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Fall 2023 Book and Bible Studies




Reading Romans

  • Sundays beginning September 10 from 6:30-7:30pm

  • Pastor Molly – 

  • Teleconference Room

  • Paul’s Letter to the Romans remains one of the most influential texts for Christian thinkers and practitioners. Among its themes are struggles with empires, discord in the church, the identity and work of Christ, and what it means to be a faithful disciple of Jesus. Join Pastor Molly as we read through Romans together, line by line.  We’ll start at the beginning and meet for an hour each week until we are finished with Romans.  This group is intended for people who have a familiarity with the Old and New Testaments.

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Monday Covenant Groups

  • Mondays from 7:30-8:30am or 12:00-1:00pm

  • Contact Pastor Molly for more information – 

  • Chapel


Men’s Bible Study




A Few Good Men

  • Thursdays from 7:30-8:30am

  • Contact David Rutledge for more information –

  • Fellowship Hall




Jesus In the Gospels

  • Wednesdays beginning September 13 from 6:00-7:30 and continuing through early May of 2024

  • Pastor Molly –

  • Room 320

  • From the popular Disciple Bible Study series, Jesus in the Gospels is an in-depth look at the context and theological meaning of Jesus’ life, teaching, death and resurrection. This study is fantastic – it’s faith changing! Each week we’ll gather to discuss the gospel passage and accompanying contextual passages from the Old and New Testaments.  You will be welcome in this study if you’ve never read Scripture before or if you’re familiar with Scripture.  Join Pastor Molly on Wednesday nights as we explore together who Jesus is and how he informs our faith.

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Raising Parents

  • Wednesdays beginning September 13 from 6:30-7:30

  • Room 115

  • Calling all parents of preschool and elementary students! Join together with other parents as we explore where faith and our busy lives intersect.  Group discussion on Wednesday evenings – with childcare for nursery through 5th grade! 

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The Emotional Lives of Teenagers

  • Wednesdays beginning September 13 from 6:30-7:30

  • Pastor Laura – 

  • Room 250

  • “In teenagers, powerful emotions come with the territory. And with so many of today’s teens contending with academic pressure, social media stress, worries about the future, and concerns about their own mental health, it’s easy for them – and their parents – to feel overwhelmed.” But it doesn’t have to be that way, so says Dr. Lisa Damour, author of The Emotional Lives of Teenagers. Join Pastor Laura as we learn how to parent, support, and love our teenager children well. 

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Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith

  • Wednesdays beginning September 13 until October 4 from 6:30-7:30

  • Pastor David – 

  • Room 328

  • Tsunamis, earthquakes, famines, diseases, wars—these and other devastating forces lead Christians to ask painful questions. Is God really all-powerful? Is God good? How can God allow so much innocent human suffering? Join Pastor David this fall for a 4-week book study on Rev. Tom Long's book, “What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith.” During this class we will seek to create holy space to both ask hard questions and seek faithful answers from God about why bad things happen to good people. 

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1 Corinthians: Searching the Depths of God

  • Wednesdays beginning September 13 from 6:30-7:30

  • Kat Moncol – 

  • Teleconference Room

  • 1 Corinthians is one of the most gripping books in the Bible. In this letter, Paul, the complicated, layered apostle, writes to the people trying a wild new social experiment known as a Christian community. Not unlike the church today, this community dealt with factions, sexual immorality, gender issues, money issues, theological questions, lawsuits, problems in worship, and problems in leadership. Join Kat Moncol on Wednesday evenings to discuss this book by Jaime Clark-Soles, enhanced with videos.

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Three Simple Rules

  • Wednesdays beginning October 11 until November 8  from 6:30-7:30

  • Debbie Walter – 

  • Room 328

  • One of best little books on the big, important “rules” for the Methodist faithful!  How do you live a Methodist-Christian life? Do no harm. Do good. Stay in love with God. Join our HBUMC Lay Leader Debbie Walter on four Wednesday nights to discuss the three simple rules by the book of the same name by Reuben Job. 

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Lectionary Group 

  • Every Thursday from 10:00-11:00 in person or via Zoom

  • Fellowship Hall

  • Join the preaching pastor for the coming week for a lively discussion of the preaching text.  All welcome in person or via Zoom.

  • Contact Cheryl Fortineau for more information or for the Zoom link – 



One-and-Done– The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

October 12, from 6:00-8:00pm, in person

  • Pastor Molly –

  • In a world full of bad news, you need to read this book.  It is utterly charming. It is a wonderfully quick read.  It also happens to be a fantastic movie streaming on Netflix that is also utterly charming. We’ll gather for coffee/tea and dessert as we talk about loss and love, war and peace, and how much we love this book! Maybe we’ll even schedule a movie night!

  • The book is available in several formats: paperback, Audible, and Kindle.  

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One-and-Done – Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller

November 30, from 6:00-8:00pm, in person

  • Pastor Molly – 

  • Read Wayne Muller’s beautiful and practical book on Sabbath keeping in preparation for the busy Advent Season.  Find peace in your household and in your life as we await the coming of the Prince of Peace at Christmas.  Join Pastor Molly and develop a plan to make Sabbath keeping a spiritual practice during the holidays – and for the rest of the year! 

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Enneagram Workshops with Anissa Ferris

October, 2023 – more information to come! 


Women’s Mini-Retreat with Dana Trent 

January 26-27, 2024 – save the date!

Current Adult Small Groups


The pastors lead a study about the weekly lectionary text each Thursday at 10. Email Janey Hunter for the Zoom link.

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Hayes Barton UMC’s Biblical Justice Action Team is dedicated to social justice study and action, with emphasis on the Book of Discipline and Social Principles of the UMC’s priorities. Contact Beth Baker for more information.

Being Boaz acts as an arm of service through Outreach for HBUMC. This group meets via Zoom to plan how they can help offer support in Wake County. Being Boaz will build strong relationships both within and outside the church and reach out to make contact with those in need thereby serving the least of these. They will work side by side with other groups within HBUMC to  address needs as they are identified and shift focus as needs evolve in the community. For more information and to sign up contact John Thomas.

Sunday School

The Sunday School hour at Hayes Barton UMC begins at 10:00am and ends at 10:50 every Sunday.  Please note that the class descriptions include room numbers and contact information for the Sunday School class leaders.  If you have questions about Sunday School classes, you may contact the leader directly, you may attend any class on a Sunday morning to get a feel for the curriculum, or you may contact Pastor Molly White at for more information on Sunday School classes and other small groups at Hayes Barton UMC.  Stay tuned for seasonal adult combined Sunday School classes during Advent, Lent, or our special Summer Seminary series.


At Hayes Barton UMC, we believe in Sunday School for the entire family.  We have fantastic Children and Youth Sunday School programs during the Sunday School hour each week.  Please check out our Children and Family Ministries webpage at https://www/ for more information about Children’s Sunday School and other programs, or you may contact our Director of Children’s Ministries Karen Skaggs at  Please check out our Youth Ministry webpage at for more information about our Sunday Morning J.O.Y. Class and other youth opportunities, or you may contact our Director of Youth Ministry Rachel Carter at or Director of Youth and Tween Ministries Chris Varnson at

Young Adults – Room 245

Contacts:  Lindsey and Daniel Nugent, Harrison Gillette –

The Young Adult Sunday School class is made up of young adults who are single or recently married, including many new members to Hayes Barton UMC.  Bible study and conversation topics focus around faithful discipleship in the midst of busy lives and careers, with ample opportunities for fellowship throughout.


Raising Parents – Room 115

Contacts:  Katie and Zach Clayton –

Raising Parents is in its second year as a class.  The Sunday School also has an accompanying Wednesday night group meeting.  Most members have young(ish) children or are expecting little ones.  Our vibe is informal, often making space for calm reflection in this very busy phase of life.  This fall, we are studying Habits of the Household: Practicing the Story of God in Everyday Family Rhythms. This book beautifully covers themes that touch each of our lives, so no need to prepare beforehand.


Connections – Room 250

Contact:  Laura Kirby –

Connections class is an intergenerational group who seeks connections through:  Studying of God’s word and current issues affecting God’s people, Building authentic relationships with each other, Praying for each other and our community, and Sharing in common acts of care and outreach for each other and our community.


Cornerstone – Room 343

Contact:  Vicky Ravenel –

The Cornerstone class is comprised of couples and singles are most empty nesters.  Class curriculum focuses on Bible study as well as some contemporary topics in DVD or streaming format.

JOYFull – Room 344

Contact:  Lisa Coster –

Our informal class is made up of leaders, former leaders, and parents of youth involved in HBUMC your ministry.  We have Bible study lessons and discuss issues related to the youth at Hayes Barton UMC.

Unity – Room 316

Contact:  Kathy Davis –


Unity continues its study of the wonderful and in-depth Christian Believer series this year.  This classis series combines Scripture and theology in thoughtful ways.  Unity enjoys sharing discipleship together with humor, by discussing life experiences, and living out their faith together.


Adult Contemporary (ACC) – Room 328

Contact:  Cindy and Skip Jones –

ACC is an adult class who focuses on education with an emphasis on contemporary topics and discussion, missions, and fellowship.


Seekers – Room 320

Contact:  Rev. Sally Bates –

The Seekers blend Bible study with contemporary issues.  They are actively engaged in the ministries of the church – particularly focusing on mission work and being the church in our community.  The class is led by various class members and benefits from many outside speakers.


Wesleyan – Chapel

Contact:  Ann Thompson –

The Wesleyan Class is a very active group of seasoned citizens who enjoys a traditional Sunday School atmosphere in a discussion-oriented lecture style.  We use the Adult Bible Series curriculum, sing from the hymnal, and pray for one another every week.  Join us for a lively gathering each week.


Starnes Class Special Ministry – Fellowship Hall

Contact:  Mary June Jones –

The Starnes Class is an animated gathering for adults who are developmentally disabled.  For many decades, the group has provided love and a meaningful Christian experience through music, lessons, prayer, and group discussion, to its members and leaders.  Adult volunteers are always welcome in the Starnes Class.  It’s a great way to serve on Sunday mornings!

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