Small/Seasonal Groups

Note:  You do not need to be a member of FBSUMC to benefit from or attend any of these groups.


NEW Fall Community Groups

"Parenting: 21st Century Style" 

will be led by Dr. Michelle Estes, an experienced pediatrician, and her husband, Rob Estes, who is a career educator with more than two decades of experience in serving two school systems, Knox County and Kingsport City Schools.   The class will meet on Wednesdays beginning September 7 from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. in Room 241.  The class will run for six weeks and will be held at First Broad Street UMC.  Just a few topics that will be discussed are:

  • Imperfection – Accepting That We Are Not Perfect Parents 
  • Time – A Parent’s Greatest Gift
  • Technology – Strategies for Keeping Our Children Safe and Managing Screen Time
  • Keeping God as the Focus of Our Families – How Does that Look?
  • Cultivating Gifts – Helping Our Children Recognize and Grow Their God Given Talents
  • Health – Maintaining Well Being and Perspectives about Child Development
  • Education – How Can We Best Support our Children’s Schooling?
  • Adversity – Teaching Our Children to Overcome 
  • Discipline –   Too Tough or Not Enough?
  • Legacy – What do we most want our children to learn from our example?

There is no fee to attend "Parenting:  21st Century Style."  Please call 423-224-1502 with your name and contact information to register your intent to attend.  


"Financial Peace University with Dave Ramsey" 

will be held at First Broad Street UMC beginning on August 31 with an Orientation and the series itself will begin on September 7 at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday nights in the church's theater.  Dave Ramsey is America's "trusted voice on money."  In this nine week class, you will learn Ramsey's seven easy-t0-follow steps to create a budget, get out of debt, and make a plan for your money.   Learn important basics of a healthy financial life through engaging videos and meaningful homework assignments.  This class will be facilitated by Les Heaton and J.D. Poe, both of whom are experienced Financial Peace Advisors.  The materials for this class cost $95.  Limited partial scholarships are available.  Please call 423-224-1502 with your name and contact information to register your intent to attend.  


"A Study on the Book of Romans"

Martin Luther said that the book of Romans should be consumed like the "daily bread of the soul."  It is an incredible introduction to many of our most basic Christian doctrines, as well as a practical guide on how to engage people that not only don’t know Jesus, but have a very different value system. You are invited to participate in a round table journey through the book of Romans that offers an opportunity to discover and discuss some of the most contentious issues facing us today. Bring your Bible and a willingness to enter a place of earnest and respectful exploration on subjects ranging from homosexuality to hospitality in the context of our call to love God, love one another, and make disciples.  Leader:  Rev. Misti McCreary   Wednesdays from 6:15 - 7:30 p.m., beginning September 14.  Location:  Rm L44


EXISTING Small Groups

Monday Morning Bible Study with Josie Reid.

This group meets beginning September 12 at 9:45 a.m. in Room 141 on Monday mornings and will be using the book by Oswald Chambers titled If You Will Ask:  Reflections on the Power of Prayer.

Women's Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at 1501 Dobyns Drive, this class will begin on September 6 and will conclude November 15.  We will be studying "Lord, Change My Attitude" by James MacDonald.  The class will be led by Joy Eastridge.  To attend, call the reservation line at 423-224-1502 with your name and contact information to register your intent to attend.  Cost of book:  $20.

“Breaking Bread” Tuesday Evening Bible Study

This class meets on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. at 1209 Sussex Dr.  The group is currently finishing up a series on prayer using “Work of the People”videos.  Gail Dyson usually shares a recipe and we enjoy fellowship, prayer, and discussion.  There is a babysitter available and the class ends around 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Women's Wednesday Morning Bible Study

Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 1309 White Street, this class will begin on September 7 and will conclude November 16.  We will be studying "Lord, Change My Attitude" by James MacDonald.  The class will be led by Gigi Boggan.  To attend, call the reservation line at 423-224-1502 with your name and contact information to register your intent to attend.

Men’s Wednesday Evening Bible Study

After a summer break, the Men’s Bible Study Group, “Men of the Bible,” continue their weekly scripture.The sessions are held from 7:15 to 8:15 on Wednesday evenings in Room L06.  Led by Dr. Bob Taylor, this discussion group explores the Holy Scriptures in their original context as well as their application to us today.   The sessions are open to men of any age.  The fall studies will pick up in the Gospel of Luke and will be followed by The Acts of the Apostles. All men are welcome to join in on any Wednesday – just bring your Bible.

Men's Thursday Morning Bible Study

Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., this class will be held at 1309 White Street, and is an ongoing class led by Mike Boggan.  You will experience stimulating, deep conversations and study about living a Godly life as a man in the real world.  To attend, call the reservation line at 423-224-1502 with your name and contact information to register your intent to attend.

Thursday Morning Beth Moore Bible Study

“Here and Now, There and Then” is a Beth Moore study.  Cost for book:  $9.  The group meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room L44.  Call Terry at 423-230-0441.

Sunday Afternoon Bible Study Begins September 11

Using Adam Hamilton's book, "The Way," we will trace the journeys of Jesus from His baptism and temptation through His ministry and final week in Jerusalem.  Through individual preparation and scripture readings, group discussion, and video clips of Holy Land sites, we will be challenged to walk in Jesus' footsteps today.  Meets Sunday, Sept. 11 - November 20 from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. in Room L06.  To register or request child care, call Gay Aycock (378-3312) by Aug. 31.  Cost of book: $10.00 (available at first session).


More information about small groups will be provided as they are added to our calendar.  Please check back for updates or contact Rev. Misti McCreary at or 423-224-1517.


NEW In-Home Small Groups

Where two or three are gathered……..

The primary purpose of small groups is faith formation and making disciples of Jesus Christ.   In long term small groups, members meet regularly for study, prayer, fellowship and food.  

What takes place in small groups that promotes spiritual growth?  Members engage in…….

  • Study and discussion

  • Sharing and prayer

  • Support and accountability

  • And fun, fellowship…and food

And what happens to the members of the group?  They develop…

  • A sense of meaning and belonging

  • A feeling of trust and intimacy

  • A spirit of community to each other

  • And a deepening of their faith

Three new small groups will be launched after Labor Day.  To keep them small, group size will be limited to 12 members (plus the hosts).  People who are interested in joining one of these groups or who have questions and want more information may contact Rev. Misti McCreary at 423-224-1507.   If you are interested, please sign up soon.

Hosts                     Day & Time              Location             For Whom?                   Start date

Joy & Wes Eastridge   Mon 7-8:30 pm        1233 Radcliffe Ave.        New/newer members             9/12/16

Pat & Harry Turner      Tue  6-8 pm            3425 Parkcliff Dr.           Young Adults                        9/13/16                                                                                                                                                                                           

Gayle & Bob Bogart    Wed – 6-7:30 pm      FBSUMC Rm. L41          Intergenerational                 9/07/16