Small Groups & Classes

Due to the pandemic, the nature of participation at church has changed. We hope to be back to your regular groups when it is safe to gather again. 

United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women is many things. It is a time for friendship, laughter and fellowship. It is a place to learn more about and help serve the local Rogue Valley Community. It is also an opportunity to participate in global ministries that support the health and family needs of women and children around the globe.

Small groups meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. The full group meets quarterly. For more information contact the church office. Or visit the international UMW website:

Men’s Bible Breakfast

The Men's Prayer Breakfast group meets Wednesday mornings for a time of fellowship, Bible reading and prayer.

Fellowship and coffee time begins at 6:30am followed by breakfast, clean up, Bible reading and ending with prayer by 8am. Meals are prepared by the men sharing responsibility for set up, meal prep and clean up. A donation offering is taken that goes toward church projects as directed by the men's group. Cost of the meal is covered by men donating eggs, meats, juice, fruit and other food items as needed. 

This event takes place in Friendship Hall. Please use the back entrance, adjacent to the B Street parking lot. Visitors, new members & non-members are always welcome!

Progressive Christian
Study Group

Have you ever had doubts about the historical accuracy of The Bible? Have you ever wondered why the Gospels differ from each other? What is the place of critical thinking and modern scholarship in religious faith and belief?  

Please join us in the church library on Tuesdays 10am - 11:30am. (enter on B street in the education/office building)

This group is quite diverse and includes persons from several Christian denominations, as well as Unitarians and seekers from different backgrounds and those that belong to no faith community.

Drink. Pray. Love.
Prayer Group


We spend time visiting and then, following an opening prayer, we take joys and concerns and pray the prayers of the day or week for our church community, local community, our country and the world. 

Coffee and tea are provided, however participants are free to bring their own brown bag breakfast if they like.

We are a very casual group and everyone is welcome! Contact the church office with questions or join us in the church library Monday from 7:30am - 8:30am. (Enter on B street in education/office building)

Telling the Story of God
in the 21st Century


Join us for an exploration of Hebrew and Christian Scriptural understandings reinterpreted for modern ears. This weekly class is led by Rev. Steven Berry of Gold Hill UMC & Upper Rogue UMC. They meet in the library on Wednesdays from 1pm - 3pm. (Enter on B street in the education/office building) 

Music Ministries

Our music program is an inclusive, collaborative team, lead by co-directors Tim Wallace & Michelle LeComte. They feature a wide variety of styles and instruments and many ways to get involved, from group performances to solo pieces. Bring your talents & ideas to the Worship Music Lab and help us fill the sanctuary with sound! 

We are also developing new ministries to take our music out into the greater Grants Pass community. Join us in this exciting program!

To connect with our music team please call or email the church office and we'll get you in touch with our music directors.

Brewing Theology

For centuries, sometimes with a beer in hand, men and women have gathered to try to understand God and God's relationship to the world by steeping, boiling and soaking their own ideas, experiences and practices into a theological brew. Join us as we gather at Weekend Beer Company (1863 NW Washington) to brew some theology!

Brewing Theology offers an opportunity to explore, question and share as we strive to understand God and God's relationship to the world. All ideas, experiences and practices are welcome to be a part of this theological brew. We don't have to agree on everything, but respectful dialog is expected.

On the 4th Monday of the month at 6pm

Voice of Hope Team

Advocates for God’s people. Keeping true to our United Methodist Social Principles, we work in our community to advocate for a variety of social justice issues. 

Our church has a history of supporting and advocating for LGBTQ rights and inclusion. We also advocate for a fair and just economy, criminal justice reform, women’s rights, an end to racism, equitable housing policies, fair and equal treatment of people regardless of immigration/refugee status, and much more. You will often find Newman UMC churchgoers at local protests and engaged in local activism.

This group does not have a standard meeting time at the moment. For more information contact the church office, or speak with Pastor Ryan.

Other Ministries — Our Love in Action!

Single Parent Family Ministry: Caring for single parents in our community by helping provide some basic needs. 

Care and Nurture Team: Caring for members of the congregation who are no longer able to attend church due to age, illness, and/or physical disability.

Hidden Blessings Program: Collecting socks and underwear for our unhoused neighbors.