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.

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 class information coming next week.  Please check back then for days, times facilitator and formation information.  Thank you!

Topical Classes

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
Ongoing
Time: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A201 – In Person

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Deep Waters — 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

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Journey Together — Jonah

In The Epic of Eden: Jonah, Dr. Sandra Richter takes us on a journey through Jonah’s life that leads us all to the place where we realize that our God is way bigger than we thought. Not only will we learn everything we ever wanted to know about the brutal Assyrians of Nineveh, ancient seafaring ships, and large aquatic creatures, but we will also be challenged with the same message that confronted Jonah. Are we willing to let God be God, to move us out of our comfort zones, and embrace a calling that might just take us to the edges of the world we know?

Facilitated by Rev. Julie Wright
Wednesdays
Start Date:  August 5
Time: 10:30 – 11:45 am
Length:  Ongoing
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)

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

The Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are two of the great spiritual masters of our time, but they are also moral leaders who transcend their own traditions and speak always from a concern for humanity as a whole. Their courage and resilience and dogged hope in humanity inspire millions as they refuse to give in to the fashionable cynicism that risks engulfing us. Their joy is clearly not easy or superficial but one burnished by the fires of adversity, oppression, and struggle. The Dalai Lama and Archbishop remind us that joy is in fact much bigger than happiness, it is a state of mind and heart.

Book of Joy

Aug 12 – The Obstacles to Joy
Aug 19 – The Eight Pillars of Joy, Departure, and Joy Practices

Facilitated by Rev. Elizabeth Byrd
Day: Wednesdays
Start Date:  August 5
Time: 9:00 am
Format: Zoom – https://zoom.us/j/98968830499
Length: 3 weeks

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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
Time: TBA
Format: Zoom
Length: 4 weeks

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Life & Ministry of Paul

Whether you’re traveling to the Holy Land in person, or you can’t get away and want to imagine you’re there, this course will study the impact of Jesus’ ministry in the biblical places and provide scriptural insight into the life and teachings of Jesus.  Explore the teaching of the Apostle of Paul by multi-media visits to some the key locations of his ministry and through examination of scriptural passages related to his specific teachings and example. These four sessions can be helpful to those who plan to make the Journeys of Paul trip Feb. 9-20, 2021 as well as persons who want to expand their understanding of the life and ministry of Paul.

Facilitated by Rev. Jamie Jenkins
Thursdays
Start Date:  September 3
Time: 6:30 pm
Format: Zoom & In-Person, C106
Length:  4 weeks

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Study of Corinthians

A study of 2 Corinthians.  (A continuation of the two part study on Corinthians.)

Facilitated by Rev. Elizabeth Byrd
Fridays
Start Date:  August 7
Time: 8:00 am
Format: Zoom – https://zoom.us/j/97538623570
Length: 4 weeks

Aug 7 – Chapters 1-3
Aug 14 – Chapters 4-6
Aug 21 – Chapters 7- 9
Aug 28 – Chapters 10-13

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Study of Lectio Divina

A two-session class on the Lectio Divina. Learn how to read, meditate, pray and contemplate scripture.

Facilitated by Rev. Elizabeth Byrd
Fridays
September 11 & 18
Time: 8:00 am
Format: Zoom
Length:  2 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
Start Date:  TBA
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am
Format: Zoom

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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.

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
Ongoing
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 am
Format: Zoom & In-Person, C106

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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
Ongoing
Time: 6:00 am
Format: Zoom & In-Person, C106

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

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

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

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.