Small Groups

Fireside Readers Book Discussion

The Fireside Readers is an informal book discussion group that welcomes all men and women who enjoy reading and stimulating discussion. We meet about once a month from September to May in the Fireside Room at 6:30 p.m. for dessert and coffee, and discussion at 7:00 p.m.

Our next meeting will be on Monday, January 21 in the Fireside Room at 6:30 p.m. for dessert and coffee and discussion at 7:00 p.m. Our book is “Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero”, by Cate Lineberry. This is the true story of a slave who escaped, and with the aid of a few men, captured a Confederate steamer and reached Union territory. After he achieved freedom for himself and his family, he became the first African-American captain of an Army vessel. After the war, he was a five term U.S. Congressman.

The book is available at many public libraries and Amazon. Please contact Mary Ann Darnaby if you have any questions.

View the list of previously discussed books.

View a list of book recommendations from Fireside Readers.


United Methodist Women Circles

United Methodist Women (UMW) Circle members develop close relationships with each other, praying for and nurturing each other. Circles meet the second Thursday of the month September through May. All women are encouraged to join one of our three circle groups:

Mary Circle – Named for Mary, the mother of Jesus. Meets at 9:00 a.m. at the church for light refreshments and business meeting followed by a program. Childcare is available upon request.

Priscilla Circle – Named for a missionary. Meets at 1:00 p.m. at the church for dessert and business meeting followed by a program.

Lydia Circle – Named for Lydia, a Christian business woman.  Meets at 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes for a business meeting and program followed by dessert.

UWM Circles do not hold regular meetings during the summer months but we do have a summer coffee with lots of yummy snacks. All women from the church are cordially invited to join us on Thursday, July 26 at 9:30 a.m. New circle members are always welcome!

Visit United Methodist Women to learn more.


Knit or Knot

Knit or Knot ladies at Wellness HouseThe Knit or Knot Ministry meets the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room. During a time of fellowship, shawls, pillows, sweaters and blankets are created to comfort those in need and to celebrate life’s joys. Each piece becomes an expression of love – and the loving care of God who works through the crafters. As each piece of work reaches completion, it is passed around the circle and blessed by each crafter’s hands. Pictured are members donating hand-tied pillows for use at Hinsdale’s Wellness House.


Men’s Group Lunch and Discussion

Small groups_mens groupThe Men’s Group meets in the Fireside Room the first Friday of each month at 12:00 Noon. Bring a sack lunch and join in the lively conversation and fellowship. Current events, community news, joys and concerns are discussed. New members always welcome!


Stepping Stones

The mission of Stepping Stones is to support widows and widowers in a Christian social environment. All widows and widowers are welcome. Join us on second Tuesday of each month in Fellowship Hall for our gathering. Please contact the church office with questions.