Small Group Studies

Here at Wesley, we like to explore the big questions about faith. This is a safe place to explore, to grow in your faith, to connect with others as you connect with God and with your community.

New This Year at Wesley

Venture: A Small Group Study for Undergrads
Fridays at Noon
Undergrad Students are invited for Bible Study and Conversation about issues of faith and life as a student. The group meets in the student lounge every Friday during the semester at Noon. Bring a lunch or grab a coffee at ETC. Coffeehouse and join us for study, conversation and growth in faith. Faith is an adventure. Let’s adventure together. For more info contact Miriam at msnider@wesleyui.org.

Wesley Covenant Group
Meets Weekly on Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the West Lounge
Building relationships with God and one another, caring for one another, and growing in our lives of faith is the vision at the core of this new small group. The group’s gatherings are guided by a set of reflection questions. There will be no homework and participants are invited to come as often as they can. This is a group for those looking to grow as disciples, those who desire to get to know others better, and those willing to commit themselves to a core set of values (fellowship, worship, prayer, study and service). Everyone is invited. For more info contact Andrea at abohn@illinois.edu.

Strength to Love: Reading the Sermons of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Thursdays February 2nd – 23rd
10:15 am
Join Pastor Miriam as we spend four weeks reading and discussing a selection of sermons by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Kind Jr. Dr. King’s sermons are not only inspiring, but they are some of the most engaging spiritual reading for Christians in ministries of peace and justice today. Pastor Miriam will make the sermons available to you.

Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say Book Study 
Thursdays March 2nd – April 6th
10:15 am in the conference room
They are simple phrases. They sound Christian – like something you might find in the Bible. The capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join us as we explore Adam Hamilton’s new book this Lent. We’ll search for the whole truth by comparing some common Christian sayings with the wisdom found in Scripture. Contact David Sattazahn or Pastor Miriam for more info. Books will be available in the Center Office for purchase for $10. 

Philippians: A Study of Joy, Hope and Contentment 
Thursdays, April 27th – May 18th
10:15 am in the conference room 
You’re invited to join a short 4-week small group study reading and discussing Paul’s letter to the Philippians in the Bible.We’ll dive in and discover why Paul’s urging the early Christians in Philippi to be joyful in the Lord at all times is just as much his urging for Christians today. There is no book for purchase for this study, but Pastor Miriam suggests reading the first chapter of Philippians in preparation for the first session on April 27th.  
Ongoing Studies and Small Group Opportunities at Wesley

Women’s Book Group
Mondays at 10:30 am
Contact Virgie Young

Men’s Bible Study
Wednesdays at 7:00 am (includes breakfast)
Contact Paul Unger

Breakfast Club @ Espresso Royale (on Neil St.)
Thursdays at 7:00 am
Contact Elaine Bearden or Donna Camp

Grad Student Study @ Etc. Coffeehouse
Tuesdays from 8:30-10:00 pm
Contact Michael Drummond (drummnd2@illinois.edu)

Venture Undergrad Study @ Student Lounge
Fridays at Noon
Contact Pastor Miriam (msnider@wesleyui.org)

Progressive Bible Study @ Ann Spurgeon’s home
2nd Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
Contact Ann Spurgeon

United Methodist Women
1st Wednesday of the month at 9:00 am
Contact Beverly Ujcich

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sandwiches lined up on a counter, being made by the grad study participants

Grad Study participants make sandwiches for a local homeless shelter in March 2014.