Bible Studies

There are multiple opportunities for adults to grow in their knowledge of God and Scripture at Arden UMC.


This fall, we will add a new adult class to the existing Willard Brown class. All adults are invited to either class, though the Willard Brown is often a favorite of older adults, and the new adult class will be specifically designed for parents of small and school-aged children. Sunday School begins at 9:45 a.m. each Sunday. The fall program year begins September 13, 2015.


The Willard Brown class is led by Doris Ann Fiddler and uses the International Bible curriculum.


This class is coordinated by Erin Straley, though class members rotate leadership. It uses a variety of topics and materials throughout the year. For Fall 2015, this class will be using the book “A Disciple’s Path,” following the Sunday sermon series as we explore what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ using the five-fold United Methodist membership vows (prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness).



This weekly study follows the scripture lesson for the coming or previous Sunday (depending on the series). For Fall 2015, this study will be using “A Disciple’s Path,” following the Sunday sermon series.

disciple bookDISCIPLE I BIBLE STUDY (Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.)

This weekly, 34-week study is designed to lead participants on an in-depth walk through scripture.

Do you often wonder how Christians connect what the Bible says to daily living? DISCIPLE 1 Bible Study Course is foundational for answering your question.

DISCIPLE maintains a high view of the Bible: Bible book writers were real people in ancient history, uniquely inspired by God to compose the content of the Bible, which remains culturally and personally relevant for us today.

DISCIPLE affirms that all the books of the Bible were written so God may speak to us.

DISCIPLE emphasizes the wonderful unity of the Bible. The course devotes equal time to studying the Old and New Testaments.

DISCIPLE focuses on biblical transformation, not merely biblical information. The course encourages people to examine their lives in the light of the Scriptures and to yield themselves to the authority and transforming power of God’s Word. DISCIPLE invites people to apply the Scripture to their past and present challenges and struggles to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.

Mandatory Preview/Enrollment Meeting

If you are interested in Disciple 1, you must attend one of the three preview and enrollment meetings:

  • Sunday, August 16 (10:00 a.m.)
  • Thursday, August 20 (6:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, August 30 (10:00 a.m.)

This is an opportunity to meet with Pastor Sarah and learn more about the content, structure and time commitment involved.


  • Designed for adults 19 years and older, who know nothing, something or a lot about the Bible
  • Desire to read and study the Bible
  • Study Bible purchased, if not owned
  • Commitment to daily reading on your own, following the study guide
  • Regular attendance to a weekly, two-hour long class
  • $40.00 suggested donation, covers all materials (including study guide)


  • Evening Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Childcare may be available
  • Continues for 34 weeks, with weeks off for major holidays (anticipated conclusion is late May 2016)


LENTEN STUDY (Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.)

During Lent we gather weekly for a cover-dish dinner and a brief study. The topics and themes for this study vary year to year. In the past we have done a series based on films, as well as our 2015 series using famous images of Jesus.