A small group is a group of people who gather each week in homes, local coffee shops, church, or really anywhere. In a small group, you’ll hang out, discuss issues at the intersection of life and faith, and share in fellowship with others. Groups come in all shapes and sizes — married couples, singles, men, women, kids, no kids, workplace, under 20, over 40 — the list goes on. No matter where you are in life, there’s a group for you. We believe in small groups because we believe personal growth happens best when people grow together. New small groups will begin later this fall.

Short Term Small Groups

Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not in Church
Kenneth Carter Jr. and Audrey Warren

Are you an entrepreneur or a pioneer? Do you like being part of new things? Are you interested in taking church to places where church may not have gone before? Then Fresh Expressions is for you. Increasingly we live in a culture that has many “nones” and “dones” who have written off coming to church. Fresh Expressions is a new movement seeking to go to people, listen to them, and meet them where they are on their journey toward Jesus. Believing that God is already at work in these places, FE seeks to reimagine how the Body of Christ can live and work in diverse and changing contexts. Join us as we look at Ken Carter’s and Audrey Warren’s book, go out and explore our own community, look for where God is sending us to start something new and become ministry pioneers.
This group will join together for conversation around the book as well as take interactive trips into the community to look, see, and meet with the people around us.

When: Sundays, 4:00-5:30, January 13–March 3
Where: West Wing Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Chapel Building
Cost: $11
Facilitator: Melissa Mobley

Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess
Tom Berlin
Often we make a mess of our lives and wonder if there is any redemption. In this book, pastor and author Tom Berlin helps us see our mess through the eyes of Christ to find redemption and restoration. Using Scripture, devotional tools, and the writings of Ignatius of Loyola, John of the Cross, St. Augustine, John Wesley, Evelyn Underhill, and others, Berlin encourages reflection and meditation through our own brokenness. Only then can we focus on the cross as the place where we truly surrender control, leave our mess, and find redemption.

When: Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., March 10-April 14
Where: Room 131, 1st floor of Chapel building
Cost: $11
Facilitator: Melissa Mobley

Nursery/Sunday School provided during the hour by Roswell Kids, 2nd floor of Chapel building


Mom & Me Studies

Mom and Me Small Group – This is an on-going small group that is open to all moms who want to connect and journey together while enriching their lives through faith and friends.

Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story
Angie Smith
Whether you’ve grown up hearing Bible stories or you’re exploring Scripture for the first time, the full story of the Bible can be overwhelming and frankly, sometimes difficult to understand. The 66 books can seem disconnected at first glance and can leave you wondering what they really have to do with you and your life. In this study, Angie Smith shows us how the whole Bible – from Genesis through Revelation – connects as one beautiful, seamless thread.

When: Thursdays 9:45-11:00 a.m., January 17 – Feb. 21
Where: Welcome Center, Sanctuary building
Cost: $18
Facilitator: Melissa Mobley

Messy People: Life Lessons from Imperfect Biblical Heroes
Jennifer Cowart
“My House is a Mess!” How many times have you dreaded an unexpected visitor when your home was less than clean? If only we could throw all of life’s messiness under the bed or behind the closet door. At some point, our lives get messy. Stuff happens. Thankfully, God loves us despite our brokenness. If fact, some the messiest people in the Bible – Rahab, Josiah, David, and Mary – were used by God in powerful ways. In this six week study, we explore the lives of different people in the Bible, learning from their stories that we don’t have to endure the messiness of life, we can actually thrive with God’s guidance and help.

When: Thursdays, 9:45-11:00 a.m., February 28 – April 4
Where: Welcome Center, Sanctuary building
Cost: $12.50
Facilitator: Melissa Mobley

It’s Not Supposed to be this Way
Lysa Terkeurst
Life often looks different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We can feel disillusioned and disappointed, and we may quietly start to wonder about God’s goodness. Lysa Terkeurst understands this but she also believes our disappointments can be divine appointments for our souls to radically encounter God. Lysa invites us into her own faith journey and helps us understand how to better process unmet expectations and grow in our belief that God is protecting and preparing us.

When: Thursdays, 9:45-11:00 a.m., April 18 – May 23
Where: Welcome Center, Sanctuary building
Cost: $9
Facilitator: Melissa Mobley


Current Small Groups Forming


A Maze of Grace

We are a young adult group, composed of married couples ages 25-40s that meet on Sunday morning from 10:00 to 10:50 am.  

We focus our studies around growing your faith as an individual as well as a family. Our group offers members thoughtful reflection on how God and scripture can directly and positively impact you individually and within your home.  

Our next meeting will be on January 13th for a social gathering and on January 20th, when we'll be starting a new study: 5 Love Languages of Children.  

When: Sundays, 10:00-10:50 a.m. (ongoing)
Where: Room 178, Sanctuary building
Facilitator: Josh Ketchie (jketchie@gmail.com)

Registration not necessary


Young Adults

The young adult Bible study is a great place to examine beliefs and be encouraged by other young adults. Together we choose a book of the Bible to study in-depth. This strengthens understandings of scripture and stretches us to view the Bible and Jesus’ plan for our lives in new and challenging ways. This group is for adults aged 18-30.

When: Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. (ongoing)
Where: Parlor, Chapel building
Facilitator: Mark Kramer
Registration not necessary

Roswell Student Ministries 9:30 a.m. Café

Beginning this Sunday, Roswell Student Ministry will be kicking off a new 9:30 a.m. Café class in the Dod. This will be in addition to the current 11 a.m. class. This is great news for those students in 6-12th grade and families who want to worship on Sunday mornings at the 11 a.m. with us in Chapel Roswell. The class will be taught by staff, guest speakers, and incredible volunteers. Breakfast will be offered between the two morning classes. For more information about Roswell Student Ministry, go to: http://roswellstudentministry.com/

When: Sundays, 9:30 a.m. (ongoing)
Where: Dod Café (1st floor of Building D, large yellow house on campus)
Registration not necessary

50+

Adam and Angelique have been married for 28 years and have three children – Tanner (24), Jack (22) and Lydia (16).  We grew up in Roswell, are both long time members at RUMC, and were actually married in the RUMC Chapel. We first visited the CR service last winter when our sons were home from college and have been hooked on the music and the message ever since.   We first participated with the Chapel Roswell small groups several years ago and our group has remained active to support and spread the word about the great things happening “In the Round.”

When: Wednesdays, 7-8:00 p.m.
Where: Restaurants around Roswell/East Cobb
Facilitator: Adam and Angelique

Very Small Small Group

We are presently 3 couples, (and counting) all counting our married lives in decades. Our group has grown kids, grandkids, kids in college, and no kids. We all have dogs, some have cats. We are musicians and artists, engineers and planners. We are all long term members of RUMC, and have all been drawn to Chapel Roswell, because of the message of hope, love, and inclusion for all of God’s children.

We’ve read and discussed studies by Max Lucado, Frederick Buechner, and Walter Bruggeman. We’ve read and discussed Paul, the gospels, the gnostic gospels and how 1st century teachings inform our 21st century lives.

We’re intellectually curious and theologically diverse, open to all viewpoints, all shared without judgment. We are children of God, creating a safe place to ask questions, wrestle angels and seek God’s grace and wisdom.


When: Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. (ongoing)
Where: West Wing Conference Room, 3rd floor, Chapel building
Registration not necessary

Have a Question?

Have questions about small groups and where to start? Feel free to reach out to get the answers to these questions.