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 A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles and The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. 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 June 2019 – May 2020
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 Going All the Way by Dan Wakefield
Tuesday, August 13, 2019 Becoming by Michelle Obama
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale by Lynda Rutledge
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Hadden
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 Being Mortal, Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 Toxic Charity: How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It by Robert Lupton
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 Educated by Tara Westover
Tuesday, May 12, 2020 Unlearning God: How Unbelieving Helped Me Believe by Philip Gulley
For more information or to speak to leaders of any of these groups, please make contact through the church office at email@example.com