Small Groups

First Thursdays Men’s Fellowship

small groups_mens fellowship monthlyMen of the church: do you enjoy delicious food and beverages? Yes, of course you do! So why not spend some time enjoying these things with friends from church? Come join Daniel Cochran and other HUMC men on the first Thursday of every month at local restaurants from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please contact Daniel Cochran for more details at

Upcoming meetings: December 7 at Grill 89 at 800 E. Ogden Ave. in Westmont

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 at 7:30 p.m. for food, fun, and fellowship! Please contact Kristi Chadwick with questions.

Upcoming meetings: November 16 at Grill 89 at 800 E. Ogden Ave. in Westmont

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. Our next meeting will be on Monday, January 15 in the Fireside Room at 6:30 p.m. for dessert and coffee and discussion at 7:00 p.m.

Our book is “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The book won the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award. Ifemlu and Obinze fall in love in Nigeria during a time of brutal dictatorship. Ifemlu emigrates to the U.S. where she achieves great success, but must deal with racism. Obinze goes to London and then returns to Nigeria and becomes wealthy. After various successes and failures in their careers and lives, they eventually reunite in Nigeria and face difficult choices.

The book is available at many public libraries, in hardback, 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.

Please Note: Knit or Knot will not meet in December.

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, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for our next gathering. Please contact El Lober at the church office with questions.