Sunday School/Small Groups

"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." (Acts 2:42, NIV)

Sunday School Classes – 10:00-11:00 am


Christian Formation Sunday School Class (Family Life Center)
This class reads scripture and discusses the application of theological concepts to modern life. Primary themes for study and discussion vary from 8-12 weeks.

Leader: Steve Pawel, 482-9097

Faith Weavers (Room 11)
This class of parents of young children shares in Bible studies and discussions about Christian-based marriage/family topics, Christian movies (e.g., Courageous), etc. Special activities include fellowship and outings, such as treasure hunts/geocaching parties, pot luck picnics, family weekends in the rustic cabins area of Norris State Park, and other activities that include children. Mission projects include providing food, clothes, art supplies, toys, and toiletries for a young mother and child this Christmas. The class also helps with Vacation Bible School and various activities involving children.

Contacts: David & Sandy Bradshaw, 483-3343

Hot Potatoes Sunday School Class (Education Building, Room 10)
This class offers members and their families support and prayers, social activities, and an opportunity to engage in “hot” topics that are relative to faith in today's world. We’ve enjoyed studies from Beth Moore, Mark Hamilton, Nooma, and Narnia! New members, both singles and married couples, are welcome. Special activities & mission work include serving as a sponsor to ADFAC (Aid to Distressed Families of Anderson County), Stocking Stuffers programs at Christmas time, and helping families in need.

Contact: Linda Morrison, 483-8213
Wendy Hohman, 776-2667

Seekers Sunday School Class (Education Building, Parlor)
This Sunday School class seeks materials, both modern and ancient, that are useful in trying to find Christ’s purpose for each of us. Class members suggest ideas for study to widen the scope of discussion. The class plans social gatherings annually. Couples and singles are welcome.
The group supports and participates in church-wide projects.

Contact: Carol Cox, 482-3402

Young Adults

Young Adults School Class (Fellowship Hall, Room 3)
This class welcomes young adults, ages 18 through young 30’s, both singles and couples. Topics are selected by class members, and vary from Bible and book readings and discussions, to video-based discussions, and other short-term studies that follow the Christian calendar.
All are welcome to join in our small group discussions and time of prayer.
The group meets from 10:15-11:15 am for Coffee and Conversation at Panera Bread on Illinois Avenue on the first Sundays in June, July, and August. We also gather for several recreational and fellowship outings each year, including lunch after class, movies, hikes, summer picnics, Christmas parties, and more.

Contact: Ashley Lockridge, 483-5273


Grades 7-12 Sunday School Class (Rooms 13 & 14)
Discussions and activities are designed to help teens establish a grasp on the Bible and to experience the gifts of others through missions, community projects, and personal relationships.

Contact: Alisha Balcom, 483-5273


Nursery, Ages 6 weeks through 35 months (Room 28)
Our Nursery provides a safe, loving place for babies and toddlers while their parents participate in the ministries of the church. These include Sunday morning worship, exercise classes, Bible studies, Wednesday Niters, handbell/choir practices, and special services and events. For more information, please see Kern’s Nursery Brochure or contact our Nursery Coordinator below.
Contacts: Lindsay Shope, 483-5273 (Nursery Coordinator)

Preschoolers and Kindergarten ages 3-6 years (Room 22)
Children experience Bible stories through age-appropriate curriculum and interactive play.
Lead Teachers: Chanda Knight 483-5273, Sheila Luke, 483-3473

1st & 2nd Grades (Room 24)
Children experience the Bible through stories, crafts, and other hands-on activities.
Lead Teachers: Whitney Dongarra, 483-5273 Jessica Torrance

3rd & 4th Grades (Room 18)
Children experience a more in-depth study of the Bible through reading scripture, thought-provoking games, skits, hands-on activities, and interactive discussions.
Lead Teachers: Diane and Dean Stetzel, 685-4866

5th & 6th Grades (Room 16)
This class offers a deeper study of the Bible and Biblical truths on tough issues that “tweens” face today. This year, the class is focusing on a study of the New Testament. Discussions are interactive and informal, welcoming individual opinions, feelings, and ideas. Sixth graders are invited to participate in Confirmation classes, which are held during the latter half of the school year. Watch for details on Confirmation later this Fall.
Lead Teacher: Cathy Cary, 483-8111

Other Classes, Studies & Small/Support Groups

Youth Fellowship – 6:30 pm (Family Life Center)
All 5th-12th graders are invited for a time of recreation, games, food, and learning together in a fun group setting. The fellowship is also seeking ways to serve our church and our community.
Summer Schedule – Youth Fellowship meets once a month. Watch for Details.
Contact: Alisha Balcom, 483-5273


New Testament – 10:00-11:00 am (Fellowship Hall)
Bring your Bible and join Pastor Dan Taylor in an in-depth study and ongoing discussion.

Contact: Don Morris, 483-5273

PK Hope is Alive – 3rd Tuesday, 11:00 am (Fellowship Hall)
Parkinson’s Disease is a brain disorder that occurs when certain nerve cells become impaired. This disease is chronic and progressive. Be part of this self-help group that learns ways to improve lifestyle through greater understanding. Care support partners are welcome to attend too. Lunch is provided.

Contact: Joan Cassens (Kern contact person), 220-8900

Fellowship & Other Group Activities


Monday Morning Maintenance – 9:00 am (Fellowship Hall & church-wide)
This group provides maintenance and general repairs to Kern facilities, as needed. They meet for coffee and prayer, fellowship and support, before working.

Contact: George Smith, 483-5273

United Methodist Women – 2nd Monday, 10:00 am (Fellowship Hall)
This women’s Christian fellowship group comes together to grow in Christ, as well as to reach out in mission to other women, children, and youth throughout the world. In addition to the monthly General Meetings, dinner meetings are held during the months of September and December. Several circles meet in the homes of individuals at scheduled times throughout the month. UMC welcomes women to get involved in various mission opportunities. For more information on Circles or our Reading Library, please contact our UMW President or a member.

Contact: Carla Giles (President, 2017),


United Methodist Men – 1st Tuesday, 6:00 pm (Family Life Center)
This men’s Christian fellowship group prepares and shares in a meal, followed by a brief program. The group enthusiastically invites men (and women) to participate in meetings and service activities. New ideas for service are always welcome.

Contact: Doc McCarty (President, 2017), 483-7359


Wednesday Niter Dinners & Fellowship – 5:30-6:30 pm (Family Life Center)
Wednesday Niters are offered September through May for the entire family to share a meal together and then remain for fellowship, a special program, or to attend a variety of short-term classes or activities. During the summer, Wednesday Niter meals are offered once a month. Cost is $7.00/person or $25.00/ family for the meal (under 7, free).

Contact: Jeanetta Nutter, 425-9825

After Wednesday Niter Dinners

Chancel Choir – 6:45-8:00 pm (Sanctuary)
Kern’s Chancel Choir provides musical leadership for the 11:00 am worship service. We sing a wide variety of anthems and lead the congregation in responses and hymn- singing. During Advent and Holy Week, the choir presents special music and programs. The Chancel Choir meets year-round.

Contact: Kevin Miller, 742-0108

Praise Band – 7:00-8:30 pm (Family Life Center)
Kern’s Praise Band provides musical leadership for the 9:00 am Contemporary worship service. We sing a wide variety of popular contemporary songs, as well as well-known hymns, and lead the congregation in praising and worshiping God. During Advent and Holy Week, the choir presents special music and programs. The Praise Band meets to practice year-round.
Contact: Ashley Lockridge, 483-5273

Children’s Devotions – 6:30-8:00 pm (Education Building, Room 24)
Kids (ages 4 through 6th grade) are invited to share in Bible stories, crafts, and other activities. Many of our Devotions times are spent learning and sharing various art forms and how it can be worshipful, and showcasing our own works of art in a special “gallery” for the entire church to enjoy. Watch for details on what we will be doing this fall!

Contact: Chanda Knight, 483-5273

Adult Classes

These classes are offered in conjunction with our Wednesday Niter ministry.


Pastor Prayer Partners, 7:50-8:30 am (Parlor)
Join others as they lift up and support the pastor, staff, leadership, and the church, by making a personal pledge and commitment to pray regularly and consistently for our church. Those available for a more intimate and focused prayer time are invited to meet every Thursday morning from 8:00-8:30 am to pray both with and for our pastor and church staff; we also share and pray over church concerns.

Contact: David Vick, 482-4175
Other Opportunities

The Handbell choir is a musical group that plays on an occasional basis for worship services and for special church events. Watch for details on when our next Handbell Choir will form.

Contact: Carol Cox, 482-3402

Are you interested in a small group that is NOT listed?

This website contains a sampling of the various classes, Bible studies, and small groups that are available at Kern UMC. You do not have to be a member of the church to participate. We both welcome and encourage others to join us.

In addition, we are always seeking new ideas and opportunities to bring people together in small group ministries. If you would like to lead a small group or participate in a study that is not included in this list, please let us know.

Please complete the sign-up sheet inside your bulletin or call the church office. Your name will be given to the appropriate class leader.