Groups

Connect in life-giving Community

At Coker we know that you want to be in community and feel connected to others. Since 1883, we have been helping people connect into life-giving community. One of the ways we do that is by inviting you to join an online, on-demand, or in-person group. Various groups are offered this Spring. See class listings and sign-up below or, for more information, e-mail Rev Damon Relder at DRelder@Coker.org.

Note: If you are new to Coker please register for our next Connecting at Coker HERE (Log-In Information will be sent to you). Most of our classes are free or ask you to purchase certain materials. For details on any classes or how to best connect, contact: Barbara.Keeper@coker.org

Connecting at Coker

FOR THOSE NEW TO COKER: Connecting at Coker (A one time class offered monthly)

At Coker UMC we know that you want to be in community. In order to do that, you need a church that helps you feel connected. The problem is that churches can be hard to navigate which makes you feel alone in the crowd or without clear next steps. We believe you deserve to be welcomed, seen, known, and walked with. We understand that making friends at church can be hard which is why, since 1883, we have been helping people connect into life-giving community. Here’s how we do it: We invite you to attend a Connecting at Coker Class and we invite you to join a group and/or class within Coker. Spring Class information is listed below, register for the class(es) that best fit your schedule & interest! If you are new to Coker, register HERE for our next Connecting at Coker Class.

Support Groups

Support Groups

Coker offers support groups throughout the week. Click Here to see the list of classes available, days, and times. Note: Nursery is available Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sundays

In-Person: Coker Kids & Coker Youth
For details on Coker Kids and Coker Youth Sunday Morning happenings, contact Family Ministries Director, Cheryl Kendall at Cheryl.Kendall@coker.org 

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Online & In-Person: Sunday School Classes
Led by: Various Teachers
Sunday school classes are currently meeting throughout the day on Sundays and throughout the week. For times, days, log-in details, and to know which class is a good fit for you- reach out to Barbara.Keeper@coker.org 

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Mondays

IN-PERSON: Griefshare
Location: WH 703/704
Dates: January 24-April 11
Time: 1-3 pm
Description: WHO:  anyone experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one
WHAT:  a video-based grief recovery curriculum with workbook and support group discussions
Materials: $20 for required workbook (Scholarship is available if needed)
Class Contact: Please email Carol Churchill, cechurchill@msn.com.
Register: Click HERE to Register

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IN-PERSON:If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.
Location: Wesley 703/704
Dates: April 25-June 6
Time: 9-10:30 AM
Description: In this Christianity Today Award-winning book, bestselling author John Ortberg pushes you to take the last step that separates you from the adventure of your life. And, as a result, you will learn to:

  • Recognize God’s presence
  • Discern between faith and foolishness
  • Not only expect problems, but field them when they come
  • Reorient your thoughts about failure and see it as an opportunity to grow
  • Wait on the Lord
  • And, ultimately, connect more deeply with God

Features discussion questions at the end of each chapter to enhance your reflection and spiritual growth. Perfect for small group discussion.

Materials: Books are available for purchase on Amazon- If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat. By: John Ortberg
Class Contact: The class is facilitated by Elaine Hitzfelder.  Please email Elaine, elhitzfelder@gmail.com.
Register: E-mail Elaine to Register

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Tuesdays

IN-PERSON: APOLOGETICS – REASONABLE FAITH DEFENDERS – by William Lane Craig
Location: WH804
Dates: January 18 –April 12
Time: 3:30 pm
Description: In this 13-lesson class, participants will examine higher-level theological arguments such as: the Kalam Cosmological Argument, Leibniz’s Contingency Argument, the Moral Argument and many other questions that theologians have wrestled with throughout the years. Using materials through Right Now Media, with whom the church has a subscription, each person will view the video material online at their leisure before each week’s class, and using a guide from Pastor Damon, enjoy a class of Q&A and open discussion about each week’s lesson. Beginning with an intro class on Tuesday, January 18 at 3:30, this class is taught in person only but each session will be recorded for those unable to attend class. There is no cost. Materials: Right Now Media
Class Contact: Please email Pastor Damon, pastordamon@coker.org.
Register: Click HERE to Register

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IN-PERSON: JOURNALING THROUGH LENT
Location: Upstairs Rector
Dates: March 8-April 12
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Description: Experience a Lenten journey as we meet weekly to experiment with a wide variety of art and craft mediums in our workbooks and in the mini-journal books we will create.
This class takes an introspective journey through the somber season of Lent and accentuates it with the basics of art journaling.

Materials: $25 (includes workbook and all materials)
Class Contact: Wendy Pearson
Register: Directly with Wendy.Pearson@coker.org

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ONLINE: Finding Jesus in (more) movies no Christian should watch
Location: zoom
Dates: January 18 –March 22
Time: 7:00-8:00 pm
Description: Join us for some meaningful discussions about how movies we often don’t expect to be based on Biblical virtues and principles actually portray them in deeply meaningful ways.
Materials: none
Class Contact: Please email Mark Humphrey, mark.humphrey@coker.org.
Register: Click HERE to Register

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Wednesdays

ONLINE John Chapters 7-12
Location: Zoom ID 964 3850 6825
Dates: Jan. 19-Feb. 23  Individual preparation begins Jan. 13
Time:  1:00-2:00 pm
Description: In this 6-week study John invites us to walk with Jesus as we witness His ministry.  We hear Him teach, observe how He ministers to people, and may decide to wholeheartedly believe in Him.  Jesus promises full life now and forever for all who stake their lives on Him.  Come and see.
Materials: We will use the free app, Wordgo, which may be used on a smartphone or tablet.  The study includes 5 days/wk of individual scripture study, 2-3 questions, optional study notes, and one weekly audio lecture, all contained in the app and completed at the participant’s convenience. The program customizes the material to the amount of time (10, 15, or 30 minutes/day) each participant chooses.
Contact:Paula Fredrickson, lynnf265@gmail.com
Register: Click HERE to Register

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IN-PERSON/ONLINE: THE WESLEYAN WAY – by Bishop Scott J. Jones
Location: WH703/704 (In-Person) and online
Dates: January 19 – March 16
Time: 6:30 pm
Description:  A 9-week study that presents the beliefs and practices of Wesleyan Christianity through story and Scripture. Bishop Jones currently serves as Bishop of the Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. This class will be taught by the pastoral staff as a part of Mid-Week Manna, beginning Wednesday, January 12 with an introduction at the ministry fair in the gym and classes beginning the following Wednesday through March 16. Workbook is required (title and author above). Class will be available in person and online.
Materials: Purchase the workbook on your own (Contact DRelder@coker.org to find out where to purchase the workbook).
Register: Click HERE to Register

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IN-PERSON: Moms in Prayer
Location: Knight’s Home (E-mail for Address)
Dates: Wednesdays, Beginning January 19
Time: 9-10 am
Description: Praying over kids and schools
Register: Directly with britts3779@hotmail.com

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Thursdays

ONLINE: Prayer Time
Led By: Robyn Myers & David Smith
The prayer team meets weekly to pray over one another and over Coker as a whole. We continue in prayer over where God is sending us in ministry work, over how to reach out and be in meaningful community, how to extend a hand of healing through the power of the Holy Spirit, over individual ministry areas and over individuals. Robyn sends out a weekly scripture for us to center on and David reads a devotional as he feels led before we open up for prayer. All are invited to pray out loud or quietly in their own hearts- however you feel led. All are welcome, e-mail Robyn for the Zoom log-in.
Contact Robyn: robynmyers@satx.rr.com

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ONLINE: JUDGES – AN OLD TESTAMENT STUDY – by J.D. Greear
Location: Online
Dates: January 13 – March 24
Time: 10:00 am
Description: An 11-week study on the Old Testament book of Judges using video and downloadable materials from Right Now Media. A chapter-by-chapter examination of the book of Judges, using a study provided through Right Now Media, with whom the church has a subscription. Each person will view that week’s lesson at their leisure before each class and answer questions using a study guide from Right Now Media. During class, a combination of Q&A and conversation will be held about the video and materials. There is no cost. Class will be online only, Thursdays at 10am beginning on January 13. More information will be available at the ministry fair on January 12 and on Coker’s website.
Materials: Right Now Media
Class Contact: Please email Pastor Damon, pastordamon@coker.org.
Register: Click HERE to Register

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IN-PERSON: Noon Bible Study – in person
Location: WH804
Dates: ongoing
Time: 12 pm
Description: Did you know there is one class that has been meeting almost weekly for nearly 20 years now? Somewhat hidden but always powerful and occasionally filled with laughter, this class has been meeting on Thursdays at noon on campus in Wesley 804 for years. No book other than your Bible is needed as the class is an open discussion look at the passage which will be used by the pastors for their sermon on the upcoming Sunday. The Scripture of the day is read aloud and the opening questions is always “What are your first thoughts?” usually followed by details about Hebrew or Greek, questions about history or culture, and ending up with “What difference does all this make to my faith?” Come join us any time you can.
Materials: Bring your bible
Class Contact: Please email Pastor Damon, pastordamon@coker.org.
Register: Click HERE to Register.

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Fridays

ONLINE: Woke Racism
Location: Zoom
Dates: April 1 –May 6
Time: 10 AM
Description: Join us for a “safe space” discussion of a controversial book and other resources that help us explore the intersection of racism and our faith journeys.
Materials:Woke Racism, John McWhorter https://www.amazon.com/Woke-Racism-Religion-Betrayed-America/dp/0593423062
Class Contact & To Register: Please email Mark Humphrey, mark.humphrey@coker.org.

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