Our goal is to promote and support programs and events that will nurture individual spiritual growth and encourage fellowship for adult members and friends of Aldersgate while on their Christian journey.
Adult Education ContactGinny Parr
Adult Education Coordinator
Adult Sunday School
We have a variety of adult Sunday school classes available at 8:15 and 9:30 a.m.
Rise ‘n Shine
The Rise ‘n Shine class meets in the upstairs Staff Conference Room. They are a diverse and welcoming group who are interested in strengthening their faith through various studies and discussion.
Contact: Lesa Schwartz
The Agape class enjoys fun and fellowship as we dig into a variety of faith-related topics. We welcome adults of all ages, both couples and singles, for friendly, thoughtful, and lively discussions, Room 2, lower level.
Contact: Sara Campbell
Faith Meets Life
The Faith Meets Life class meets downstairs in Room 15. They are a group of mixed ages whose studies vary and focus on how scripture applies to their daily lives and their spiritual walk. They are active in church events, mission and fellowship.
Contact: Bill Storrer
Family Builders class meets downstairs in Room 3. They are a group of parents with children of various ages. Their mission is to provide Christian fellowship and support for families committed to teaching their children about God, while continuing to nurture their own faith.
Contact: Peggy Schremmer
Growth Through Christ
The Growth Through Christ (GTC) class meets downstairs in Room 13. They describe themselves as being diverse, eclectic, joyful, spirited, inviting and eager to pursue a closer walk with God. An interesting group of all ages, this class is active in church, mission and fellowship activities.
Contact: Kay Young
The Bible in Life (T-Bils)
T-Bils is an informal class of fun-loving adults that meet downstairs in Room 4. They study materials related to faith and current events, with an emphasis placed on fellowship and Christian friendships.
Contacts: Mark and Beth Hodges
Various studies are offered throughout the year. Check the Adult Studies page for our current offerings, including Embracing the Bible, a class following the Revised Common Lectionary, and Disciple Fast Track, an in-depth survey of the entire Bible for people with busy lives.
Guest and New Member Orientation
On the first Wednesday of the month the pastors host welcome sessions for any newer attendees who wish to know more about Aldersgate and how they can be involved. These sessions occur monthly on the first Wednesday and run from 6:30-8 p.m. No registration is required, just meet us in the fellowship hall! We look forward to welcoming you!
Some groups are study based and some are fellowship gatherings and some are both! Groups may meet weekly, monthly, or a couple of times per month. Unlike short term Bible studies, the ongoing study groups remain together and choose studies that are relevant to their life stage. The fellowship groups provide an opportunity to socialize with other Christians.
If there are any questions or to get connected to any of these groups, please contact Ginny Parr, the Adult Education Coordinator.
Embracing the Bible
Embracing the Bible is an ongoing weekly class where participants can attend as their schedule allows without feeling completely lost if they miss a week. The text used is the Revised Common Lectionary Bible. Check the current study offerings to join one of these classes.
This women’s group focuses on Bible study, spiritual growth, prayer, and fellowship. They meet Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m. offsite.
This study group is made up of singles and couples and meets weekly on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. They do various bible studies and they alternate between meeting on zoom, off-site, and sometimes at the church.
College and Young Adults
We have groups for both college age and young adults. See the Young Adults page for more information.
We started as strangers and now we are friends. The Warm Hearts group wants to meet you! We meet on the fourth Tuesday of every month, 8:30 a.m. at Panera in New Market Square. We take time to get caught up, and then have time to think and discuss a Christian thought or saying. Please come and have a cup of coffee with us.
Wednesday Morning Men’s Group
This is a group of retired gentlemen that gather at the church every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. for donuts, coffee, fun, and fellowship.
Well-Rounded Exercise Program
The goal of the Well-Rounded Exercise Program is to improve health and functional ability and to promote promote independence. The program includes a step-by-step approach to improve physical abilities with a variety of simple activities, including cardio/aerobic, flexibility, strength, and balance activities. The class meets in the clubhouse on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.
90 & Over Group
This group regularly hosts a party for members of the congregation who have reached 90 years young.
This group meets to make quilts for those in the congregation needing a blessing.
Grief Support Group
This is a gathering of those who have recently lost a loved one or are in need of on-going support. They meet at the church in the café (in the children’s wing) on the last Friday of every month at 10 a.m. for devotion, support and (non-mandatory) conversation and fellowship.
Healthy Congregations sponsors exercise and good nutrition classes. They meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month.
The Shawl Sisters craft prayer shawls for those in the congregation needing a blessing. They also make hats and scarfs for the homeless, and have made many red hats for newborns for the American Heart Association. They meet offsite monthly.
United Women in Faith
(formerly United Methodist Women)
United Women in Faith seeks to connect and nurture women through Christian spiritual formation, leadership development, creative fellowship, and education so that they can inspire, influence, and impact local and global communities.
The Aldersgate sisterhood of United Women in Faith participates in programs, studies, mission work, and fellowship time. We participate in the West Wichita District, Great Plains Conference, South Central Jurisdiction, and National events. The group is open to all women of the church.
Aldersgate UWF members serve others by sponsoring a yearly blanket drive for the United Methodist Open Door ministry. We also participate in the backpack and Angel Tree ministries that support EmberHope Youthville. We volunteer as needed at United Methodist Open Door and New Covenant United Methodist Church, and at Aldersgate UMC by providing bereavement luncheons, receptions, and various dinners by donating food and/or time.
The Reading Program offers an excellent opportunity to deepen spirituality and broaden your understanding of missions. The list of reading program books, many of the books, and Response—the official magazine of United Women in Faith, are available in the Aldersgate conference room.