There are several opportunities at Walnut Creek UMC for study and learning. In addition to weekly studies, we also do studies based on a book or designed around the pastor’s sermon series. There are also several special seasonal studies throughout the year, including the season of Lent and the season of Advent.
For more information on all of our studies, please contact the front office.
Spiritual Formation Class – Sundays at 1:00 p.m.
The Spiritual Formation class is currently meeting via Zoom on Sundays at 1:00 p.m. for an hour. We will be hosting our Advent Study from November 29 – December 20, 2020. We will be studying Mary Had a Baby: An Advent Bible Study Based on African American Spirituals written by Marilyn E. Thornton with material from the first edition by Cheryl Kirk-Duggan.
UMW Book Study – Mondays at 3:00 p.m.
The United Methodist Women of WCUMC sponsor a book study, open to all via Zoom, on Mondays starting at 3:00 p.m. for an hour. We study books of spiritual or social significance. After a study on exploring the book Finding Peace in an Anxious World by Erin James-Brown, we are now studying John Lewis’s book, Across That Bridge.
More about the Across That Bridge study group
In Across That Bridge, Congressman John Lewis draws from his experience as a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement to offer timeless wisdom, poignant recollections, and powerful principles for anyone interested in challenging injustices and inspiring real change toward a freer, more peaceful society.
The Civil Rights Movement gave rise to the protest culture we know today, and the experiences of leaders like Congressman Lewis, a close confidant to Martin Luther King, Jr., have never been more relevant. Despite more than forty arrests, physical attacks, and serious injuries, John Lewis has remained a devoted advocate of the discipline and philosophy of nonviolence. Now, in an era in which the protest culture he helped forge has resurfaced as a force for change, Lewis’ insights have never been more relevant. In this heartfelt book, Lewis explores the contributions that each generation must make to achieve change.
Bible Study, the Book of Job – Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Is God impulsive and unpredictable? Does God ever cause evil to happen? If not, how can evil be explained if God is good and has unlimited power and authority? The Bible tells us that there was no one more pious, blameless and upright than Job… and yet God allowed him to be terribly tested by the Satan, the one called the Adversary. Join with us Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. for a Zoom study of the book of Job. All are welcome!
Bead and a Prayer – Fridays at 1:30 p.m.
Come and discover the holiness of your everyday life! Bead and a Prayer Study Group is currently meeting via Zoom on Fridays at 1:30 p.m. The current book is entitled Liturgy of the Ordinary–Sacred Practices in Everyday Life, by Tish Harrison Warren.
More about the Liturgy of the Ordinary–Sacred Practices in Everyday Life study group
In the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God’s presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred? Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of liturgy, small practices, and habits that form us. Each chapter looks at something―making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys―that the author does every day. Drawing from the diversity of her life as a campus minister, Anglican priest, friend, wife, and mother, Tish Harrison Warren opens up a practical theology of the everyday. Each activity is related to a spiritual practice as well as an aspect of our Sunday worship. Come and discover the holiness of your every day.