Getting connected to God and others starts here.  

We are better together and need another to navigate life and faith.


At Faith, we have 3 types of groups:

1. Life Groups: longer-term…get tight…connect with others and God…


2. Discovery Groups: join any time…topic-oriented…open to all. 


3. Connect Groups: connect quickly over shared interests.


Check below to see a list of what’s currently going on.  Questions?  Contact Cory Blackwell at 217-359-3631 or

Life Groups

The vision of life groups is to connect with one another and with God so that we all might become transformed followers of Christ.


We do this by gathering people together in groups in order to help move them from church attendance to Christ-followers with transformed lives.  Groups meet regularly, pray together, and discuss Scripture and/or faith issues together. 


Sign up for Life Groups online or contact Pastor Cory (


New Connections

Wednesdays at 6pm

Meet at the church

If you're new to Faith of have been here but feel unconnected, this group is for you.   We love to gather, discuss, and pray.  

Randy & Sherri Bolen

Coming Together

Wednesdays at 6pm

Meet at the Blackwells'

This is another group for folks who are new/new-ish to Faith.  We gather each week to discuss faith and life.

Mieke Blackwell


Covenant Group   

Wednesday at 6:15pm

Meet at the Courtney's 

A mixed-generational group and a place to talk about life and to grow in faith.  Video and discussion-based and no homework.  Ideal for busy families.

Tod & Belinda Courtney


Thursdays at 6pm

A safe place that offers connection, hope, and the experience of Christ to LGBT members, families and friends.  Each week, we’ll have guided discussion and share life together as we seek to grow in our faith.

Affirmation Too

3rd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm

Meet at Faith

A safe place that offers connection, hope, and the experience of Christ to LGBT members, families and friends.  Each week, we’ll have guided discussion and share life together as we seek to grow in our faith.

Claire Ford & Audrey Vallance


Thursday at 7pm

Meet at the Ashbrooks'

A multi-generational group open to all.  We’ll meet weekly at our home to dive into Scripture, build relationships, and grow in Christ.

John & Jan Ashbrook


Reaching Out                                                                       

Tuesdays at 10am

Meet at the church

Once a month, we will go out into the community to serve.  Twice a month, we will meet to discuss our experiences and, with the help of some good books, talk about how best to live out our faith.

Pam Socie


Monday Night Life                                                              

Mondays at 5:30pm

Meet at the church

We are women’s group that meets weekly to talk about life and faith.  Currently, we are moving through a study on the women of the Bible. 

Patti Stolte

Grief Share

Tuesdays at 6:30pm

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. 

Fred and Nancy Arnold

Discovery Groups

Groups that meet periodically or regularly.  They often gather for a specific study, and anyone can join at any time.


Wednesday Night Bible Study

This class is led by Pastor Sheryl and rotates through short-term Bible studies—including the Advent and Lent church-wide studies.  Childcare is provided. This group often meets for dinner in the Gathering Area at 5:30PM before class.


Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM in Room 2


Pastor Sheryl Palmer, 217-359-3631 or          


Discovery Sunday School Class

This caring, sharing adult class typically involves 20–30 participants with a wide range of backgrounds and ages. Each session includes prayer concerns, devotions, and discussion-based lesson topics.  Leadership is voluntary and rotational. Study series are often Bible-based, sometimes with a modern twist. Join them for fun, fellowship, much laughter and enjoyment.


Meets on Sunday mornings at 9:00am in Room 11


You and I

The You and I class studies the Bible and has been through it several times.  There is a verse in Revelation that states you will receive many blessings from the study of God’s word, and the You and I class believes this is true. They welcome adults of all ages. 


Meets on Sunday mornings at 9:00am in Room 4


For more info, contact the church office: 217-359-3631 or


DISCIPLE Bible Study

The DISCIPLE Bible Study program is designed to develop Christian character through in-depth study of the Scripture.  Through DISCIPLE, persons are strengthened in their faith and guided into service and ministry.  Classes begin around Labor Day and run through spring.


Current classes being offered are:

DISCIPLE 4 – Job, Daniel, John, and Revelation.  Meeting on Sunday evenings at 4:00pm.


For more info, contact church office, 359-3631 or


Thursday Morning Bible Study

This class rotates through short-term Bible studies, which may include the Advent and Lent church-wide studies. 


Thursdays at 9:00a in Room 1


For more info, contact church office, 359-3631 or


Wednesday Warriors

This class rotates through short-term Bible studies, including the Advent and Lent church-wide studies.   Wednesday Warriors also meets for lunch after class.


Wednesdays at 10:00a in Room 1


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.


American Sign Language Class

A cross-generational sign language class with students ages 4 through senior citizens.  New students are welcome. 


Class meets periodically on Sunday’s at 10:00am in Room 26. 


For more info, contact: Margaret Stanton, 367-5720, or Glenna Tharp, 352-2763,


Chancel Choir

The Choir provides music for the 10:30 service and on occasions at the 8:00AM and 9:00AM fusion services.  All who enjoy singing God’s praises are welcome to join!


The Chancel Choir meets at 7:00p on Wednesday evenings.


Audrey Vallance,


Faith Care Givers

Faith Care Givers are a group of people at Faith who have agreed to take on care-giving for Faith members. Care Givers visit and bring Communion to friends who are shut in and to those in nursing homes.  They also provide Grief Booklets and individual care giving to recently bereaved Faith members. Care Givers ensure that “Care Notes” are available to Faith members at the South entrance and in the Gathering Room. These notes are especially useful to parents of young children.


For more info, contact church office, 359-3631 or


Fusion Band

The fusion Band is responsible for the music at the fusion Service, 9:00 Sunday mornings.  The band primarily performs contemporary Christian music with occasional secular selections.  The members of the fusion Band come from a variety of musical backgrounds – some have professional experience while others have extensive amateur experience in choirs or other bands.  The fusion Band is always interested in talented vocalists and instrumentalists. 


Practices are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00p


For more info, contact: Doug Abbott, 359-3631 or


Growing Older and Wiser

This group of seniors meets for lunch, fellowship, and programs.


Meets the 4th Thursday of each month during the school year at various locations.


Church Office, 359-3631 or


Hand Crafters

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! 


Meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, 1-3:00 PM in room 2. 


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


Senior Fitness

This program offers stretching, chair, and hand weight exercises for senior citizens.  Students bring their own 1, 2, or 3-pound weights.  A free-will offering is taken at each class. 


Meets Monday and Wednesday mornings, 9:30—10:15AM in the South Sanctuary. 


For more info, contact the Church Office, 359-3631 or



Shawl We Pray

Faith’s prayer shawl ministry meets to knit and crochet shawls.  Upon completion of a shawl, the group blesses it with prayer. It is then given to a person as an expression of God’s inclusive and unconditional love.  Knitters and crocheters of all levels are welcome.


Meets on Tuesdays at 11:00AM 


For more info, contact the Church Office, 359-3631 or


Sports Ministries

This recreational ministry includes spring and fall softball and volleyball.


Schedule varies, but most games are on Mondays or Thursdays


For more info, contact: David Wolf 359-3631 or


United Methodist Men

Meets for a breakfast program once per month. Yearly events include a pancake breakfast and assistance with other church events. Proceeds fund youth programs.


Meets the last Saturday of the month at 8:00am


For more info, contact the Church Office 359-3631 or


United Methodist Women

Faith Church has four circles and most monthly from September-May. The UMW supports many missions in our community and worldwide through projects.


  • Friendship Circle meets the last Thursday of the month at 7PM at the church. (Child care is provided upon request).

  • Hope Circle meets on the second Tuesday at 1PM at the church.  Meetings are held April through December.

  • Kathryn Wood Circle meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 9AM at the church (Child care provided upon request).

  • Moms of Faith Circle is a group of women with young children.  The circle meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6PM and also schedules one other meeting monthly. 

For more info: contact the church office, email the UMW directly (, or click on the “United Methodist Women” tab on our website.