Explore. Discover. Connect.

PVUMC’s Journeys small group ministry invites you to travel with others on the pathway of faith. It’s up to you to decide where you’ll go and what path you’ll take to get there. Discover where God is leading you, explore areas of spiritual growth and renewal, and connect with others. Who will your traveling companions be? What will you discover about yourself, your faith, and about those who are journeying with you? Where will you see God and where will God meet you?

Journeys Small Groups – Winter/Spring 2019

This Winter and Spring, continue with the same small group you met with during the fall, or join another. Sometimes, it’s good to make a change. Sometimes, you feel like you’re right where you need to be. Spend some time praying for guidance from God, who will lead you in the right direction. Classes usually meet weekly, twice a month or once a month. The new guidebook is available in the church office, or download a copy here.

Check the church calendar to see which groups meet when and reach out to the leader. Need contact information? We have a church membership directory that can help connect you with others in the PVUMC community.

Choose your itinerary and go.

Whether Christianity is new to you, or whether you are a lifelong Christian, you’ll find a place where you can walk with others on 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.

With so many itineraries to choose from, we’re sure you’ll find at least one place where you can engage with others in a community of faith.

Free, quality childcare is available for all of our on-campus offerings. Call 602.840.8360, ext 134, at least 48 hours in advance to make a reservation in our Childcare Center. If you need to cancel, please call the number again, even at the last minute.

Our Mission and Vision

All of the Journeys groups are in line with our mission and vision:

Our Mission: God’s love in action

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

No registration is necessary for any of the Journeys groups or classes, unless where noted.

Knitting Together meets Wednesday mornings in the Perk, 9-10:30 am, and invites women to come chat and hang out while knitting, crocheting or working on other crafts.

All ages and levels of ability are welcome, and members are encouraged to help each other. Cheryn Wall leads this group, which meets through year-round. Come anytime.

Some of the group members make prayer shawls as part of the Caring Ministry Team. The shawls are blessed in worship, then given to those undergoing cancer treatments as well as to shut-ins.

It’s one more way PVUMC brings God’s love into action.


Bible and Book Studies — NEW and Continuing

PVUMC has dozens of Journeys groups meeting each week, with some on Sunday morning and some in the evening or daytime during the week. Check the guidebook for all offerings. Here are just a few:

Wesley Sunday School Group
Leaders: Kent and Cindy Heltne
Sundays, year-round
11am-12pm, Library, G2
Explore aspects of faith relevant to our lives today through various book studies led by members of the group. Share a covenant relationship with others, lift each other up in prayer, and show love to the least of these in mission and service projects. This group plans to follow one of the Lenten book studies.

NEW: Pub Theology
Leaders: Bill Terrill and Christopher Wurpts
Last Wednesday of the Month
Jan 30-May 29, 2019
Pub Theology is an off-campus, discussion-based gathering at local breweries and tap rooms. Each month, 4-5 spiritually-focused questions will be posed to people in attendance, usually following a general theme. Discussion will be moderated by the leaders, but with few restrictions. People are invited to talk about their views on faith and religion in a safe space. Questions are encouraged. By understanding ourselves better, we understand the God who created us more fully.

NEW: Second Firsts: Live, Laugh and Love Again — Grief Study
Leader: Bill Quigg
Mondays, March 4-April 15, 2019
12-1pm, Fireside Room, F8
Are you living with loss? Caring Ministries hosts a class on loss and grief called “Second Firsts,” based on the book, Second Firsts: Live, Laugh and Love Again by Christina Rasmussen. The author is a crisis intervention counselor and therapist who survived a devastating loss of her own. Join this book study on grief and loss of all kinds and find support from others who are on the same journey. Bill Quigg led this group in the fall and would love to journey with you this spring.

Pastor’s Bible Study
Leader: Pastor Dave Summers Wednesdays, Sept 2017-May 2017
10:30-11:30am, Fireside Room, F8
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to study the Bible text to be preached on the following Sunday. Led by Pastor Dave Summers or the pastor who is preaching, this class is for all ages of men and women. It’s a great place to meet people. Come a half hour early to share in fellowship.

PVUMC Book Group
Leader: Peggy Howard
1st Non-Holiday Monday of the month
Year-round, 12:15-1:15pm
Library, G2
Spirited discussion of selected works by various authors, chosen by the group. Check the Looking Ahead, From Paradise E-News and pvumc.org/news for current book selections.


Life Stage Groups – A Sampling

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers)
Leaders: Jenn Coughlin
and Sarah Quinn
2nd and 4th Thursdays
Aug 2017-May 2018
9-11am, H7
MOPS offers support for women who have children age 5 and under. Visit the MOPS website at https://www.mops.org/groups/pvumc to contact the leaders, or come to one of their meetings to see how you can be involved. Be notified of events on the PVUMC MOPS private Facebook group.

Young Adult Lifegroup (YAL)
Leader: Rev. Brenda Smith
Sunday Afternoons, year-round
On– or off-campus
Young adults age 18-30 are invited to participate in YAL. Email Rev. Brenda Smith for a schedule: brenda@pvumc.org. Enjoy faith-based discussions, service projects and social activities every week. Most activities are held on Sunday afternoons after the last worship service, with some fun Fridays planned and a work day at Mingus Mountain Camp on Saturday, April 27. Friends are welcome. Ask to join the YAL PVUMC Young Adults closed Facebook group to stay in touch and see what’s happening week to week.


Prayer Groups

Centering Prayer
Leader: Kathy Kramer-Howe
2nd and 4th Thursdays
Jan-May 2019
6:15-7:15pm, H6
Experience the freedom of centering prayer at this class, which teaches a method of meditative silence and contemplative prayer as a way to experience God’s presence in us.


Health Groups

Yoga for Everyone
Leaders: Mary McGill and Mary Thomson, RYTs, Desert Song
Mondays, 6-7pm, 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.



Visit http://arizonaenneagram.org/ to read about and register for Enneagram classes. PVUMC used to host the Arizona Enneagram Association (AEA) MeetUps, but these have moved to Crossroads UMC.


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. Come participate in a Civil Dialogue about Immigration on Thursday, February 28 at 7 pm in H1. Read More.

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 Guatemala in March 2019) as well as monthly workdays and seasonal projects for these organizations:

  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Project Cure
  • St Mary’s Food Bank
  • UMOM & Halle Center
  • Wesley Community Center


Feed My Starving Children
Every month, PVUMC has scheduled FMSC packing events at the Mesa Fiesta Building, 1345 S Alma School Road, Mesa, AZ 85210. Join us once a month on Saturdays, 4:30-6:30pm. Read more.

Habitat for Humanity Build
Saturdays, Jan 12 and May 4, 6:30am-2pm
The Mighty Methodist Coalition has partnered with other churches to help build a home for the Wodajo family. For more information or to participate, please email donald.wall@squirepb.com, Don Wall, chair of the Missions Ministry Team at PVUMC. Read More.

Open Dates for UMOM Servers
On the second and fourth Saturdays of every month, PVUMC has opportunities for people to serve dinner to residents at the UMOM facility at 3333 E Van Buren. To offer your gift of service, contact Dave Hepburn. To cook and/or serve dinner at UMOM’s Halle Center on the 2nd Thursday of the month, please contact Elaine Heredia, emhere@cox.net.

Monthly Volunteers to Project Cure and St Mary’s Food Bank
PVUMC volunteers serve at these facilities on the second and third Wednesdays of the month, September-May, and at special times during the summer months. For more information, or to be added to the volunteer list, email Tony Book, jimbook73@gmail.com.

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