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Small Group Ministry

As adults, have you ever been curious about confirmation class at SPUMC or wanted a refresher from your own confirmation experience?
Adults, please join us on Sunday mornings for Confirmation 101.  We will meet from 9:45-10:30 am in the Chapel on January 22 and 29, and February 5 and 12.  We will learn some of the basics that we teach our youth in Confirmation and have fun exploring a bit about our Christian faith and our own faith journey.
No experience is necessary and even if you never went through Confirmation, we hope you’ll join us for Confirmation 101.  No need to sign up; come to as many classes as you like.  If you have any questions, please contact Deb Mulhern (

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

WHEN:  Every first Thursday of each month. We will start at 11:00 am and end at noon.
WHERE: In the church chapel
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 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 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.  We hope to be able to meet in person in the Chapel this fall.  If you have any questions, please contact Juanona Brewster (


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 

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. 


Saturday Morning Men’s Group The Men’s Group meets on Saturday mornings in the conference room at church. We start at 8am and end at 9am. The group is self-sufficient in that there is no official facilitator or leader. There are currently eight active participants.

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 the 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 The Gospel of John by Adam Hamilton. 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 structured study. Approximately 50 minutes into the hour we take prayer request/concerns/joys from our participants. We end in closing prayer. 

We also have some fun outside of the structured study. This year we went to a “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. 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.