Newcomer Classes/Events

Are you interested in becoming a member of HPCUMC?  We are offering a new and exciting series of classes intended to help you engage in membership and mission.  Each new member session will consist of three classes as follows:

Welcome Bunch in the Welcome Center

You are invited to be our guest at a warm and delicious brunch in the Refectory. Please join us for this informal time where you can meet some others who are newcomers to Hyde Park Community UMC and our pastors.  Our hospitality team simply wants to say, “We are glad that you are here.” (Optional event)

For those interested in becoming a member of the Church, we offer two classes to help you engage in ministry and mission.

Spiritual Gifts Class (Welcome Center)

Take a spiritual gifts evaluation and work with lay leaders Sheila Brown and Mary Wheeler to identify your spiritual strengths.  Learn where and how you can serve at HPCUMC and the greater community and best utilize your gifts.  Please complete a ‘Spiritual Gifts Questionnaire’ (copy enclosed) prior to attending your class and bring the completed questionnaire to your class.

United Methodist 101 (Welcome Center)

Pastor Cathy Johns will present a short course on the history and beliefs of the United Methodist Church and the unique vision and mission of Hyde Park Community.  You will get a chance to discuss and understand your membership vows.

Reception of New Members

We plan to hold this series again in 2020 (see enclosed ‘New Member Welcome Brunches and Classes for 2020’).  Every other new member session will offer classes on Tuesday evenings or Sunday afternoons.  New member classes do not need to be completed all at one time; for example, you could take the Spiritual Gifts class in fall, 2019 and wait until spring, 2020 to complete the United Methodist 101 class.

Please contact Dave Jennings at or 979-8192 for more information or to register. Childcare is available upon request. It is exciting to be a member of the Body of Christ.

New Member Welcome Brunches and Classes for 2020:

January 26                  Spiritual Gifts Class, Sunday, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

February 9                 United Methodist 101, Sunday, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

February 23               New Members Join @ 9:30 a.m.

April 19                     Welcome Brunch, Sunday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

May 5                          Spiritual Gifts Class, Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

May 19                        United Methodist 101, Tuesday 6:30-8:00 p.m.

June 7                         New Members Join @ 11:00 a.m.

September 13            Welcome Brunch, Sunday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

September 22            Spiritual Gifts Class, Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

October 13                 United Methodist 101, Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

October 18                 New Members Join @ 9:30 a.m.

Please contact Pastor Cathy Johns at cjohns@hpcumc.orgor 513-979-8192 to RSVP for any of these classes or events.