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Small Group Ministry

Each Advent Season we offer a number of study groups to help us grow spiritually. Please check back later in the year to learn more about these opportunities in 2022. 

WHEN:  Every first Thursday of each month through September (we will evaluate then and see if we need to make any changes, and set the agenda for the rest of the year).  We will start at 11:00 am and end at noon.
WHERE: In the church chapel
FOOD:  Each month, a volunteer will bring a light snack for the attendees.  You are welcome to bring your own beverage to drink.
BOOKS:  Each month, the leader will be the person whose idea was selected for that month.  They can discuss a book they have read, they can lead a book discussion about a book we have all read, or they can invite and introduce a local author.  We will also have an occasional theme month, where we can all bring and share information about books with a particular theme (such as travel, holiday cookbooks, Christian fiction, etc)

Garden Club is a fun and relaxing way to spend with family and friends as you help keep our UMC looking beautiful. We’ll help you pick a section to work on during the Summer and Fall. Once a week or every other week,
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’ that our Garden Club and volunteers spread new mulch in the Spring. You will be the ‘artistic’ caretaker of your garden
area, so you’ll have the freedom to plant annuals or thin existing plants as you see fit. Please consider joining our Garden Club by contacting: Judy Krebs at

For those new to Sun Prairie UMC and for those who might now be interested in joining, Grace Café is offered as an opportunity for women to gather for book study, companionship, and support.  There are two groups, one meeting on Thursday evenings and another meeting on Friday mornings.  Generally, participants choose the group that most aligns with their schedule, but you will find like-hearted, wise, and kind women in both groups.

 We will begin Friday Morning Grace Cafe again inSeptember.  We will be reading the book “Atlas of the Heart” by Brene Brown.  If you want to get a headstart, the book is available on Amazon.  There is also a workbook that goes with the book.  We will be using the workbook in our discussions.  It’s your choice if you want to purchase it.


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.  We hope to be able to meet in person in the Chapel this fall.  If you have any questions, please contact Juanona Brewster (



Grief can exhaust us, so it is good to have people and places to have for support and resources.  Our Grief Education and Support Group meets on the first and third Monday of each month from 6:30-8:00 pm at church for support and education on the grief journey.  Kris Simon leads this group.  She is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in Counseling.  She is also a trained Stephen Minister.  Kris has 14 years of experience working in hospice, initially as a hospice nurse and then as a grief counselor.  This group is a ‘drop-in’ group…come whenever you feel the need for support for whatever kind of grief you may be experiencing.

Knit Crochet Pray is a group who meets 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 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 

Each year our church engages in a Lent study during the season of Lent. Please watch in early 2023 for more information about our Lent study and focus. 

The Men’s Group is meeting virtually on Zoom due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Pre-Covid 19 we met in-person on Saturday mornings at the church. We will most likely return to meeting in-person when we can safely do so. We start at 8AM, and end at 9 AM.  The group is self-sufficient in that there is no official facilitator or leader. There are currently nine active participants in the group.

Typically, we start with a check-in on how our week has gone (everything shared is confidential). We try to keep the check-in to approximately 2 minutes per individual. Next, we discuss the current topic/book that we are using for our study. At times we use the Upper Room devotional as a fill in between topics/books. As an example we recently did a study on an Adam Hamilton book during the season of Advent. We share what was meaningful to each of us during our discussion. We have read several faith-based books over the years including the bible through a structured study. 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 activities outside of the structured study. Pre-Covid 19 we did an annual “Brewers” game including tailgating. We are sure to continue “fun activities” when we can safely do so.

Please contact the church office for more information and to get the zoom link. 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 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 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  We choose a book to study and then take turns leading the discussion. Our meetings also include time to share, laugh, and pray together. Currently, we are a group of women, but men have been in the group in the past. We also meet socially throughout the year. We do like to pick a few projects a year to devote time/money towards.


We are glad to welcome new members at any time! Please contact the church office for more information. We do place an order for the books and they are delivered to SPUMC for pick up or you can download yourself onto an electronic reader.

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 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.