When we learn about the complexities of our faith in relation to others, we begin to have a deeper understanding of our world, and ourselves. Group Bible Study is a core practice at Peachtree Road for these reasons. This is one of our most transformative practices, and one worth intentionally exploring.  Come enjoy lively discussion, discover new perspectives and gain new insight!

We have different formats for study to accommodate life and schedules. Some are more casual and some require a deep commitment. We would love to help you find which is right for you. Please contact Rev. Elizabeth Byrd at 404.240.8227 or elizabethb@prumc.org.

Topical Classes

Deep Waters: Liminality and the Theologies of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Howard Thurman

“Liminality” is that space or time of transition and lack of clarity, between one life changing event, life passage or time in life and the arrival of clarity about the next phase. Since March we have been in an extended period of liminality in dealing with the Covid 19 crisis. We are not sure when or how it will end and what life will be like when we get to a new normal. So, we are in a time and space of liminality. And periods of liminality can be very discouraging but they can also be a time of great creativity and vital change. What are the places of impasse that you have become aware of or during this Covid-19 time out? What are the fresh insights and possibilities you have seen emerge in your life/in our common life? We will explore the idea of liminality in connection to Bonhoeffer’s prison correspondence writings and the life and writings of Howard Thurman.

Facilitated by Rev. John Cromartie
Wednesdays
Start Date:  September 16
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Format:  Zoom
Length: 10 weeks

Watch recordings of classes using the links below.

September 16 Video of Session 1 here.

September 23 video of Session 2 here.

September 30 video of Session 3 here.

October 7 video of Session 4 here.

October 14 video of Session 5 here.

October 21 video of Session 6

October 28 video of Session 7 here.

November 4 video of Session 8 here.

November 11 video of Session 9

November 18 video of Session 10

Watch video of Session 1 here.  

Watch video of Session 2 here.

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Stepping Stones

The class members utilize the Upper Room Disciplines, A Book of Daily Devotionals, to structure the discussions. We follow a shared leadership model highlighting our faith journeys as it relates to the daily Upper Room offerings. This process allows us to not only discuss the scriptures referenced in the Disciplines, but it also leads us in discussing current and past events that have affected our faith journeys. This is a friendly, thought provoking group and we welcome new class members.

Group Led
2nd and 4th Thursdays
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Format: A201 – In Person
Length: Ongoing

Disciple Bible Studies

Disciple Bible Study

Through our Disciple Bible Study series, we are offering the Fast Track format of 24-week courses in which participants reflect upon the scriptures.

  • Disciple I is our introductory course.
  • Disciple II is a more in-depth study of Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts.
  • Jesus in the Gospels focuses upon the portrait of Jesus painted by the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and Acts.

Disciple Fast Track provides comprehensive engagement with the entire biblical text. Fast Track groups meet for a total of 24 weeks, devoting 12 weeks each to the Old Testament and the New Testament. Participants read a manageable 3-5 chapters of the Bible daily in preparation for the weekly meetings, which last approximately 75 minutes. A separate Leader Guide provides group facilitators with step-by-step instructions for leading each week’s session without any extra preparation.

Disciple Sunday School - Disciple 1 Fast Track

DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. Michael Solis and Ashi Parikh will lead a shorter option of Disciple 1, which gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God.

Facilitated by Michael Solis and Ashi Parikh
Sundays
Start Date: September 13
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Format: Zoom
Length: Ongoing

For more information contact Elizabeth Byrd at elizabethb@prumc.org.

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Disciple 1 Fast Track - Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study

For those whose schedules with busy schedules, try the Fast Track version with Ed Hamlin for an abbreviated study with 12 weeks in the Fall for the Old Testament, a break for the winter holidays, and 12 weeks beginning in January for the New Testament. This is a great way to get your feet wet with Disciple.

Facilitated by Ed Hamlin
Sundays
Start Date: September 13
Time: 6:00 pm
Format: C106, Zoom
Length: Ongoing

For more information contact Elizabeth Byrd at elizabethb@prumc.org.

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Disciple 2 Fast Track - Into the Word into the World

Join Deidra Harrell and Elizabeth Byrd for the Fast Track version of Disciple 2. It will include 12 weeks in the Fall for Genesis and Exodus, a break for the winter holidays, and 12 weeks beginning in January for Luke and Acts.

Disciple 1 is a prerequisite for the course.

Facilitated by Deidra Harrell and Elizabeth Byrd
Sundays
Start Date: September 13
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Format: Zoom
Length: Ongoing

For more information contact Elizabeth Byrd at elizabethb@prumc.org.

Journey Together — Isaiah

Often named the fifth gospel, the book of the prophet Isaiah has more to say about Israel’s coming Messiah than any other Old Testament book.  Brilliant, courageous, uncompromising, this prophet declared that “the year of the LORD” had come and God’s people needed to either step up or stand down.  Indeed, when Isaiah spoke, kings trembled. But too often today, when Isaiah speaks, God’s people have trouble hearing.  In the Epic of Eden: Isaiah, Dr. Sandra Richter takes participants back to the eighth century BCE, explaining Israel’s religion and economy, and helps us to apply the message of this great champion of the faith to our lives today.

Facilitated by Rev. Julie Wright
Wednesdays
Start Date:  September 30
Time: 10:30 – 11:45 am
Length:  10 weeks
Format: Zoom – https://zoom.us/j/99928830452

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Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life

This 10-week study on the book Soul Feast, which “offers a framework for understanding the spiritual disciplines and instruction for developing and nurturing those practices.”

Facilitated by Rev. Leslie Watkins
Wednesdays
Start Date:  September 9
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Format: Zoom
Length:  10 weeks

Class size is limited.  Please register with Leslie Watkins at lesliew@prumc.org.

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Westside Study Opportunities

For more information, contact Daniel Ogle at danielo@prumc.org.

Short Term Classes (6 weeks or less)

Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love

Reliable spiritual guide, Will Willimon, invites readers to consider the gospel command to love (and not merely tolerate) those considered to be “Other” or outside mainstream Christian culture. Rooted in the faith of Israel and the Christian story and vision, Willimon brings a Wesleyan perspective to bear on what may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do: keeping and loving the “Other” as they are – without any need for them to become like us.  Explore the practices of listening, humility, and understanding.

Facilitated by Rev. Carolyn Stephens
Day: Wednesdays
Start Date:  TBA (coming in October–check back for updates)
Time: TBA
Format: Zoom
Length: 4 weeks

Women’s Studies

More Than Sparrows

We are surrounded by love, kindness, compassion, opportunity, and hope. Yet in these blessings, fear, worry, doubt, and neglect seep in. Join us as we study scripture on how to cloak ourselves and each other in God’s love. Come to all, some, or a few classes. Each lesson stands on its own. Starbucks, welcoming women, and inspiration awaits in this vibrant, ongoing Bible study.

Facilitated by Sarah Crossman Sullivan
Day: Wednesdays
Dates: August 26-November 18 (Fall Session: The Way Forward)
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am
Format: Zoom, The Harp Center (when permitted)
Length: Ongoing

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Morning Light

Morning Light is an intergenerational women’s Bible study that breaks up into different classes for topical studies throughout the year.

Facilitated by Nancy Bell, Bonnie Copeland, and Gloria Gilley
Day: Wednesdays
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am
Format: Zoom
Length: Ongoing

Men’s Studies

Wednesday Morning Men’s Bible Study

Come discuss the scripture reading for the week prior to hearing Bill’s sermon. No preparation necessary.

Facilitated by Rev. Geoff Beakley
Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 am
Format: Zoom & In-Person, C106
Length: Ongoing

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Men’s Morning Coffee & Fellowship

This is a casual gathering of men to encourage one another in the faith. Each weekly fellowship discussion is topical and no preparation is necessary. Come as you are.

Facilitated by Brad Pope
Mondays
Time: 6:00 am
Format: Zoom & In-Person, C106
Length: Ongoing

Facilitated by Michael Solis
Fridays
Time: 7:00 am
Format: Zoom & In-Person, C106
Length: Ongoing

Facilitated by Daris McCullough
Fridays
Time: 6:45 am
Format: Zoom & In-Person, A101
Length: Ongoing

Facilitated by Art Brady
Fridays
Time: 6:45 am
Format: Zoom & In-Person, A201
Length: Ongoing

Join or Create a Small Group!

PRUMC’s small groups come together to experience God as they journey through life. It is a great way to integrate into the life of the church while meeting others who want to grow in their faith. Groups will be facilitated by individuals within the group and each group will choose their curriculum or project based on interest. New groups are forming now! Complete and submit the form below or contact Rev. Elizabeth Byrd at 404.240.8227 or elizabethb@prumc.org.