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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 summer as we work through the Navigators study guide for 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 study 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

On break for the summer.

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.

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.


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 summer as we study First and Second Timothy and Titus through Explore the Bible.


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 summer as we take a verse-by-verse approach to the lessons in Explore the Bible, focusing on First and Second Timothy and Titus.

+ 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 Foundations: A 260 Day Bible Reading Plan for Busy Believers.


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.  Join us this summer as we study 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.


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 summer we will be studying Man, Myth, Messiah by Rice Broocks .


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 First and Second Timothy and Titus.


Adult Bible Study | Room D208

Leader: Terry Harris | Cost $10

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 as we study Bible Studies for Life focusing on Living by Faith: Women who Trusted God and Living a Godly Life in an Ungodly World .


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 session we will be studying Bible Studies for Life focusing on Living by Faith: Women who Trusted God and Living a Godly Life in an Ungodly World .


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 First and Second Timothy and Titus through Explore the Bible this session.


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 session we will be studying Bible Studies for Life focusing on Living by Faith: Women who Trusted God and Living a Godly Life in an Ungodly World .


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.

+ 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

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 session we are studying First and Second Timothy and Titus 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 moved to First Samuel- First Kings. Longing for a King reveals that though God’s people lived the promised land, they were not free.


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. Our summer study will be through Romans.


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 First and Second Timothy and Titus.


Full Throttle Christianity | Room B235

Leader: Henry Martin

This summer, we will continue our adventure in the Gospel Foundations curriculum. As we move past the foundation of creation and the fall of man; we saw the need for a Savior. Next, we continued the story of God’s plan of redemption. Now we will continue the journey with Longing for a King, which reveals that though God’s people lived the promised land, they were not free. 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 session’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

Scouting the Divine | 9:30 a.m. | Chapel | June 3 - July 29

Leader: Jane Geggus | Cost: TBA

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.


Taste and See | 6 p.m. | Various Locations | June 17 - July 29

Leader: Jane Geggus | Cost: TBA

God is a foodie who wants to transform your supper into sacrament. In this study, Margaret Feinberg takes us on a remarkable journey to unearth God's perspective on food. This book provides a culinary exploration of Scripture. You'll descend 400 feet below ground into the frosty white caverns of a salt mine, fish on the Sea of Galilee, bake fresh matzo at Yale University, ferry to a remote island in Croatia to harvest olives, spend time with a Texas butcher known as "the meat apostle," and wander a California farm with one of the world's premier fig farmers.

+ Tuesday

FAITHFit | Tuesdays/Thursdays | Room A115 | Current session - 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.


5 Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter and Son by Vicki Courtney | 9 - 11 a.m. |  B153 | Childcare available

Leader: Janice Zook | Cost $12

From the cradle to college, tell your daughters and sons the truth about life before they believe the culture’s lies.

For parents with children, newborn to eighteen, Five Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter and Five Conversations You Must Have with Your Son are simply must-have books. Youth culture commentator Vicki Courtney helps parents pinpoint and prepare the discussions that should be ongoing in their children’s formative years. In this women’s study, moms will have the option of going through one of the books. When registering, please select which book you want to study.

+ Wednesday

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.


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


Seamless | 9 - 11 a.m. | Room B153 | Childcare available

Leader: Mallory Birdsley Cost: $13

In seven sessions, Seamless covers the people, places, and promises of the Bible, tying them together into the greater story of Scripture. Participants in this study will gain an overarching understanding of the fundamental layout and meaning of the Bible.

+ Thursday

Scouting the Divine | 9:30 a.m. | Chapel | June 6 - August 1

Leader: Jane Geggus | Cost: TBA

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.


FAITHFit | Tuesdays/Thursdays | Room A115 | Current session through 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.