Small Group Studies for Adults

We offer a variety of small group studies throughout the year. 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 Story of the Bible” Bible Study Begins July 12th

    A new summer Bible study entitled “The Story of the Bible” will be led by Pete Fleming starting Tuesday, July 12th.  This six-week course will be offered on Tuesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in room F-147, located on the 1st floor of the Sheldon Family Life Center. The study begins July 12th and will conclude on August 16th.  Discussion will focus on the impact of the Bible on Western Civilization and in daily living.

    Participants are should bring their favorite Bible. Pete will provide written guidance for upcoming discussions prior to each class, and will introduce many books on the subject. Discussions will be augmented by video presentations from Luke Timothy Johnson, Amy-Jill Levine, and Bart Ehrman, all recognized Biblical scholars.

    Register by June 30th for this course by contacting Tracy Brinker by e-mail at, or calling 770-476-3776.

    Lunch and Learn: "The Bible and a Book" Study Begins August 7th

    The Bible and a Book, a weekly course which combines reading the book Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People with a study of 1 John, will be led by Rev. Beth Brown Shugart. The class will be offered in-person on Sunday afternoons in rooms F-147, located on the 1st floor of the Sheldon Family Life Center, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. beginning August 7th and continuing through September 11th. Bring your lunch and stay for this class after worship.


    Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People is one of the most eye-opening and most helpful books I have ever read. I am grateful to Rev. Beth Brown Shugart for introducing me to it.

    Our world is rife with questions about race, gender, and other classifications. God calls us to do our part to make our world more just and free for all of us.  I cannot think of a better response to God's call than educating ourselves with this book and joining this discussion together.

    Rev. Terry Tippens


    Please register with Tracy Brinker by e-mail at or by calling the church at 770-476-3776.  To participate you will need to purchase the book Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald.  It is highly recommended that you purchase a hard copy, rather than an e-book. Registration closes on Sunday, July 31st.

    “Happiness” Bible Study Starts on April 21st

    Happiness - how can we study that when it is often so elusive and evasive? At times, our culture has happiness for sale. If I don’t buy it, then how do I have happiness? What is the difference between joy and happiness?  Does God really have a plan for our happiness? There are lots of questions to discuss!

    Join us for a “Happiness” Bible Study on Thursday mornings, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., beginning April 21st and continuing through May 27th. The class will meet in rooms F-145/146, located on the 1st floor of the Sheldon Family Life Center.

    There is no book to purchase and study materials will be provided. About half of the material will come from an out-of-print book, Created for Happiness, published by United Methodist Women and used by permission. There will be other sources and lots of Bible passages.

    Jenny Masterson will lead the study. Please register by contacting Jenny by e-mail at or calling 678-591-0800. Come, bring your Bible and contribute your questions, thoughts and progress of life with God and happiness.

    Women’s Bible Study: “Experience God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God” Begins March 22nd

    Sisters By Grace women’s Bible study group will start a new session on March 22nd and 24th studying Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God by Henry Blackaby, Richard Blackaby, and Claude King.  This 14-week study is based on seven scriptural realities that teach us how to develop a true relationship with our Creator.

    Sister By Grace offers a flexible-schedule Bible study on Tuesday or Thursday nights each week from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday classes are in-person at Lois Young’s home and Thursday classes are on online via Zoom. The homework will be the same for each night. You decide which night fits your schedule to attend the Bible study.

    If you are interested in joining this Bible study, please contact Lois Young by e-mail at by Monday, February 28th.