Adult & Family Ministries

Below you’ll find a list of groups available to you through First UMC.  If you’d like more information, you may contact the church office or simply fill out the inquiry form at the bottom of this page.  Be sure to include the group name(s) in the subject line.

A.C.T. – All Community Theater
A.C.T. is a community theater program of First UMC for all adults, with or without theater experience. For more information, visit the A.C.T. Theater Page.

Cross (+) Brew
Cross (+) Brew is a gathering of 20s-30s adults of First UMC and All Saints Episcopal in Beverly Hills. We meet twice a month for spiritual growth, bible study, conversation and friendship. You are invited to come to any or all of the meetings, although they are thematic they are designed to be ‘stand alone:’ meaning you can come as you are able- we know that life can get busy. Leave your information below to be added to the Cross (+) Brew email list or visit Cross(+)Brew’s Facebook page.

Family Connection
All are welcome!  Are you single, married with kids, without kids, not that old, not that young?  Then this could be the group for you.  Join us for fun, family and adult events including summer breakfast on the beach and great Christmas events, etc.  For more information contact Nikki Edwards: or the church office by filling out the contact form below.

Lectionary Scripture Discussion
Center your mind on Sunday mornings by joining the conversation going on in the Fireside Room at 9 a.m. Begun in January 2010, this informal study of the Sunday’s lectionary bible readings has been a welcome addition at First UMC. Originally led by the pastors, these discussions are now led by dedicated lay parishioners.
A lectionary is a collection of readings or selections from the Scriptures, arranged and intended for proclamation during the worship of the people of God. The lectionary provides a guide to those who wish to read, study, and pray the Bible in tune with the church’s prayer and preaching.
Stop by the Fireside Room any time between 9 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. on Sundays. The coffee is hot and the discussion is engaging. Come and go as you need – and prepare for worship with deeper insight and understanding.

Loving God With Our Minds: A Book-of-the-Month Discussion Series 

View schedule of books here.  Check out Rev. Farris’ library here.

The “Loving God With Our Minds” Book Study and Potluck is an opportunity each month to read something chosen to challenge our thinking, deepen our faith, and draw us into conversation with one another about things that really matter. Each year’s selection of books covers theology, ethics, interfaith relations, Scripture studies, and contemporary issues seen through the eyes of faith.

Reading, studying, and continually growing in faith are all things that go to the heart of what it means to be United Methodist. John Wesley said that “Reading Christians are growing Christians. When they cease to read, they cease to grow.” The Book of Discipline goes so far as to say: “Our theological task is constructive in that every generation must appropriate creatively the wisdom of the past and seek God in their midst in order to think afresh….Our summons is to understand and receive the gospel promises in our troubled and uncertain times.”

The Book Study is just one of the ways we at First UMC are encouraged to “love God with our minds.” Our excellent Preschool has been shaping the lives of children and families since 1948. Bible Studies and other groups provide opportunities for learning and discussion. Our new Pop-Up Library became hugely popular the day it opened and is seen by our neighbors as a wonderful outreach.

Everyone is welcome. Sometimes people even read the whole book! Conversation is lively and there is no pressure to be of one mind. And somehow the potluck lunch always materializes with enough for all and more. Find the books at the Hospitality Table or the church office and jump in!

Men’s Breakfast Bible Study
Rev. Robert English leads the men’s bible study group each Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. in Fireside Room.  All men are welcome to this one-hour gathering which includes a simple breakfast, personal conversation, brief study of Bible passages and shared prayer.

The Open Table
Led by Ben and Karen Ing, this group ranges in age from 18 to 35, including college students, those already working in their careers and young families. The group meets at members’ homes each Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and discussion of current events. Open Table also plans social outings throughout the year, including seeing plays together and trips to Disneyland and the Santa Monica Pier.

Partnership with God (adults with grown children)
Meets on Sundays at 9 a.m. in Room 101 for programs, study and fellowship.  The Partnership with God Sunday School Class has been going for 50+ years! Come join in the fun. Programs are planned depending on interests of the Program Committee. Generally the committee consists of 10 to 12 persons that serve for a year. Socials are planned by the Social Committee which is also made up of class members. Socials are held about once a month. Variety is the “Spice of Life” with socials!

Sacred Yoga
Sacred Yoga meets one Saturday a month for practice, stillness and a talk.  Read more…

The Shareringers is a group of mostly retired, but active people.  We meet monthly for a Friday potluck dinner with a speaker in the Fireside Room.  We alternate religious programs with travel, book sharing, and topics-of-current programs.  Also, we have an outing each month, such as museum tours, barbecues and picnics, game nights, theatre outings, restaurant dining, and craft making.  Each year in March we gather in Palm Desert for a weekend to catch up with people who have moved away, enjoy desert hikes, golfing, shopping, and a great BBQ.  Our annual Christmas Progressive Dinner is full of good food, Christmas caroling, and warm friendship.   We are a caring, sharing group and welcome new members!
For questions or to be added to the Shareringers email list, contact the church office by filling out the contact form below.

United Methodist Women
The organized unit of United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. Members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world such has Hanhane Women’s Shelter in Mozambique. The Wednesday workparty meets weekly for fellowship, lunch, and crafting. They work year-round to prepare for their annual Christmas Boutique.