Explore. Discover. Connect.

You’re invited to explore, discover and connect at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. Journeys, small groups at pvumc, offers opportunities to travel with others on the pathway to 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 – Summer 2019

Just because it’s summer, it doesn’t mean the church closes down. We continue to ignite faith, transform lives and create community, and you’re invited to journey with us. Journeys, small groups at PVUMC, continue year round. In this more relaxed season, there may be fewer opportunities available, but there are still many choices. You may also have more free time to try something new or stay in touch via PVUMC Facebook groups. This summer, you’re invited to: explore different areas of spiritual growth, discover where God is leading you, and connect with others. As we strive to be an All-Embracing, All-Engaging Church in the Community, we invite you to engage with others and grow as a disciple of Christ.

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, once a month or sporadically. Call the church office at 602.840.8360 for help contacting small group leaders or members.

Some of the offerings are highlighted below. Check the church calendar to see which groups meet when, and to see if classes change or are canceled.

The Wesley Sunday School Group began a new book study at the end of May, which you’re welcome to join anytime. They are reading Rob Bell’s What Is the Bible? Sundays at 11 am in G2, the church library.

Knitting Together meets in the Paradise Perk on Wednesdays at 9 am in the Paradise Perk, our campus coffee shop. Join this community, and bring your knitting and crocheting, crafting materials or anything you enjoy working on while enjoying conversation and coffee. The group works on prayer shawls, baby hats and more to bless others.

Caring Bible Study plans to read and discuss the book, Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, by the late New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans. Released on June 12, 2018, this book invites readers on a journey of rediscovery of the Bible. Read more about the book on the late author’s blog. Rachel Held Evans died recently, on May 4, 2019, leaving behind a husband and two small children. Her husband, Dan, posted on her blog while she was hospitalized, finally sharing the tragic news of her death in his final medical update. His posted updates are also part of her blog.

We recognize that while some are away for the entire summer, like our snowbirds, many of you will still be in town, looking for ways to grow your faith and be in community with others at PVUMC.

Whenever you need a book, check the church library’s online catalog OR if you purchase anything online at Amazon.com, please use Amazon Smile to benefit the church!

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.

Bible and Book Studies – NEW and Continuing

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.

PVUMC Book Group
Leader: Peggy Howard
1st Non-Holiday Monday of every month (year-round)
June 3, July 1 and August 6 at 12:15-1:15pm
Library, G2
Join a 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)
Summer Book Club
Leaders: Jenn Coughlin
and Sarah Quinn
4th Thursdays
June 28 and July 26, resuming Fall schedule in September
9-11am, G2 (church library)
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. If you like to read, consider participating in the MOPS summer book club, meeting twice this summer, once in June and once in July, to discuss a book and catch up with each other. The church meeting allows the group to reserve free childcare in the church Child Care Center, right next door to the church library, the new summer meeting room. Reserve childcare 48 hours (or earlier) before the meeting by calling 602.840.8360, ext 134.

Be notified of events on the PVUMC MOPS private Facebook group.


Prayer Groups

Centering Prayer
Leaders: Rev. Andrea Andress and Kathy Kramer-Howe
2nd and 4th Thursdays in June
6:15-7:15pm, H6
Experience the freedom of centering prayer at this class, which meets twice a month in June. Learn how meditative silence and contemplative prayer can help us experience God’s presence in us. The class includes a 20-minute prayer practice and discussion surrounding the book, Center Prayer and Inner Awakening.


Health Groups

Yoga for Everyone
Leaders: Mary McGill and Mary Thomson, RYTs, Desert Song
Mondays, 6-7pm, H1, June 3, 17, and July 1 (check the calendar for other July or August dates)
Yoga for Everyone, led by registered yoga teachers from Desert Song, offers a free, weekly yoga group practice for all levels. Bring your mat if you have one, or use one of ours. Towel or blanket optional. Wear comfortable clothing and be open to meditation along with yoga.


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 group recognizes and supports National Gun Violence Awareness Day and National Missing and Exploited Children’s Day.


PVUMC Serves Local Organizations

The Missions Ministry Team offers numerous opportunities to join others in serving our community and world throughout the year. Under the umbrella of PVUMC Serves, you’re invited to sign up for one service project every month in the Phoenix area. In June, we’re volunteering at Feed My Starving Children and in July, you’re invited to donate bottled water for local organizations serving our homeless population. Read more and sign up to serve at PVUMC Serves.

Serve Dinner at UMOM & Halle Center

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.



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