Joining a small group is a great way to make connections with other people at Roberts Park who share your interests and concerns. Whether organized as an ongoing group that meets regularly for a particular purpose or a limited-time educational seminar or study, all groups warmly welcome new attendees. Small group meetings may occur on weekdays, evenings and weekends depending on the scheduling preferences of those who attend.
Opportunities to grow spiritually through group study of the Bible are offered on an occasional basis. Classes generally focus on a theme or area of the Bible and may range from six weeks to nine months in duration. Each class is unique, and recent classes have included discipleship and the Gospel of Mark. Watch for announcements of upcoming classes.
All women of Roberts Park are invited to participate in Gray Fellowship, a group that was formed more than fifty years ago within the Methodist Women’s Society of Christian Service (WSCS). Pauline Gray, a dedicated Christian woman in the Roberts Park WSCS, sponsored the original group, which came to be named for her.
Gray Fellowship meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 12 p.m.. The group first attends the Twenty Minutes for God service and then gathers for lunch and a business meeting.
Gray Fellowship members are very active in the life of the church and sign a pledge card each year to support their many and varied service projects. In addition to sharing their time and talents in areas that include maintaining the ribbon markers in the church hymnals and refreshing candles for the Christmas Eve services each year, the group contributes to the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund and to other groups engaged in missions.
In recent years, Gray Fellowship has contributed money or needed items to Wheeler Mission, Fletcher Place Community Center, the United Methodist Children’s Home in Lebanon and Gleaners Food Bank, among others.
Hook & Needle Club
Join us on the first and third Thursdays of each month for fun and fellowship as we knit and crochet hats and other items as service projects to meet various community needs. Experienced or beginning knitters and crocheters are invited. The group meets in Fellowship Hall from 1–3:30 p.m. Working at home is also an option, and project patterns can be supplied upon request through the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hook & Needle supports mission projects that include World Vision Knit for Kids program, Roberts Park fundraising events and local needs. In 2016, for example, Hook & Needle created and donated fifty pairs of slippers for residents of the Lucille Raines Residence.
The Roberts Park Book Club is a group of book lovers from the congregation and community that gathers once a month to share insights about popular literature. Recent selections have included: Benediction by Kent Haruf, and The True Story of Hansel and Gretel – A Tale of War and Survival by Louise Murphy. The conversations are always lively and enjoyable.
The book club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the parlor adjoining Fellowship Hall. Join in the discussions on a regular or occasional basis.
Readings Selections for May 2018 – May 2019
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 A Gathering in Hope: A Novel by Philip Gulley
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Manhattan Beach, by Jennifer Egan
Tuesday, July 10, 2018 I Shall Not Hate, By Abuelaish, Izzeldin
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 The Stars are Fire, By Anita Shreve
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Killers of the Flower Moon, By David Grann
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, by Jennifer Ryan
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Have a Little Faith, by Mitch Albom
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 My Family and Other Animals (The Corfu Trilogy), by Gerald Durrell
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Shining City, by Tom Rosenthal
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 The Shell Collector: Stories, by Anthony Doerr
For more information or to speak to leaders of any of these groups, please make contact through the church office at email@example.com