Adult Ministry

Adult Ministry

Whether you are new to HPCUMC or you have been hanging around waiting for an opportunity, there is a group for you.

Join a Connect Group today!

Grow, pray, serve and build relationships

Connect Groups are  people who come together to build relationships through encouragement, accountability, guidance, and prayer. Every Connect Group consists of 5 essential ingredients: fellowship, worship and prayer, study, accountability, and mission or outreach.

Groups are made up of women, men, couples, singles or mixed groups. The groups usually meet once a week or twice a month to study the scriptures, engage in Christian conversation and fellowship, pray with and for one another, and serve in ministry/mission.


Weekday Study Classes

Grow deeper in faith and community.

Groups for learning meet throughout the week. These groups combine fellowship, study, and sharing in a comfortable friendly atmosphere. For more information and classes available please contact Meredith Menius.

Adult Classes

Room 205,  11:00am

Sundays, starting Sept. 12th

Breaking the Code: Understanding the Book of Revelation by Rev. Dr. Bruce Metzger

How would you describe the Book of Revelation? Filled with great beauty and comfort? A complex puzzle to be solved? Bizarre, bewildering, or even frightening? Soul Builders Sunday Class turns to world-renowned scholar, professor, and author Bruce M. Metzger for guidance. Breaking the Code: Understanding the Book of Revelation (1993), updated with current biblical research and helpful teaching tools by New Testament scholar David A. DeSilva (2019), combines solid research with an accessible non-academic style. Placing the Book of Revelation firmly within the theological and historical context of both Old and New Testaments, the authors help us to understand the nature and power of apocalyptic literature, visionary experience, and symbolism. A six-session DVD video series supplements the book.

Leadership rotates weekly and everyone is welcome! After a get-reconnected and get-organized session on Rally Day, the study will begin on September 19. *** Books are readily available through Cokesbury, Amazon, or your favorite bookseller. Questions? Contact Ronda Deel at

Freeing Jesus by Diana Butler Bass

Date/Time: Starting Sunday, September 12 at 11:00am

Location: The Parlor/Zoom (still determining)

The New Ventures Sunday School class meets each week at 11 a.m. to discuss questions raised by a searching faith. Beginning September 12th, we will begin discussions about the book Freeing Jesus by Diana Butler Bass. It is always the desire to encourage participants to share differing views that cause us to wrestle with biblical principles, traditional church teaching and contemporary applications of dynamic Christian faith. Started by a group of “baby boomers” to address their questions of Christian faith and life in the 21st century, all are welcome to join the lively conversations that are part of each Sunday morning. Contact Joyce Bates or Michael Vilardo for information.


Women of the New Testament by Phyllis J. Le Peau

Date/Time: Sundays starting September 12 at 9:30am

Location: Room 205

Join Faith Weavers in our new study this Fall, Women of the New Testament by Phyllis J. Le Peau. We will explore the different women in the New Testament, and discuss what we can learn from their experience. As Phyllis J. Le Peau introduces twelve significant women of the New Testament, she invites you to enter into their lives and learn from them what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

You can purchase the book through Cokesbury or Amazon. Email Mike Hickerson at for more information.

Inspired by Rachel Held Evans

Date/Time: Starting Tuesday, September 14 from 10:00am-11:30am

Location: Social Hall

Our Class meets on Tuesday mornings, 10:00 – 11:30. On September 14 we will resume class with a study of Inspired by Rachel Held Evans.   The following is a summary of the book: “If the Bible isn’t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it?  What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired?  When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read.  What she discovered changed her – and it will change you. . . .  The Bible, she discovers, is not a static work but is a living, breathing, captivating, and confounding book that is able to equip us to join God’s loving and redemptive work in the world.” 

Join us on Tuesday, September 14, 10:00 – 11:30, in the Social Hall, as we deepen our walk with God through Christ.  Books can be picked up in the Church office, 9:00 – 5:00 beginning September 1 ($10.00 suggested donation).  I look forward to beginning this study with you. 

The God We Can Knowby Rob Fuquay

Date/Time: Starting Tuesday, September 7 Bi-weekly from 6:30pm-8:00pm

Location: Welcome Center

Join Pastor Cathy Johns for this seven-week, in-person study on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. beginning on September 7. This Bible study focuses on the “I am” sayings of Jesus found in the gospel of John.  With each statement Jesus uses vivid images to reveal His true identity and purpose.  A video presentation, filmed in the Judean wilderness and the heart of Jerusalem, enhances each weekly session. 

Rob Fuquay, senior pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis explores what Jesus meant when he said “I Am…..The Bread of Life, The Light of the World, The Good Shepherd, The True Vine, The Way, The Truth, and The Resurrection and the Life. 

Books are available now in the church office; a $10 donation is requested. 

Registration deadline:  September 1

Words of Life by Adam Hamilton

Date/Time: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

Location: Room 205

We invite you to join in our study Words of Life by Adam Hamilton, exploring the question, “What if the Ten Commandments were not just a set of ancient rules, but a guide to experiencing the good life today?” In this study, Hamilton “brings modern eyes to the most important set of ethics in history. He considers the commandments in their historial context, considering the meaning of each commandment in Hebrew, unpacking how Jesus reinterpreted them, and showing how every ‘thou shalt not’ was intended to point to a life-giving ‘thou shalt.’”

We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 6:30pm in room 205. For more information, please contact Mary Pearce at

Join us for a study on Lisa Sharon Harper’s The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right. We meet Sunday 9:30-10:30 am starting on September 12. The class will begin outside the church (weather permitting) and will move inside (masked and social distanced) in inclement weather. Email Amy Burgess at for more information.

Life Lessons of Psalms

Date/Time: Sunday, October 3, 2021-October 31 at 9:30am (video sent out Monday before Sunday discussion)

Location: Library

Join Rev. Dr. Pete Rudowski in a 5-week series on the Psalms. Every Monday, a video will be sent out for you to watch, and the discussion will be held on Sunday mornings. (Ex: the first video will be sent out on Monday, September 27, with the in-person discussion on the following Sunday, October 3). You are invited to join Rev. Rudowski in the Library to discuss the video, as well as share your thoughts on the specific topic for the week.

Email to receive the videos and to register for the class.

Meredith Menius

Director of Connecting &
Discipleship Ministries

If you have any questions regarding our Adult Ministry, Hospitality or are interested in a joining a connect group please contact Meredith Menius, our Director of Connecting & Discipleship Ministries.

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