From the beginning of the Christian faith, believers gathered in groups to learn, discuss, share—and occasionally wrestle—with the teachings of Christ.
Today at William Street, there are many ways to get involved in Bible studies and reading groups. From Sunday School classes for all ages, to the Bill Street Book Club and more. We also have youth and young adult groups. No matter where you are in your spiritual life, come as you are and find a small group of loving friends who share your interests and your desire to learn and grow in your relationship with God.
Bill’s Boots Hiking
When: One Sunday a month
Where: Delaware County Parks (TBD)
Bill’s Boots is a group that meets once a month to hike our Delaware County parks. It is open to all ages and hiking ability. We hike regardless of the weather, rain or shine, hot or cold. Meet at the park. So, turn off the TV, get up off the couch and join us for some fun, exercise and fellowship.
2023 Hiking schedule
- January 15 3PM – Delaware State Park (trailhead at sledding hill, near Marina)
- February 19 3PM – Deer Haven (PP)
- March 19 3PM – Hogback Ridge (PP)
- April 16 4PM – Highbanks Metro Park (Nature Center)
- May 21 4PM – Char Mar (PP)
- June 18 4PM – Hickory Woods (PP)
- July 16 4PM – Emily Traphagen (PP)
- August 13 4PM – Blues Creek (PP)
- September 17 4PM – Deer Haven (PP)
- October 15 4PM – Gallant Woods (PP)
- November 19 3PM – Char Mar (PP)
- December 17 3PM – Hickory Woods (PP)
PP = Preservation Parks of Delaware County. See this website for locations:
Faith Speakers: Adult Sunday School Class
The Faith Speakers Class welcomes everyone into an on-going, weekly
conversation about topics of faith and the Christian life. Using the Bible, books, articles, digital resources, and more, class members, guests, and visitors are invited to discuss, debate, grapple with, and delight in the sharing of thoughts, beliefs, opinions, and experiences in an open, non-judgmental setting.
When: Every other Thursday, 10:00 to 11:15am
Where: Church Library
Contact: Martha Hall – please email or call the office (firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-363-4741) for more information.
Inside Out is a women’s group meeting every other Thursday morning at the church. We are currently (January – October 2023) doing a Bible study titled “Jeremiah: Daring to Hope in an Unstable World.” Contact Martha for the study guide that goes along with the DVD and meeting schedule details.
Women’s Shared Journey: the Third Chapter!
When: The third Monday of each month at 2:30
Where: Meetings may vary between Zoom, the church, and other locations.
Contact: Kathi Warnock for location details for particular meetings.
Women’s Shared Journey: the Third Chapter! is a group for women seeking positive direction, encouragement, support, friendship, and joy in life’s later “chapters”. As we age, women share a variety of experiences (retirement from fulfilling careers, “parenting” grown children, grandchildren, health concerns, caring for aging parents, etc.). In this group, women offer one another a safe space to share these experiences, reconnect with old friends, and form new friendships. Please reach out to Kathi Warnock if you are interested in this group.
William Street Book Club
When: The second Monday of each month at 10:00 AM
Where: William Street UMC
Contact: Robbin Behnke
William Street Book Club is a participant lead group that meets at 10:00 am on the second Monday of each month. Participant chosen literature, usually fictions or memoirs, provide for thought provoking discussions, offering opportunities for education, as well as broadening of perspective, on a variety of life experiences. Readers are often inspired to seek connections to their own lives and to consider the God connections experienced through book characters. All adults who love to read are welcome!
September: Horse, A Novel, by Geraldine Brooks
October: The Bean Trees, by Barbara Kingsolver
November: The Oysterville Sewing Circle, by Susan Wiggs
Intertwine Youth Ministry Collective (YMC)
When: Twice a month (schedule updated and communicated the month prior)
Where: Rotating through William Street UMC and our partner churches (location updated and communicated the month prior)
Contact: Rev. Kara Jones, Youth Pastor
With the belief that life and faith are not dichotomous, Intertwine Youth Ministry Collective seeks to offer a safe space for youth (grades 6-12) to build relationships with others, pursue a life lived in Christ, and integrate faith into daily living. This inclusive and loving space offers an arena for youth to move closer to their identity as imago Dei while belonging to a community and participating in the ways of Jesus. We gather for a mix of fun, fellowship, study, prayer, service, and growth. Intertwine YMC is a collaborative youth ministry between local Christian churches in Delaware. Intertwine YMC’s current churches are William Street United Methodist Church (28 W. William St.), First Presbyterian Church of Delaware (73 W. Winter St.), Zion United Church of Christ (51 W. Central Ave.), and Asbury United Methodist Church (55 W. Lincoln Ave.).
Prayers and Squares
When: Twice a month (schedule depends on COVID)
Where: Room 11 in the church
Contact: Kathie Burkman by email or phone for details about meeting dates and times.
The Prayers and Squares Ministry of William Street Church is a small group gathering twice a month on Sunday evenings to work on lap quilts. That is the “squares” part of the ministry. The “prayer” part of the ministry comes when a member of our congregation is in need of prayers and a request for a quilt is made as a tangible symbol of the prayers of our church family. We have added the giving of a baptismal quilt on the day of a baby’s baptism. We have prayer squares in the church that anyone can pick up to give to someone who may be in need of prayer.