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


Christian Formation Sunday School Class (Currently meets on Zoom)
This discussion-oriented class reads scripture and discusses the application of theological concepts to every-day life.

Leader: Steve Pawel, 482-9097

Faith Weavers (Currently meets on Zoom)
This class offers family and faith-based short-term studies. The group enjoys special outings and participating in various mission opportunities.
Contacts: David & Sandy Bradshaw, 483-3343

Hot Potatoes Sunday School Class
This class offers members and their families support and prayers, social activities, and an opportunity to engage in contemporary “hot” topics that are relative to faith in today's world. The group also participates in several mission projects sponsored by the church. New members, both singles and married couples, are welcome.

Contact: Linda Morrison, 483-8213

Seekers Sunday School Class (Currently meets on Zoom)
This Sunday School class seeks materials, both modern and ancient, to find Christ’s purpose for each of us. The class plans social gatherings annually, and also supports and participates in church-wide projects. Couples and singles are welcome.

Contact: Priscilla Spitzer, 483-7584


Grades 7-12 Sunday School Class
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 3 years
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, Bible studies, Wednesday Niters, Choir and Praise Band practices, and special services and events. For more information, please see Kern’s Nursery Brochure or contact our Nursery Coordinator below.
Contact: Chanda Knight, 483-5273 (Nursery Coordinator)

Preschoolers and Kindergarten ages 3-6 years
Children experience Bible stories through age-appropriate curriculum and interactive play.
Lead Teachers: Chanda Knight 483-5273

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

3rd & 4th Grades
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: Chanda Knight, 483+-5273

5th & 6th Grades
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.
Lead Teacher: Cathy Cary, 483-8111

Other Classes, Studies. Fellowship & Small/Support Groups

Youth Fellowship – 6:30 pm
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.

Contact: Alisha Balcom, 483-5273

Fellowship & Other Group Activities

United Methodist Women – 2nd Monday, 10:00 am (Currently meets on Zoom)
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: Diane De Binder (President, 2020), 483-5273


Wednesday Niter Dinners & Fellowship – 5:30-6:30 pm (Currently on hold due to COVID-19)
Wednesday Niters are offered August through June 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. 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 (Currently on hold due to COVID-19)
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.


Praise Band – 7:00-8:30 pm (Currently on hold due to COVID-19)
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: Chris De Cew, 483-5273

Children’s Devotions – 6:30-7:30 pm (Currently on hold due to COVID-19)
Kids (ages 4 through 4th grade) are invited to share in Bible stories, crafts, and other activities. This fall, our Devotions are on the Fruit of the Spirit.

Contact: Chanda Knight, 483-5273

Adult Classes

Hookers & Needlers - Group has a NEW Name!
This fellowship group centers on a common interest, namely crocheting and knitting, but other hobbies go on too. There are group projects and personal projects, and many group projects are given to a good cause. Don’t know how to knit or crochet? We’ll teach you!
Contact: Michelle Pawel (482-9097 or


Pastor Prayer Partners, 8:00 am (Currently meets on Zoom)
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. Join us each Thursday morning for a more intimate and focused prayer time 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

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 call the Church office at 865-483-5273 or send an email to .