Our Wesleyan heritage emphasizes discipleship through small groups. Groups take many forms - Sunday school classes, book and Bible studies, golf league, crafting group - and are for all ages. In them, we celebrate joys, share sorrows, and pray for one another; we study and learn together, encourage and challenge one another. When we talk about getting involved Downtown, small groups are often mentioned first.

Sunday School

Adult Sunday School classes are staying connected. Some are meeting virtually and some in a hybrid format of in-person and virtual. Please complete this form for information on meeting times and locations.


Leader: Dulaney Wood

All of our studies are intended to help us grow in our walk with Christ. We strive to become better Christians in our life, our work, and our relationships. We usually do 6-8 week studies with no out-of-class preparation required. We look forward to seeing you!

Contemporary Issues

Leader: Ross Stinetorf

Time for fellowship and group discussions based on the Bible and current issues. We use The Wired Word and look at what is happening in the world and how to respond as Christian.

The Empty Room

Leaders: Don and Bonnie Cummings

If you are new to Christian faith, or new to First Church Downtown, or want a safe space to explore questions and doubts you may have about Christianity, or just want to grow in your faith and friendships, The Empty Room Class is for you! Come get your feet wet for six weeks during Lent starting March 6 as we study Close Encounters of the Christ Kind in the Gospel of Luke. There will always be a chair available for you!

FISH (Friends in Service to Him)

Leader: Matt Wood

FISH is made up of parents with young children (babies – elementary) who enjoy meeting together weekly and at other times throughout the year. We use The Wired Word and look at what is happening in the world and how we respond as Christians.


Leader: Keith Cooper

This class is open to all. We read and discuss books as we seek to learn more about how we fit in the narrative of God’s Story and how discipleship fits into our homes.

New Class

Leaders: Susan and Todd Nelson

A New Class this Fall: Join Todd and Susan Nelson as they lead a new discussion based Sunday school class using weekly lectionary readings.


This class focuses on Bible study, covering a book at a time and looking at historical and present-day perspectives and nuances of interpretations, led by an exceptional teacher.

Young Professionals

Leaders: Eric and Jean Ezell

We discuss topics from today’s news as well as the ministries of our church and how we can be involved. We love to spend time together and welcome you to join us!

Leader: Mike Powers, Congregational Care Pastor

Mike Powers is teaching through the book of Genesis beginning this January 9. No sign-ups required, just tune in here each week to explore the first book of the bible which contains an abundance of groundwork for our faith. The class is available on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM via FaceBook. Of course, videos will also be available at any time here.

Ongoing Grow Groups

Groups are currently meeting in-person or virtually, and welcoming new members. If you are interested in connecting with or learning more about one of these groups, let us know here.

Ann Orr Bible Study

3:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon every other Sunday. Bible study, focusing on scripture reading and discussion.

Downtown Kids

Nursery and Preschool through 5th Grade Ministry and Groups

Downtown Student Ministries

Middle School - High School Ministry and Groups

Thursday Evening Golf Fellowship

Fellowship, fun, and some golf, too.

Contact: Dulaney Wood

Journey Companions

Women’s Bible study and prayer group.
Leader: Kathie Beach

Men’s Wednesday Morning Small Group

Weekly small group for accountability and study.

Stephen Ministry

Small group equipping members to serve in ministries of healing and wholeness. Requires a training course.
Contact: Charlie Newquist

UMW Belle Bennett Circle

This circle focuses on discipleship and service, especially local missions and usually meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 10:00 AM.

YAC (Young Adult and College)

A young adult and college group that meets every Thursday, 6-8pm, for dinner and bible study. We hope you'll join us!