Small Groups

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17

At First Washington UMC, we strive to make connections through small groups.  We have offerings of in-person and online groups. For more information on how to get connected,  please reach out to our Director of Discipleship Ministries Shara Neubert at

Co-ed Small Group Opportunities

Wiser Together

New study starting April 19: Resilient- Restoring Your Weary Soul in These Turbulent Times by John Eldridge

Drawing on wisdom from Scripture and Christian tradition, and illustrated throughout with powerful, true stories of grit and survival. Thriving requires a resilient soul. Resilient will help you find the resilience you long for when the world has gone mad—and discover in Jesus himself the strength that prevails.

When: Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Where: First Washington UMC
Contact: Julie Dotson 314-805-9544

How Not to Read the Bible

How Not to Read the Bible  by Dan Kimball

Difficult questions arise when we read the Bible.  Is God pro-violence?  Does God endorse slavery?  Why does the Bible feel so anti-women and anti-science?  Questions like these have caused many to walk away from faith.  We need to address these issues that come up about the Bible.  The good news is that there are reasonable responses to these valid and understandable questions.  Dan Kimball guides us step-by-step in how to make sense of these difficult and disturbing Bible passages.  

When: Monday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
May 15-June 26 (no class on Memorial Day)
Where: First Washington UMC
Contact: Patty Giebink 573-289-9921

Soul Care

How we respond to the events of our everyday lives is our spiritual journey.  Soul care is a way of companioning others as they intentionally seek to notice and listen more closely to the guidance and transforming work of God in their everyday lives. Whether in a group or a one-on-one setting, soul care creates the opportunity to gain clarity and experience God’s grace and love in your present circumstances.

For more information, please contact Julie Dotson at

Men's Small Group Opportunities

Men's Breakfast

When: 2nd Saturday of each month at 8:00am
Where: Franklin's Restaurant
900 Washington Square Shopping Center Washington, MO 63090

Join the men from our congregation and community as we get together for food and fellowship.   

Men's Devotional

When: Thursday mornings at 8:00am
Where: Cafe Mosaic
901 Patients First Dr.
Washington, MO 63090

Join the men of our congregation and community for a morning of devotions and fellowship.  Currently, we are going through Stand Strong Daily Devotional book. 

Men's Bible Study

All men are invited to a Men's Bible Study.  Bring your bible and an eager heart to learn and grow in fellowship in God's word.  

When: Thursdays at 6:00pm
Contact: Scott Vanek at 636-432-6351 or
Gabriel Stanfield 636-628-1569
for more information including location 

Women's Small Group Opportunities

IF Gathering

IF Gathering will be taking a break for the summer.  Stay tuned for upcoming activites and meetings!

IF Gathering is designed to offer a relaxed setting to share a meal and connect with other women.  Each month, we have a different topic with questions for discussion.  We hope you can join us as we gather monthly around a table for food, fellowship, prayer, and connection.  

When: 2nd Saturday of the month
Where: UnderGrounds Espresso Bar
330 Front St., Washington, MO

Jenny Hanify: 636-667-0718
Molly Hanify: 636-359-3439 

Oasis Group

Oasis will be taking a break for the summer.  Stay tuned for upcoming activities and meetings!

Oasis is a group for all women- young or young at heart!  This is a time to connect with one another, enjoy a meal together, and share our highs and lows.  This is then followed by a book study.  

When: every other Sunday at 4:00pm
Where: Tiffaney Campbell's house
Contact Tiffaney for directions 573-552-6815 

Small Group Resources

Right Now Media was developed to provide churchs with Biblically-based videos for small groups, families, students, leadership development, and much more.  To sign up through First Washington UMC for this free library, just click below. 

Sign up for a small group

We'd love to get you connected to a small group in your area. Fill out the form below to get started.

Small groups help people grow in their faith and build community. Our groups take place throughout the week in different neighborhoods, so use this form to find a group that's right for you. We'd love to have you join us!