Groups

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For additional opportunities geared specifically to Young Adults, connect with Deacon Sarah Alexander at salexander@fumcbirmingham.org.

If you have questions about any of our groups, or want to start a new group, connect with Pastor Zack Dunlap at zdunlap@berkleyfirst.org.

Tuesday Women’s Journey Group

All women of Berkley and Birmingham First are invited to join the Tuesday Women’s Journey Group at the Berkley Campus as we begin a new 6-week study of Ann Voskamp’s latest book, Waymaker. In this video-based study, Ann will teach you a new daily habit, a rule of life, and a way to reorient your soul in relation to God through scripture, prayer, and study. You can develop a new spiritual practice that will become your directing company through the hard seasons where it feels like there is no way – only to find you have a Waymaker making an unexpected way into the life you’ve only dreamed of.

Weekly: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 PM, September 23 ,20, 27 , October 4 ,18, 25. (we will skip Oct. 11 – Rummage Sale week)

Location: In-Person, Berkley First Sanctuary (requires TV/DVD)

Leadership: Jill Brouhard, Jill.brouhard@gmail.com, Patty Reynolds, Christy Glick

Study Guide costs $12.00

Young Gal’s Bible Study

Join this young adult ladies’ group to journey together in Christian fellowship. We share highs, lows, prayer concerns, and read scripture. All who identify as a woman are welcome! Leaders rotate each week. Wednesdays at 7:30 PM via Zoom. Leaders rotate each week.

Weekly: Wednesdays at 7:30 PM

Location: Online, Zoom link through Sarah Alexander

Leadership: Sarah Alexander, salexander@fumcbirmingham.org

Tuesday Men’s Journey Groups

All men are invited to this twice-monthly gathering and discussion at Berkley First. Currently, the group is studying the Sermon on the Mount using Sky Jethani’s book What If Jesus Was Serious? No pre-reading is required, and you can plug into any gathering for some good conversation and camaraderie with fellow guys seeking to be faithful together. Can’t make it in-person? Join us via Zoom.

Twice Monthly: First and Third Tuesdays from 8:00-9:00 PM

Location: Hybrid, Berkley First Yoga Room (requires OWL setup)

Leadership: Zack Dunlap, zdunlap@berkleyfirst.org, Patrick Whitten

Backyard Church Zoom Group

Backyard Church started out in 2020 during COVID, under the wing of Pastor Zack Dunlap. When it became too cold to meet in the backyard, we moved to Zoom…thus the origin of the group’s name! With the Lowerys as facilitators, the group continues to follow the series used in Pastor Zack’s sermons. Participation is encouraged and communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month online. Please call the number below or email to get the current zoom link–and join us!

Weekly: Saturdays from 9:00-10:00 AM

Location: Online, Zoom link through Al and Judy Lowery

Leadership: Judy and Al Lowery, 248-792-7821, loweryaj@ocsnet.net

Pub Theology

Do you long for deep and meaningful discussion, where multiple perspectives are shared without judgement? Welcome to Pub Theology! We meetup twice a month: second Tuesdays of each month at Brown Iron Brewhouse in Royal Oak, MI and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Dog and Pony Show Brewing in Oak Park, MI. Join us from 8:00-9:30 PM and enter into deep conversation with a beer or pop in hand. Each meetup is a stand-alone conversation; plug in at any time.

Twice Monthly: Second and Fourth Tuesdays from 8:00-9:30 PM

Location: In-Person, Offsite at Brown Iron Brewhouse and Dog and Pony Show Brewing

Leadership: Zack Dunlap, zdunlap@berkleyfirst.org

Tuesday Evening Discussion Group

Men and women of all ages meet to discuss sermons, explore scripture, and read and discuss Christian books and writings. Facilitated by Dale Glick, this discussion group gathers Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30 PM in-person at the Berkley Campus and via Zoom. Beginning September 13, the focus will be a six-week study of 1 Timothy utilizing a study guide by Max Lucado. 

Leadership: Dale Glick, dglick@michiganfinancial.com

A Time for Prayer

Join with the folks of Berkley First in a time of praying for the church, community, and requests that are made known. A Time for Prayer gathers the first Sunday of each month from 11:20 AM-12:00 PM in person at the Berkley First Parlor, and via Zoom. Prayer requests can be submitted to prayer@berkleyfirst.org.

Leader: Barb Glick, prayer@berkleyfirst.org

Deep-Peace: A Singing Bowl Meditation

Deep Peace: A Singing Bowl Meditation takes place on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 PM in the Berkley First sanctuary. Gather with others to listen and feel the vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls. We have a large collection of bowls that are played by a group of women, all done intuitively. We invite you to sit back, relax, breathe, and let yourself enter into a deep state of relaxation. Comfortable chairs are available, or you can bring a yoga mat or blanket to lay on the floor. 

Leader: Shelly Kinney, shelly@dkinney.com

Narcotics Anonymous

Weekly: Mondays from 7:00-9:00 PM 
Location: In-Person, Berkley First Parlor

New Beginnings Alcoholics Anonymous

Weekly: Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 PM
 Location: In-Person, Berkley First Parlor

Saturday Alcoholics Anonymous

             Weekly: 12:30-2:30 PM
Location: In-Person, Berkley First Social Hall

For questions about adult discipleship, or to help you find the group that’s right for you, email Pastor Zack at zdunlap@berkleyfirst.org