A disciple is a follower - a disciple of Christ is a follower of Christ.  Discipleship is the process of growing into deeper, more complete disciples of Christ through the equipping of the Holy Spirit to become more Christlike.  In order to become better disciples we must continue to deepen our faith and understanding of Scripture.  Discipleship is a deep process, not a wide process.  We must be disciples before we can make disciples and at Aley we believe that an important part of this is discipleship together in community.

Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” -Eleanor Brown

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Lenten Groups forming! Join a small group study during the Lenten Season. This year our theme for Lent is 'Be Jesus.' We will begin the week of February 21 and spend 6 weeks diving into the characteristics of Jesus and what it means for us today. Our pastors will record a teaching and include some study questions to help guide discussion. Small groups are part of our Wesleyan tradition and an excellent way to both study together and grow in relationship with each other. You can sign up for any of the groups by completing the form below, it's as easy as that! You will receive confirmation 48-72 hours after signing up. If you have any questions, please email Gail, life@aleyumc.org


Below are more details for each of the Groups:

Tuesday 7:00 PM, facilitated by Carol Cooke and Dina Mannix. This is a Zoom only group and is comprised of women from the Women’s Sunday School Class. All are welcome to join for the Lenten study but do be aware that it is primarily women.

Wednesday 6:00-7:30 PM, facilitated by Beth and Mike Collins. This group is an “in house” group, meeting in room 201-203. This group is offered for anyone with children from PreK-Grade 12. Your child(ren) do not have to be a part of Caring Kids or Youth Group to attend. Masks and social distancing required.

Wednesday 7:30 PM, facilitated by Chuck and Teri Manker. This is the existing Two Wednesdays small group and is Zoom only. All are welcome to join for this Lenten study.

Wednesday 8:00 PM, facilitated by Susan Grinkemeyer. Twenty-Something’s will meet Zoom only. Everyone in their 20’s are welcome to join.

Thursday 10:00 AM, facilitated by Paul Bauer. This is an “in house” group, meeting in room 201-203. All are welcome to join, masks and social distancing required.

Thursday 7:00 PM, facilitated by Lee Ortman and Gail Simpson. This is a Zoom only group and a great place to start if you have not been a part of a small group study. This is also a welcoming and loving place to start if you are new to Aley and have been worshipping with us online

COVID Adjustments

Some groups are continuing to meet via Zoom, some are doing a hybrid of in-person and Zoom, and some have shifted to other online alternatives.  If you'd like more information about one of the specific opportunities listed below, please email the office to see how that group has adjusted during this time. 

Sunday mornings

You're invited to join us for one of several opportunities to dive deeper into Scripture with community on Sunday mornings.  Each class starts at approximately 10:10a.m. - or following the conclusion of the 9 a.m. service.  Feel free to swing by the Hospitality Center to grab some snacks and/or coffee before joining a group for fellowship and discipleship.

Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Judas                                                                                                           

   Location: Room 204

Gnosticism is one of the most fascinating and perplexing phenomena in Western religious history. At its heart was gnosis—direct knowledge of God—expressed in complicated myths. Yet Gnosticism itself often escapes our knowledge. Was it the first great Christian heresy? A new world religion? Or an invention of alarmed Christian leaders and modern scholars? How did it influence other religions? And why did its mythology appeal to so many people? Above all, what does Gnosticism mean?

Cultivating Relationships: Irresistible - Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World         

   Location: Zoom

    Pastor Andy Stanley’s “Discovering God’s Will: How to Know When You Are Heading in the Right Direction”, a DVD, 8-session study with a Study Guide. God has a personal vision for our lives, and He wants us to know it even more than we do. But determining God’s will can be a difficult process, especially when we need to make a decision in a hurry. The DVD and study guide will take us through the important steps of decision making, pursuing God’s will, seeking counsel from others, learning to use discernment, and understanding the mind of God through Scripture as we seek His will. The study guide will help outline the amazing plan God has in mind for our life.

Fellowship Bible Study Class                                                                                                                                                                 

   Location: Parlor/Fellowship Room

This class utilizes the "International Sunday School Lessons" curriculum.  The theme for March-May is "Justice and the Prophets".  Student booklets are available for free at the class on Sunday mornings or anytime through the church office.

Women's Sunday School Class: Waiting on God                                                                                                                         

   Location: Room 202

Waiting on God challenges our faith when the bills are stacking up, our families are falling apart, or our dreams feel like they won't come true.  We know that God hears our prayers, but it's hard when the clock is ticking yet He hasn't shown us the answer.  Together we will discover that there is goodness and blessing to be found in times of waiting, including a closer relationship with God than we've ever dared to dream.


   Location: Library

Join other college-aged individuals in an intimate setting to explore faith and Scriptures together using video guides and other guided materials.  

Youth: Simplicity - Finding Contentment in a Busy Life                                                                                                                            

   Location: Activities Building

Youth in grades 6-12 are welcome to join us for a deeper dive into Scripture where we explore the hard questions and deal with confusing Scripture together in an open environment.  You don't need to bring anything but yourself, so come join us as we dive in to the Bible together in new and creative ways.

Children: Learning about Traditions                                                                                                                                             

   Location: Downstairs Children's Rooms

Each week in between the 9a.m. and 11:15a.m. services, children are invited to come learn about the many traditions in the church.  We will get a better understanding of how the traditions started, what they really mean, and why we still do them.  Let's explore The Lord's Prayer, All Saints Day, the meaning behind acolytes, and much more together!  

Weekday opportunities

Journeyers Bible Study: Mondays 9:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.                                                                                                                

   Location: Room 201

This class, now in its 17th year, is doing a multi-year examination of the Old Testament. We welcome anyone who is interested in a fairly in-depth study of the scriptures.

Women's Bible Study: Tuesdays 3:00p.m. - 4:30p.m.                                                                                                         

   Location: Room 202

We are a small group of women who meet for informal study, we choose a variety of topics from the LifeGuide series with each study lasting an average of 8-9 weeks.  We welcome women of any age.