Morning Bible Studies


“Stress Less Group”  Women’s Study

Led by Rev. Lula Dobbs.                                                                                                                                      This women’s support group and class uses a variety of Christian material in order to discover ways to overcome stress and live a joyful life in Christ.

Their new study is “Soul Keeping” by John Ortberg.  Take an exploration of the soul from the perspective of someone who has struggled to understand and care for his own soul. What is the Soul? What are the struggles of the Soul? And What are the needs of the soul?

Meets the 2nd & 4th Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

Class meets at The House at 529 Blount Ave.


“Ephesians”  Pastor’s Morning Bible Study
Led by Sr. Pastor Ricky Smith

Ephesians deals with topics at the very core of what it means to be a Christian-both in faith and in practice. In this letter Paul offers profound truths about God and Jesus Christ as well as encouragement to mature faith, putting our problems and our entire lives in the context of eternity.

Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.
Class Meets in Room 202, Main Building/539 Gunter Ave.

Marshall County Caregivers Support Group”                                                                               

Led by Rev. Lula Dobbs.

Are you caring for a loved one diagnosed with Dementia, Alzheimer,

or Parkinson’s Disease? There is hope and strength for your journey.

Every 1st Tuesday of the month

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Meets at the Youth Center, 521 Gunter Ave.
“Women’s Morning Bible Study-Special Guest Series”  
Led by Erin Miles
Join us for fellowship and inspiration as we hear life changing testimonies of faith and purpose. Childcare provided in the main building.
Wednesdays, Sept.25-October 30, 7:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m. | Nursery Available
Class meets at The House, 529 Blount Ave.
Wednesday Night Studies

“Be Free” It is for freedom that Christ has set us free…

Led by Sr. Pastor Ricky Smith

Designed to equip you to live the victorious and abundant life Christ came to give you. Be Free builds on the foundation of your faith in Christ to help you embrace the truth of God’s Word as it relates to your worldview, your past, your sin, your personal value to God, and your purpose in His Kingdom. This group will help you remove every obstacle to intimacy with God and walk in true freedom. The Freedom Curriculum focuses on six areas of personal growth:                                          *Living in the “Tree of Life”                                                                                                                              *Walking in the Spirit                                                                                                                                        *Surrendering to Jesus                                                                                                                                    *Speaking Words of Life                                                                                                                                  *Becoming a Vessel God Can Use                                                                                                                  *Living as a Worshiper                                                                                                                                  On September 14 Freedom Group participants will be going to The Gathering Place in Moody, Alabama for a Holy Spirit led Freedom Conference. The Freedom Conference will help you take steps to overcome your past and lay a foundation for walking in daily freedom.

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. | Nursery Available

Class Meets in Room 206, Main Building/539 Gunter Ave.

“Present Over Perfect”  by Shauna Niequist

Led by Nona Smith

Busyness drains our souls and harms our bodies.  When you don’t have a moment to be still, how can the still, small voice of God’s wisdom and love speak into your life? Shauna Niequist was in a season of extreme busyness that finally broke her enough to become desperate for change.  In Present Over Perfect, Shauna shares what she’s learned in her journey toward slower living, which has become more abundant, fruitful living.  Come alongside to rest, play, and recreate.  What you’ll find there satisfies more than you can imagine.


Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. | Nursery Available

Class Meets in Room 203, Main Building/539 Gunter Ave.

“Alpha” by Nicky Gumbel

At Alpha ALL questions and comments are welcomed. Is there more to life than this? Does God really exist? Why and how do I pray? Does God heal today? Alpha looks at these and other questions, providing a practical look at the Christian faith and an opportunity to ask questions, delve into different issues, and find out what others think.


The Alpha Course includes a special Holy Spirit morning event on Saturday October 5th.


Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. | Nursery Available

Class Meets in Room 202, Main Building/539 Gunter Ave.


“The Epic of Eden” by Sandra Richter

Led by Lula Dobbs                                                                                                                                         

A profound spiritual exploration of the Old Testament.  Learn how an Old Testament understanding leads to fresh depths of New Testament faith for everyday life in the real world.  Sandra Richter has a way of teaching that brings The Bible to life.  You are in for a treat and will be richly blessed by this investment of your time as you fall in love with The Bible all over again or maybe for the first time.

Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. | Nursery Available
Class Meets in Room 205, Main Building/539 Gunter Ave.  

“The History of the Christian Church”

Led by Dr. Jonathan Watts

Ever wondered how the “church” really began?  What the church looked like after Paul and

Peter were no longer leading the people?  How from the darkness of persecution the “church above ground” formed its worship and

theology?  How that a church which began as a single unified Body of Christ splintered into over 40 major divisions and over 30,000

individualized groups?  This class is a historical look at the development of the Christian church from its beginning to the current time.

Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. | Nursery Available

Class Meets in Room 211, Main Building/539 Gunter Ave.

“Step” Membership Class

Led by Ann Lee

This class is designed with those seeking a church home, new members, and those wishing to teach in mind, but is open to all who want to know more about the core beliefs of United Methodists, the structure of the church, how GFUMC operates, and where you fit in. Divided into five sessions based on the vows we take when we join the church.  Discover what the people called “METHODIST”believe.     


For details contact Ann Lee, Discipleship Director at



Weekend Bible Studies

“Young Adults Ministry”

Are you between the ages of 18 and 35?  If so,  there is a place for you in the Young Adult Ministry at GFUMC.  This unique, weekly group enjoys fellowship and action as they explore a variety of Christ centered topics and offer inspiration, and opportunities for Young Adults to grow in faith and serve together as the hands and feet of Jesus in the world, community, and home.  

Every Sunday Morning at 11:00 a.m. | Nursery and Childcare Available

Class meets in Room 310