Growing in Faith

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. Acts 2:42

Everyone is in a different place on their faith journey. Here at Ocean View, we offer group experiences for those new to faith, to the deeply devoted. They are a way to meet people, explore faith and deepen your discipleship. Our groups are open to all!

If you have questions or want to learn more about our Small Groups, please contact our Faith Development Coordinator (FDC), Delaine Macdonald.


Currently, there are some classes that are on hiatus and some are meeting via Zoom. Please email Delaine Macdonald, FDC Coordinator, for an applicable Zoom link.

Our groups that meet every Sunday morning are an important part of our life together. They’re an opportunity to connect and study scripture in community. Click below to view Sunday School Classes.


Word of God Bible Study – This class is currently on hiatus.
A women’s study group that uses various books and resources to grow in their faith. They are currently on hiatus.

Fellowship Seekers – This class is currently on hiatus.
Using the Standard Lesson Quarterly, we study the Bible and discuss how we can apply what we’ve learned to daily life.
They are currently on hiatus.

Journey – The Journey Sunday School class is currently meeting via Zoom.
 They enjoy lively discussions on their chosen book of study. They are currently reading “Sermon on the Mount” by Amy-Jill Levine. All are welcome!
11:00 am Group contacts: Ernest Leatherman and Sandra Fincher

Open Door, Open Minds, Open Hearts – This class is currently on hiatus.


To protect our Youth due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic all Youth and Children’s programs have been temporarily suspended. Please check back for updates.

All workers/leaders in our Youth & Children’s groups are Safe Sanctuary Certified. (For more information on the Safe Sanctuary program, contact Sarah Leatherman) Ocean View UMC Safe Sanctuary Policy

During the 9:15am and 11:00am church services, the nursery is available for age’s birth to 4 years.

Infant & Toddler Care (Infant – 2 years)
Available during the 9:30 & 11:00 AM Worship services.
Room 8

Pre-K and K
9:30 – 10:40 AM – Room #7
Grades 1 – 5
9:30 – 10:40 AM – Room #9

Youth (Grades 6 – 12)
9:30 – 10:30 AM – Youth Wing, Room #4
Group Contact: Ellen Smith


All Small Groups are currently meeting via Zoom. For more information or to obtain the applicable Zoom link, please contact Delaine Macdonald, FDC Coordinator.

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. Acts 2:42

In Small Groups, you’ll deepen friendships as you grow in faith together. They’re an opportunity to be in community with others who challenge you to grow spiritually, to live out your faith by serving others and to encourage one another. Click below to view Small Groups.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study – Meeting via Zoom
9:30 AM – This group is presently studying from Max Lucado’s book You Are Never Alone.

Tuesday Evening Intercessory Prayer Group – Meeting via Zoom
7:00 PM

Holy Yoga
6:00 PM – Currently on hiatus

Thursday Morning Bible Study – Meeting via Zoom
10:00 AM – This group is studying from Stacy Thacker’s book When Grace Walks In.


We offer a variety of short-term classes/studies throughout the year, to help you connect and grow with others. They are a wonderful opportunity to meet new folks, grow in your faith or fellowship around a shared passion or interest. Click below to view Short Term Classes.

Women of the Bible Study

Four Week Bible Study

MONDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY beginning MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2021, at 10:00

We will be studying the lives of 10-12 women in the Bible.  “How to fight your fears”; “Living a life of blessed ordinary”; “How not to do it all”; “Finding Life in Death”; “Staying focused in a world of distractions “; “Life in the Kingdom of the Absurd.” These are a few of the areas of faith meets daily living that we will explore as we see it through the lens of women in the Bible.

Several vetted resources will be used for this study to provide the content. However, all you will need is your Bible and yourself!  Content notes will be provided for you and a journal for you. In preparation for our study on Monday I want to invite you to read PROVERBS 31 and please bring a picture of you and your family.

If you need and/or prefer connecting virtually please contact Delaine Macdonald. Plans are to have the same study available on Monday evenings, 7-8 pm, virtual only. If you need/and or want to connect virtually for the morning session please let Delaine know as well.


The Walk to Emmaus is a 3-day spiritual renewal. The time is filled with prayer, worship, laughter, learning, singing and reflection. There are various topics discussed throughout the weekend by lay leaders and clergy that cover God’s grace, discipleship and what it means to be “the church”. Click below for more information on the Walk to Emmaus.

If you are interested in learning more about the Walk to Emmaus, the first step is to pray. (One of the reasons Emmaus is so powerful is that it is filled with prayer). Second, talk with one of the pastors and/or someone you know that has been to an Emmaus Walk so that they can answer any questions you may have and be the best support to you. That person will be your ‘sponsor’ so that any needs you have will be covered. Men and Women go on separate weekends and the Emmaus Walks are usually held in the Spring and Fall.

After you have attended an Emmaus weekend, you can join a follow up group that meets to support and strengthen one another on our continued journeys. The group at Ocean View is called Hearts Afire because that was the best words we could find to describe our Walk experiences. It is transforming, eye opening, inspiring, and amazing.

There is also a Chrysalis community called Son Coast, which is similar to an Emmaus Walk but it is for teenagers, age 14 – 19.

Below are links to the Various Walks to Emmaus.

Coastal Carolinas Walk to Emmaus is located in Topsail, NC
Cape Fear Walk to Emmaus is located in Kenly, NC
Son Coast Chrysalis Community is for teenagers age 14-19
Sea Side Emmaus is located in Garden City SC
Hearts Afire Emmaus Reunion Group is the Ocean View group that has attended an Emmaus Walk