Below are our adult fellowship and Bible study groups currently open for new members.
Additional Bible studies begin throughout the year.
This informal discussion with time for lots of questions is held Sundays at 10:00 AM at church, after the 9:00 AM worship service.
Finding it tough to read the Bible on your own?
Completing other Bible studies and desire more?
Want to understand God better and build a closer relationship?
We’ll be starting a weekly Bible Study program called Disciple 1. It’s been a life-changing experience for many in our church and elsewhere. Growth comes from weekly reading assignments and questions to answer. Each session we’ll review what we’ve read, watch a video, and have plenty of time for discussion. You’ll be amazed at how the Bible reveals just how awesome God is! Learning with others is much more enjoyable than reading it alone.
We expect to start this fall, one evening a week, from 7:00-9:00 PM.
The Women’s Book Club is open to all women and meets the third Wednesday of each month, year-round, at 6:30 PM at the Lodge on the Green at the Shawnee Golf Club. Join us! You do not need to read the book - we welcome all ladies at this monthly get together!
Pendleton Center Church has an active Women's Group led by Naomi Laskey, President. The group normally meets throughout the year on the first Thursday of the month at 12pm, except in January, July, and August.
Come join the Men's Breakfast on the third Saturday of every month (except July, August, and December) from 9:00-10:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall for breakfast, fellowship, devotions, and prayer. All men over the age of 18 are welcome! This is an opportunity for men to meet and share with other Christian men in a small group setting with no other agenda. While this group is not service-oriented, we do run the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, support the Community Easter Egg Hunt, and promote other needs in the church. If you would like to receive an e-mail reminder before each breakfast, please send a message to Shawn Michalski.
Do you ever feel like God is calling you to serve? To be a leader within the church, but not to be a pastor? There are three different categories of Lay Ministry within the United Methodist Church. But keep in mind that the first step for all Laity is to become a Certified Lay Servant. You cannot become a Certified Lay Speaker or Certified Lay Minister until you have served as a Certified Lay Servant.
That being the case, the first category in Lay Ministry is Certified Lay Servant. A Certified Lay Servant serves the local church or charge (and/or beyond) and:
Provides program leadership, assistance, and support
Leads meetings for prayer, training, study, and discussion
Conducts, or assists in conducting, services of worship, preaches the Word, or gives addresses
Provides congregational and community leadership and fosters caring ministries
Assists in the distribution of the elements of Holy Communion
The next category is Certified Lay Speaker. A Certified Lay Speaker is someone who feels called to preach, but not called to serve as a pastor. A Certified Lay Speaker serves by preaching the Word when requested by a pastor, district superintendent, or committee on Lay Servant Ministries, in accordance and compliance with ¶341.1 in the Book of Discipline. They provide what is called “Pulpit Supply.” They fill in for pastors who are going on vacation and need someone to fill in leading worship.
And the final category is Certified Lay Minister. A Certified Lay Minister (CLM) is a qualified United Methodist layperson called to congregational leadership as part of a ministry team under the supervision of a clergy person, but who often serves the church in many other ways.
Not all CLMs are called to preach and should not feel that if they don’t have that calling, they cannot be a CLM. There are many ways a CLM can serve their church.
A Certified Lay Minister:
Conducts public worship
Cares for the congregation
Develops new faith communities
Preaches the Word
Leads small groups
Establishes outreach ministries
Serves as a class leader
Engages in specialized ministries after appropriate training, such as in parish nursing and church planting
Teaches the Scriptures, doctrine, organization, and ministries of The United Methodist Church.
Pendleton Center Church has many trained Certified Lay Ministers! If you are interested in learning more, talk with one of our pastors or Linda Barczykowski to explore the process. And be sure to check out Chuck’s rattling’s on Certified Lay Ministry!