UA-78503712-1 Small Groups at CUMC

…an inclusive community
responding to God’s love…


Our church offers a variety of small groups for adults. Each provides an opportunity for fellowship, prayer, and spiritual growth through study or discussion. Small groups are the best way to get to know other members of the congregation, strengthening our faith community as we support and nurture each other. All are welcome!

Here is a brief description of the small groups that meet at Claremont UMC. For more information, contact the person listed for each group, Rev. Martha Morales or Paula Hui, coordinator of the Small Group Committee


Several adult groups meet on a continuing basis, weekly or monthly.

Calling ALL Parents / Caregivers / Families / Others!

Let’s gather on Sunday mornings at 10:50! All adults (those who have children and those who don't) are invited to join us on the patio (outside the Narthex) to eat, fellowship, discuss, chat, lament … COME and we will figure out together how to make our time together meaningful. Contact: Sara Swift Tharp

Growing Christians

meets for one hour on Sundays at 10:45 a.m. in Room 11. It is both a study group and community whose members support one another. Growing Christians typically selects a study theme for 4 to 8 weeks and will read and discuss based on the theme. Volunteers rotate to facilitate and lead its gatherings. The group’s learning and support of one another allows members to focus on living out Jesus' call to bring forth love of the stranger, social justice and strengthen our relationship with God. Members of Growing Christians say, “Try us out!” Contact: Alex Morales


meets at 10:45-ish on Sunday mornings in the Round Building Rec Room. For two decades Boosters have been exploring Danish and caffeine. In addition to currant [pun!] topics, discussions of timely and contemporary events regularly occur regarding family, parental support, our church, community and the world. Frequently, conversations carry us onto unchartered paths. Join us for the journey of fellowship and snacks on Sunday mornings.
Contacts: Dave & Melanie Little

The Young Adult Group

is currently seeking your feedback! We want to know what you are interested in doing and how we can best meet your needs. The Young Adults will meet soon, but meanwhile, send your suggestions to:
Greg Gorham (pnone (763) 843-0861).

The Second Sunday Film Group

meets the 2nd Sunday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in the Narthex to view the selected film, then joins Ray Bell for lively discussion. Check the Window or Sunday Worship Guide for coming attractions.
Contact: Ray Bell

The Serenity Small Group

Members of the Serenity Group find comfort in the familiar Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” If you face situations that this prayer may help, you are invited to attend. Serenity meets on Sundays, usually monthly, at the home of one of its members.
Contact: Rev. Martha Morales

The Book Group

meets on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Narthex. All are welcome. Current readings are listed on the web site and in the Window and Sunday Worship Guide. If you haven’t quite finished the book by meeting time, come anyway. The discussion of each book is enriched by everyone’s output. .
Contacts: Peggy Williams and Wilma McLeod

Men’s Enrichment Group

provides a forum for men to fellowship, share and reflect on their current day-to-day lives and participate in the group devotional study. Usually meeting twice a month on a weekday morning, along with an optional breakfast, the men are enriched by both the relationships built and faith-forming discussions and conversations. Contacts: Ron Harrington, Carl Williams


The CUMC unit of United Methodist Women has three circles that meet monthly to promote UMW’s traditional purposes through prayer, study, giving, action and service. Among other projects, UMW provides support to David and Margaret Youth and Family Services in La Verne. For more information contact Melanie Little, membership coordinator

Basic Bible,

a weekly Bible study led by Rev. Martha Morales, will start in October. Watch the Window and worship guide for details.


are groups of 7-8 people that gather once a month over a meal – a great way to meet and expand your circle of friends at CUMC. New groups will form and meet in February 2017. Watch the Window and worship guide for signups.

Seasons of the Spirit

— a Bible study led by Pastor Mark — meets on Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m. in the Narthex. This study looks at the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday, helping members to prepare for worship.
Contact: Rev. Mark Wiley

Currently on summer break!


Other small groups meet regularly for a specified period of time. Sometimes these groups focus on a church season, such as Advent or Lent, or a topic, such as prayer. Other short term groups emphasize fellowship … and the traditional Methodist potluck.

Sunday Mornings with the Pastor

meets after worship in the Sanctuary on selected dates through January 24 to discuss what it means to be a United Methodist. Other discussions center on ideas for a second worship service and repairs and upgrades to the church buildings.
Contact: Rev. Mark Wiley


Is there another group that you would like to see at CUMC? For those grieving the loss of a loved one? For those interested in a prayer quilt ministry? Or maybe a walking group at the Botanic Garden? The Adult Education Committee would be happy to explore your ideas further with you and help you get develop specifics and plans. Contact: Paula Hui

FOR MORE SPECIFIC INFORMATION contact the person listed for each group, Rev. Martha Morales, or Paula Hui, coordinator of the Adult Education Committee

LAST REVISION — 2017-01-23