The Value of Small Groups
Here’s the truth: God made us for relationships—with Him, and with each other. We weren’t meant to live this Christian life alone. So we are encouraging you not to settle only for coming to worship on Sunday morning. Worshiping with the larger body at Pierce Chapel is crucial, but if that’s all you do, you’re not likely to grow very much as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We all need more intimate relationships with other Christians than Sunday morning worship alone can give us.
So, we urge you to find a small group that fits you. Check out the info below. Pray for God to guide you. Contact us if you need help knowing which group might best fit your needs.Then make a decision not to stay where you are, spiritually speaking. Invest in relationships with others who also seek to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Desiring to grow with you,
“Community Groups” at Pierce Chapel have these things in common:
They meet at least twice per month.
They meet in homes.
They include sharing a meal together.
They are open to anyone (in other words, they are not just for men, or just for women, or just for couples, etc.)
Those participating in our current community groups will attest that this is one of the best opportunities they have had to form meaningful relationships with others at Pierce Chapel and to grow in their walk with the Lord. If you’re interested in joining one of these groups or simply would like more info, please contact Lynn Meadows-White at . Some groups are currently at capacity, but please let Lynn know if you have interest in joining a group. Lynn would be delighted to hear from you!
Seven community groups currently meeting:
Led by Kimberlee Arnold Brown — Tuesday nights
Led by Stephen & Heather Childers — Friday nights
Led by Bruce & Kathy Davis — Friday nights
Led by Roseanna & Kasey Harbuck — Wednesday nights
Led by Jon & Kathy Long — Friday nights
Led by Kevin & Sherry Pinet/Thom & Kelly Ward — Friday nights
Led by Jessica & David Stanley — Friday nights
Led by Randall Tew/Tom & Brenda Swilling — Sunday nights
Led by Lynn Meadows-White & Howard White — Sunday evenings
Sunday School Classes (Meet each Sunday at 9:45am)
The college class features lively conversations focusing on various Biblical and life lessons. Join the class for study time, fun games, and celebration doughnuts (2nd Sunday of each month)! Meets in Room 309.
The Breakfast Club
In the Breakfast Club, all ages are welcome and there is no homework! This class offers great discussions, great fellowship, and lots of spiritual food every Sunday. Meets in the north end of the Worship Center.
New Directions Class
This class is led by the pastor and is for young adults & couples who want to study, meet new people and live life together. No prior Bible knowledge required—we’re all learning! Meets in south end of the Worship Center.
Women 2 Women
This class is open to adult women of any age and stage and fosters meaningful relationships through Bible study, prayer for one another, and supportive fellowship. No prior Bible knowledge required, but please bring your Bible! You will find a group of friendly, welcoming women who are easy to connect with. Come be a part of our group! Meets in Room 305.
This “all ages” group seeks to know God and God’s direction for our lives through various Biblical studies. Meets in Room 216.
The Searcher Class is studying The Land Between. Author Jeff Manion uses the biblical story of the Israelite’s journey through the Sinai desert as a metaphor for being in an undesired time of transition. This study provides fresh biblical insight for people traveling through undesired and difficult transitions such as foreclosure, unemployment, uncertainty, and failure. Such times provide our greatest opportunity for spiritual growth. God desires to meet us in our chaos and emotional upheaval, and he intends for us to encounter his goodness and provision, his hope and guidance. You are invited!
Circle of Faith Class
This class of mixed ages studies the Bible, often using DVD-based curriculum, and always encouraging thoughtful discussion. No prior Bible knowledge required—just bring a Bible! Meets in the center section of the Worship Center.
This primarily senior adult class welcomes all ages and uses the New International Bible Lesson Series. Meets in Room 215.
Monthly Home Group
Once per month on Sunday evening, led by Windle & Elaine McKenzie — 8095 Turtle Creek Drive, Columbus. We meet to have dinner, study the Bible together, and enjoy each other’s fellowship. For more info, contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org 706-561-2004.
Weekly Group for Senior Adults — “Happy Achers”
This group for senior adults meets every Thursday at 11:30 am at the church for a time of food, games, and fun. Any adult (of any age!) is welcome to be a part of this group. Questions? Contact Thelma Bunch at 706-569-9377.
Men’s Fellowship Group
“If God is love, then what about all the suffering in our world?”
Many people grapple with serious concerns about faith in God. As in a court of law, they want to shout, “Objection!” They say, “If Jesus is the door to heaven, then what about the millions who have never heard of him?” Or, “If God cares for everyone, then why does he eternally torture some in hell?” In The Case for Faith, legally trained investigative reporter Lee Strobel turns his investigative skills to those objections–the eight “heart” barriers to faith.
The Case for Faith is for those who are faced with intellectual barriers standing squarely in their path to Jesus. For Christians, it will deepen their convictions and give them fresh confidence in discussing Christianity with even their most skeptical friends. Join our men’s Bible study beginning Sunday, September 17. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, 6:00-7:15 p.m. in room 215.
WOW (Women of the Word)
Join WOW for our new winter study: Priscilla Shirer’s revised and expanded edition of Discerning the Voice of God. Through 7 sessions, discover the root to clear and daily communication with God – humble obedience. Learn how surrender unlocks His many blessings intended for us, centers us in His will, and helps us discern His voice in everyday life. Sunday WOW will begin on Sunday, January 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the hospitality room and will be led by Melissa Herndon. Monday WOW will start Monday, January 22, 9:15-11:15 a.m. in the Youth Barn and will be led by Kim Stanley-Heim. For more information or to request childcare, you may contact Melissa at or 706-888-0084 or Kim at or 865-771-1169. Study guides are available for purchase at Lifeway.
Mary/Martha Women’s Group
Home. There’s nowhere quite like it. It’s a safe place, a place of belonging, the place we feel secure. The Mary/Martha Women’s Bible Study will be following up on Howard’s sermon series Coming Home by studying Jen Pollock Michel’s book Keeping Place. In this 5-part series, the author will take us on a journey through Scripture to uncover the meaning of home. Join us Mondays, beginning January 22, 7:00-8:30 p.m. as we study Keeping Place. Mary/Martha meets in the home of Barbara Rouse, 3344 Shirehill Lane. For more information, contact Barbara at 706-464-0425 or email@example.com.
United Methodist Women (UMW)
The purpose of United Methodist Women (UMW) is “to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.” This group is committed to knowing God and serving others! We have two “circles” of UMW at Pierce Chapel: The Sonshine Circle meets in a home on the second Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m. The Esther Circle meets in a home on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. For more info, contact Thelma Bunch at 706-569-9377.
Covenant Discipleship (CD)
A weekly accountability group that meets on Monday mornings (7:30-8:30 a.m.) at the church to help us be faithful in loving God and neighbor by practicing the basic spiritual disciplines. Questions? Contact Lynn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Growing in Grace Book Club
We will be reading Sara Hagerty’s book Unseen for our next book study. We will meet Monday, March 5, for a potluck supper at the home of Barbara Rouse to discuss “the gift of being hidden in a world that loves to be noticed.” Please contact Barbara for more info at or 706-464-0425.
Women’s Ministry Team!
Would you like to be a part of a team of women for women? The team is responsible for planning our annual retreat, keeping all women informed of upcoming events for women, planning events for women, and more!!! If you are interested in being a part of this new ministry team, please contact Barbara Rouse at or 706-464-0425.