Activities which help us to grow or serve also give us the opportunity to make new friends, renew old friendships, or both. Having Christian friends is so important to our spiritual growth and to our happiness.
Bible Study: We are pleased to offer several different Bible Studies.
Wednesday, September 11, we launched The Pastor's Essentials - Our Lives in the Bible-The Bible in Our Lives. This is our opportunity to be part of a pastor led Bible study, which will be pure Bible study and just Bible study. Our classes will begin with The Gospel of Mark, the shortest of the gospels, and what most scholars believe was the first one to be written. We will meet around the tables in the conference room in order for us to have space to have our Bibles open and to take notes.
The weekly assignments encourage daily time in God's Word, as we prepare for the up-coming week. The work is not scholarly, but is personal and spiritual in nature. As its title suggests, this is about how our lives and the Word of God intersect. Pastor Bob Kirby will teach this sixty to seventy-five minute class Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and again at 6:00 p.m. The morning and evening sessions will be identical. We will honor our time with each other.
On Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m., we offer a Small Group study that studies the bible in a topical way. We meet in the conference room unless it is needed for some other activity.
Most years we offer two different levels of Disciple Bible Study, starting in the fall. This is a systematic in-depth study of the scripture which also brings people very close together. Ideally, those who participate in Disciple Bible Study start out with a new class in September. The first year class offers a great overview of the bible. Subsequent classes go into greater depth with selected books of the bible.
Small Groups (Teams)
Morris Memorial has several small groups and teams which take responsibility for certain areas of the church's work and develop close relationships as they work. Among these groups are:
The Mission Team is the team that heads up and organizes the many missions that we are involved. These include Common Grounds, Neighborhood Mission Project, Union Mission, Community Development Outreach Ministries (CDOM), Heart and Hand, Angel Tree Project, Adopt-A-Family, "Undie Sunday", Habitat for Humanity, and Covenant House.
The Christian Education Team organizes and presents Sunday School classes, other alternative learning opportunities (i.e. short-term classes and directed studies), Vacation Bible School, and special seasonal studies. This team works with all aspects of the process of educating persons of every age in the Christian faith. This Christian Education team impacts all of our lives and the new persons who will be joining the Morris Family. They are elected yearly at the church's annual charge conference.
The Worship and Nurture Team organizes our Sunday services and any special services throughout the year. The team coordinates Communion Sundays and prepares the Sanctuary for each service. This team also organizes our Fellowship time each Sunday between our worship services.
The Nurture-N-Action meets weekly and is responsible for setting up visits for shut-ins and/or hospital visits. The team is broken down into two-person groups and each group is assigned certain persons to visit each week. Team members bring weekly bulletins, newsletters and other publications to their visits. Requests for visitations are on-going and can be sent to the church office. Individuals may join the Visitation Team at any time.
The United Methodist Men meets the first Thursday evening of the month at 6:00 p.m. Our purposes are Christian fellowship, spiritual growth, and service. We have a great group of men of all ages.
The Men's Prayer Group meets each Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m. in the prayer chapel. We spend about an hour sharing prayer concerns and lifting them up together in prayer. The sharing which takes place has really drawn us together. If you would like to connect with other Christian men, the prayer group may be for you.
There are numerous mission ministries that need volunteers. We work with organizations such as Union Mission, Community Development Outreach Ministries, Heart and Hand House, Covenant House, Sojourners, Manna Meals, Common Grounds, and many more. We also form one-day work teams for disaster response when needed.
Adults have the opportunity to exercise three times per week (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday) in our Family Life Center. The classes are designed to help senior adults to remain active. The program is open to all adults.
Our Children's Ministry teaches children how to love Jesus and to apply what they learn to everyday situations. We are dedicated to sharing the Good News of Jesus to children in a fun, loving, and meaningful way which is age-appropriate. Our goal is to help our children develop spiritually, emotionally, socially, and physically.
JAM (Jesus and Me) is our program for children in grades K-4th grade. We will meet on Wednesdays from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. and will offer bible lessons, music, crafts, hand bells, games, movies, and a light snack! This group will meet every Wednesday.
Children's Moments: Our congregation members share an object lesson with the children during worship each Sunday morning during the 11:00 service. Most Sundays the Sermon in a Sack has essentially the same message as the sermon which is delivered later in the service. The Children's Moments and the response of the children add to the worship experience of everyone present.
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Vacation Bible School is a highlight of the year for us at Morris Memorial. It is an exciting time for children, and is also a good experience for youth and adults. Because we draw children from so many different schools, it is a great opportunity to make new friends.
This ministry is for ages Middle School and High School. Our belief is that Christ is best made known through relationships. We focus on building those relationships and then help facilitate the students' personal relationships with God. We provide opportunities for this with fun games, service, outreach, Biblical lessons, trips, and more. Join us on Sundays 4-5 pm in the gym! Pre-Register
Chancel Choir: Music is one of the most important ways to provide a strong, spiritual emotion to those who gather to celebrate through worship. Singing together is a great way to make friends. Our chancel choir meets on Wednesday evenings at 6:45 (except in the summer) to practice. They sing most Sundays at the 11:00 service and also present two cantatas per year.
Praise Band: The praise band leads us in singing most Sundays during the 11:00 service. This group includes both instrumentalists and singers.
Kids Praise Choir: This musical, theater choir is for ages 3 years and up. We present two Christian musicals each year. Children are learning to worship through song. Biblical truths are made relevant through musical theater. Kids Praise gives children confidence to share their talents for God's Glory. Join us on Sundays from 3-4 pm in the sanctuary! Pre-Register