Summer Seminary: Heresy!

Join us for our annual combined adult Sunday School beginning on June 12 in Holroyd Hall or watch livestreamed on Facebook from the comfort of your vacation spot! This summer we’ll be learning from the pastors about the truths we believe about Jesus Christ and Christian life – and why what we believe matters. No reading is required, but if you’d like to read along pick up a copy of Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why it matters what Christians believe by Quash and Ward or borrow a copy from the HBUMC Library. No sign up required. 

Learning to Pray: A Guide for Everyone by James Martin, SJ

Whether you’re a beginner or a practiced pray-er, this highly readable and enjoyable book is perfect for your summer reading list. You’ll enjoy the stories about prayer and get the tools for engaging in more meaningful prayer yourself. We’ll gather online with Pastor Molly for nine Monday evening sessions on Zoom beginning at 7pm on June 13th. Pick up the book at Quail Ridge or borrow it from the HBUMC Library. Sign up here.

The Revelation of St. John the Evangelist

Need a lesson in how to be a disciple in a crazy, chaotic world? Revelation is the book for you! Set any preconceived notions about the last book of the Bible aside as we journey with Pastor Molly and our Duke Divinity School intern Dawson into a cosmic story of dragons, battles, discipleship, and salvation.  We’ll meet on Zoom for Tuesday evenings at 7pm for six weeks beginning on June 21. The only book required is a study bible! Sign up here.


Lectionary Bible Study

Gather together in person or via Zoom on Thursday mornings at 10am as we join one of our pastors for a Bible-based discussion on the coming week’s preaching text.  Come in person or email Cheryl Fortineau to join the hybrid Zoom/in-person meeting. 

One-and-Done Book Study

The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade by Philip Jenkins

How did religion fuel the First World War?  And how did the First World War fundamentally change religion? Philip Jenkins does a masterful job navigating the religious landscape of a world devastated by war – and demonstrating how what we believe and how we practice faith today was changed by the global conflict. Join Pastor Molly in person on Thursday, July 14, from 7-9pm as we discuss The Great and Holy War. Pick up a book at Quail Ridge or borrow a copy from the HBUMC Library. Sign up here.

One-and-Done Book Study

The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth by Sam Quinones

Sam Quinones is the author of the wonderful book Dreamland about the opioid epidemic that we read together a couple of years ago.  His new book telling stories across the country about the synthetic drug epidemic is just as good! We’ll gather with Pastor Molly in person on Thursday, August 4th from 7-9pm to discuss the book. You can pick up the book at Quail Ridge or borrow a copy from the HBUMC Library. Sign up here.

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.

There's a class for every age and interest.
Contact Molly White for more information.

Contact: Halie Sue Clifton  |
Abundant Life is for younger adults 25-40 with growing families and busy lives! We meet together on the 1st Sunday each month (beginning October 6) for some fellowship and some discussion of Scripture. This class will also gather quarterly for offsite fellow¬ship and fun. Please utilize the childcare offered at Hayes Barton UMC on Sunday mornings and join us for worship and community in the Abundant Life Class.
Contact: Cindy Jones  |
The ACC focuses on education with an emphasis on current events and contemporary topics through their study of The Wired Word and with special guest lead¬ers. The group is a lively, discussion-based gathering. The ACC Outreach group supports missions. The ACC Inreach group provides care to class members. The ACC Social group organizes social events for fellowship and fun. 
Contact: Vicky Ravenel  |
Cornerstone explores God through book and Bible studies and spiritual growth. Discussion is lead by vol¬unteers in the class. This year we’ll study and discuss together interesting topics such as the politics of the Ten Commandments, the Reformation and its legacy, the passion of Jesus, and embracing the mystery of the Christian faith. Cornerstone also enjoys time together outside of Sunday morning through mission work and social fellowship.

Contact: Sean Timmons  |
Covenant focuses on life application of Biblical con¬cepts and strives to support and nurture one another in their Christian walks. Covenant relies on mem¬ber-led discussions to explore the meaning of Chris¬tian faith as expressed and experienced in modern life, using various mixed-media curricula. 
Contact: Audrey Gastmeyer  |
Foundation is a community-oriented class designed to help married couples connect, learn, and grow together. It is designed for adults seeking to grow deeper in their faith through Scripture-based studies and life application studies. Foundation is also active together in fellowship events outside of class and is involved in children and preschool ministries at Hayes Barton UMC. 

Contact: Tyler Morris  |
New Life uses a variety of resources from Scripture to Methodist history to provide spiritual growth and encouragement through study, service, prayer, and fellowship. Members are encouraged but not required to lead, and all are encouraged to be in service in the community.
Contact: Anne Scruggs and Mark Jones
Promise is an intergenerational class of married and single members who study and learn more about God’s truths and promises using a variety of studies with the Bible as the foundation. Class members take turns leading the group. Promise’s first study this year will be based on Jesus’ Parables.
Contact: TY Baker  |
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. This year, the Seekers will be exploring world religions, journeying into American Christianity and politics, and looking at contemporary topics in The United Methodist Church. The class is led by various class members and benefits from many outside speakers.
Contact: Mary June Jones  |
The Starnes Class is animated gathering for older youth and adults with developmental disabilities. 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.
Contact: Kathy Davis  |
Unity continues its study of the wonderful and in-depth Christian Believer series this year. This classic 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.
Contact: Ann Thompson  |
The Wesleyan group is a traditional Sunday School class who begin each Sunday together with a song, prayers, and camaraderie. The Wesleyans base their class meeting with a thematic, Bible-based curriculum from the Adult Bible Series – and it’s newly developed for this year! There is a magazine-style lesson book for each season of the year available in regular and large print.

From our doors to yours - small groups at Hayes Barton