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 Adult Intentional Faith Development (AIFD) Coordinator, Bev Dwane.


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
A women’s study group that uses various books and resources to grow in their faith. They are currently studying the Book of Job.
8:15 AM – Room #5
Group Contact: Agnes Kivett

Fellowship Seekers
Using the Standard Lesson Quarterly, we study the Bible and discuss how we can apply what we’ve learned to daily life.
9:30 AM – Room #7
Group Contact: Gary McDaniel

Journey Sunday School Class is focusing on life at the time the parables were used and then how they apply to their life today by studying “ Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi” author by Amy-Jill “AJ” Levine. We hope it will broaden or enlighten your understanding of the parables. All are welcome!
9:30 AM – Room #5
Groups Contacts: Ernest Leatherman & Simon Shew

Open Door, Open Minds, Open Hearts
The Open Minds Sunday School Class are discussing Adam Hamilton’s book/study, Christianity and World Religions – Wrestling with Questions People Ask”. Guests and visitors welcome. Join us for coffee as we engage in discussion about current topics.
9:30 AM – Room #6
Group Contact: Doug Freeman or Miriam Hughes


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


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
9:30 AM – Classroom 6

Tuesday Morning – Heavenly Crafters Prayer Shawl Ministry
10:00 AM _ Room #5

Tuesday Evening Intercessory Prayer Group
7:00 PM – in the Old Chapel

Wednesday Evening: Bible, Beans & Blessings
A covered dish meal open to all!
5:30 PM – MPR

Youth Group
6:00 PM in the Youth Wing, Room #4

Bible Study
This is a guided study of the entire Bible, in a discussion format. Presently, they are in the New Testament. They explore background information for each book studied and look at how the scriptures related to life at the time they were written, and how they relate to our lives today. Anyone who is interested in studying scripture and lively discussion is invited to join!
6:00 PM – Room #5

Holy Yoga
6:00 PM – in the Sanctuary

Thursday Morning Bible Study – Upper Room Fellowship
10:00 AM – Room #5


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.

New Members Classes are held four times a year for those interested in becoming a member of Ocean View United Methodist Church, or are an exiting member at OVUMC and want to know more about your church. These classes are based on James Harnish’s book, “A Disciple’s Path”. For more information please contact Bev Dwane, Adult Intentional Faith Development Coordinator.


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