Rev. Kathleen McMurray

Pastor of Connecting Ministries / Contact Me

Sunday School is from 10:10 AM-10:50PM. We offer nurseries for babies, preschool classes, Rotation Sunday School for children in kindergarten through grade 5, Confirmation Class for 6th-graders, age-level classes for teenagers, and over 15 classes for adults of all ages and stages. For more information on classes, or for help getting plugged into a class, feel free to call or email. I look forward to helping you on your spiritual journey!

 

Adult Classes

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All Things Considered, Room M314 (all ages) | In-Person | Discussion-centered class with a focus on community mission. Singles and couples of all ages are welcome.

Argue, Room C236 (Mirror Room) (ages 45+, reconciling) | Hybrid | Argue Class, named in honor of beloved pastor Dr. James B. Argue, is a reconciling class welcoming all. Members are generally 60+ but younger members are part of the class, too. Varied programs range from Bible study to social issues utilizing speakers and DVD/discussion formats. This class has a strong interest in missions of the church and in the community while seeking to support and encourage each other in the Christian faith journey.

Beatitudes, Room M316 (ages 30-45+) | The Beatitudes Class is made up of couples ages 30-45+. The class studies a variety of topics and enjoys having guest teachers teach Bible studies.

Coffee Talk, Room M313 (women of all ages) | Meeting in May | This class is for women of all age groups that focuses on discussions involving our role as Christians in current events, guest speakers, and outreach missions that support women and children in our community.

Deeper Connections/Journeys, Room D371 (ages 30’s-40’s) | In-Person | Deeper Connections is made up of couples ages 20’s-30’s with young children. A variety of Christian topics are studied. This group has a marriage retreat every year. They study a variety of topics and participate in missions.

Fathomers, Room C235 (ages 55+) | Hybrid | A multi-faceted group of 60+ married and single people enjoying learning and growing together spiritually and having a lot of fun in the process.

Foundations, Room M318 (ages 35-40+) | In-Person | Members are generally people with school age children, however all are welcome. The class discusses books by contemporary Christian authors like Adam Hamilton, Brian McLaren, Matt Rawls, Max Lucado, and Mike Slaughter. Class discussion is a major part of the lesson. It is okay if you have not read the book, all discussions are accompanied by videos. The class enjoys a monthly 2nd Sunday lunch and a 3rd Thursday fun event.

G.I.F.T., Room M308, all ages | Hybrid | Growing in Faith Together (G.I.F.T.),  this class is made up of people of all ages.

Koinonia, Room M307 (ages 55+) | Hybrid | The recently merged class of the Koinonia and the Dietz Dialogue class is all about fellowship and caring for one another as disciples of Christ. Class members are actively involved in teaching the Sunday morning lessons, church mission projects and various other church programs such as UMW, Men Alive, choir, Cancer Friends, the diaper ministry and the food pantry to name a few. Class social activities, as well as member support, are a huge part of this class’s mission. All are welcome!

Newton Good News, Room M101 (ages 60+) | In-Person | Come to the “Happy” class! Study, teach and help others!

Pairs and Spares, Room D277 (young couples/young singles) | In-Person | Pairs and Spares, named after a class from many years ago, this class is made up of married and singles, ages 20’s-30’s and taught by Jimmy Faulkner and Skip Rutherford.

Roundtable, Room M312 (ages 50+) | In-Person | The Roundtable Class is a fun loving group – many are retired, however younger people often attend with between 20 and 30 in attendance every week. We use the Adult Bible Studies that relates scripture to everyday living. Class discussion is a major part of the lessons. There are five excellent teachers who rotate. Each month there is a “Birthday Supper” at a nice restaurant with a private room. Those whose birthday we celebrate, select the restaurant and the class enjoys a wonderful meal and fellowship.

Telephone Sunday School Class | Sundays @ 3PM (All Ages) | Via Phone: 501-748-7664 | Each Sunday Afternoon at 3pm, members and friends join in a conference call for a time of Sunday School learning, devotion, and prayer. To be a part of this meaningful group, you just need to be able to call in on a telephone (no internet required.) If you are interested in learning more and getting the call-in information, contact Pastor Kathleen at kmcmurray@phumc.com.

Tower, Room C237 (ages 40+) | In-Person | The Tower Sunday School Class enjoys weekly lessons, taught by different members of the class, along with the occasional guest lecturer. The class consist of: Democrats and Republicans, Liberals and Conservatives, Extroverts and Introverts, Singles and Married, Carpoolers and Empty Nesters, and Baby Boomers from 40-ish-60-ish. In depth conversations, interesting discussions, lively debates, probing questions, and entertaining anecdotes are things the class enjoys. Tower hosts several social events each year, including an annual Christmas party and a Cinco de Mayo get together. Family Promise and sponsors of the annual luncheon for graduating seniors are other activities the class supports.

Turning Point, M311 (young adults) | Starting in January | This new class is for young adults who are single, married with kids, married without kids, who are at turning points in their life and are looking to build a solid foundation in their church home.

Wesley, Room M320 (ages 50+, reconciling) | Zoom | The Wesley Class is a reconciling class made of couples and singles 50 and up who gather together to enhance the spiritual growth of one another. All are welcome to join in discussing, examining, and sharing our relationship with God.

What Matters? Books and Current Events, M309 (All ages) | In-Person starting in February | This class studies current issues in society and how they relate to our Christian mission.

 

Children’s Classes – 501-978-0511

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  • Early Christian Awareness (ECA) Infants/Toddlers, Norma Story Building
  • Preschool Lions (age 2-3), Tigers (age 3-4), Bears (age 4-5)
  • K-5th Grade, Rotation Sunday School, Story Bldg. Meet in Rm. S350, then classes

 

Youth Classes – 501-978-0538

  • All our youth meet in the Youth Lounge on Sunday morning!