At First Church we recognize the importance of continual, life-long exploration of our faith and life in Christ. Christ is formed in us not just personally, but corporately. The mind of Christ is to shape and direct the entire body of Christ. Here we receive our truest identity, meaning and purpose. Spiritual formation is conformation to the image of Christ by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for the sake of others. In order to seek the will of God in our lives we offer a number of groups and experiences where persons can find companions for their journey of faith.
First UMC of Pensacola offers a variety of Sunday School classes for all ages and interests. Sunday School is from 9:30 A.M. – 10:30 AM every Sunday morning in various locations all around our campus. A list of our adult Sunday School classes with descriptions can be found below.
Adult Bible Study (The Wright Place, 2nd Floor, WP205)
Bible study for adults of all ages using the Adult Bible Series published by Cokesbury. Great fun and fellowship.
Contact: Sue Nicholson and Cena Harmon, Attendance: 18-25
Bonding with the Bible (Lower Sanctuary, Joe Harrell Library)
Bill Bond leads Bible study of various books of the Bible.
Contact: Tim Jackson, Attendance: 10-12
Christian Families (Lower Sanctuary, S117)
Multi-age group of couples and singles whose classes include Bible study, guest speakers from First Church and the community as well as member-led discussions. Many members participate in local outreach ministries through First Church.
Contact: Shelia Butler and Cindy Smith, Attendance: 15-35
Duell (Lower Sanctuary, S106)
Proactive class for adults 50 and over using Bible based literature to study social concerns. Contact: Ruth Ann Replogle and Susan Davies, Attendance: 20-30
Home Improvement (Lower Sanctuary, S120)
A thriving group of young parents who meet to study the Bible and put what they learn into action.
Contact: John and Bonnie Whitlock, Attendance: 20-30
New Life (Wright Place, 2nd Floor, WP233)
A vibrant group of adults 50 and over who study a variety of topics with great leaders and much discussion. Visitors and new members are welcome on Sunday mornings and to their monthly socials.
Contact: Tom and Betty Baker, Mary Stanley, Attendance: 30-40
Olive Branch (Perry Home, 2nd Floor, PH201)
A proactive class for everyone: single or married; with or without children; every age – 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s; who want to practice their Christian faith.
Contact: Will Dunaway, Attendance: 20-30
Open Minds, Open Hearts (Wright Place, 2nd Floor, WP206)
Rich Bible-based sessions plus Christian fellowship outside of class.
Contact: Marcia Enquist and Robert Mills, Attendance: 25-35
Side by Side (Wright Place, 2nd Floor, WP202)
Parents of children in Sunday School who learn their children’s “next week” lesson in order to have significant conversations after their child’s experience of lesson.
Contact: Lisa Bond, Attendance: 15-20
Soul Feast (Wright Place, 2nd Floor, WP204)
Interactive, Bible based covenant group facilitated by class members. Open discussion using a variety of materials.
Contact: Linda Sherlock, Attendance: 20-30
Spiritual Discoveries (Lower Sanctuary, S118)
Bible study for adults of all ages.
Contact: Geri Cripe and Elaine Groves, Attendance: 10-20
The Way (Perry Home, 1st Floor, PH102)
Uses personal creativity in studying the Bible and invites all ages and stages to participate.
Contact: Henry Neufeld, Attendance: 8-12
WOW! (Perry Home, 2nd Floor, PH210)
Women in the Word! Exciting new class for women seeking spiritual growth through study and discussion.
Contact: Drexel Gilbert, Attendance: 20-30
*Classes and locations subject to change. Please check the front office for the most up-to-date information.