Small Groups and Bible Studies

Our Connections Catalog is Full of Classes, Small Groups, Bible Studies and Ways to Connect with Others in Faith and Fellowship!

The Connections Catalog is filled with opportunities for you and your family to deepen your journey with Jesus.  You will find many ways to actively build connections with each other and your faith through study, outreach and fellowship. Pick up your copy at the church on Sunday, or any time 9-4 Monday thru Friday, download your digital copy here, or read on for the full listing of classes right here.

For Everyone | For Children & Families | For Youth | For Women | For Men | Mission & Volunteer Groups | Support Groups

For Everyone

New Member Class

Springboard is a course designed to serve in the following ways:

  • New member class for those exploring membership at Parker UMC
  • Introduction for those exploring the Christian faith for the first time
  • Refresher course for long-time believers who want a better understanding of the foundations of the faith and origins of the UMC

Classes are held once a quarter on Sundays following the second service.  Each class lasts 90 minutes.  A light lunch is included.

2022 FALL CLASS:  Sunday, September 25 at 11:45

The sessions include lunch and introductions to our pastors, UMC & PUMC history; Wesley’s understanding of God’s grace & the means of grace; discipleship; prayers, presence, gifts, service & witness, and an introduction to Worship PLUS as a way to get involved in servant ministry. Contact the church office at 303-841-3979 or email Pastor Cody for more information or to sign up for the next group.  

Leaders: Rev. Laura Rainwater; and Pastor Cody Anderson

At The Table, Join Us for a Meal and Conversation!

At The Table, we will join together to share a meal, share stories and reflections about life, to celebrate with one another, to create friendships, and to do a mission project together. Every evening is one hour, and all are invited, from the youngest to the oldest and everywhere in-between! We gather the 2nd Wednesday of each month, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. RSVP is preferred (so we know how much food to provide) by emailing Emily Shaffer. Want to learn more? Email Pastor Cody

Perspectives

Sunday mornings, 10:30 a.m. in room 144

This is a wonderful Sunday School class that allows for space to ask questions and to dig deeper into the scriptures.  There is rotating leadership in this group which offers different perspectives in teaching.  

Leaders: Susan Gustin sjgustin@comcast.net and Vicki Brase vkbrase@yahoo.com 

Open Circle

Sunday mornings, 10:30 a.m. in room 138

Open Circle is an adult Sunday School class open to all.  The class offers fellowship and education with class members who choose future study topics together.  

Leaders: Betty Olson; 720-416-7240 and Marie LaBudde; 303-748-6962, labuddemarie@yahoo.com

Foundations

Sunday mornings, 10:30 a.m. in room 137

We are using a rotational model for the class, which means you can jump in any time! If you’re looking to get connected, meet new people in the church, and want to grow in your faith, please join us! Teachers include Keith Johnson, Scott Addy, and Andrew Reynolds. Interested in more information? Email Keith Johnson at kjohnson8@bellsouth.net 

Students of the Word  

Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. online

Join our small group for various Bible studies. We meet Tuesdays from 10:00am to noon via Zoom, so you don’t even have to leave your house. We will be using books from the Interpretation Series of Bible Studies. To sign up for this class, please contact Nancy Smith. 

Leader: Nancy Smith; nancys70@comcast.net

Contemporary Christian Book Group

The Contemporary Christian Book Group meets the first Wednesday evening of the month (excluding January and July).  We read a variety of books: fiction and non-fiction, explicitly Christian and not.  You are welcome to join us, even if it’s just to take part in the discussion of one particular book that interests you!  For more information, contact Susan Gustin sjgustin@comcast.net

Leader: Susan Gustin: sjgustin@comcast.net

The Lord’s Prayer   

Wednesdays Starting October 19th from 10:30-11:30 in room 138
Most Christians know the Lord’s Prayer by heart. We pray it often, at different times and in different settings. We remember it as the prayer that Jesus taught his disciples. But do we really understand and appreciate the meaning and power of its words, what we ask of God each time we pray it? This class will discuss Rev. Adam Hamilton’s book, The Lord’s Prayer and reflect on the power of prayer in our own lives. 
Leader: Vicky Brase vkbrase@yahoo.com

Live Into Your Purpose

In this class, you will identify and understand the life you are currently following, and how, by naming the spirituality that is already inside you, you can claim and live the unique life that is patiently waiting for you to live. 

Dates and Times: Starting late September, TBA

Leader: Steve Kascht kskascht@aol.com 

Eden Gardeners

Times Vary. We meet at PUMC and other locations

Dates: Varies  |  Frequency: Varies

Eden Gardeners is a group of people who are interested in any aspect of plant care or landscaping.  Meetings usually include a class with demonstrations or slide shows, either at PUMC or other locations.  Our speakers have been encouraging, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic!   Some members volunteer to care for the church plants. Join in any time you find a subject that interests you, and enjoy the camaraderie, inspiration, and shared ideas of fellow gardeners!  Watch the weekly Midweek Message email for meeting dates, or email Diana to have your name added to the group email list. 

Contact Diana Hill: colohills@msn.com or call 303-841-4559

Stephen’s Ministry

Are you going through a tough time? Would you be open to considering a Stephen Minister to help you through this difficult time?

Stephen Ministry is a one-on-one ministry in which trained Stephen Ministers spend about an hour each week with people who are dealing with life’s challenges. Sometimes these relationships can go on for a month or two; sometimes much longer. The main role of a Stephen Minister is to listen, pray, and provide encouragement.  Stephen Ministers aren’t counselors and don’t try to “fix” things.  They help by just being present and listening.  Female Stephen Ministers are paired with women; male Stephen Ministers are paired with men. And everything that is shared with a Stephen Minister is confidential.  Nothing is shared with church staff or anyone else—not even the fact that a specific person has a Stephen Minister.

If this is something you might be willing to consider, contact the church office and someone will put you in touch with a Stephen Minister. Stephen Ministry at Parker UMC is alive and here to help!

Leader: Susan Bucher ibsusan@centurylink.net

Friends Together

First and third Fridays from 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in room 216;

“Friends Together” is a faith-based support group for persons who have a loved one with memory loss. We are open to the entire community and all are welcome, no matter where they are on their journey. We can help with resources and support.  For more information, contact Marian Gore. 

Leader: Marian Gore; gmgore@gmail.com 

We are happy to provide space for these groups to meet. 

Double W’s (Widows and Widowers Group)

This is a group for people who have lost their spouse and are looking for support and connection.  There will be a Double W’s Kickoff potluck on Sunday, September 25th at 11:45.  For more information, reach out to Ronne Handel 

Leaders: Ronne Handel shirleyeva24@gmail.com  303-690-7274

Dinner Groups

This fall, we are kicking off new Dinner Groups to be able to get connect and get to know one another. There are several options, including In-Home Dinner Groups, Restaurant Dinner Groups and Daytime Dinner Groups.  To sign up, contact the church office or email Cody@parkerumc.org

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Children and Families

We Are Happy to Offer

  • Outstanding programming for children through elementary
  • Opportunities for children and adults to grow in their faith
  • Sunday School classes that appreciate varied learning styles
  • Many ways for parents and children to get involved
  • Preteen group, helps older elementary kids grow spiritually in a fun atmosphere

Nursery and Childcare

 Recognizing the importance of high-quality care, our church offers nursery during our 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services and most church activities and Bible studies* 

3rd Grade Bibles

Every year we love to give the gift of God’s word to children. Classes are offered to help kids learn how to navigate the Bible. This year, we will be offering 3rd grade bibles on October 9th. To make sure your 3rd grader receives a bible, please email Noelle@parkerumc.org

Preteen Ministry Group 

Do you have a child or know a child in 4th or 5th grade that needs a place to have fun and connect with kids their age while learning about God’s great big love? Preteen group is back! We meet once a month at the church for an energetic and interactive lesson. We laugh, play and sometimes get messy. We are meeting the first Sunday of the month at 3pm. 

Volunteers are needed to support this ministry. Please let Noelle know if you can have fun with this awesome group of kids for one hour a month. For more information contact Noelle, noelle@parkerumc.org

Trunk or Treat 

Come be part of this fun Halloween Event! Trunk-or-Treat brings trick-or-treating to the parking lot! You can even be part of the fun, decorate your car and pass candy out to the kids, or simply show up and have fun! This year’s date is October 23 from 2-3pm

Visit Santa! 

Come visit Santa and take a few pictures! Be sure to bring your letter to Santa, we have an official North Pole Mailbox! Santa is scheduled to come visit us on Saturday, December 17th from 2-3pm

Questions? Contact Noelle Allison, Director of Children and Families noelle@parkerumc.org

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Youth Ministries

Get Connected

To receive the Youth emails please email AnneMarie@parkerumc.org or contact the church office. You’ll hear about cool events and opportunities first!

Senior High Sunday School

Senior High Youth  (ages 9th-12th) will meet in the youth room, room 144 at 9 a.m. Sunday mornings for conversation and Bible study.  This is open to all senior high youth and will meet every Sunday.

Confirmation Classes

Confirmation classes are offered to all youth 7th grade and up who are interested in confirming their faith in the United Methodist Church. This class starts September 11 and will meet every Sunday at 9am in room 138.  To sign up, email AnneMarie@parkerumc.org

Youth Group Activities

Middle School: 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.; High School: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Our afternoon consists of a lesson where students are encouraged to grow in their relationships with Christ and also fun and games to connect with each other.

Remind 101 for Youth & Parents

Stay up to date with times and events simply by subscribing to a FREE messaging tool used by many teachers and leaders. To sign up, email AnneMarie@parkerumc.org

Mission Trips

Every summer a week-long mission trip experience is offered to our youth.  They also participate in local missions throughout the year.

Questions? Anne Marie Webb: 720-204-4424 • AnneMarie@parkerumc.org

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For Women

Open Hearts, Open Minds Women’s Bible Study

Every 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in room 138

Frequency: Weekly

Join this group of women who meet to study and discover new understandings of Christian living. Look for details about the current study in the Midweek Message or reach out for information.

Contact Diana Hill: colohills@msn.com or call 303-841-4559

Mom’s Group

Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.; childcare provided

Mom’s Group is a study for mothers of young children.  This is a welcoming group for mothers who are looking for connection, support and growing deeper in their faith. 

Leaders: Cody Anderson; cody@parkerumc.org and Noelle Allison; noelle@parkerumc.org

United Women in Faith

Typically, the team meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom

Our purpose is to know God, to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

Parker UWF typically holds four quarterly special events on Saturdays or Sundays throughout the year.   The UWF leadership team meetings are open to everyone and we’re currently inviting women to join our Team!  It is a great opportunity to share and grow your leadership skills while focusing on our vision of turning faith, hope and love into action on behalf of women, children, and youth around the world.

Contact: Marsha Weber (303) 658-0468 for more info. 

Within UWF we have several circle groups which meet monthly or weekly.  The focus of each circle is different, but each one seeks to be involved in a mission of their choosing. Every circle is open for new members.

Sarah  

Sarah meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 10:00 a.m. in PUMC. Focus is reading the books from a published list by UWF. They support La Puente and supply items for school bags. 

Contact: Dottie Rasmussen, 303-840-9430.

Telephone Calling  

Telephone Calling reaches out to older members of PUMC on a monthly basis. They share a scripture message and a listening ear. 

Contact: Cathy Higgins, 720-484-5675  

Neighbor to Neighbor

Neighbor to Neighbor meets the second Monday of every month, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Lincoln Meadows. Focus is prayer and connection with one another. Mission is Youth into the World.

Contact: Ruth Wills, 303-693-7365

Clicking Needles  

Clicking Needles meets at PUMC every week on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Focus is knitting and crocheting. Mission is making squares for the Pine Ridge Lakota Native American women to create quilts for their people.

Contact: Ruth Wills, 303-693-7365

Knit One/Pray Two: Prayer Shawl Ministry

Mondays, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Calling all knitters and crocheters! Our prayer shawl ministry will resume weekly meetings on Mondays and we would love for you to join us. Please join us for fellowship, handiwork and praying blessing on those who will receive the shawls. Want to learn how to knit or crochet? We will help you learn.

Contact Julie Kronbach, jkronbach@comcast.net

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For Men

United Methodist Men (UMM)

The men’s group here at Parker UMC meets at 8 a.m. at the church on the second Saturday of each month (when COVID allows). A small team prepares breakfast and we gather for food, fellowship, a devotion, and a little bit of business with a program of interest. This Saturday morning group is open to men of all ages. 

Leader: Dan O’Neill:  303-210-3899; Odie2450@comcast.net

Wednesday Men’s Study Group

Wednesdays at 8:30 – 9:45 am in Room 138

Dates: Ongoing  |  Frequency: Weekly

Meet with other men for breakfast, Bible study and discussion on a range of topics.  This group has rotating leadership. New members are welcome.

Leader: Ben Dieken (952) 221-8568 or email My1965dodge@gmail.com

Faith Walking: A Gathering For Men Around Their 40’s

Thursdays, 6:00 – 7:00 a.m. at Fika Coffee on Main Street

Faith Walking is an opportunity for men around 40, give or take a decade, to gather and grow their faith and love for God through fellowship, small group Bible study, fellowship activities, and service activities. The foundation of the group happens each Thursday morning where we journey together through a Bible study in association with a light breakfast and coffee. Periodically the group will also help give back by doing acts of service at the Church and in the community. Leaders : Ryan Woods; rwoods005@me.com 303-725-6766 or Kurt Pritts; kurt.pritts@gmail.com 720-544-3335

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Missions and Volunteer Groups

Parker Task Force & Food Bank

The Parker Task Force is dedicated to providing individuals and families in our community with food, limited financial assistance and other support services to help them become self-sufficient.  Donations of non-perishable food items to support the PTF food bank can be left in the collection boxes at the PTF table in the Narthex.

Contact: cody@parkerumc.org or 720-204-4426.

Caring Ministry

The members of our congregation have wide-ranging needs that can be met by the members of our congregation. This Ministry is being launched to address a number of needs. There are so many opportunities. Examples include: prayer, visitation, providing meals, sending cards, making phone calls, connecting people with support groups, and sharing resources for employment, child care, and counseling. Would you like to join this Caring Ministry and contribute your time and talents to meeting the needs of our congregation?

Contact Associate Pastor, Cody Anderson cody@parkerumc.org or call 303-841-3979.

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)

Parker MobilePack:  Dates: October 21 and 22

Feed My Starving Children MobilePackTM events allow people across the United States to pack life-giving meals. PUMC has hosted an annual MobilePack® since 2014 bringing together more than 900 volunteers to pack almost 200,000 meals at our most recent event. PUMC purchases each meal packed for 22¢ through donations.  This event welcomes broad participation from the community and provides opportunities to get involved throughout the year.

Contact Julie Kronbach:  jkronbach@comcast.net 

The Bridge Haiti  

With the political upheaval followed by a 7.2 earthquake, our ministry in Haiti is a stabilizing presence. Your gifts help sponsor The Bridge, sponsoring a women’s Bible study, for Haitians and led by Haitians and fully support a social worker working with abused and traumatized young women. If you are able to honor a daughter, mother, wife or other important woman in your life by making a donation, it will bless others in this shaken land.

Mission opportunities are advertised in the Midweek Message, the and the projectors/monitors inside and outside the sanctuary.

Sunday School Teachers Needed

Children’s Church Sunday School is looking for your help. Please check the dates this fall and consider signing up for one (or more) Sunday’s to help. God has given us a wonderful example in our children. And when we, as a Sunday School volunteer, take the time to serve kids, and share God’s love with them, the reward is incredible! Contact Noelle Allison: noelle@parkerumc.org

Coffee and Donuts Support Needed

We are needing your help to host the coffee and donut hours on Sunday mornings.  This is an easy way to give back to the church and to meet amazing people.  To volunteer to be a part of this amazing ministry once a month, please contact Diane Sheffield at lucyjean279@q.com

Memorial Service Set Up and Clean Up

When things happen in life, we need help.  It takes a village.  Our church is our village.  Would you be able to help a few times a year set up tables or put out food for our memorial services?  It takes a village, and our team needs more names on our volunteer list (men and women).  Contact Judy Stephens at stphju3@gmail.com or (303) 478-3558 

Audio and Video Technicians Volunteers Needed

If you would like to help lead worship by advancing slides for the music and scripture then we’d like to plug you in to our media booth. Please email Director of Media, Jason Anderson or contact him through the church office.

If audio is more your style, and you’d like to serve at the sound board we have a place for you as well. Please contact Director of Audio Systems, Kurt Bokenkamp kurtb@parkerumc.org.

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Community Support Groups

Al-Anon

Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. in room 124  |  Dates: Ongoing   |   Frequency: Weekly

Al-Anon’s Purpose is to help friends and families of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with the problem drinking of a relative or friend. Our focus is on ourselves, not the alcoholic. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism with a friend or relative. 

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

Womens Group Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. in room 144
Tuesdays 8:00 p.m. in room 144 
Fridays 6:00 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall  

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Mondays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays at 7:30 p.m. in room 144

Dates: Ongoing   |   Frequency: Weekly

NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using. 

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)

Thursdays  10:30 a.m.– Noon in room 144  |  Dates: Ongoing   |   Frequency: Weekly

TOPS is an international organization dedicated to sensible weight loss. Men, women and teens from our church and community are invited to join us and learn to make healthier food choices.  We give and receive lots of support as we progress toward our goals.  Visit a “free” meeting and find our costs are reasonable — national dues $49 annually.  In addition we pay $5 monthly dues to cover local chapter expenses for supplies, rewards and prizes. Come at 10:30 a.m. for weigh-in – followed by a meeting from 11:00-12:00.

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