The mission of Adult Ministries is to prepare, challenge, and inspiremen and women to a life of Christian discipleship. It is our desire and mission that every adult become a full and fulfilled disciple of Jesus Christ, and that each person will have a passion for Christian service, both here and around the globe. If you have a desire to learn more, help others, and develop meaningful friendships at OUMC, teaching a class gives you the opportunity for all of that and more! Contact the church office today at 942-2825! We can help you find a Bible Study that you'd enjoy teaching and we provide you with all of the materials.
Prayer Shawl Ministry | Stephen Ministry
- 9:00am Sunday School - Classes cover the books of the Bible with discussion and prayer. Taught in the Parlor.
- 10:10am - Faith Journeys Class - Focusing on how to live our faith not just on Sundays, but to grow in our faith through outreach, discipleship, and fellowship within the church. Starting a study entitled Invitation to the Old Testament on Sunday, January 8. Taught in the Hut by Laura Melega.
- 10:10am - Young Adults Group - Includes book studies, bible studies, fellowship & discussion. Taught in the Blue Room by Shannon Jones.
- 10:10am Bethsaida Sunday School - Taught in the Bethsaida Room Downstairs by Joey Hand. They are starting a new book study in 2012
- 10:10am Cornerstone Class - International Sunday School Lesson format. Taught in the Sanctuary by Rick Strunk.
- 10:10am Susanna Wesley Class - Taught in the Parlor by Fred Brooks. They are studying radical grace.
The Marriage Course
The Marriage Course is held each Spring and includes practical talks that are informative and fun, either given live or played on DVD. Couples will have private discussion time with questions to explore that will enhance your marriage. This is a seven session course for married couples set in a fantastic atmosphere - Vimala's Curryblossom Cafe, 431 W. Franklin St, Ste 16, Chapel Hill (inside the courtyard). Each Saturday night, March 3-April 14 from 6:30pm-9:00pm. The OUMC Alpha Budget sponsors the course, which is free. There is a $245/couple fee that pays for all the restaurant meals, taxes, and gratuities - no refunds. You will be served a delicious meal, choice of hot or cold non-alcoholic beverages, and dessert. Couples sit at tables for two as part of a larger group setting. Limited seating - first come, first served. Late registrars will be placed on a waiting list for first priority on the next course and your restaurant fees returned. Preregistration and prepayment is required. Email Bill G. Page or call 969-7130 with your name, phone number, and email address to register.
The Alpha Class
A practical introduction to the basics of Christianity centered around a meal, a talk, and small group discussion. At Alpha, all questions are welcomed! Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:45pm-8:00pm starting in September 2012 plus a one-day Saturday retreat on in mid-October. Dinner will start at 5:45pm and costs $4.50/person. The class will start at 6:30pm and is free of charge. Email Bill G. Page or call 969-7130 with your name, phone number, and email address to register.
Current Bible Studies - Winter/Spring 2012
7:00pm - DivorceCare - A Support Group/Bible Study for people experiencing or have experienced divorce or separation. They meet in the Parlor starting Monday, Sept. 12. Contact Gary Bernier at 593-4811 for more information.
7:30pm - Monday Night Bible Study - This group is continuing to meet throughout the summer. Contact Dave Davis at 493-3786 for directions and topic for the week.
6:00pm - Faith-Filled Women- This bible study meets in Youth Suite #2 downstairs. Starts Tuesday, January 10. They will be studing the Book of James via Beth Moore's study, "Mercy Triumphs". The workbook costs $15. Contact Doris Click or 489-7244.
6:30pm - Tuesday Night Bible Study: They meet in the Parlor. Starts Tuesday, January 10. Contact Carolyn Mann at 933-5844. This small group discusses a variety of biblical topics over the year.
7:30pm- Young Adult Bible Study - Various subjects are covered pertaining to Young Adults and Christianity. Our Young Adult Group includes people ages 18-35. They meet in the Blue Room.. Contact Patrick Jones at 828-773-7868.
12:30pm - Beloved Women - Beloved Women meets in the Parlor. Starts on Wednesday, January 11. Contact Debbie Bettis at 942-6841.
5:45pm - Alpha - A practical introduction to the basics of Christianity centered around a meal, a talk, and small group discussion. At Alpha, all questions are welcomed! Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 5:45pm-8:00pm starting in September 2011 plus a one-day Saturday retreat in mid-October. Dinner will start at 5:45pm and costs $4.50/person. The class will start at 6:30pm and is free of charge. Email Bill G. Page or call 969-7130 with your name, phone number, and email address to register.
6:45pm - The Book of Mark by Dr. Mickey Efird - From January 4 through mid-May in the Hut. Contact Don Click at 489-7244.
7:00am Men's Bible Study - "The Band of Brothers" at Bob Evans on 15/501 - They continue to meet throughout the year each week. Contact Rick Strunk at 967-0505 for topic for the week.
We currently have no Bible studies on Friday.
6:00pm - Dinners for Six - Groups of six people enjoy dinner and fellowship monthly, with hosting responsibilties rotating between the group members. You'll be paired with some people you know and others you don't, so this is a great way to meet new people in the church, plus enjoy some delicious home-cooked food! Contact Beth Massie to sign-up.
Young At Heart Senior Adult Ministry
The Young At Heart group - for folks who are retired or pretty close to retirement! - invites you to join them on regular outings that are educational, cultural, and always fun. Contact Annette Hughes at 732-6015 for information on these events and with any new ideas for the Young At Heart Ministry.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
K1, P2. To an experienced knitter, the above abbreviations signify knitting directions of "knit one stitch, purl two stitches." But for those at Orange Church who are interested in a new ministry being formed to provide encouragement, care, and prayer support for people who are ill or in a time of crisis, those abbreviations will now mean "Knit One, and Pray Too."
We are being introduced to a program called Shawl Ministry which was conceived by two ministers in Connecticut. Caring people meet together to knit or crochet a shawl for a person in need. As they knit this shawl, they pray for the person who will be the recipient of the gift. When the shawl is given, it is a tangible reminder of the prayers which have been offered up in intercession for the recipient.
If you are interested in being a part of K1, P2 contact prayershawls. We want to “inventory” who is able to knit or crochet independently and who is interested in learning these skills. Perhaps you know of someone who would be interested in knitting or crocheting even though they might not be able to attend the group meetings. You are also encouraged to join the group as a prayer supporter even if you do not choose to make the shawls. Please contact us if you have someone you believe would be blessed by receiving one of the completed shawls and please be in prayer for the ministry.
Steven Ministry is a one-to-one ministry by trained, caring lay ministers. Through one-to-one caring and confidential relationships, those who are hurting receive the love and care they need to support them through particularly challenging times.
- A Stephen Minister serves those who are:
- - Facing hospitalization, disability or the unknown
- - Bereaved, lonely or depressed
- - Experiencing a personal, family or job crisis
- - Terminally ill
- - In need of a listening friend
- A Stephen Minister is not:
- - A counselor or a therapist
- - A problem-solver
- - A casual visitor
People are Renewed Spiritually
The Stephen Ministry invites change in human hearts. This ministry is a demonstration of how God comes to us through other people, and how God comes to other people through us
How do I request a Stephen Minister ?
Please contact a member of the pastoral staff at 942-2825 or a Stephen Leader through the church. You may discuss with them the need for a Stephen Minister for yourself or for someone you know. A Stephen Minister will only be assigned with the permission of the person in need, and under conditions of strictest confidence.