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Short Term Bible Studies

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 Bryce Jiunnies for more information.


central women's bible study

What’s a woman to do if her life is not taking shape the way that she thought that it would? What happens when she looks at herself in the mirror, lingering just a little longer than usual and realizes that she no longer recognizes the person staring back at her? What does she do when she sees that, somehow, her life has drifted away from all her original hopes, dreams, or plans? Join us as we study "She’s Still There: Rescuing the Girl in You" by Chrystal Evans Hurst and Priscilla Shirer. There is a book and study guide that you can purchase before the class.

Women of all ages meet to study and fellowship. There is no cost for this study. A nursery is provided.

Led by: Heather Learn
Wednesdays, January 3, 2018 - March 28, 2018
6:15-7:30pm
Room 232
There is no cost for this study.
A nursery is provided.


young men's fellowship

Meet in the Schofield Library to have a time of fellowship with other young men from Central. Curriculum is available for those who would like to start at study. If you would like to lead the study, please contact Linda Segars or Rev. Meg Jiunnies.

Wednesdays, January 3, 2018 - March 28, 2018
6:15-7:30pm
Schofield Library


Courtney Graham Memorial Bible Study: Seamless

The Courtney Graham Memorial Bible study will begin Monday morning, January 8, from 9:15-11:00 am in the Christian Family Conference Room #173. The study will be Seamless, Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story by Angie Smith. This book covers the people, places and promises of the Bible, tying them together into the greater story of scripture. Participants will gain an overarching understanding of the fundamental layout and meaning of the Bible. New participants are welcome!

Led by: Ginny Hill, Beth Ann Owen
Mondays, January 8, 2018-February 26, 2018
9:15-11:00 a.m.
Room 173
There is no cost for this study.


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 interested parties can participate as they are available. No reading will be required but a resource list of materials and free phone apps will be provided. Light homework will be recommended.

Led by: Jim Canup
Wednesdays, January 10, 2018-March 28, 2018
6:00-6:45 p.m.
Faulkner Board Room #108
There is no cost for this study.
A nursery is provided.


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). You may pay online and pick up your kit from the church office before the first class or at the first class.

Led by: Doug Poston
Wednesdays, January 10, 2018-March 14, 2018
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Room 172
Cost: $45.00 (Each “family unit” will need one kit.)
A nursery is provided.

When registering for this class online: If you are attending the class alone, please choose "Single Attendee" as your registration type. If you are attending the class with family members, please choose "Single Attendee" for only one of you, then choose "Family Member" for the others. This will ensure only one family kit is purchased for the class.


The Gospel of Matthew and the Fulfillment of Prophecy

Reading through the Gospel of Matthew is very much like putting pieces of a puzzle together. Just as it is exciting to fit those pieces together to make the big picture, this book of the Bible links Old Testament scripture to Jesus, focusing on Jesus as the Messiah and the fulfillment of prophecies. We will explore the connections Matthew makes between Old Testament passages that he reads as prophecies and the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. As we work on this puzzle together, we'll also consider how these pieces relate to our lives. Study materials will be provided.

Led by: Rev. Meg Jiunnies
Wednesdays, January 17, 2018-February 7, 2018
6:15-7:30 p.m.
Room 173

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 Rev. Meg Bryce Jiunnies
Sundays, January 21, 2018 - February 25, 2018
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Room 173
There is no cost for this study.
A nursery is provided upon request. Please contact Rev. Meg Jiunnies if you need a nursery.


Lenten Series: the daniel fast

Throughout the Bible, people have used fasting as a way of growing closer to God and to be able to hear God’s voice. The Daniel Fast, based on Daniel 1 and Daniel 10, gives us 21 days of fasting using a plant-based diet to reach that goal. Ginny Hill will offer a series on the biblical act of fasting, using The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. This study is open to everyone, including teenagers.

Led by: Ginny Hill
Sundays, February 18, 2018-March 25, 2018
4:30-6:00 p.m.
Room 232
There is no cost for this study. Please purchase the book beforehand.
A nursery is provided upon request. Please contact Rev. Meg Jiunnies if you need a nursery.


SEven last words of christ

Lent is a time for us to focus on the Passion and Death of Christ as we prepare for the Resurrection. After Jesus was nailed to the cross, He spoke seven short phrases that have come to be known as “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” To find all of the seven last words of Christ, one must read all the Gospels since none of the evangelists records all 7 last words. The sayings would have been originally uttered by Jesus in the Aramaic language, but only one of the last seven words of Jesus is preserved for us in the original Aramaic, namely "Eli, Eli, lama sabacthani" or "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me," which is a direct quote of the opening verse of Psalm 22. For centuries these seven last words of Jesus have been studied and contemplated to gain deeper spiritual insight into Christ’s Passion and Death. During the Lenten season this year, Art Justice will lead a 6 week session on The Seven Last Words. Space is limited.

Led by: Art Justice
Wednesdays, February 21, 2018-March 28, 2018
6:15-7:15 p.m.
Room 173
There is no cost for this study.
A nursery is provided.


Art and the Cross

This class will be a personal and reflective journey through the major biblical events of Holy Week using the tools of classical art and meditation. Participants will be asked to participate in relating the works of art to the biblical stories, and reflect on how these events deepen their biblical understanding and faith.

Led by: Rev. Tom Pietila
Wednesdays,March 7, 2018-March 21, 2018
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Room 164/165
There is no cost for this study.
A nursery is provided.