Bethel has multiple adult Sunday school classes from which to choose. While the ages of the members and the materials used will vary, all are welcoming and provide a great way to grow in understanding and love of God. In addition, they are a place for fellowship and fun! Sunday school is currently at 8:45am, but on September 11, 2022 will be moving to 10am.
The Builders Class consists of mixed ages (mostly over 70), singles, and married couples who participate in the many missions and programs at Bethel UMC. Members of the class serve as teachers each Sunday and we use the UMC adult lesson book. As we serve our God and study the Bible we share, care, love, and support each other, our church and our community. We also enjoy opportunities for fellowship together at our Christmas and Valentine’s parties and other class outings. They meet in room E206. Come in through the fountain doors and turn left.
This class is for college age folks, whether you are in school, or out in the workforce. It is taught by Jay Hogue and is discussion oriented. For those of you who are away from your church home during college, we hope that Bethel can be the place you get connected while in Spartanburg. They meet in room E202. Come in through the fountain doors and turn left.
This is a new Sunday School class starting this fall (2022). We will start this fall using the Adult Bible Studies material. This class will be an open discussion group where we can share views on a specific lesson and learn from one another. We will take a look at the UMC Adult Lesson to start off. Come in through the fountain doors, take the elevator to the 3rd floor, turn left and the classroom is the last room on the left.
We are a fun, laid back group between 25-50 years of age who participate in discussion style lessons. Each teacher/family volunteers 1 month to teach and selects the lesson materials and topics. We are a social group and enjoy time together outside the church when our schedules allow. They meet in room E204. Come in through the fountain doors and turn left.
Our class format is open discussion led by a rotating group of facilitators. Some lessons have included a book study on So What’s The Difference by Fritz Ridenour and a video series with Francis Chan, Louie Giglio, John Ortberg, and Max Lucado. We are a fun group who are mostly in our 60s with open doors to everyone. Coffee! They meet in room E312. Come in through the fountain doors, take the elevator or stairs to the 2nd floor and turn right.
The Opportunity Class is comprised of mostly retired couples and singles. We follow the Methodist curriculum with lively discussions led by a few volunteer teachers. Monthly meals are enjoyed to socialize and support each other. We welcome anyone interested in learning more about our purpose as Christians, in a family setting. They meet in S102. Come in through the fountain doors and turn right.
Outreach Class provides warm fellowship and an encouraging discussion each Sunday morning. Social events include picnics, eating out, Christmas caroling, and other fun activities. As the class name implies, Outreach Class also has a focus on outreach initiatives, both locally and nationally. Lessons are generally based on United Methodist Church curriculum. Our fellowship includes those who are married, single, and widowed. Many are retired, and most (but not all) are over 65. Everyone is welcome. They meet in room E313. Come in through the fountain doors, take the elevator or stairs to the 2nd floor and turn right.
We welcome all adults with special needs. Our main theme is “God is Love” and that there is no such thing as a disabled soul. We follow a pretty well ingrained routine since many of our students also have been diagnosed with an Autism disorder. We have a scripture lesson, followed by a 15-minute Sunday school lesson. We then have a time for prayer, and refreshments. Some of the students will then go to “Big Church” where they participate just like anyone else in attendance. Those students who need to stay in our Sunday school area during this time go into another room where they engage in art activities or some other hands-on activity. Some simply desire to watch the upstairs Worship Service via closed circuit television. They meet in S111. Come in through the fountain doors and turn right.