singles.

The class is currently being led by Charles Andrews. His lessons are titled “What’s Time to a Hog?” This study is six weeks long and explores the history of time. The goal of the lessons is to provide an interesting and thought-provoking series, bringing together two subjects most people do not realize are highly related — Christianity and time.

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 Alpharetta Methodist’s Hope House. Many class members have participated in Honduras mission trips.

• Pathfinders

Age Range: 40-70
Location: MS105
Contact: Joy and Bud Manbeck, 770-715-5422

The members of Pathfinders are constantly seeking to “find their path” and follow Christ. The class uses Bible studies that have strong study guides and DVDs, with class members rotating teaching responsibilities. Their current study is “The Gospel of John,” by Adam Hamilton.

The Pathfinders membership can be described as “supportive, loving and seeking God’s will.”

• Serendipity

Age Range: 60-plus
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. Current class study is The Bible, led by Director of Discipleship Wes Maston.

• Spirit in Action

Age Range: 40-65
Location: T355
Contact: Kelly Smith, 404-353-4250

Spirit in Action was formed 20 years ago with the desire to be the hands and feet of Christ. Though we still have many of the original members, we continue to add new faces to our class. We are laid back, supportive and very active in the life of the church. We are lead by various members of the class in Bible study each Sunday.

Outside of class, members host quarterly dinners and an annual Christmas party.

Our class starts at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings.