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Small Group Ministry at Avon UMC

We were created for life with God and other people, so we are better together (Genesis 2:18 & Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). Connecting and growing in relationships with others as we follow Jesus is an important part of life within the church. Jesus led a small group throughout his ministry, the Methodist movement started as a small group on the Oxford University campus in the 1700s with four guys, and Avon UMC began as a small gathering of believers in the log cabin of the Gossett family in Hendricks County in 1832. Today, being part of small groups, Bible studies, and classes helps us to experience God’s love, love one another as we intentionally live life together as the fellowship of the church of Christ, and grow as apprentices of Jesus. Below are opportunities for you to experience and share in the blessings of fellowship with the people of Avon UMC:


Upcoming First Step Fellowship Options

First Step options are one-time gatherings to help you get to know others within the congregation as you learn more about Avon UMC. Below is more information:


May 5th – Newcomer Luncheon

Noon – 1:30 pm

Fellowship Hall

Led by Patsy Porter & the Newcomer Team

The Newcomer Luncheon is an opportunity to meet others who are newer to this congregation, while sharing a meal with a few long-time members and some of the church staff, including pastors. During the free lunch you can ask questions as we provide you more information about Avon UMC, including how to get connected through groups/classes and serving as part of a ministry.

Contact the church office during weekdays, Patsy Porter via email, or the representative at the Welcome Desk on Sunday mornings to sign up: or 317-272-4068


April 14th or 21st Membership Class

2:00 – 4:00 pm

Conference Room 1

Led by Pastors Danny and Rob

Membership Class is an opportunity to be with others who are exploring becoming members of Avon UMC, hear part of the faith journeys of class attendees, while learning and discussing the why, how, and what of Jesus’ church, including our Wesleyan roots, the United Methodist membership vows, and how we are intentionally living as disciples of Christ as part of this congregation.

Contact the church office or pastor Rob to sign up: or 317-272-4068


Upcoming Second Step Fellowship Options

Second Step Fellowship Options are groups and classes that meet for up to three sessions to help you get to know others within the congregation as you take steps forward on your faith journey. They include:


Meet & Eat Groups

February/March through April/May

Various days & times

Led by various group hosts & hostesses

Meet & Eat Groups are small groups of about 6 to 8 people meeting monthly to eat a meal together while getting to know one another better. Groups meet to eat a meal together for three months in a row. Look for information in February about signing up for a group.


Simple Group

April 14th – 21st

Sundays at 9:30 am, Room 104

Led by Michele Imler

Simple Group is a 3-week small group experience designed to help attendees get to know others while having some simple discussions about faith. The weekly topics include the following from Rueben P. Job’s book “Three Simple Questions”: Who are you? Who is God? Who are we together?  Contact Michele Imler to sign up:



Upcoming Third Step Fellowship Opportunities

Third Step Fellowship Opportunities are short-term groups/classes that either meet for four to eleven sessions, or are ongoing groups/classes that you choose to join for four to eleven sessions to help you get to know others within the congregation as you take more steps on your faith journey. Upcoming short-term groups, classes, or studies include the following:


Creed: What Christians Believe and Why – Exploring the Apostles’ Creed

Who & What: All are welcome to join the Parenting Group for this short-term study

When: Feb.11th – May 19th, meeting every other Sunday morning at 10:45 am

Where: AUMC Conference Room 1

Leader: Pastor Rob Probus & Others from the Parenting Group

Creed: What Christians Believe and Why is an 8-session study based on Adam Hamilton’s book and the Apostles’ Creed. For Christians, the beliefs expressed in the Creed are foundational. This study will invite participants to consider those beliefs, have conversations about them, including why they matter. Contact Pastor Rob to sign up: or 317-272-4068


Upcoming Fourth Step Fellowship Opportunities

Fourth Step Fellowship Opportunities are ongoing groups and classes that meet twelve or more times per year to help you to grow in your relationships with group/class members while growing as a disciple of Christ. These fellowship opportunities include the following:


Sunday Morning Classes & Groups

Sisters in Strength

Who & What: A women’s Bible Study

When: Sundays at 9:30 am (weekly)

Where: AUMC Conference Room 2 (near the Chapel)

Leaders: Becky Archer-Inskeep, Patsy Fleener, & Shannon Leigh


Wesleyan Class

Who & What: Retirees studying the Bible together

When: Sundays at 9:30 am (weekly)

Where: AUMC Conference Room 1 (in the office area closest to 36)

Leaders: Neil Gobel & Don Schooley


Shared Lives

Who & What: Empty nesters & retirees studying, praying, serving, and growing together

When: Sundays at 10:45 am (weekly)

Where: AUMC Library (the back of the chapel)

Leaders: Keith & Nancy Bruning with Dave & Michele Imler


Parenting Group

Who & What: Parents of school age kids growing in faith through studying, praying, & seeking to live more Christ-like

When: A few Sundays per month at 10:45 am

Where: AUMC Conference Room 1

Leader: Pastor Rob Probus



Fellowship Groups

Circle of Friends

Who & What: Adults with special needs & their caretakers enjoying food & fellowship

When: Second & Fourth Sundays of the month from 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Where: AUMC Fellowship Hall

Leader: Michelle Alcorn


Prime Timers

Who & What: Retirees eating lunch together

When: Second Tuesday of the month (monthly)

Where: Various restaurants & locations

Leaders: Janell Miller & Ruth Eggleton


2/13 at Noon – Bru Burger in Brownsburg

3/12 at Noon – Breakfast Company in Brownsburg

*More dates and locations will be listed in the future.



Fitness & Sports Groups


Who & What: Aerobics fitness sessions

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:45 – 11:45 am (twice per week)

Where: AUMC Fellowship Hall

Leader: SanDee Miller


Restorative Yoga

Who & What: Christian yoga to help restore your mind, body, and soul

When: Mondays & Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:30 am (twice per week)

Where: AUMC Fellowship Hall

Leaders: Jan Dorsey


Men’s Basketball

Who & What: Pick-up basketball games for guys

When: Thursdays from 8:00 – 10:00 pm (weekly)

Where: AUMC Gym

Leaders: Jeff Haney



Who & What: Pick-up pickleball games for those of various skill levels

When: Sundays from 6:30 – 8:30 pm (weekly)

Where: AUMC Gym

Leaders: David & Sonia Barnes



Support Groups

*AA and NA groups meet in the AUMC building, but are not affiliated with the church. Alcoholics Anonymous meets on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:00 pm in the MPR/Gym. Narcotics Anonymous meets on Mondays at 6:30 pm in Room 200/201.



Who & What: A 13-week Christ-centered support group for those grieving after the death of a loved one

When: August – November 2024 (weekly)

Where: AUMC Room TBD

Leaders: Kelly Lane, Kerry Locke, Teana Norcutt, & Keith Bruning

*More information will be available closer to the start date.


Widowed Support Group

Who & What: A support group for widows & widowers

When: First Sunday of the month from 3:00 – 4:30 pm (monthly)

Where: AUMC Conference Room 2

Leader: Donna Mahler



Women’s Groups


Who & What: UWF women’s circle group for fellowship & serving together

When: First Tuesday of the month 6:30 – 8:00 pm (monthly)

Where: AUMC Fellowship Hall or another location

Leader: Michele Pitts


MOPS / Moms Inc.

Who & What: A group for mothers to develop deeper connections & grow spiritually

When: First & Third Wednesdays of the month 7:00 to 9:00 pm (twice per month)

Where: AUMC Room 200/201 (across from the Multi-Purpose Room/Gym)

Leader: Jennifer McLaughlin


Ruth’s Circle

Who & What: UMW/UWF women’s circle group

When: First Monday of the month from 1:30 – 3:30 pm (monthly)

Where: Conference Room 1

Leader: Charlotte Martin



Who & What: Women’s Bible Study Group

When: Thursdays from 9:00 – 10:30 am (weekly)

Where: AUMC Room 200/201 (across from the Multi-Purpose Room/Gym)

Leader: SanDee Miller



Men’s Groups

Come and See

Who & What: Men’s Bible Study

When: Tuesdays at 9:00 am (weekly)

Where: AUMC Conference Room 2 (near the Chapel)

Leader: Pastor Danny Walker



Who & What: Widowers Lunch Group for Men

When: Second Thursday of the month at 11:30 am or Noon (monthly)

Where: Hotcakes Emporium in Avon or another restaurant

Leader: Fred McCracken


You can find contact information for group and class leaders through Realm, or contact the church office for assistance: or 317-272-4068


Bible Studies

Bible Study Fellowship meets in the AUMC building but is not affiliated with the church. The BSF study of John’s Gospel began in September 2023 and will continue weekly until May of 2024 other than during school breaks. Study groups are available for men, women, and children on Tuesdays from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.


Friday Bible Study

Who & What: A Bible Study led by our lead pastor

When: Every other Friday at 9:00 am (twice per month)

Where: AUMC Conference Room 1 (in the office area closest to 36)

Leader: Pastor Danny Walker


As you consider taking steps into fellowship with the people of Avon UMC, or continue growing in your relationships with sisters and brothers in Christ, you may find it helpful to read The Bible verses below about life together as people of faith:

Genesis 2:18

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Mark 3:13-15

John 13:34-35

John 17:20-23

Acts 2:42-47

Acts 4:32

Romans 12:4-5

Galatians 3:28

Hebrews 10:23-25