Getting connected to God and others starts here.  

We are better together. 

We need another to navigate life and faith.

Though things look a little different this spring, we still have many different groups and classes to choose from.  Some are in-person, some are on Zoom, some are a mix of both.

Check below to see what’s currently going on. 

Questions?  Contact Cory Blackwell at 217-359-3631 or

Life Groups

Connect with one another and with God so that we all might become transformed followers of Christ.

Groups meet regularly, pray together, and discuss Scripture and/or faith issues together. 


Covenant Group   

Tuesdays @ 7pm

On Zoom

A mixed-generational group and a place to talk about life and to grow in faith.  We use a mix of videos and readings to guide our discussion.

Tod & Belinda Courtney


Thursdays at 7pm

On Zoom and with occasional in-person picnics

A multi-generational group focusing on relationships with each other and with Christ.  While using Zoom, we will not be using any study series but will still meet to build relationships and help each other follow God.

John & Jan Ashbrook

Disciple Bible Study

Sundays @ 4pm

In-person, outside under the church portico

A Bible study group that is currently starting a 6-week study on the Parables called, "Short Stories of Jesus,"  by Amy-Jill Levine.  A fun group of theologically-diverse people engaging in respectful discussion and disagreement.

Steve Briggs


1st Thursdays of the month at 6pm

On Zoom

A safe place that offers connection, hope, and the experience of Christ to LGBTQ+ persons, families and friends. Sharing life together as we seek to grow in our faith is this group's focus. We often have guided discussions or work toward the goal of making Faith Church more intentionally inclusive. If LGBTQ+ issues, are important to you or someone you know please reach out. Affirmation is a Reconciling Community in the Reconciling Ministries Network.
Claire and Gary Ford

Affirmation Action

[Currently only meeting when called into discussions with Affirmation.] 3rd Tuesdays @ 6pm
On Zoom

People with a passion for working toward the full inclusion of the LGBTQ+ community in the United Methodist Church. Our focus is on action items [like hosting outside speakers and participating in the Pride Parade,]. This group is always open to new participants [and is seeking a leader].  Affirmation Action plans to become a Reconciling Community in the Reconciling Ministries Network. For more information, contact Pastor Cory at

Reaching Out                                                                       

Two groups!  One on Tuesdays @ 9:30; one Tuesdays at 10:30

On Zoom

This group is dedicated to service within the church and the community.  Even in this time of COVID, we look for ways to be of service.  Participation in the two groups is interchangeable, and we'll also be trying some outdoor picnics this fall.

Pam Socie


Monday Night Life                                                              

Monday,  5:30-6:30pm

On Zoom

A women’s group that meets weekly to talk about life, faith, and to learn how we can grow closer to God.  All studies are biblically-based, and this fall we'll be following the sermon series on Soul Care and using that as our discussion guide.

Patti Stolte

Grief Share

Mondays at 6:30pm, March 1-May 24

For people grieving the death of a loved one.  A friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences.  For more info, on GriefShare, see  For more info on this particular group, see

Fred and Nancy Arnold

Discovery Groups

Groups that often gather for a specific study, and anyone can join at any time.


Wednesday Night Pastors' Group

Wednesdays @ 6pm

In-person at church and on Zoom

A 6-week gathering led by Pastors Sheryl and Cory that will follow the sermon series on Soul Care.  Childcare can be provided.  

Pastor Cory Blackwell, 217-359-3631 or          

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Thursdays @ 9am

In-person in the South Sanctuary at the church

This class rotates through short-term Bible studies to discuss themes that wed the Bible to current issues.

Russ Hannegan

Wednesday Warriors

Wednesdays @ 10am

On Zoom

This spring, they'll be using a study written by a member of the group (Mary Ann Schmidt) and moving through the Gospel of John.

Ellen Mennenga,


Connect Groups

These are groups that meet periodically or regularly.  Their goal is relational connection—often in the context of accomplishing a task or gathering for a specific focus.


Hand Crafters

Thursdays, 1-3pm

In-person, outside under the portico at church

Hand Crafters is a craft group for Christian Fellowship as we work on our individual projects.  If you work with fiber arts such as quilting, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, rug hooking or have some mending to do, please join us!  If you paint, sketch, draw or scrapbook, this group will give you inspiration! 

For more info, contact: Susan Ryan, 356-2535

Sports Ministries

An adult group that meets for organized sports th other churches as part of the Champaign County Church Sports League.   A great way to connect with others quickly and involves spring and fall softball and/or volleyball.

This recreational ministry includes spring and fall softball and volleyball.  Schedule varies, but most games are on Mondays or Thursdays

For more info, contact: Sue Stundahl at (217) 390-248.