Sunday School classes at University UMC provide a great opportunity to grow in faith and fellowship, and to get to know others in the church. Classes are offered at 10:00 a.m. throughout the school year. Newcomers are always welcome at any of the classes. 

Sunday School classes for children of all ages offer a safe and fun environment to learn about God’s love. Sunday School classes are held from September through May at 10:00 a.m. and taught by parent volunteers. Below is a listing of children’s Sunday School classes offered at University UMC. 

Nursery: Room 102
2-year-olds: Room 108
3-year-olds: Room 106
4-year-olds: Room 107
Kindergarten: Room 105

1st grade: Room 205
2nd and 3rd grade: Room 201/203
4th and 5th grade: Room 202/204

Middle School: Youth Lounge
High School: Hyde Hall, Cafe

Sunday School for Adults

Christian ParentingRoom 208

Together we will build friendships, enrich your faith and knowledge, talk about ways to guide and teach your child, and nurture your parenting skills. We will start the year with  8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids by Dr. Todd Cartmell.  Topics will include practical tips for talking and listening to your child, powerful insights for teaching, influencing, encouraging and correcting your child, and helpful ways to navigate parenting challenges to strengthen your family relationships.  Contact: Jim & Judy Wilson (919-933-1646).
 
Christianity and LiteratureThe Chapel

Creative artists rekindle the human instinct of awe at the universe, help us look at our world and ourselves in new ways, illuminate and deepen our Christian understandings.

“In the beginning was the Word,” the Gospel of John declares.  And so in this class we continue to read, re-read, and discuss the words from many of the acclaimed fiction writers of our time.  Much of the fall 2019 semester will still have us studying God: Stories, ed. C. Michael Curtis.  Eight stories remain for our attention.

Music and the visual arts have regularly enhanced our class time.  In 2019-20, we anticipate increasing our emphasis on these arts.  Brent Wissick and Steve Squires, both trained musicians, will direct this effort.  But words also will never be far away from what they do.  The glories of creation—we will feel it.

All are welcome to the class, led by retired UNC English professor Joe Flora (919-942-4902).

 

Faith ConversationsRoom 206

Led by rotating members of the class, Faith Conversations reads and discusses a wide range of material on faith, society and life.  We invite all those who are interested in participating in thoughtful conversations to join us. Contacts: Michele Gipson or Manuel Wortman.

 

Faith Meets Life: Hyde Hall, Incubator Room

This class seeks to connect Christian belief and daily life through engaging discussions, study and fun. We will begin the fall semester studying Adam Hamilton’s new series called Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple. On the first Sunday of each month, we will discuss the intersection of faith and daily life in our lessons called “Faith Meets Life in the News.” This class is led by Jim Booterbaugh and Johnny Carson. Join us for a time to challenge your faith and enjoy fellowship. Contact: Jim Booterbaugh (919-815-1456).

 

Hearts and Hands: Bride’s Room 

This intergenerational group of women focuses each Sunday on how to love God and love neighbors through the study of spiritual practices and theological reflection on living a Christian life. New participants are welcome. Contact: Mary Ann Kimball (919-929-2948).

 

The Omega ProjectHyde Hall, University Room

Over the course of a year this class focuses on in-depth Bible study in historical context and present day application. Taught by Reverend Dr. J. Christian Wilson, an ordained retired United Methodist minister and long time university professor, whose Ph.D. is in Biblical Studies. Contact: Dr. Wilson (919-932-011).

 

Round Table: Hyde Hall, Seminar Room

This class welcomes all who are interested in exploring how to be a Christian in modern society and the application of faith in their daily lives. Lively class participation is encouraged while engaging in small group studies that are a mix of life application, Biblical scripture, and history. We value developing relationships during class by choosing thought-provoking videos, and outside of class by meeting for monthly dinners and social & mission activities. Contact: Janice DeSpirito.

 

Spark: Hyde Hall, Chairman’s Room

This class is a weekly book study and fellowship hour that meets to wrestle with the challenges of discipleship in our lives and in our community. This fall we’ll begin with Reality, Grief, Hope: Three Urgent Prophetic Tasks by Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann that (to quote the back cover) “shows how the prophetic biblical response to crisis was truth-telling in the face of ideology, grief in the face of denial, and hope in the face of despair.” It’s a book that seems powerfully relevant, and we’d love to share the experience of studying it with others in our church community. All are welcome to join us, and we emphasize that we maintain a strict policy of never caring whether or not you’re caught up on the readings. Contacts: Justin and Leah Travis.

 

Young Adults: 

Meets for fellowship, prayer, and Bible study on Wednesday nights, 6:30 p.m. in the University UMC Parlor on the Ground Floor. Meeting location subject to change due to special events such as cookouts and participation in community events. Please check out the University UMC Chapel Hill Young Adults page on Facebook or contact Kaitlyn Brown to confirm location.