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Getting connected to God and others starts here.  

We are better together.

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. 


Young Adults

Sundays @ 11:30am

In person at the church

This group​ is led by Pastor Sheryl and creates a place for folks who are post-high school, college-aged.  They meet to support one another and grow together.  Currently, the group is using movie clips to talk about life issues and how our faith can help us navigate the everyday world. 

Pastor Sheryl


Disciple Bible Study

Sundays @ 4pm

In person at the church

A Bible study group that is currently digging into C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity.  A fun a group of theologically-diverse people engaging in respectful discussion and disagreement.

Steve Briggs

Monday Night Life

Mondays @ 5:30-6:30pm

In person

Monday Night Life women's group will meet on Mondays from 5:30-6:30, beginning January 9 through February 27.  They will do Amy Jill-Levine's study Signs and Wonders--about the miracles of Jesus.  They will not meet on Feb 13. Contact Johnette Sparks to get involved or with any questions:

Johnette Sparks

Covenant Group   

Tuesdays @ 7pm

In person at the church

A mixed-generational group and a place to talk about life and to grow in faith.  Currently, they are moving through a Max Lucado study in order to talk about how we might follow God faithfully.  Tod & Belinda Courtney

Reaching Out

1st, 3rd, & 4th Tuesdays @ 9am

In-person at the church

This group is dedicated to service within the church and the community.  Even in this time of COVID, we are looking for ways to be of service.  This winter, they'll be using the book "The First Christmas" by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg in order top help us live out our faith and respond to the needs around us.

Pam Socie

Bibles and Beers

Twice a month on Wed evenings

In person downtown Champaign

The Disciple Bible Study group from Sundays also gets together twice a month--on Wednesday evenings--to have more informal discussion.  They gather outdoors at a downtown bar for broad theological discussion.  There's no agenda, topics vary, and it's always lively and from a Christian perspective.

Steve Briggs

Affirming Friends of Faith

The people in this group share a vision of Faith UMC as a safe place that offers connection, hope, and the experience of Christ to LGBTQ+ persons, families and friends.  At this time, rather than have a structured meeting format, activities are integrated into the activities of the congregation that promote education and visibility opportunities.  If LGBTQ+ issues are important to you or someone you know, or if you are interested in participating in this mission, please reach out.  Contact persons - Barb and Howard Grueneberg (

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Discovery Groups

Discovery Groups

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


Discovery Sunday School

Sundays @ 9am

In person, Room 11 at the church

A group of older adults who come together to care and share each week.  Currently, they are be following our sermon series--digging into themes from our weekend worship in order to help us connect the stories of Scripture to our everyday lives.

Roscoe Pershing & Rotated leaders     

Lectio Divina for Beginners

Sundays @ 4pm

In person in North Sanctuary of the church

Each Sunday, Pastor Cory leads a prayer and Scripture reading group from 4-5pm.  They use a centuries-old practice called Lectio Divina that helps us think on and pray through a passage of the Bible.  Then, they'll follow with discussion and prayer.  Our hopes are that this will be part group experience and part reflective worship experience. 

Pastor Cory Blackwell, 217-359-3631 or     

Wednesday Warriors

Wednesdays @ 10am

In person at the church

Currently, the group is moving through Max Lucado's book How Happiness Happens.  This will be a 6-week study that starts January 11.  Their purpose is to be prayer warriors for each other, for their families, friends, church, and nation.  They aim to support one another through whatever life throws our way.

Ellen Mennenga,

Wednesday Night Pastors' Group

Wednesdays @ 6pm

On Zoom

This is an ongoing group that gathers each week to unpack the previous weekend's worship themes.  This winter, they will be following our sermon series and unpacking themes from our weekend worship in order to help us follow God more closely.  Come connect with our Lead Pastor, Sheryl Palmer, and discover how we can best follow Jesus together.

Pastor Sheryl Palmer, 217-359-3631 or          

Thursday Morning Bible Study

Thursdays @ 9am

In person at the church

This Advent, this Bible study will be following our sermon series--digging into the original context of the birth narratives in Matthew and Luke in order to help us connect the stories of Jesus' birth to our lives all these years later.

Russ Hannegan

Connect Groups

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

2nd & 4th Mondays, 12:30-2:30pm

In person at the 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!  Bring your own beverage, and refreshments are provided.  We practice pandemic-related precautions outlined by the CDC.

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.

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