The Value of Small Groups

Here’s the truth:  God made us for relationships—with Him, and with each other.  We weren’t meant to live this Christian life alone.  So we are encouraging you not to settle only for coming to worship on Sunday morning.  Worshiping with the larger body at Pierce Chapel is crucial, but if that’s all you do, you’re not likely to grow very much as a disciple of Jesus Christ.  We all need more intimate relationships with other Christians than Sunday morning worship alone can give us.

So, we urge you to find a small group that fits you.  Check out the info below.  Pray for God to guide you.  Contact us if you need help knowing which group might best fit your needs.Then make a decision not to stay where you are, spiritually speaking.  Invest in relationships with others who also seek to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Desiring to grow with you,

Howard and Lynn


Community Groups

“Community Groups” at Pierce Chapel have these things in common:

  1. They meet at least twice per month.
  2. They meet in homes.
  3. They include sharing a meal together.
  4. They are open to anyone (in other words, they are not just for men, or just for women, or just for couples, etc.)

Those participating in our current community groups will attest that this is one of the best opportunities they have had to form meaningful relationships with others at Pierce Chapel and to grow in their walk with the Lord. If you’re interested in joining one of these groups or simply would like more info, please contact Jon Long at or 706-940-2923.  Some groups are currently at capacity, but please let Jon know if you have interest in joining a group.   Jon would be delighted to hear from you!

Seven community groups currently meeting:

Led by Kimberlee Arnold Brown — Tuesday nights

Led by Stephen & Heather Childers — Friday nights

Led by Bruce & Kathy Davis — Friday nights

Led by Roseanna & Kasey Harbuck — Wednesday nights

Led by Jon & Kathy Long — Friday nights

Led by Kevin & Sherry Pinet/Thom & Kelly Ward — Friday nights

Led by Jessica & David Stanley — Friday nights

Led by Randall Tew/Tom & Brenda Swilling — Sunday nights

Led by Lynn Meadows-White & Howard White — Sunday evenings


Monthly Home Group

Once per month on Sunday evening, led by Windle & Elaine McKenzie — 8095 Turtle Creek Drive, Columbus.  We meet to have dinner, study the Bible together, and enjoy each other’s fellowship.  For more info, contact Elaine at or 706-561-2004.

Weekly Group for Senior Adults — “Happy Achers”

This group for senior adults meets every Thursday at 11:30 am at the church for a time of food, games, and fun.  Any adult (of any age!) is welcome to be a part of this group.  Questions?  Contact Thelma Bunch at 706-569-9377.

Men’s Fellowship Group

“If God is love, then what about all the suffering in our world?”
Many people grapple with serious concerns about faith in God. As in a court of law, they want to shout, “Objection!” They say, “If Jesus is the door to heaven, then what about the millions who have never heard of him?” Or, “If God cares for everyone, then why does he eternally torture some in hell?” In The Case for Faith, legally trained investigative reporter Lee Strobel turns his investigative skills to those objections–the eight “heart” barriers to faith.

The Case for Faith is for those who are faced with intellectual barriers standing squarely in their path to Jesus. For Christians, it will deepen their convictions and give them fresh confidence in discussing Christianity with even their most skeptical friends. Join our men’s Bible study beginning Sunday, September 17. We meet on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, 6:00-7:15 p.m. in room 215.

Women’s Groups

WOW (Women of the Word)

Believing Jesus: A Journey Through the Book of Acts

What does it mean to believe Jesus? Not just believe in Jesus, but actually believe what He said—and shape our lives around that truth? How would that affect the choices we make? The way we see the world? The way we conduct ourselves with other Christians?

In this 8-session video Bible study, Lisa Harper answers these questions by looking at the lives of the believers in Acts and how Jesus’ command to spread the gospel forever shaped their lives. Today, we are faced with the same decisions the early church faced. Will we, like them, truly believe the words of Jesus and allow them to transform every part of our lives?

The Sunday evening study began Sunday, August 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in room 305 and will be led by Melissa Herndon. Monday WOW began on Monday, August 14, 9:15-11:15 a.m. in the Youth Barn and will be led by Kim Stanley-Heim. Study guides (not the book) are available for purchase at Lifeway or Nursery will be available upon request. For more information or to request childcare, you may contact Melissa at or (706) 888-0084 or Kim at or (865) 771-1169.

Mary/Martha Women’s Group

The Mary/Martha Women’s Group will be studying Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst on Mondays, beginning October 2, for 6 weeks. In Uninvited Lysa lays out a heartfelt means to managing the fears, rejection, insecurities, and unsteadiness we all experience. Join us Monday, October 2 as we laugh, tear up, and become seriously convicted in our own journey of faith. We will meet 7:00-8:15 p.m. at the home of Barbara Rouse. Please contact Barbara for more info at or 706-464-0425.

Growing in Grace Book Club

So many books to read, so little time! A new quarterly book study group is beginning this fall. This group is open to women of all ages who love to read. We will read one book a quarter, then meet for a pot luck supper to discuss the book. This fall, we are reading Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker. Read the book on your own time, then we will meet on Monday, November 27, at the home of Barbara Rouse for dinner, fellowship, and discussion. Please contact Barbara for more info at or 706-464-0425.


United Methodist Women (UMW)

The purpose of United Methodist Women (UMW) is “to know God and experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.” This group is committed to knowing God and serving others!  We have two “circles” of UMW at Pierce Chapel: The Sonshine Circle meets in a home on the second Tuesday of the month at 11:00 a.m.  The Esther Circle meets in a home on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.  For more info, contact Thelma Bunch at 706-569-9377.

Covenant Discipleship (CD)

A weekly accountability group that meets on Monday mornings (7:30-8:30 a.m.) at the church to help us be faithful in loving God and neighbor by practicing the basic spiritual disciplines.  Questions?  Contact Lynn at

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