Sunshine Hour

The Sunshine Hour is for mentally, physically, or visually challenged adults, or anyone who wants to spread sunshine. This class enjoys helping people and shows concern for their family, friends, and anyone facing issues.

Led by: Barbara Deas
Each Wednesday
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Room #164/165
No cost for this class

Disciple Studies

The courses in the Disciple programs are designed to build relationships in a small group setting as each person explores the Bible through discussion, reading and sharing. Disciple is for everyone, and while it is a commitment of time, there is nothing you will do in the next year that will help you to fully understand God’s expectations and wishes for you than to spend time in study and fellowship.


Disciple III
Led by: Tucker Mitchell
Starting Wednesday, September 11
6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Room 273
Cost: $45 per person
Childcare Available


Disciple I: Fast Track
Led by: Rev. Thomas W. Smith
Starting Wednesday, September 18
6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Room 276
Cost: $45 per person
Childcare Available

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. No required reading. A resource list of materials and free phone apps will be provided. Light homework will be recommended.

Led by: Jim Canup
Starting Wednesday, September 18
6:15 p.m - 7:30 p.m.
Faulkner Board Room
No cost for this class

The Our Father: Explore Anew the Danger and Beauty of The Lord’s Prayer

The spiritual life can feel lonely. Our doubts, anxieties, dreams and wounds can feel isolated, even misunderstood by others. But at least once a week, we pray together, out loud: “Our Father…” It’s not the only way to pray, but it is huge. If you have stopped paying attention to this prayer and , perhaps, to the one who gave it to us, join us.

Led by: Rev. Tom Pietila
Starting Wednesday, September 18 - October 9
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Room #164/165
No cost for this class

The Moms’ Bible Study

On Wednesdays, this small group of mothers will be meeting after the church dinner for fellowship and casual Bible study. Our book this fall is ‘Women of the Word’ by Jen Wilken. Please join in and bring a friend!

Led by: Allana Hilley
Starting Wednesday, September 18
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Room #232
No cost for this class

Courtney Graham Memorial Bible Study

Beth Moore’s The Patriarchs - In this study of Genesis, we will discover God’s pursuit of a relationship with man and marvel as His plan to bless all people unfolds. Women of all ages and stages of life are invited to join in this study! There is no cost for this study. Please be sure to purchase the book beforehand.

Leaders: Beth Ann Owen or Ginny Hill Starting Monday, September 23 9:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Room #173 No cost for this class

27:17 Men's Bible Study

Men of Central, please join us on Tuesday mornings for Bible study. We are usually together for about an hour, and it is casual- coffee is provided. This study is for men of all ages, and there is lively discussion. We’ll begin this fall by studying the Gospel of Matthew. Our goal is to become men who can make a difference for Jesus in our world. There is no cost for this study, just bring your Bible!

Leaders: Johnny Crouch, Art Justice, and Hank Leeke
Every Tuesday at 6:30 a.m. starting Tuesday, September 10
Room #173
No cost for this study

Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University is a financial system based on the Bible and an excellent resource both for individuals and for families to help encourage open discussion between spouses and those that may be sharing financial responsibilities for family members. Central UMC is offering Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University kits at half price ($45.00). Each “family unit” will need one kit.

Led by: Doug Poston
Starting Wednesday, September 25
6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
Room #172
Cost: $45 (family units need to pay only once for one kit they will share)
Nursery provided.

Paradoxology: Why Christianity Was Never Meant to Be Simple by Krish Kandiah

Many of us have big questions about God that Christianity seems to leave unanswered, so we push them aside for fear of destabilizing our faith. But what if the tension between apparently opposing doctrines is exactly where faith comes alive? What if it is in the difficult parts of the bible that God is most clearly revealed? Paradoxology claims that the paradoxes that seem to undermine belief are actually the heart of a vibrant faith. 

Led by: Renae Chadwick 6:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Starting Wednesday, October 2 - November 20
Room #173
No cost for this study

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. Thomas W. Smith, Rev. J. Derrick Cattenhead, and Rev. Meg Bryce Jiunnies
Starting Sunday, October 13n - November 17
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Room 173
No cost for this study. Childcare is available upon request.

Questions about studies or registration?