Groups & Classes
This fall we launched a pilot Apex Community! This community meets regularly, learning to be more like Jesus and learning to do what Jesus did as He was deeply connected with his Father. He invested in relationships around Him and responded to the brokenness of the world.
If you are interested in learning more about Apex Communities, or if you would like to help start one, please contact Becki Leeland, director of missional discipleship.
Lent begins Ash Wednesday, March 1, and we will have the opportunity to strengthen our spiritual disciplines by joining the entire church in Richard Rohr’s study Wondrous Encounters. Our prayer is that we will immerse ourselves in this study either at home through daily readings and prayers, in Sunday School classes or small groups, Lenten Lunches, and devotion/prayer time.
- Sunday School Classes
- 11 a.m. Encounter* (no registration required) in the Fellowship Hall
- Small group study at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall Parlor
Devotion and prayer at 6:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary
Lenten Lunches at 12 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall
Small group study at 7 p.m. in DC 407
Registration is required for the Sunday small group study, the Wednesday Lenten Lunches, and the Thursday small group study. Books are available for $7 in the church office, in Sunday School rooms, and in Crossroads. You may also purchase a digital copy. If you have any questions, please contact Becki Leeland.
United Methodist Women (UMW) Circles:
Become involved in mission and enjoy the company of other women.
- Agape-Faith: 3rd Tuesday, 7 p.m. Contact Eccle Blackwin.
- Circle at the Well: 3rd Monday, 7:30 p.m. Contact Lisa Kluttz.
- Florence Holleman: 1st Thursday, 12 p.m. Contact Jean Bridgers (919-362-6154).
- Genesis: 1st Tuesday, 7 p.m. Contact Anne Helm.
- Joy: 2nd Monday, 11:15 a.m. Contact Gwen Glausser.
Women’s Small Groups:
New small groups for women form throughout the semester. Contact Casey Purdy.
Men’s Network: Visit us on Facebook.
United Methodist Men’s Fellowship Breakfast: 1st Sunday monthly, 7 a.m., CLC gym. Drop in for great food and a gathering of men to connect and care. Also take part in two major fundraisers each year to raise funds for missions and ministries near and far. Contact Hart Merriam.
Men’s Small Groups: Explore one of our small groups meeting at various times and locations.
- Wednesdays: 6 a.m. at Brueggers in Haddon Commons, Apex. Book study/discussion. Contact Lane Cloninger.
- Thursdays: (1st and 3rd of the month), 9 p.m., Theology on Tap. Tyler’s Tap Room. Contact Jason Purdy.
- Fridays: (every other Friday), 7 a.m. at IHOP in Apex. Contact Jeff Hadley.
Families Together: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., DC 408
This SS Class is designed for the entire family to be in study together. The class is designed for families of middle school students and older. Keith Bowden and Rachel Gonzales.
Feasting on the Word: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., Parlor
Members across all age groups. Study scripture at a detailed level to understand Biblical principles and apply to daily life. Contact Mary Kempffer.
Mayberry: Sundays, 11 a.m., CLC 207
Comprised of families, couples and singles—all ages. Variety of studies – books, DVDs, discussion. Each lesson stands alone. Opportunities for fun and fellowship. Contact Dave Dunbar.
Next Chapters: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., DC 409
We are a community largely comprised of parents of high school or college age kids, or recent empty-nesters although anyone of any age – whether a parent or not – is welcome! We also participate in missions and enjoy social activities for fellowship outside of class. You are welcome to join us for just the class or just the social and/or mission opportunities. Contact Lisa and Dan Coole.
Pathways: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., DC 407
A multi-generational class that focuses on living life together. We are growing together as followers of Christ by studying together, serving together, socializing together and praying together. Contact Beth Rosko.
Pilgrims: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., DC 410
Empty nesters; singles and couples; retired and working. Members are active in other church committees and organizations. Socially active, class activities include movie afternoons, dining, pot luck dinners, cookouts, train trips and Christmas dinner. Rotating teachers using Adult Bible Study series and other seasonal materials. Contact Jay Hershberger.
Seekers: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., DC 402
Members age from 30s-40s. Study topics include application of the Bible to our lives, relationships, social issues, missions and faith growth. Studies typically use videos and books, leading to lively group discussion. Energetic, informal atmosphere with fellowship through organized socials and a strong focus on missions. Contact Courtney Weller.
Shepherds: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., CLC 217
All ages. Seek to strengthen members’ spiritual walks through interactive studies based on Biblical principles. Alternate teaching responsibilities among several class members. Mission/social functions monthly. Contact Bill Harper.
The Journey: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., DC 406
This class will encourage and equip parents of elementary/middle school students. Contact Karen and Tony Proctor.
Young Professionals: Sundays, 9:35 a.m., CLC 213
Married, single, with or without kids. All are welcome. Contact Becki Leeland.
Our senior adult ministry at Apex UMC is vibrant and active. All senior adults in our family of faith communities are invited to join us in our Monday Morning Bible Study or on any or all of these outings and trips. For more information, questions, or to get on our mailing list, please contact Toby White, Director of Regional Senior Adult Ministry.
Monday Morning Bible Study:
Led by the senior pastor, this group gathers for study and fellowship on Mondays at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
Upcoming Trips and Outings:
More information about upcoming trips will be posted closer to trip date. To sign up for any of these events, please call the church office at 919-362-7807.
- Thursday, Jan. 19: Shopping at Southern Season and lunch at the Weathervane in Chapel Hill. Sign up in the church office by Jan. 3.
- Tuesday, Feb. 7: Barn Dinner Theater in Greensboro to see Kitchen Witches. Isobel and Dolly are two “mature” cable-access cooking show hostesses who have hated each other for over 30 years. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called The Kitchen Witches, the insults are flung harder than the food. It’s a losing battle on set and the show becomes a rating smash as Dolly and Isobel top both Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer. Tickets are $36, which includes the traditional buffet, coffee, tea, the show, gratuity, and taxes. Sign up in the church office by Jan. 9. Payment is due at sign up.
- Friday, March 31: Temple Theater in Sanford to see the Andrews Brothers. A USO performance from the Andrews Sisters is in jeopardy of cancellation when they fail to appear shortly before curtain. Thankfully three earnest stagehands are determined to go on with the show! The Andrews Brothers is filled to the brim with over 25 songs made famous by the Andrews Sisters, including the showstoppers: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Slow Boat to China, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, and Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive. Mistaken identities and madcap adventures—imagine Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in a road movie of Some Like It Hot—along with the music of an entire generation highlight this wonderful valentine to the heroes of World War II. Tickets are $21. Sign up in the church office by Jan. 9. Payment is due at sign up.
- Tuesday, May 2: Celebrity Dairy Goat Farm Siler City. Celebrity Dairy welcomes you to the peace and comfort of an old homeplace and the purposeful life of a 300-acre working dairy in rural Chatham County. A community gathering place for over a century, Celebrity Dairy now extends its warm welcome and informal comfort to guests year-round. Just a few steps from the Inn you’ll find the “Goat Hilton” – home to the Celebrity Goat Dairy herd of 100 Alpine and Saanen goats. This is the heart of its low-impact, sustainable agriculture farm – scene of spring kidding, twice daily milking, and the production of award-winning farmstead goat cheese, and delicious goat’s milk gelato. Cud-Zu Goat’s Milk Soap has found a new home there as well. Cost of the tour and lunch is $20. Sign up in the church office by Feb. 13.
- May 8-11: Hendersonville, N.C. We will tour the Burntshirt Winery, visit Biltmore House and gardens, shop at Antler Hill Village, and see Smokey Joe’s Café at Flat Rock Playhouse. This trip requires a moderate amount of walking so bring comfortable walking shoes. The cost for a single room is $415 and $254/per person for a double room. Sign up in the church office by Feb. 27. Payment is due at sign up. You can read more details here.
- Wednesday, June 7: Twisted Fork Restaurant Raleigh. Sign up in the church office by May 1.
- Thursday, July 13: Farmers Market and The State Farmers’ Market Restaurant, Raleigh. True Southern cooking at it’s finest. Sign up in the church office by May 1.
- Thursday, Aug. 3: Parizades in Durham. Experience upscale Mediterranean fare prepared in an open kitchen and served in an elegant dining room. Sign up in the church office by May 1.
- Sept. 18-21: Charleston, S.C., and Tour of the Bigelow Tea Plantation. More information on this trip to come.
- Oct. 17-18: Shatley Springs, N.C. We’ll have lunch at Shatley Springs Restaurant, a family-style Southern dining experience, then tour Ashe County Cheese Factory. Ashe County Cheese is located in the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains and is Carolina’s oldest cheese plant, producing quality cheese since 1930. We’ll also see the Ashe County Frescos. During the 1970s, internationally renowned fresco artist Ben Long created magnificent enduring works in two small antique churches in Ashe County. Each is significant to the Christian community. His first frescoes were done in Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church on the southwestern edge of West Jefferson. There you can see his images Mary Great with Child, John the Baptist, and The
Mystery of Faith. This was followed a few years later with a life-size depiction of The Last Supper at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Glendale Springs. After, we’ll pick apples at a nearby farm. Hotel information will be available at a later date.
- Thursday, Nov. 30: Southern Supreme Fruitcake Factory, Bear Creek, N.C. We’ll have lunch at Haley Bales prior to touring the fruitcake factory. Sign up in the church office by Oct. 2.
- Dec. 6-7 Tryon Palace Holiday Tour, New Bern. Baker’s Kitchen and Restaurant. More information about this trip to come.
All skill levels, all bluegrass instruments welcome. 2nd and 4th Thursdays monthly, 7-9 p.m., Fellowship Hall. Contact John Pio.
Threshold Arts Ministry:
All who are creatively inspired to join us in this journey of art, creativity, faith and community. Contact Kathy Ammon.