Adult Ministries


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 Adult Sunday School Classes

We cannot live well without help. All of us have had friends, mentors, or guides whose influence lives on inside us. We could not go far without them, without their presence or insight or encouragement or tough word. The fellowship opportunities that we find in Adult Sunday School classes help us to see the glimmers of God’s presence that we may overlook when left to our own devices. Join us at 9:45 a.m. on Sunday mornings as we walk the road to spiritual maturity in the company of others. After all, we were made to be with others in love and in life!
For more information on Adult Sunday School classes at Grace, contact our Adult Ministry Director, Amber Forrest, at

Cokesbury Class

The Cokesbury Class is a large, growing class of active empty-nesters with a “small group” quality. We always welcome visitors and new members. Our objectives are spiritual growth, devoted friendship, and fun-filled fellowship. Teachers, on a planned rotation, lead lessons using the Adult Bible Series as the basis for excellent lecture and lively discussion. During class members offer the weekly devotion, lead the hymn sing, provide piano accompaniment, and share experiences. Active church participation includes women’s and men’s groups, committees, congregational care, lay reading, greeting, adult choirs, drama productions, offertory duty and ushering. Outreach missions are supported through service and monetary offerings for CMONA, Habitat for Humanity, Operation Christmas Child, Project Angel Tree, Epworth Children’s Home, Bolivia/Honduras mission teams, Project WARM, Devotional service and fellowship for residents at Brookdale North Augusta on the 1st, 4th, and 5th Sundays, Salkehatchie Summer Service, and special Grace UMC projects and needs, e.g., the Sanctuary Christmon tree, Curly’s Court and the pastor’s contingency fund. Class fellowship includes coffee and refreshments every Sunday morning, informal dinners and theater outings, monthly bridge gatherings, and an annual Christmas party. In times of need, we individually and collectively provide prayer, listening ears, encouraging words, a quiet presence, meals, and whatever assistance is required.

President:   Susan Jackson
Vice President: Susan Waller                                                                                                                                               
Corresponding Secretary: Ann Benton                                                                                                                                                       
Treasurer: Carolyn Dickson                                                                                                                                                                           Events Coordinator: Judy Pierce    
Teachers: Larry Hall, Susan Jackson, Susan Waller, Mary Jane Wisenbaker, Rev.’s Tommy Wilkes & Randall Haase, Jim 
                 Dickson, Wayne Kunze, Constance & Carey Miller
Location: Classroom B, Wesley Center  

Family Foundations Class

Family Foundations consist of married, single, divorced and widowed members. The age of members range from 40 to 60 year old.  We support one another and their families. We’re involved in missions such as CMONA, Bolivia,  Honduras, and more. Our lessons consist of class discussions from videos such as Max Lucado and Adam Hamilton. We have socials during the year.                                                         

President: Christi McClintock                                                                                                                                                           Vice president: Debbie Walker                                                                                                                                                        Treasurer: John Mullins                                                                                                                                                                   
Hospitality Coordinator: Susan Robbins
Social Committee: Loralee Kokovich
Teachers: Byron Neely, Rob McClintock, David Robbins, Ray Walker, David Blevins, Mike Smith, John Mullins, Jim Stafford,
                 Pam RawlinsonLocation:  The Lounge, Lower Level, Family Life Center

The Journey Class

Our group is maturing into a 30-40 something group composed of families with and without kids, but we welcome anyone in the young adult category to join us. With a focus of ‘Don’t Stop Believing’, we encourage each other through all the new adventures and phases of the journey of life we are sharing together. Members share and rotate teaching responsibilities, encourage group discussions, and have guest speakers. Members participate in mission projects and community outreach such as Salkehatchie, the F3 organization, and children’s ministry. The class is responsible for the Angel Tree project and shares responsibility for the Chrismon Tree with the Cokesbury class. We also fellowship together outside the Sunday School hour with oyster roasts, cookouts, and lake days. 

President: Abbie Ethun

Teaching Coordinator: Amber Forrest

Class Care: Sarah Deen

Missions/Outreach: Nikki Moore

Location: Journey Classroom, Asbury Building

New Life Class

The New Life Sunday School class at Grace UMC is a mission focused group of singles  and married couples ages 30 and up. Our class is actively involved in member-led, weekly bible study as well as leading our “Mission of the Month” support. We are connecting to God and each other.

Leadership & Lessons: Michele Chiswell
New Life InReach:  Michele Wilson
Connect: Kay Poss
Treasurer: Michele Chiswell
Missions: Jim Russ
Prayer Concerns: Colleen Russ

Location: Classroom A, Wesley Center

Seekers Class

Since 1977,  the Seekers class has been an integral part of the Grace Family.  Our Sunday School lessons vary from week to week and focus on discussion of how our faith, the Bible and Methodist beliefs relate to our everyday lives, and the problems and challenges of today’s world. We are relaxed and informal. Our teachers value and encourage class participation. We are singles and married couples primarily mid to late 60’s, with some younger and older, and no stringent age requirements. We consider ourselves ‘Young at heart’! We are choir members, Grace leadership committee members, mission team members, United Methodist Women and Men members, youth breakfast cooks, LifeSong and Traditional Worship attendees, Return to Bethlehem participants and more – we are fully involved in various programs at Grace. Our members find comfort in knowing we share each other’s joys and sorrows and can always depend on one another. We maintain a class fund to support special requests as well as periodically supporting Epworth Children’s Home, North Augusta’s Third Thursday, needy families, Community Ministries of North  Augusta,  the Ronald McDonald House and Return to Bethlehem. We prepare quarterly meals for Ronald McDonald House. As a class, we are seeking a greater understanding of God’s word and its daily application in our lives, a closer relationship with Christ, to show the love of Christ by supporting Grace and community mission and service programs, Christian companionship on our faith journey, and a safe place to share our joys and sorrows with others who care.

President: Bruce Wilson
Treasurer: Christy Jones
Support : Marti Flippo
Communications: Bruce & Betty Wilson
Teachers: Kathy Bradley, Carla Ellis, Lark Jones, Forrest McKie, Henry Smith, Polly Hargrove

Location: Classroom C, Wesley Center

Stillwell Class

The Stillwell Class has been in existence since 1949.  Class members have been instrumental in the development of Grace and have remained active in the discipleship, service, and missions of the church.  The class is comprised of singles and couples sixty and older; however, new members of any age are welcome.  Several organizations are supported by the class including Epworth Children’s Home, Haiti Hunger Relief  Program, Wesley Commons, and Community Ministry of North Augusta as well as other church projects and programs throughout the year. Individuals serve in various roles of the church as well as the community.  Excellent teachers rotate on a weekly basis to bring inspirational and educational lessons from the Adult Bible Series Curriculum.  The class also enjoys various social functions and Christian fellowship during the year ending with a special luncheon and program at Christmas.  Captured in part of the class prayer, “glad to do whatever we can for those who need our help ” is a significant goal of the Stillwell Class.  Members have embraced and adopted a quote by John Wesley as the Class Description:  “We are a family held together by the bonds of Christ, committed to discovering and doing God’s will.  And so may it ever be.”

President: Sandra Guest
Vice President: Karen Larson
Secretary: Nancy Lowry
Treasurer: Gary Street
Outreach: Jane Street, Carolyn Mumford
Pianist: DeeDee Carn, Barbara Seaborn
Song Leader: Lal Younginer
Teacher Coordinator: Jim Travis
Teachers: Joe Lusk, Barbara Seaborn, John Younginer
Substitute Teachers:   Laura Lusk, Larry Hall, John Newell, Jim Stafford

Location: Classroom H, Wesley Center

Wesley Class

The Wesley Sunday School Class is composed of members in their 40’s and 50’s, both married and single, with children and without children.  We are active in other areas at Grace and some of our members and spouses rotate teaching other classes.  Our lessons are taught by class volunteers and center on Bible topics and characters.  Discussion follows the lesson with an emphasis on applying the truth of Scripture in our daily lives.  We welcome visitors of all ages who are seeking to grow in their faith and enjoy a smaller setting.

Contacts: Suzanne Fowley

Location: Classroom E, Wesley Center

Women of Faith

The Women of Faith Sunday School class was established in 2015 with the desire to reach out to women of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances who feel the need and desire to study the scripture. We strive to be a sanctuary for all in attendance, a safe place to lean on others in times of need, and to learn more about God and His love through scripture.  Our mission is in step with Grace UMC To Know Christ and Make His Love Known. To that end, we begin our class at 9:45 am with fellowship, announcements, and confidential prayer concerns, followed by a brief devotional by a class member on a rotating, volunteer basis.  We strive to begin our lessons at 10:00 am in order to give our teachers adequate time to share the lesson they have prepared as well as offer discussion to follow. Our teachers are a mix of class members and guest teachers (including John Newell, Joanne Watson, Rev. Randall Haase  among others), as we all aim to learn together.  We are currently working our way through the Bible Study, “52 Women of the Bible,” enjoying a great discussion on each woman and how they relate to our lives. We welcome all visitors, regardless of gender, age, or marital status. 

Class Leader:  Irene Smith
Teacher Coordinator: Janis Collins
Social Coordinator: Carol Smith
Devotional Coordinator: Vicki Millians
Secretary/Treasurer: Jan Godwin
Location: Classroom G, Wesley Center