Small Groups

S’more Time Together!

adults_small groups_potluckThe Men’s and Women’s Thursday Fellowship groups will host a family potluck-style cookout on August 25 at the Prospect Park Pavilion in Clarendon Hills from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This beautiful park has a playground for the kids and a softball diamond for the teens. Marshmallow s’mores to follow dinner. Come for the fun, the food, and the fellowship…all are welcome! Please RSVP now to Daniel Cochran at to sign up!


First Thursdays Men’s Fellowship

small groups_mens fellowship monthlyThe Men’s Thursday fellowship group provides a great opportunity for men to socialize over great food and drink. We will resume our monthly meetings in September, so please stay tuned to the Sunday bulletin and weekly e-news for our next location. Please contact Daniel Cochran for more details at



Third Thursdays Women’s Fellowship

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All women of the church are invited to our Monthly Women’s Fellowship on the third Thursday of the month for food, fun, and fellowship! Check the bulletin or sign up for the weekly e-news for details about our next meeting, resuming in September. Please contact Kristi Chadwick with questions.




Commuters’ Covenant

small group_commuters covenantLong work week? Check in with the Commuters’ Covenant on your way to work for some emotional support and spiritual nourishment. Join Rev. Daniel for a brief morning prayer, Bible study, and delicious cup of coffee each Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m. at Corner Bakery in Hinsdale starting on September 20, 2017. See you there!



Fireside Readers Book Discussion

fireside readers_book_homecomingThe Fireside Readers is an informal book discussion group that welcomes all men and women who enjoy reading and stimulating discussion. Our next meeting will be on Monday, October 9 in The Fireside Room at 6:30 p.m. for dessert and coffee, and discussion at 7:00 p.m. Our book is “Homegoing”, by Yaa Gyasi.

One of the most acclaimed debut novels of 2016, this is the story of two half-sisters in 1700s Ghana who are unaware of each other and have very different fates. Effia leads a comfortable life in the household of the British governor, while Esi is kept in the household’s dungeon waiting to be shipped to the New World as a slave. The story follows generations of the sisters families up to modern day Harlem.

The book is available at many public libraries, in hardback and paperback and on Nook and Kindle. Please contact Mary Ann Darnaby if you have 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.

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 Tuesday, August 8 at 7:00 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Get ready to sing and clap, and enjoy the music of Edizon Dayou and his saxophone. Snacks and coffee will be provided. Please contact El Lober at the church office with questions.

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