Pathways: Step Out of Your Pew and Onto a Path

Pathways is our approach to faith formation and spiritual growth for adults at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. Whether Christianity is new to you, or whether you are a lifelong Christian, there’s a pathway for you.
As we begin 2017, we invite you to step out of your pew and onto a path. Walk with others as you take a spiritual journey. Allow the Holy Spirit to ignite your faith and transform your life as you create community with others. Let Christ shape and enrich your heart, mind, soul and strength, in all the fullness of God’s love and grace.


We distributed our new Spring 2017 Pathways booklet on January 8, 2017. It includes a few new opportunities as well as groups which have been together for a while but who will study new things. Come to a class that interests you, or contact the class leader or coordinator to find out more. Call the church office at 602.840.8360 to speak to a pastor, who can help guide you on your journey.


Click here to download a .pdf of the Pathways Spring 2017 booklet.


Introduction to Pathways

If you don’t know where to begin, you’re invited to join Senior Pastor Dave Summers and his wife, Kim Summers, for Journey of Faith: An Introduction to Pathways. The class meets for three consecutive Mondays, January 30, February 6 and 13, 2017, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Fireside Room, F8. The class includes an introduction to the Bible and the United Methodist Church, and information on how to discover your spiritual gifts. They will also share devotional practices to help you enrich your life of faith and better discern where God may be leading you.


No registration is necessary for any of the Pathways classes, unless where noted.


Some of the “HEART” pathways classes include new material and expanded programming, such as:

Modern Family and Caring Kids
Leaders: Erin Zeller and
Rev. Brenda Smith
Sundays, Jan 8-May 7, 2017
10:45-11:45am, H5
Modern Family inivtes parents to explore parenting and faith issues. Focusing on familes with young children, the group meets in conjunction with a children’s missions program, “Caring Kids,” led by Rev. Brenda Smith. Children in first grade and up are invited to participate. For a full schedule, which lists weekly mission and service projects, please email


Contact Erin Zeller for more information about the Modern Family class and their schedule.


Leaders: Rayme Ellett
Wednesdays, Jan 11-May 24, 2017
4:30-5:30pm, Library, G2
This women’s group meets while Music Makers, the afterschool children’s music program, is in session. The women will begin the year with a new book study by Adam Hamilton called, Enough. The books are available at class or in the church office and cost $10. Click here to read reviews on Goodreads. Please contact Rayme Ellett for more information about the class and book study.


Church-wide Lenten Study

Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics (and Other Wanderers)

Many of our weekly classes will opt to follow the church-wide Lenten book study called Gifts of the Dark Wood, by Eric Elnes. The book helps those of us who have doubts see the path forward, out of the woods.

Have you left the faith you used to have but don’t know what to move toward? When you can’t see the road ahead, do you feel lost and alone? Do you wish you had a group of companions willing to wander with you? Welcome to the Dark Wood. Click here to read a full summary and reviews by readers on Goodreads.


Marcia McFee, a worship leader who works with churches to touch all the senses during worship, has posted this video as part of the Lenten series:

Other materials come from which was used to present The Ridiculous Journey: Following a Nobody from Nowhere last fall.


Sample of a “MIND” Pathways Class

Growing Together in Our Walk
Leader: Kim Summers
Wednesdays, beginning January 11
6-7:30pm, Fireside Room, F8
This book and DVD study group begins with a six-week study based on the book, John: The Gospel of Light and Life by Adam Hamilton. Books will be available at the first meeting, or in the church office.




Yoga for Everyone is a “SOUL” Offering

New: Yoga for Everyone
Leaders: Mary McGill and Mary Thomson, RYTs, Desert Song
Wednesdays, year-round,
beginning Jan 11, 2017
6-7:10 pm, H1
Yoga for Everyone, led by registered yoga teachers from Desert Song, offers a free, weekly yoga group practice for all levels. Bring your mat and a towel or blanket, and wear comfortable clothing.


Many of the “Soul” classes under the Transformational Living Ministry Team fall under “Transformation Thursdays.” Lunch Conversations meet weekly, and Centering Prayer is offered once a month on the 2nd Thursday (no class in April). There are also several Enneagram classes offered through the Arizona Enneagram Association. The church hosts the AEA’s monthly MeetUp on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Click here to register for this and other Enneagram classes. Find rest, community and more at PVUMC.


“STRENGTH” Opportunities abound under Missions and Church & Society

The Church & Society Ministry Team hosts civic academies about important issues in our community and works with VIP, Valley Interfaith Project, and other faith communities to encourage civic engagement.

The Missions Ministry Team offers numerous opportunities to join others in serving our community and world throughout the year. Opportunities include international mission trips (like Costa Rica and Guatemala) as well as monthly workdays and seasonal projects for these organizations:



Our Mission: Alive with the Spirit, we bring God’s love into action, by igniting faith, transforming lives and creating community.

Our Vision: Love that crosses all barriers and embraces all people.

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