Small Group Studies for Adults

We offer a variety of small group studies throughout the year, including Disciple Bible Study, a 30-34 week study to “equip the saints.” Study groups for women meet on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings. There are groups on Wednesday evenings (seasonal; April - August) with a variety of topics. For additional information, please contact Rev. Beth Brown Shugart, Associate Pastor, by e-mail at

    “The Sesquicentennial History of Duluth First United Methodist Church” Book Study Begins September 22nd

    The Sesquicentennial History of Duluth First United Methodist Church is a new book written by our church historian, Pete Fleming. Beginning Wednesday, September 22nd, Pete is offering an 11-week class that will discuss a different chapter of the book each week. The class will meet from 6 to 7 p.m. in rooms F-145/146, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. Be sure to order your copy of the book and join us for this insightful look into our history.

    New Online Adult Sunday School Class Starting on October 3rd!

    Everyone knows that “the small group experience” is a rewarding and vital component of our individual faith journey and spiritual growth. Duluth First United Methodist Church wants to provide as many options as possible for you to achieve that benefit, regardless of your current circumstances or ability to attend in person. 

    A new, online-only adult Sunday School class is forming now, with the first meeting scheduled for Sunday October 3rd, and you are invited! 

    The Abundant Life class will meet via Zoom during the normal Sunday School hour. Using “tried and true” study materials and discussion formats long pioneered in the SOS Class, the group will focus on the three pillars of Prayer, Bible Study, and Christian Fellowship.

    If you are interested in “getting in on the ground floor”, please contact Beth Shugart by e-mail at or Jim Woods by e-mail at for more information.

    United Methodist Women's Book Club Selections for September

    The United Methodist Women’s Book Club continues in September with a focus on Spiritual Growth. You may pick up a book in the dresser located outside of Rev. Beth Brown Shugart’s office located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center.  Please do not forget to sign the check-out sheet. An online Zoom meeting will be held at the end of September to discuss the books.

    Book titles for September are:

    • Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After War by Rita NaKashima Brock;
    • Extraordinary Grace by Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry;
    • Adventure of Assent by Luci Shaw;
    • Praying in Color by Sybil MacBeth;
    • The Journey Between Us: My Faith Walk Overcoming Grief to Finding Joy in the Journey by Lisa McGrath;
    • Raising World Changers in a Changing World by Kristen Welch;
    • We Pray With her: Encouragement for All Women Who Lead by Emily Peck-McClain, Danyelle Trexler, Jen Tyley, J. Paige Boyer, and Shannon Sullivan.

    Response magazines do not have to be checked out, but please keep them no longer than one week so that others can read them.

    The Gathering:  A New Small Group Opportunity for Anyone and Everyone on Sunday Mornings

    The Gathering, a new small group opportunity open to anyone and everyone, meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m in rooms F-206-207, located on the 2nd floor of the Family Life Center. Join us as we build community and discipleship through study, discussion, fellowship, and prayer.

    Rev. David Burchett and Min Lee will be leading The Gathering on this journey of growing together and fostering Biblical community together.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Rev. David Burchett by e-mail at for more information.