Back to Basics Bible Study

Sundays from 5-6pm in Room 322 beginning on September 11th.

Do you need a Bible refresher? Or, maybe it’s your new to Bible study? This is a great place to start. We’ll gather for 10 weeks in the fall learning about the Old Testament and for 10 weeks in the Spring for the New Testament.  The only book required is a study bible, and there will be minimal reading each week. 

Facilitator: Pastor Molly


Contemplative Prayer Practices

Opening Retreat/Introduction: Monday, September 26th  6:30-8 p.m. 

Weekly Sessions on Monday evenings 6:30-8 p.m. in the Chapel  

Join us for a six-week exploration of Contemplative Prayer Practices where we will have the opportunity to breathe and rest in God.

  • September 26th: Introduction

  • October 3rd: Lectio Divina

  • October 10th: Centering Prayer  

  • October 17th: Guided Visualization with Scripture 

  • October 24th: Art and Images

  • November 7th: The Examen

  • November 14th: Breath and Movement 

  • Facilitator: Laura Kirby; register: 


Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Wednesdays from 10:00-11:00am in Room 322 beginning on September 7th. 

Come and fall in love with the Bible. All are welcome as we read Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans and then embrace one particular scripture passage from an in-depth perspective.

Facilitator: Pastor Molly


Young Adult Connection Group

Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 in Room 250

If you’re a young adult and would like to form friendships and connections in the congregation, join us for an informal gathering and discussion after dinner on Wednesday evenings. 

Baby Steps: Navigating Parenthood

Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 in Room 115 beginning on September 7th. 

A weekly conversation for parents of younger children seeking community and collective wisdom. The guide for these sessions will be The Self-Aware Parent: 19 Lessons for Growing with Your Children by Cathy Cassani Adams. The book is optional. All are welcome!

Facilitator: Pastor Matt


Mid-life: Embracing the Second-Half of Life Journey

Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 in Room 322 beginning on September 7th. 

If you’re in your 40s or 50s and have spent your life achieving and striving, do you ever wonder about what comes next? Join us as we explore the creative, spiritual, and meaningful second-half of life with Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. 

Facilitators: Pastor Molly and Pastor David


A Space for Grief

Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 in Room 328 beginning September 7th. 

This class will gather those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Whether your loss is recent, or several years past, this will be a space to remember our loved ones and discuss the ways that we grieve. 

Facilitator: Pastor Laura


Meaningful Retirement

Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 in the Chapel beginning on September 7th.

If you are newly retired or have been retired for more than a few years, this lively group discussion group will help you consider ways to thrive and to find deep meaning in the retirement years.  Join together for laughter and thoughtful conversation based on the book Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life: 7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth by Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan. 

Facilitator: Kat Moncol


Seeing The World With Fresh Eyes

Six Thursdays from 10:00-11:00 in Room 328 beginning September 22nd. 

Using the video series, “Spiritual Literacy,” we will explore spiritual practices, learn from wisdom teachers, and sharpen our senses to experience the sacred in everyday life.

No sign-up or book purchase required.  With an open heart, come as you can for a time of fellowship and study. Questions? Janet Chesson:

Facilitators: Mary June Jones and Janet Chesson


Lectionary Bible Study

Every Thursday from 10-11am in the Fellowship Hall 

Join our Pastors in person or via Zoom for a lively discussion of the upcoming week’s preaching Scripture and theme. Contact Cheryl Fortineau for a Zoom link at

Facilitators: HBUMC Pastors

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 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 page for more information about Children’s Sunday School and other programs, or you may contact our Director of Children and Family Ministries Jami Britt Noble. Please check out our Youth Ministry webpage 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

Young Adults – Room 245
Contact: Pastor Molly 


This new Sunday School class is made up of group of young adults who are single or recently married exploring faith and fellowship. Many of us are new members at Hayes Barton UMC and some of us grew up in the church. The curriculum of the Young Adults class and the name of the class will be determined in the first couple of meetings. 
Adults with Young Children – Room 115
Contact: Pastor Molly


This new Sunday School class is made up of adults with young children who gather to explore navigate faith and friendship during a busy season of life. The group has many new Hayes Barton UMC members. The curriculum of the class and the name of the class will be determined in the first couple of meetings.

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.  We’re planning on tackling several topics during the year, but we’ll begin the year with the James Harnish study entitled Finding Your Bearings: How Words That Guided Jesus Through Crisis Can Guide Us

Cornerstone – Room 343
Contact: Vicky Ravenel

Cornerstone is currently a small class of singles and couples who are empty nesters, although we welcome anyone! Most studies are 6 to 8 weeks in length and are varied in subject matter. Buying and reading the study book is encouraged but never required. Many of our studies have a recorded component that we watch in class and then discuss.  We enjoy socializing together and try to plan get-togethers several times per year. We’ll start this year with a video and book series entitled The GOD We Can Know: Exploring the “I AM” Sayings of Jesus by Rob Fuquay.

Adult Contemporary (ACC) – Room 328
Contact: Cindy and Skip Jones

The Adult Contemporary Class, which began in 1975, is comprised of adults of all ages. We focus on education, with an emphasis on current/contemporary topics, missions, outreach, and fellowship. We are a large and diverse class . We use “The Wired Word” curriculum tied to viewing the latest headlines from a faith perspective.

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. The Seekers will begin the year by studying Matt Rawle’s book Jesus Revealed.

Wesleyan – the Chapel
Contact:  Ann Thompson


The Wesleyan Class is a very active group of seasoned citizens that 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
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!

Unity – Room 336
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, discussing life experiences, and living out their faith together.

From our doors to yours - small groups at Hayes Barton