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. The Institutes offered in conjunction with Asbury Seminary are College level courses so tuition fees do apply for those. For details on any classes or ho ot best connect, contact: Communications@coker.org

On Demand

FOR THOSE NEW TO COKER: Connecting at Coker (Online, 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, Jan 13th at 6:30 PM Via Zoom (Log-In Information will be sent to you).

Class Led By: Rev Adam Knight, Sr Pastor Coker UMC

Register HERE
For additional details contact: Communications@coker.org

ON DEMAND Class: Advent Bible Study 2020- “O Holy Night” (Available & Applicable all year)

About the Study: In 2020, our Advent sermon series focused on the incarnation story of Jesus Christ not only as found in Scripture but as accentuated in the classic Christmas carol, O Holy Night. We are offered this study, on-demand, so you can participate from anywhere you have access. Each week we used one verse from the carol and paired it with one or more verses from Scripture. Pastor Damon Relder, Coker Member Richard Garrett, and Communications Director Jenn Clauser discussed the four topics and posted a video of the discussions so you can listen in. Take the study guide and notes, ponder on them, and/or gather others to be in discussion with you! Complete details and content online at Coker.org/AdventBibleStudy2020 

Class Led By: Rev Damon Relder

For additional details contact: Pastor Damon at: PastorDamon@Coker.org

ON DEMAND/ONLINE Class: Coker Leadership Institute (Note: Fees Apply. Class Content is on-demand, but there is a weekly group meeting & discussion as well)

About the Study: God’s Church is desperate for good leaders; people who are willing to learn the principles, nitty gritty skills and discipline it takes to lead.  God loves raising up faithful women and men to lead ministries, businesses, churches, small groups, and communities—they all need effective, Godly leaders. You don’t have to be born a natural leader, you just have to care enough and accept the challenge to serve. Coker is offering this seminary level leadership development program in conjunction with Asbury Theological Seminary. Cost is $1,000 and the class runs January-October 2021. Apply online at: Coker.org/CLI

For additional details contact: Pastor Adam at: PastorAdam@Coker.org

ON DEMAND/ONLINE Class: Coker Theological Institute (Note: Fees Apply. Class Content is on-demand, but there is a weekly group meeting & discussion as well)

About the Study: Coker is pleased to be launching our second institute in partnership with Asbury Theological Seminary. This institute is called the Coker Theological Institute. The inaugural chort of this institute will be immersing themselves in Wesleyan Theology and developing a Wesleyan lens for the study of scripture. Participants will be studying topics like “Who is God” “The Biblical Story” “The Imago Dei” “The Nature of Holiness” and much more. If you are interested in a deep study of the Biblical narrative through a Wesleyan lens, please submit your application for consideration. Cost is $1,000 and the class runs January-October 2021. Apply online at: Coker.org/CTI

For additional details contact: Pastor Adam at: PastorAdam@Coker.org

ON DEMAND Class: Advent Bible Study 2020- “O Holy Night” (Available & Applicable all year)

About the Study: In 2020, our Advent sermon series focused on the incarnation story of Jesus Christ not only as found in Scripture but as accentuated in the classic Christmas carol, O Holy Night. We are offered this study, on-demand, so you can participate from anywhere you have access. Each week we used one verse from the carol and paired it with one or more verses from Scripture. Pastor Damon Relder, Coker Member Richard Garrett, and Communications Director Jenn Clauser discussed the four topics and posted a video of the discussions so you can listen in. Take the study guide and notes, ponder on them, and/or gather others to be in discussion with you! Complete details and content online at Coker.org/AdventBibleStudy2020 

Class Led By: Rev Damon Relder

For additional details contact: Pastor Damon at: PastorDamon@Coker.org

Sundays

Online: Pre-Service Prayer
Led By: Brittney Knight & Jenn Clauser
Days, Time, Location: Sundays, 8:30 AM, Online: Zoom
Overview: We believe in the power of the Holy Spirit in protecting the church and moving it forward. Every Sunday morning we join in prayer over the services for that day, all who hear the word of God, and over our church as a whole. All are welcome, join the team of prayer warriors as little or as often as you’d like.
Contact: Jenn Clauser, Jennifer.Clauser@coker.org
Register: HERE

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 

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 Communications@coker.org

Mondays

ONLINE: Continuation of The Good and Beautiful God
Class Led By: Elaine Hitzfelder
Days, Time, Location: Mondays, 9-10:45 AM, Online: Zoom
Materials: The Good and Beautiful God (3 Book Series, Fees Apply)
Overview: THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL GOD is the first book in the Apprentice Series, which along with three other titles forms ‘a curriculum for Christlikeness’. THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL GOD focuses on the character of God and how we can move into a life of intimacy with him.
Contact: Elaine Hitzfelder elhitzfelder@gmail.com

IN-PERSON:Griefshare
Led By: Carol Churchill
Days, Time, Location: Mondays- Jan 25th-Apr 26th, 1-3 PM, In-Person: Wesley 703/704.
Materials: Grief Recovery Curriculum, $20 for required workbook (Scholarship may be available).
Overview: This group provides support and strengthening for anyone experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one.
Contact: Carol Churchill cechurchill@msn.com
Register: HERE

Online: Proven by Jennie Allen
Led By: Cheryl Kendall
Days, Time, Location: Mondays- February 1-March 22,  8-9:15PM, Online: Zoom
Materials:  Study guide can be purchased on Amazon for $14.99 or on Lifeway for $15.99
Overview: In this 8-session study, Jennie Allen walks through key passages in the Book of John to demonstrate how only Jesus is enough. We don’t have to prove anything because Jesus has already proven everything. Discover how our thirsty hearts can only be quenched by the Living Water.
Note: Limit of 15.
Contact: Cheryl Kendall, Cheryl.kendall@coker.org
Register: HERE

Tuesdays

ONLINE: Introduction to Liberation Theology
Led By: Rev Damon Relder
Days, Times, Location: Tuesdays- Jan 19th-Mar 9th, 3:30 PM, Online: Zoom
Materials: Required book – On the Side of the Poor by Gustavo Gutierrez (2015)
Overview: In this 7-week study, participants will be introduced to the basics of liberation theology from one of its originators and leading theologians, Gustavo Gutierrez. Liberation theology, which came to light in the 1960’s, examines the Scriptures through the experience of society’s downtrodden and often forgotten economically poorest people, giving them a voice on many of the Bible’s teachings of the least, the last and the lost.
Contact: Pastor Damon Relder PastorDamon@coker.org
Register: HERE

ONLINE: Faith Through The Eyes of Film
Led By: Dr. Mark Humphrey
Days, Times, Location: Tuesdays- Beginning Jan 19th, 7 PM, Online: Zoom
Overview: Join us for meaningful discussions about how our faith can be deepened by thought-provoking films.
Register: HERE

Wednesdays

ONLINE Class: Women’s Morning Bible Study
Led By: Denise Sprague
Time, Dates, Location: Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 AM
Materials: TBD
Overview: TBD
Contact: Denise Sprague  dspraguesa@yahoo.com
Register: HERE

ONLINE Acts Chapters 1-7 Bible Study
Led By: Paula Fredrickson
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00p, Jan 20-Feb 17 (Individual preparation begins Jan 13)
Overview:  Study explores the Holy Spirit’s empowerment of believers, Jesus’ instructions to disciples, Pentecost and the subsequent explosion of Christianity to the world.
Class Materials: Wordgo free app on phone or tablet
Contact Paula Fredrickson for details, at: lynnf265@gmail.com or 210-490-1983
Register: HERE

ONLINE Goliath Must Fall (Midweek Manna, Pastors’ Class) 
Led By: Rev Damon Relder, Rev Adam Knight, and additional invited teachers
Days, Times, Location: Wednesdays- Beginning Jan 20th, 6:30 PM, Online: Zoom
Materials: Required book – Goliath Must Fall by Louie Giglio.
Overview: In this 10 week study Dr. Giglio examines many of the pitfalls of life that can plague Christians living a truly free life. From the publisher – “We all have giants in our lives that creep in and take over. Giants like rejection, anxiety, fear, anger, and addiction. These adversaries establish a foothold, and before we know it we are tolerating something that is diminishing the glory of God in our lives and holding us back from the freedom that Jesus intends for us. So how do we break out of these patterns once and for all?”
Note: Please read Chapter One before the first class.
Contact: Pastor Damon PastorDamon@coker.org
Register: HERE

Thursdays

ONLINE: Study on the book of Daniel
Led By: Rev Damon Relder w/ Small Group Discussions Led by Les & Candy Mallonee
Days, Time, Location: Thursdays- Jan 14th-April 22nd, 10:30 AM, Online: Zoom
Materials: Required text – Daniel, from the Life Change series published by NavPress.
Overview: In this 12 week study we will examine the biblical book of Daniel, considered one of the minor prophets. A story filled with intrigue, prophecy and miraculous events, there are lessons to be learned for any disciple of Jesus Christ. Each class will be on Zoom only, with a full group meeting to begins each class, then split into two separate Zoom rooms led by Candy And Les Mallonee for small group discussion, then back to the full class for a few final words.
Contact: Pastor Damon PastorDamon@coker.org
Register: HERE

ONLINE: Healing Prayer Ministry Equipping Course: Free to be Like Jesus
Led By: Rev Tommy Hays
Materials: Optional: “Free to be Like Jesus” By Tommy Hays
Days, Time, Location: Thursdays- Jan 28th-Mar 25th, 1 PM, Online: Zoom
Overview: Jesus came to bind up the brokenhearted and set the captives free, as He proclaimed the coming of the Kingdom of God (Isaiah 61; Luke 4). As the Father sent the Son, so the Son sends us (John 20). We’re called to prepare the way of the Lord. In this course we will learn the God given biblical and spiritual principles to be whole and free, so we can minister His blessings of wholeness and freedom to others through the power of prayer. The course will begin with teaching and instruction before participants are sent to break-out rooms to practice healing prayers with one another.
Contact: Jenn Clauser Jennifer.Clauser@coker.org
Register: HERE

ONLINE: The Gospel of Mark
Led By: Dr. Ray Chacon & Sarabeth Rebe
Materials: Seedbed: The Gospel of Mark
Days, Time, Location: Thursdays- 6:30 PM, Online: Zoom
Overview (From the book synopsis): Few (if any) written works have more profoundly altered the landscape of human history than the four Gospel accounts of the life and teaching of Jesus. The Gospel According to Mark stands among those works. Despite its small size relative to the others, Mark’s Gospel is a monumental piece of historical and theological reflection on the most influential person ever to walk the face of the Earth. Over the course of 12 weeks, Dr. Brad Johnson will guide learners through Mark’s narration of the events leading up to and immediately following the life of Jesus. Under the power and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Mark has artfully created reading cues that will direct the study to a depth of understanding we may not have yet reached. And although understanding is an important goal, it is not our ultimate one. Anyone who picks up and reads the Gospel of Mark is bound to experience something greater, something richer, and something infinitely more valuable: transformation.
Contact: Ray Chacon
Register: HERE

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