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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)
Contact: awristau@gmail.com

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. 

2022 Hiking schedule

  • January 16 3PM – Delaware State Park (trailhead at sledding hill, near Marina)
  • February 13 3PM – Deer Haven (PP)
  • March 13 3PM – Hogback Ridge (PP)
  • April 10 4PM – Highbanks Metro Park (Nature Center)
  • May 15 4PM – Char Mar (PP)
  • June 12 4PM – Hickory Woods (PP)
  • July 17 4PM – Emily Traphagen (PP)
  • August 14 4PM – Blues Creek (PP)
  • September 18 4PM – Deer Haven (PP)
  • October 16 4PM – Gallant Woods (PP)
  • November 13 3PM – Char Mar (PP)
  • December 11 3PM – Hickory Woods (PP)

PP = Preservation Parks of Delaware County. See this website for locations:

Delaware County Park District Map​


Speaking of Faith: Adult Sunday School Class

When: Sunday Morning, 9:00 to 10:15am
Where: The Learning Center
Contact: Reg Hollinger to receive the weekly class email and stay up-to-date.

The Speaking of Faith 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. Contact Reg Hollinger to receive the weekly class email.

Inside Out

When: Fourth Thursday of each month, 10:00am
Where: Church Fellowship Hall
Contact: Martha Hall – please email or call the office (office@williamstreetumc.org or 740-363-4741) for more information.

Inside Out is a women’s group meeting the 4th Thursday morning of each month in 2022 at the church. Currently (January – October 2022), we are doing a book study titled It’s Not Supposed to be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst.


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 12th Book Selection: The Boys: A Memoir of Hollywood and Family, by Ron and Clint Howard

October 10th Book Selection: The Measure, by Nikki Erlick

November 14th Book Selection: The Woman with the Blue Star, by Pam Jenoff

December 12th Book Selection: The Rules of Arrangement: A Novel, by Anisha Bhatia


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.

Pink and white quilt
Pink and white quilt

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