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Life is not meant to be lived alone. We, as humans, need to have that friend to laugh with, to ask for advice, to be that shoulder to cry on. We need Small Groups. Whether here at church, at someone’s home, or in the local coffee shop, Small Groups at FBMaryville are essential to your spiritual growth & development. Groups come in all shapes and sizes, so no matter where you are in life, there’s a group for you. Check out the Small Groups we have to offer below and see how you and your family can get connected.

+ Saturday

Men’s Breakfast | 8 a.m. | Room B153

Leaders: Steve Kendall & Steve Hayes

Men of all ages are invited to attend our group this spring as we work through the Navigators study guide for Daniel. After completing Daniel, we will move on to Revelation. Several references within the study direct us toward the New Testament and amplification of the fulfilment of God’s plan for humanity through Jesus Christ. Our focus is understanding and application of the truth in our lives.


fbmpreschool | 5:30 p.m. | Discovery Town (Preschool Area)

Discovery Town is a place where we set a spiritual foundation in the lives of babies through preschoolers, and meet their needs in the areas of physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and social development (Luke 2:52). This is accomplished through age-graded classes, Bible-based, child-centered teaching, a safe, fun environment, and a partnership with parents.


Knowing the Bible | 7 - 8 p.m. | Room B153

Leader: Dennis Johnson

Come join us as we finish our study of the book of Romans and then move to the book of Hebrews. We like to study verse by verse in our coed, all ages group. We will be using our personal Bibles along with the leader generated questions for this study. Class participation is strongly encouraged.


Young Couples | 7 p.m. | Off-site

Leaders: Cody and Hannah Massey

Young couples in their 20s looking to connect with others their age are the perfect fit for this group. Meeting off-site after the service provides a casual atmosphere for attendees of this discussion-based group. Join us for food, fun and fellowship.


Taking the Message Deeper | 7 - 8 p.m. | Room B107

Leader: David Jacks

Our discussion-based group is comprised of adults, both married and single. We are a welcoming group of varying ages that digs deeper into the current message series by studying other scriptures in the Bible.

+ Sunday | 8:00 a.m.

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Discovery Town (Preschool Area)

Discovery Town is a place where we set a spiritual foundation in the lives of babies through preschoolers, and meet their needs in the areas of physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and social development (Luke 2:52). This is accomplished through age-graded classes, Bible-based, child-centered teaching, a safe, fun environment, and a partnership with parents.


Golden Girls | Senior Ladies | Room B107

Leader: Jane Geggus

This class is full of love for God’s Word and love for each other. We spend a concentrated time in prayer for the needs of the church family and community at large. We may be the oldest class in the church, but we are still hungry to study God’s Word. Join us this quarter as we continue our study of Gospel Foundations: A Wandering People. This is a study of Exodus through Judges that tells the story of God’s plan of redemption introduced in Vol. 1. Explore how God rescued His people and revealed to them their need for a greater redemption still - the redemption of their hearts from sin.


The Folks | Senior Adults | Room A114

Leader: Tad Armstrong

Our group is getting on in years, close knit and sharing experiences that come with a long life, both positive and challenging. Join us this spring as we take a verse-by-verse approach to the lessons in Explore the Bible, focusing on Mark.

+ Sunday | 9:30 a.m.

fbmpreschool | Discovery Town (Preschool Area)

Discovery Town is a place where we set a spiritual foundation in the lives of babies through preschoolers, and meet their needs in the areas of physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and social development (Luke 2:52). This is accomplished through age-graded classes, Bible-based, child-centered teaching, a safe, fun environment, and a partnership with parents.


fbmkidsK.4 | Kid City (Children’s Area)

The K.4 Sunday experience starts in a large group segment which includes a time of worship and presentation of the Bible lesson of the week, followed by the Small Group segment in age-graded classrooms. In Small Groups, leaders engage the kids in reviewing the Bible lesson and applying the “main point” of the lesson through hands-on activities, games, or projects.


fbmpreteens | Preteen Area

Grades 5 & 6

The Preteens Sunday experience begins with a large group activity in the main Preteen room, followed by a time of worship and presentation of the Bible focus/lesson of the week. Preteens then move into their age-graded, gender-specific Small Groups where their Small Group leader guides them in review and discussion of the Bible lesson, with discussion and activities that support this lesson.


fbmstudents | Student Floor (Room A215)

Grades 7 & 8

We all want a life that has REAL meaning. Join fbmstudents in March, as we see what one of the wisest and richest men of his day had to say about it. Then, we’ll dive into some of the hard sayings of Jesus to discover what they can teach us about the abundant life God promises to those who follow Him.


Special Needs Ministry | Room B112

Leader: James Williams

This ministry is geared toward children of all ages with special needs. During their class time, the children will have a Bible lesson, watch Bible videos and participate in a time of worship, all in a fun environment.


fbmsingles | Room D125

Leader: Jane Geggus

This multi-generational group is seeking to grow in their relationship with the Lord by open and honest discussion. They are currently studying Gospel Foundations: A Wandering People. This is a study of Exodus through Judges that tells the story of God’s plan of redemption introduced in Vol. 1. Explore how God rescued His people and revealed to them their need for a greater redemption still - the redemption of their hearts from sin.


Families with Children | Room D202

Leaders: Jason & Jacquie Stroud

We are a small group ranging from parents of newborns to older teens.  We enjoy digging deeply into scripture and applying the truths to our daily lives.  We share each other’s burdens and joys as we encourage one another in prayer and fellowship. This spring we will be doing a chronological, in depth study of Paul’s epistles in the context of the Acts timeline.  After that, we will be studying several books of the Old and New Testaments.


Series(us) Discussion | Room D124

Leaders: Loren & Jill King

The goal of this group is to dive deeper into the pastoral message every week. We have biblically-based discussions, focusing on our living Bible. This open discussion shows how God works through the Word in each of us throughout our different seasons of life. Come join us for focus fellowship.


WOW | Women of Worship | Room B232

Leaders: Judy Davis & Karen Hayes

God created human beings to be in fellowship with Him and others. We enjoy that fellowship through gathering socially on a monthly basis, battling together through prayer, and studying God’s Word intensely. We are going through a 42-week study of the Bible through Lifeway’s Gospel Foundations literature. Each week’s lesson contains scriptures to study and discuss, a short 5-minute video, and personal studies to complete at home to further biblical growth. Come fellowship with us and God!


Families with Younger Children | Room B153

Leader: Scott Vieregge

This group of parents is committed to growing deeper in faith through studying the Bible and how it applies to our daily lives. We use this knowledge to have a greater impact in the lives of our children, our communities, and beyond. As an open, welcoming group, our main goal is to make an impact for the Kingdom within our own spheres of influence. In 2019, we will finish our study through Revelation and then start a new video series through the gospel of Mark featuring Francis Chan.


Adults | Men 20+ | Room D207

Leader: Scott Biggers

This group of men is deeply committed to doing the will of Christ. We are a very diverse group who wants to make a difference in this world. We support each other when we face difficult situations financially, medically, or emotionally. This spring we will be studying Explore the Bible focusing on Mark.


Median Adults | Room D204

Leader: Steve Kendall

Those who like to discuss and debate biblical issues will find a home in this group. We are an interactive group that likes to get detailed in our discussions of biblical lessons. Join us this spring as we study Explore the Bible focusing on Mark.


Adult Bible Study | Room D208

Leader: Terry Harris | Cost $10

Our group is currently studying Paul’s epistle to the Romans. After finishing Romans, we will begin a study of the book of Mark. In this group, we like to ask questions, share our thoughts/observations on scripture, and have class-wide discussion. We also take time to discuss life in general. Come join us.


Bimes/Hunt Coed | Room D116

Leaders: Dale Hunt, Jim Bimes & Bill Terrell

We are a diverse group of people who love to study God’s Word together and get to know each other. Targeting those 60-80 years old, married or widowed, we try to have at least one social gathering each month. Join us this spring as we study Bible Studies for Life focusing on Finding Meaning: Wisdom from Ecclesiastes and He Said What? Hard Sayings of Jesus.


Senior Adult Ladies | Room B235

Leaders: Sue Pirok & Roma Wyatt

We are a fun group of ladies ages 50-80. Whether married, divorced or widowed, we provide support to one another. We have uplifting lessons with group discussions led by four rotating leaders. We hold monthly social gatherings for those who wish to participate. This spring we will be studying Bible Studies for Life focusing on Finding Meaning: Wisdom from Ecclesiastes and He Said What? Hard Sayings of Jesus.


35 & Up | Couples, Singles & Widows/Widowers | Chapel

Leader: Donnie Chandler | Coordinator: Rick Rankin

Our group connects with one another in order to learn from others’ experiences and to support one another through the unique challenges and struggles life can bring. We approach the lesson with high energy as we find ways to apply biblical principles to our daily lives. Good for all levels of believers, we will study Mark through Explore the Bible this spring.


The Eclectics | Room D117

Leader: Scott Cooper

Our group likes to explore the Bible one book at a time. We take a book of the Bible and explore its historical meaning. We also like to study its application to our daily lives. Join us as we view the Word of God through the lens of Jesus Christ.


The Bible, the World, and You | Room D118

Leader: Mark Valesano

This group focuses on bringing God’s Word into our everyday lives. By scriptural presentation and group discussion, we show that the Bible is not only relevant but necessary in navigating our way through this life with its distractions, detours, and disappointments. The class atmosphere is casual and courteous in allowing others the opportunity to ask questions or offer comments throughout the session. One of the goals of this class is to encourage daily reading of God’s Word. This spring we will be studying Mark through Explore the Bible.


18:20 (40s Couples) | Room D206

Leaders: J.R. & Kerry Stricker

The 18:20 Small Group is a family-oriented group made up of couples who are interested in pursuing and living out the gospel with one another. “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” -Matthew 18:20 KJV


Bible for Lifers | Room D218

Leader: Joel Hawkins

Our group is a praying for each other, bible-study intensive bunch whose focus is how to turn what God’s Word says into actions during the week. We have a mix of spiritual maturity with an eager desire to mature that marks the weekly study. This spring we will be studying the faith saving character of Christ. What His everyday speech and behavior looked like and how it impacts us right now will be the basis of our study. We will “look unto Jesus the Author and Perfecter of our faith” to better understand how we are to live and be each day.

+ Sunday | 11:00 a.m.

fbmpreschool | Discovery Town (Preschool Area)

Discovery Town is a place where we set a spiritual foundation in the lives of babies through preschoolers, and meet their needs in the areas of physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and social development (Luke 2:52). This is accomplished through age-graded classes, Bible-based, child-centered teaching, a safe, fun environment, and a partnership with parents.


fbmkidsK.4 | Kid City (Children’s Area)

The K.4 Sunday experience starts in a large group segment which includes a time of worship and presentation of the Bible lesson of the week, followed by the Small Group segment in age-graded classrooms. In Small Groups, leaders engage the kids in reviewing the Bible lesson and applying the “main point” of the lesson through hands-on activities, games, or projects.


fbmstudents | Student Floor (Room A215)

Grades 9 - 12

We all want a life that has REAL meaning. Join fbmstudents in March, as we see what one of the wisest and richest men of his day had to say about it. Then, we’ll dive into some of the hard sayings of Jesus to discover what they can teach us about the abundant life God promises to those who follow Him.


fbmyoungadults | Room D206

Leaders: Aaron & Elisabeth Brimer

This group is a discussion/lecture-style class made up people in their 20s. Those that have recently finished college and are starting their careers will find a home in this class.


LOL! | Chapel

Leaders: John & Rhonda Stowe/Marv & Lisa Stapleton/Clay & Kathy Burkholder

In LOL, we are actively engaging lives that are growing in purpose and ministry. We do it with upbeat demeanors of excitement and optimism. We move, sweat, and strive for excellence in all areas. Our attitudes are positive and our hope is in Jesus Christ. Our relationship with Him demands personal accountability for growth, service, and love that spread the good news of Christ. We are focused on Loving Our Lord and Laughing Out Loud. This spring we are studying Mark through Explore the Bible.


Christians Under Construction (CUC) | Room D116

Leader: Val Vorpi | Coordinator: Marianne James

From cover to cover, the Bible is the story of God’s plan to redeem sinners through Jesus - the gospel. Gospel Foundations tells that story. Our group started in Genesis and now we move to Exodus through Judges. A Wandering People tells the story of how God rescued His people and revealed to them their need for a greater redemption, the One who rescued their hearts from sin.


Adulting 101 | Room D202

Leader: Tanya Mentzer

This small group is focused on college-age young adults making the transition from youth to adult faith walk. We will be discussing topics such as “I’m no longer in youth group, NOW WHAT?”, how to stay ‘close & clean’ in this ‘wandering & dirty’ world, surviving my new found ‘freedom’ and many more beginning ‘adulting’ topics.


Empty Nesters | Room D117

Leader: Mark Perkins | Coordinator: Paulita Bridges

We take the Bible as our text to read and study, verse by verse, the books of the Bible. We are not on a set schedule, so the time it takes for each book of the Bible we study depends on its length. Our pattern of study is to alternate between the Old and New Testament books and takes the form of a guided study with discussion about what the scriptures mean to us and how we can apply lessons to our daily lives. No prior biblical knowledge required. We learn together, share our lives with each other, and support each other in times of need.


The B.I.B.L.E. Class (Senior Adults) | Room B153

Leader: Pat Dickerson

Our class welcomes visitors and new members into our fellowship of prayer and care. We focus on God’s Word, and seek to be obedient by reaching out to others. We have a once a month breakfast fellowship and have group activities throughout the year. We are studying Explore the Bible focusing on Mark.


Full Throttle Christianity | Room B235

Leader: Henry Martin

This spring, we will continue our adventure in the Gospel Foundations curriculum. As we move past the foundation of creation and the fall of man; we see the need for a Savior. Next, we continue the story of God’s plan of redemption through A Wandering People. It is here we will see, and be reminded of, the faithfulness of God throughout all of time from eternity/past to eternity/future. Adults of all ages are welcome! Stop by for a visit and join us as together we discover the diamonds of truth buried in the Bible for all mankind to see.


Bible Tribe | Room D208

Leaders: Ebong and Nancy Stancil

Join our group as we continue our Gospel Foundations study. From cover to cover, the Bible is the story of God’s plan to redeem sinners through Jesus - the gospel. Gospel Foundations tells that story. This spring’s study, A Wandering People, will take this group from Exodus through Judges. It continues the story of God’s plan of redemption introduced in Vol. 1. Explore how God rescued His people and revealed to them their need for a greater redemption still - the redemption of their hearts from sin. Adults of all ages are welcome.


+ Monday

The Women of Easter | 9:30 a.m. | Chapel | Apr. 1 - 22

Leader: Jane Geggus | Cost: $12

Are you ready to prepare your heart for a richer, deeper Easter experience? The Lord’s resurrection is the most glorious victorious moment in history. You are about to meet three women named Mary, each of whom has a life-changing encounter with Jesus. Your mind and emotions will be engaged and your faith strengthened as we study these three Marys.


Love Knots | 2nd Monday Every Month | Room B153 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Through May 13

Leader: Suzy Camren

Love Knots Crochet Group consists of ladies 16+ years old. We make afghans for the OASIS Women’s Shelter. We also do devotion at the beginning of the meeting from Tom Hufty’s 180 Degrees Changing Your Life One Day at a Time.

+ Tuesday

Parents of Special Needs Children | 2nd Tuesday of Every Month | Room B234 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Leader: James Williams

This group connects parents of special needs children to help them learn from each others’ experiences and support one another through the unique challenges and dynamics of raising and caring for special needs children.


FAITHFit | Tuesdays/Thursdays | Room A115 | Winter session through Mar. 28 | Spring session Apr. 2 - June 27

Leader: Fallon Sparks | Cost: See fbmaryville.org/faithfit

FAITHFit supports women ages 14+ to personally strive for God’s best in physical, mental, and spiritual health and to model healthy living in their families, churches, and communities. Classes are open to members and nonmembers. Devotions and prayer are held at the end of class time. For specific class times, go to fbmaryville.org/faithfit.


Singles - 30s | I Can Only Imagine | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Off-site |
Mar. 5 - Apr. 2 

Leader: Jane Geggus

In the I Can Only Imagine study, Bart Millard shares his own personal story with you. He watched a monster become a godly man. He came face to face with his own brokenness, and he saw God transform a lifetime of hurt into a beautiful and enduring purpose. In this study, Bart will lead you on a redemptive journey to recall your past wounds, reorient your present identity, and reimagine your future.


Singles - 30s | Scouting the Divine | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Off-site |
Apr. 9 - May 14 

Leader: Jane Geggus

What does it mean to know Jesus as the Good Shepherd when the only places I’ve encountered sheep are at a petting zoo? How can I understand the promise of a land overflowing with honey when I buy mine in a bear-shaped bottle? Is it possible to grasp the urgency of Jesus’ invitation to abide in the vine when I shop for grapes at a local grocery store? Join us for an intentional search for ways to move from reading the Bible to entering stories that can be touched, tasted, heard, seen, smelled and savored.


Gideon by Priscilla Shirer | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Off-site |
Mar. 5 - Apr. 23 

Leader: Sheila Rankin | Cost $15

When we hear the name Gideon, most of us think about his 300 soldiers or a fleece spread beneath the evening sky. But Gideon’s story is so much bigger than that. This is a story about God and His people—His love for them, as well as His strength operating in spite of, even through, their weakness. This 7-session study will encourage you to recognize your weakness as the key that the Lord gives you to unlock the full experience of His strength in your life. Instead of ignoring, neglecting, or trying to escape your weaknesses, learn to see them as the gifts given specifically and strategically by God. If you’ve ever felt insufficient, ill-equipped, incompetent, or outnumbered, this study is for you.


Psalm 23 by Jennifer Rothschild | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Room B107 | Mar. 5 - Apr. 23 

Leader: Kit Bradbury | Cost: $18

Do you remember your heart being stirred last summer when our pastor, Tom Hufty, led us through Psalm 23? Now you have an opportunity to study this Psalm even deeper. Many women know Psalm 23 by heart but haven’t experienced its power in their lives. This beloved psalm can breathe new life into women who are weary and unsure of their next steps. It’s more than a psalm that comforts in death, it gives confidence in life. In this 7-session study by Jennifer Rothschild, gain fresh insight and encouragement from Psalm 23. Explore the depths of God’s compassionate care while debunking the self-reliance myth. Learn how your vulnerability is not a liability because you can trust the Shepherd’s goodness throughout each season of life.

+ Wednesday
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Awana is dedicated to getting as much of God’s Word as deep into the hearts of as many children as possible so that they can be the next generation to proclaim God’s truths.


fbmpreschool | Midweek | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Discovery Town
(Preschool Area)

Join us this spring as we continue Awana! Preschoolers who turned 2 before September 1st through 5 year-olds will be taking part in the Awana program while our younger children will have their own Bible story from the Palma Smiley curriculum we use on Sunday mornings.  Whatever the age, your preschooler can come to hear God’s Word, sing songs, and play games.

fbmkids | K.4 | preteens | Midweek | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Kid City (Center Stage)

Each week at Awana, kids and preteens start in Center Stage for opening. Then Sparks (K-2nd grade) and T&T (3rd-6th grade) rotate through games, large group time, and  small group time. During games we have fun with energetic Awana games. Large group lessons come directly out the the Bible and their handbook. During small group, clubbers focus on reciting memorized Scripture and continue learning Biblical Truths in their handbook.


fbmstudents | Midweek | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Room A215 (Student Floor)

You can expect to have fun while getting to know other students through games, worship, and biblical teaching at Midweek. To get weekly updates about theme nights or special events during the week, text “@fbmst” to 81010 or visit our fbmstudents Facebook page.


Managing Motherhood | 6:30 – 8 p.m. | Room D116

Leaders: Kim Kolda & Angie Gilliland | Cost: $13

We are a support group of moms that comes together to help each other navigate the ups, downs and everything in between of motherhood. This spring we will be studying 52 Things Kids Need From a Mom by Angela Thomas.  So pick up a copy of the book and join us.


Knowing the Bible: Acts | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Room D124 | Mar. 13 - May 15

Leader: Nate Bock | Cost: $16

The Book of Acts chronicles some of the most important events in Christian history. This series, Knowing the Bible, explains the biblical text with clarity and passion helping us understand the history shaping events that took place in the years following Christ’s ascension.


The Beginning: First Steps for New Disciples | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Room D117 | Mar. 6 - Apr. 10

Leader: Scott Biggers | Cost $6

Becoming a Christian is the most significant decision you can make.
This 6-week study will help recent believers and those seeking to grow their faith move along the path as a disciple of Christ. It will give the answers to questions such as: What does it mean to become a disciple of Jesus? How do I make Jesus the center of my life? How do I connect with God in a deep and personal way? How do I model Jesus in my everyday life?


Hope & Help for the Single Mom | 6:30 p.m. | Room D118 | Through May 15

Leaders: Andrea Moulden & Sue Powers

Calling all single moms. Are you ready for a kid-free evening? Drop your kids at Awana or Student Midweek and join other moms just like you at Hope & Help for the Single Mom. This class will explore principles to help bring you closer to the heart of God; making you healthy and whole, and in turn, helping you raise healthy, whole children. No homework required.


1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Room B107 | Mar. 6 - May 15

Leader: Jane Geggus | Cost: $13

Have you ever heard the statement there are only two things in life that are certain: death and taxes? As Christians, we have a third to add to this list. In this study by Jen Wilkin, Peter is writing to the church and is describing our inheritance as co-heirs with Christ as imperishable, undefiled and unfading. It’s not going anywhere. Join us as we study this message of encouragement in the face of suffering and be reminded of our heavenly hope and eternal inheritance.


Point Man Fitness | 5:45 - 8:15 p.m. | Room A115 

Leader: David Daniel

Point Man Fitness helps men age 16+ become more physically and spiritually fit in an affirming environment. We meet every Wednesday, with our year broken into four sessions – winter, spring, summer, and fall. New participants can start at any time, and the classes are free to everyone.

  • 5:45 p.m. – Intermediate exercises

  • 6:55 p.m. – Devotional/beginning exercises

+ Thursday

The Women of Easter | 9:30 –11:30 a.m. | Chapel | Apr. 4 - Apr. 25

Leader: Jane Geggus | Cost: $12

Are you ready to prepare your heart for a richer, deeper Easter experience? The Lord’s resurrection is the most glorious victorious moment in history. You are about to meet three women named Mary, each of whom has a life-changing encounter with Jesus. Your mind and emotions will be engaged and your faith strengthened as we study these three Marys.


FAITHFit | Tuesdays/Thursdays | Room A115 | Winter session through - Mar. 28 | Spring session Apr. 2 - June 27

Leader: Fallon Sparks
Cost: See fbmaryville.org/faithfit

FAITHFit supports women to personally strive for God’s best in physical, mental, and spiritual health and to model healthy living in their families, churches, and communities. Classes are open to members and nonmembers. Devotions and prayer are held at the end of class time. For specific class times, go to fbmaryville.org/faithfit.

+ Friday
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These Ties That Bind | 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Chapel | 2nd & 4th Friday | Through May 10 | Playdates (every 3rd Friday)

Registration & Material Cost: $30/semester

There are lots of challenges that moms face every day and Moms ministry is the place to offer help and support to encourage strong families. Moms will gain a supportive, Bible-based perspective on all kinds of life and parenting matters that will support them through the ups and downs. It’s a time for moms to be with other women who understand. No matter what age or stage your kids are, all moms are welcome. Village Kids is our child program for your children to attend while you are enjoying fellowship with other moms.