small groups

There's a place for everyone in Hinsdale UMC's Small Groups. New members are always welcome! 

  • 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 book discussion will be Monday, September 30. The book will be “Educated”, by Tara Westover. Tara grew up in a survivalist family in remote Idaho with little contact with the outside world. She helped her mother with her herbalist practice and worked in her father’s junkyard. She was not allowed to attend school. She eventually taught herself enough to be admitted to Brigham Young University, and later attended Harvard and Cambridge. A remarkable story of one girl’s determination to overcome extreme conditions, although she always retained feelings for her family. The book is available in hardcover, paperback, Kindle, Nook, and at many public libraries. 


    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.


    New circle members are always welcome!


    Visit United Methodist Women to learn more.

  • MEN’S GROUP LUNCH AND DISCUSSION

    The 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!

  • KNIT OR KNOT

    The 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.

  • 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.