Adult Education

Becoming A Beloved Community church members are invited to participate in Becoming A Beloved Community, a number of activities sponsored by the Adult Education Work Area.

  1. On Saturday, January 18 we will watch a movie together. Join us at 5:30 p.m. in the Gym to get started.
    • Adults will see the movie The Hate You Give in the gym. There will be an optional dinner.
    • Children will watch The Color of Friendship (an old-school Disney film) in the Theater (Room 217) and eat a pizza dinner. Childcare for younger children will be provided upon request.
  2. On Sunday, January 19, we'll be joined by Michael Childress, the NAACP President for DuPage County, who will speak at noon in the gym. Lunch will be available before this if you preorder. Childcare will be provided upon request.

Sign-up by January 15 for the meal with the movie, Sunday lunch, and/or daycare in the parlor before and after worship services this week and next Sunday, January 12. More details will be available shortly.

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 5:30pm

Discipleship Bible Study

Join us for learning and spiritual growth as we enter this Advent season.

What does it mean to be a disciple? How are people of faith called to live out their beliefs beyond Sunday morning worship? Join us for a four-week Bible study on Discipleship in the Gospel of Luke. Leading this Bible study is part of Pastor Anna's ordination process and she'd be grateful for your participation!

The series will be held on Mondays through December 16 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 218.

Room 218
Monday, December 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Wednesday Morning Women's Bible Study

Please join our Wednesday Morning Women's Bible Study as we meet each Wednesday at 9:15 a.m. We are currently meeting online using Zoom. Our link is: 

The group meets at 9:15 a.m. every Wednesday online and is facilitated by Pastor Anna, Maggie Roth, and Leah Ostwald. Can't make it every week? Drop-ins are welcome. All women are encouraged to attend this dynamic group. Nothing required… just show up and have an open heart. Questions? email

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 9:15am

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Join us for this daily time together to hear some prayerful thoughts and ideas. You will find us live on This is a great time to think about scripture and faith, and explore how God is present in our daily lives. Our pastors take turns being online at this time. 

Whether you come every night or every once in a while, there is space for you! All are welcome.


Monday, April 20, 2020 - 8:00pm

Confirmation 2.0: Methodist History 101

Have you ever wondered how the United Methodist Church began? Did you know that even though our church has existed for almost 200 years, our denomination has only existed for 51 years? Find out on Saturday, September 7 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Room 213 to learn more about the history of the United Methodist Church!

This is the first of a series of monthly classes that teach some basics about Methodist history, polity, and theology. Pastor Anna will cover a different topic each month from United Methodist history to the sacraments to our theology of grace. Whether you come for one class or all, there is space for you! All are welcome.

Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:00am

Special Movie Event

The Adult Education Work Area invites you to a viewing and discussion of The Hate U Give, a 2018 film based on the novel of the same name by Angie Thomas. This is the book that was featured in our All Church Read this past spring. 

The Hate U Give is about a teen who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a trigger-happy cop and then must decide whether to testify or not. 

Discussion will be led by film expert and church member, Sue Thornquist. The movie will be show in the home theater of Don and Caryl Safford. Sign up soon by phone, email, or in person in the church office, seating is limited. 

Safford Home
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 7:30pm

All Church Read Begins April 28

The Hate U GiveJoin the All Church Read Discussion of the book, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for those who are ages 14 and up.  Descriptions of the book are located here and here.

A copy of the book may be pre-ordered for $12 at the Adult Education table in the Parlor on Sundays or by calling the church office. Please pay when you register so that we know how many books to order.

Our book discussions will begin April 28 and continue through May 20. Discussions will be held on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. in Room 218 and on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor. Two dates and times will be held each week to allow for as many people as possible to participate. Come to one or the other during the week; the material will be the same at each time.

Next Steps. . . UMC and Me Class

Our pastoral team will be leading classes for the next five  weeks (March 11 - April 8) to explore our future as a congregation and as a congregation within the United Methodist Church. Join us as we recap what happened at General Conference, potential options for the future, and how we move forward on a global, national, and community-wide level.

All are welcome to attend. Join us for one week or all beginning on Monday, March 11 in Room 213.

Room 213
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

A Way Forward for UMC Study

This February, United Methodists from all over the world will gather in St. Louis, MO to vote on a structure and plan for the UMC moving forward in regards to the inclusion of the LGBTQ community. Want to learn more about what this means?

Pastor Anna will lead a four-week study beginning January 27 covering the UMC history of legislation and attitudes towards the LGBT community; the plans that will be presented at General Conference; and what our Book of Discipline says. Join us for one week or all four at 12:30 pm in Room 213!

Room 213
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 12:30pm

Wednesday Women's Bible Study

The Wednesday Women's Bible Study will be reading Short Stories by Jesus:  The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy Jill-Levine this winter. This is an exploration of the historical background and spiritual meaning of Jesus' parables by one of the foremost Jewish biblical scholars, who visited our church to give a series of lectures in 2009.

The group is facilitated by Pastor Anna, Maggie Roth, and Leah Ostwald. Books are available at the meeting. Can't make it every week? Drop-ins are welcome. Childcare is provided. Cost of the book is $14 and copies are available in the church office or at the Wednesday meeting.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 9:00am


Subscribe to Adult Education

Copyright © 2018 First United Methodist Church, Downers Grove. Please report any problems to