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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.

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Please email Delaine Macdonald, FDC Coordinator, for additional information.

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.

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL GROUPS:

Word of God Bible 

Journey
They enjoy lively discussions on their chosen book of study. All are welcome!
10:30 AM Room 5 – Group contacts: Ernest Leatherman and Simon Shew.

“Open Minds”
All are Welcome!
10:30 AM Room 6

YOUTH & CHILDREN:

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

Nursery

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

Children’s Sunday School

Our Children’s One-Room Sunday School

Pre-K – Grade 5
9:30 – 10:30 AM – Room 9

SMALL GROUPS

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
9:30 AM – This group is presently doing a bible study on the book of Psalm. – Room 4

Tuesday Evening Intercessory Prayer Group
7:00 PM – Small Chapel

Thursday Morning Bible Study
10:00 AM – This group is studying from the Upper Room devotional. Room 7

SHORT TERM CLASSES

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.

Bible Study on the “Synoptic” Gospels Begins 9/13

What the heck are the “synoptic” gospels, and what does that word mean?! Synoptic is made up of the prefix “syn” meaning “same” (as in synonym) and the word “optic” meaning to see (as in optic nerve). So synoptic means “seeing together” and is applied to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. If you have ever read the Gospels, you may have noticed how similar these three Gospels are to each other, and how different they all are to the Gospel of John. In this study, we will discover why these three are so similar, but also how they do differ from each other and what the special emphases are of each.

This class will meet on six Mondays at 10:00 a.m. beginning September 13 and ending October 25 (we will not meet on October 4). You can take the class either in person and/or by Zoom. To register for this class contact Adult Faith Coordinator Delaine Macdonald [email protected] or by calling the church office 910-278-5973.

If you have any questions, you can contact Pastor Mike Macdonald at 828-644-8553 or at email [email protected].

DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS”

Three Week Study – Wednesday Evenings at 6:30

The classes will be held on 3 consecutive Wednesday evenings at 6:30 beginning September 15 and ending September 29.  You can take the class either in person and/or by Zoom. To register for this class, contact Adult Faith Coordinator, Delaine Macdonald, or by calling the church office 910-278-5973

We invite you to come join us through this journey!

WALK TO EMMAUS

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