Short Term Bible Studies for the Fall of 2017

Central is fortunate to have a rich resource of Bible teachers.  Short Term studies are open to everyone, and a wonderful way to explore specific areas of interest, or just to being a spiritual discipline of exploring scripture and applying Christian beliefs to everyday life. 

Scholarships are available. Contact Rev. Meg Jiunnies (843-662-3218) for more information.

Prayerful Stress Reduction

Prayerful Stress Reduction will combine the science of stress reduction and meditation with the rich tradition of Contemplative Prayer. Each session will begin with a period of meditation based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in order to prepare our hearts and minds for prayer. Participants will then be introduced to various types of Contemplative Prayer including Centering Prayer, The Jesus Prayer, Ignatius Exercises and Franciscan Prayer. Each session will be self-contained so that interested parties can participate as they are available.

Led by: Jim Canup
Wednesdays, September 13-December 13, 2017
Ingram Chapel
No required reading. A resource list of materials and free phone apps will be provided. Light homework will be recommended.
A nursery is provided.

central women's bible study: Restless by Jennie Allen

Do you feel restless? What if this feeling wasn't a bad thing but a longing for God that could push you forward to lead the life for which you were designed? In Restless, Bible study teacher and author Jennie Allen helps you discover a practical plan to identify the threads of your life and how to weave them together for God's glory and purposes. Restless explores this important question: "Do I matter?" and Jennie asks, "We live with lots of things, lots of people...but do we live for something?"

Using the story of Joseph, Jennie explains how his suffering, gifts, story, and relationships fit into the greater story of God - and how your story can do the same. She also introduces Threads - a tool to help you see your own personal story and to uncover and understand the raw materials God has given you for use for his glory and purpose.

Filled with practical tools and biblical teaching, Restless will equip you to:

  • Make sense of the seemingly random relationships and activities of life
  • Redeem life's hurts and scars
  • Place your story in context with God's greater story

Led by: Heather Learn
Wednesdays, September 13-December 13, 2017 (break for Fall Carnival on October 25)
Room 232
There is no cost for this study. Please be sure to purchase the study guide beforehand.
A nursery is provided.

Young Men's bible Study: The Holy Spirit by STanley Hauerwas and William Willimon

Do you realize what baptism really means? Through the Holy Spirit we become part of the Body of Christ! The work of the Spirit is often thought of as “inspirational,” but it’s more than a personal experience.  You’ll come to understand that the Holy Spirit is who God is and what God does as the Trinity. And you’ll learn how to prayerfully embrace this gift that created the church and become empowered to live out holy love and friendship in the world.

Led by: Nathan Love and Christopher Williams
Wednesdays, September 13-October 18, 2017
6:00-7:00 p.m.
The Schofield Library
There is no cost for this study. Please be sure to purchase the book beforehand.
A nursery is provided.

Courtney Graham Memorial women's Bible Study: Joseph, The Journey of Forgiveness

The Courtney Graham Bible Study will open with the study, Joseph, The Journey of Forgiveness by Melissa Spoelstra. This six-week study explores what God has to say to us about grace and forgiveness through Joseph's story of trial and triumph found in Genesis 37-50. As we study his dreams, his betrayers, his dysfunctional family, his struggle to forgive, and his journey toward reconciliation, we'll find truths that echo into our own personal situations as well as practical help for answering common questions.

Leaders: Beth Ann Owen or Ginny Hill
Every Monday, September 11, 2017-May 14, 2018
9:15 - 11:00 a.m.
Christian Family Conference Room #173

There is no cost for this study. You do not need to register to attend.

Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University is a financial system based on the Bible and an excellent resource for families to help encourage open discussion between spouses and those that may be sharing financial responsibilities for family members. 

Central is offering members that pre-register their kits at half price ($45.00). Each “family unit” will need one kit. You must be registered to attend. Class size is limited.

Led by: Doug Poston
Wednesdays, September 13-November 15, 2017
6:15-7:45 p.m.
Room 172
Cost: $45 per family kit
A nursery is provided.

Wednesday night bible study: prayers from the bible by art justice

There are over 200 prayers in the Old Testament and almost 50 in the New Testament.  Martin Luther wrote that a good prayer life began by study of scripture and the prayers contained therein.  This five week study will look at prayers contained in the Old and New Testaments, with particular emphasis on the prayers of Jesus and in the Psalms.  No previous Bible study is necessary.  Bring your study Bible and a desire to grow your prayer life.

Led by: Art Justice
Wednesdays, September 13-October 11, 2017
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Room 173 (will meet in Room 272 on September 13)
There is no cost for this study.
A nursery is provided.

A Disciple’s Path

When you become part of a United Methodist Church, you promise to faithfully participate with your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.  Central wants you to know how to fulfill this promise well. 

Life in Christ is an exciting, unpredictable, on-going journey. It’s a journey that is taken alongside others on the path of faith. Some of those are more seasoned travelers; others are just getting started. All are journeying with you as members of the family of God. Central is a collection of some of those family members; the United Methodist Church is a larger collection of the Christian family. A Disciple’s Path is a short study to help us on our journey of faith and to grow our Christian friendships. We’ll have a week dedicated to each of the following: The United Methodist Church, prayer and scripture meditation, worship and small group community, financial generosity, spiritual gifts and gifts-based service, and invitational evangelism. 

Led by: Rev. Will Malambri, Rev. J. Derrick Cattenhead,
              and Meg Jiunnies
Sundays, October 15-November 19, 2017
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Room 173
There is no cost for this study.
A nursery is provided upon request. Please contact Meg ( if you need a nursery.

advent series: making and using protestant prayer beads

As we prepare to move into the Advent Season, Ginny Hill will offer a series on Making and Using Protestant Prayer Beads. We will focus on organizing prayers and setting aside time to listen to God as we draw closer to God. Ginny will share sample prayers and a history of prayer beads, as well as guide participants as they make their own Protestant Prayer Beads.

Led by: Ginny Hill
Sundays, November 5-19, 2017
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Room 164/165
Cost: $5; all materials provided
Please contact Meg ( if you need a nursery.