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Growth groups and Study Groups are a great way to connect with other people in your church while also strengthening your relationship with Jesus Christ. These groups usually meet for 6-8 weeks in the early spring and fall.



Sundays, January 13 - April 7, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Ezekiel: The Timeless Prophet. Contact Merle Epperson at 910.326.4822, ext. 320 if interested. Teacher: Cheryl Epperson. Location: Room 25 (Library), Bldg 1.

Thursdays, January 17 - February 21, 2019, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.: A Study on Prayer based on a book titled "The Prayer Coin" by Elisa Morgan.
Prayer can be baffling. Sometimes we blurt out our needs and beg God to meet them.  Other times we genuinely try to surrender to God’s best, but wonder what that might include. Prayer can feel like a coin flip between our desires and God’s. But what if the continual back and forth actually draws us closer to God? The focus of our study will be based on Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42)  Jesus begged for relief from the trial he faced, while utterly complying with what he knew the Father’s will to be. Honesty and abandon - in the same breath.  We will use this model as we study how to pray and how prayer can bring us closer to God.
The book is available via Amazon or Discovery House for $12-15. For more info, contact Susan Finch, 864.419.7889. Teachers: Susan Finch and Angela Weaver. Location: Room 25 (Library), Bldg 1

Thursdays, January 17 - February 21, 2019: Called to Peace Making: Christ's Peace -- Our Peace
Identical sessions running from 4 - 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 - 8 p.m.
We acknowledge Jesus as the Prince of Peace, yet Church History and our experiences sometimes contradict Christ’s message about the Kingdom of God. The class will examine the ideal of peace and the reality of war from a Biblical perspective, including contributions from the Quakers and Amish. We’ll look at the unfortunate genesis and growth of antisemitism often promoted in the Church. Those in the class will be encouraged to create their own “Just Peace” theory as a means of witnessing to Christ in our often-violent world. In addition: worship in a Jewish synagogue. Leader: Jim Brewster (910.431.0382, jamesbrew@juno.com) No prior registration necessary. Location: Room 25 (Library), Bldg 1

Fridays, January 25 - March 1, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.: Winter Reading Group: "The Book of Joy" by Archbishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama.
Wondering how to find joy in such a world as ours? Nobel Peace Prize winners, Archbishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama have survived more than fifty years of exile and soul crushing violence of oppression. In 2015 Tutu traveled to India to help celebrate the Dalai Lam’s eightieth birthday. The Book of Joy is a summary of their week-long discussions on the nature of joy and an intimate glimpse into their personal lives. Hardcover book available Amazon.com $5-14. Assignment for Session One: The Nature of True Joy, text, p. 11-80. Leader: Jim Brewster (910.431.0382, jamesbrew@juno.com) Location: Room 25 (Library), Bldg 1

Sundays, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.: MOPS and MOMSnext, a group for pregnant mothers and moms of kids ages birth-kindergarten. MOMSnext is mothers of school-age kids, elementary through high school. Meetings will be every other Sunday. Childcare and children’s programs are provided. For more info & to register for group, contact: swansboromops@gmail.com Location: Fellowship Hall, Bldg 1

Wednesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.: UMM Bible Study Contacts: John Lee (jwlee@yahoo.com) and Bill Smith (bmw.wrs@ec.rr.com) Location: Bldg 1 Rm 13 (Enter from lower level)