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.

Pop Up Classes

Dudley Gwaltney and Christian Fowler are facilitating a class that will dive into Peter's epistles. Peter was not only one of Jesus' closest disciples but also the founder of the church. These often overlooked epistles speak to a church emerging at time of conflict, both inside and out. Short and sweet, they are filled with guidance that applies to our lives today. The class will run from 10/25-11/22 from 9:50-10:50am. Sign up here.

Audrey Gastmeyer, Beth Baker, and Dianne Jones are facilitating a discussion about the book Holding Up Your Corner: How to Talk about Race in your Community by F. Willis Johnson. The class runs on Sundays from 11/01-11/22 from 9:50 - 10:50am via Zoom. It will be a repeat of the class from earlier this fall, so if you missed the first round and are interested in learning about taking action against racism, please join us. We are an open, understanding group, and we welcome newcomers. Get the book, and read the intro and Chapter 1 for 10/25.  Sign up here.

Adult Sunday School Class Descriptions 2020

Contact: Adam Charville  | 
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 fellow¬ship 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: Christian Fowler  |
This diverse class enjoys growing deeper in their faith and tackling controversial topics together in a safe environment where everyone’s opinion in valued. The studying and learning is accomplished in the class¬room with no outside “homework.”

Contact: Tyler Morris and Laurie Lund
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: T Y 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.

Book and Bible Studies this Fall

Pastor Rick’s Lectionary Study will also include Pastors Adam and Molly this fall. The study currently meets via Zoom on Thursday mornings from 10:00-11:00 am and also will be offered in the evenings from 7:00-8:00 pm beginning on Thursday, Sept. 10. For more information contact Janey Hunter.



Mary June Jones is offering a weekly time of reflection called Breathing Space Oct 22, Nov 5, and Nov 19 at 8:30 am. During these days of isolation, insecurity, economic uncertainty and social unrest, participants will gather together in community (via zoom) as we learn, grow, and encourage each other through prayer practices that help restore peace in our souls. Grab your cup of coffee and pop in online when you can from the comfort of your home every other Thursday morning beginning September 10 at 8:30 a.m. For 20 - 30 minutes we will explore mindful practices, prayer models, scripture, writings and music that help us find our grounding in God’s Love during these stressful times. For the zoom link, contact Mary June. All are welcome! In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength - Isaiah 30:15.



Practicing Faith with Pastor Molly, monthly beginning Sunday, Sept. 13 (and then the 1st Sunday night of each month) from 7:00-8:30pm for 12 sessions, currently via Zoom. This study will use Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline as its guide. It’s simple! We will read a chapter of the book describing a faith practice each month and then have a month to practice and grow in that discipline. This class will be a wonderful way to add tools to your spiritual journey tool kit! Participants are asked to provide their own copy of the book. Sign up here.

Men’s Bible Study with Major Lackey, weekly beginning Monday, Sept. 14, from 6:30-8:00 pm.  Participants will foster a closer relationship with Jesus Christ through Bible study and fellowship with other Brothers in Christ using Hebrews 12:2 as a guide: fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For more information, contact Major Lackey.

Being Boaz acts as an arm of service through Outreach for HBUMC. This group meets the 1st Tuesday of the month 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.

Women’s Pre-Advent/Advent Study with Pastor Molly - 

Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:00am, November 11  through December 23, via Zoom. Study Fleming Rutledge’s Advent: The Once and Future Coming of Christ (available used on Amazon). Following the lectionary readings for the turbulent Pre-Advent and Advent seasons using the wonderful sermons of Rev. Fleming Rutledge, an Episcopalian priest.  We’ll read two sermons per week (about 10-12 pages each week). Sign up here.


United Methodist Social Principles with Pastor Adam -

Tuesday mornings at 10:00 beginning October 20 for six weeks; Wednesday evenings at 7pm beginning October 21 for six weeks, via Zoom. Learn about The United Methodist Church’s teaching on justice and mercy from our Book of Discipline’s Social Principles.  These teachings guide our work as disciples in the social world. Sign up here.

Learn How to Read the Bible with Pastor Molly - Wednesday evenings from 7:00-8:00pm beginning on November 11 and continuing until December 2, via Zoom. We’ll be looking at one passage from Mark 13:24-37 (the text for the 1st Sunday of Advent for this year) through one different lens each week: contextual, scriptural, theological, and formational. Sign up here.

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