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Please watch for more information about Advent studies in late fall 2023.

Garden Club is a fun and relaxing way to spend time with family and friends as you help keep our UMC looking beautiful.
There are two options offered: Garden Bed Crew and Maintenance Crew

Garden Bed Crew:
We’ll help pick a section for you to work on during the Spring-Fall growing season. Twice a month, you’ll work on things like weeding, ‘dead-heading’ flowers, and clearing away dead leafage. In the Fall,
all perennials and grasses need to be cut back. We have a ‘Mulch Day’ in the Spring that our members and volunteers spread new mulch on the beds. You will be the ‘artistic’ caretaker of your garden
area, so you’ll have the freedom to plant annuals, perennials, or thin
existing plants as you see fit.
Maintenance Crew:
You will be called on approximately 3-4 times a growing season to
bring your tools to help with fertilizing grass, trimming bushes, cleaning up and cutting back plant materials in the Fall, and helping
at Mulch Day.
Please consider joining our Garden Club by contacting:
Judy Krebs at
or Penny Finn at

Grace Cafe is a book group for women that meets on Thursday evenings or  Friday mornings from 9:30-11:30am. Grace Cafe is a time for you to fellowship with other women, as well as grow in your faith through scripture, discussion, friendships and of course, food and coffee! Come and be pampered while you get together with both long-time and new friends to discuss a good book. There is typically one book in the fall, winter and spring.

More information will be sent out at a later date via the SPUMC Thursday email and we will send an email to this group at the same time.  


The 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month, the Grief Group meets from 6:30-8pm in the church library. This is a drop in, Education and Support group. You may come as often as you like. Kris Simon, a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Counseling, facilitates the group. She is also trained as a Stephen Minister. Kris has 14 years of experience working in hospice, initially as a hospice nurse and then as a grief counselor. Throughout her work in hospice, Kris has provided individual grief counseling in addition to facilitating a variety of grief support groups. Kris is passionate about grief support groups after years of observing directly the benefits to those attending. For more information contact the church office.   

 We meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month.  We meet in person at the Wesley house and have others join us via zoom at the same time.  We craft prayer shawls, pocket prayer shawls, baby blankets for baptisms, and hats.  The hats we donate to the Sun Prairie Schools every Fall.   We have also donated blankets to the UW-NICU and every year we enjoy crafting prayer shawls for confirmands.

We have many years of experience in our group and are always willing to share if you are interested in learning how to knit and/or crochet.  Or maybe you would like to brush up on your skills?  The second Monday is designed for just such sharing of our knowledge.  On the fourth Monday we include devotional readings and prayers as we continue to work on our various projects.  New members are always welcome and thanks to many generous donations over the years, we have plenty of supplies such as yarn, needles, hooks, and patterns to get you started!

 If you would like more information, please contact Kathy Wessel at 

We offer multiple days and times for our Lent Study each spring. Check back here for more information about Lent 2024. 


Saturday Morning Men’s Group The Saturday morning Men’s Group meets Saturday mornings in the conference room at the church. We start at 8AM, and end at 9 AM.
There are currently nine active participants in the group. We start with a check-in on how our week has gone. Next, we discuss the current topic/book that we are using for our study. We are studying “The Lord’s Prayer” by Adam Hamilton for our 2023 Lenten study. We share what was meaningful to each of us during our discussion. Approximately 50 minutes into the hour we take prayer requests/ concerns/joys from our participants. We end with a closing prayer. We also have some fun outside of the structured study. This year we went to a “Brewers” game including tailgating. Please contact the church office for more information. We’d love to have you join us!

Men in Mission meets approximately once a month for dinner and approximately every other month for a mission project.  Come when you are able!

Contact Rick Mulhern to get on the email list at 


The SPUMC women’s M&Ms Book Study Group has been in existence for almost 20 years. M&M stands for Martha and Mary, women of the bible that host Jesus. We meet (live or virtually) one Thursday of the month either at SPUMC (or virtually) from  6:00 – 7:30 pm.  We choose either a book or video series to study and then take turns leading the discussion. This year we are doing a video series,  Our meetings also include time to share, laugh, and pray together.  We do like to pick a few projects a year to devote time/money towards.

For more information on our group, please contact Laura in the Church office.

Sunday mornings Sept-May at 9:45 am

This group will be an informal, conversational group where we can support each other as experience the joys and challenges of raising kids. Each week we will pick an article or topic to discuss. We will also spend time sharing our own experiences. We will meet in the Library. No registration required—join us when you can! 

The  Lady Walkers walk on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons at 1:30.  They walk various trails and parks throughout Dane County and beyond.  For more information or to join this group please contact the church office.  

SPUMC Annual Women’s Retreat

Every fall we have an annual women’s retreat. The format varies, so watch the weekly email and announcement slides during worship for more information.  Contact Juanona Brewster for more information.

Don’t see a small group you might be interested in? We are starting new small groups throughout the year and would love your feedback on what kinds of groups you would to see. Click here to let us know about small group ideas and interests.