Growing Deeper at Ten

Growing Deeper at Ten is an opportunity for fellowship and discipleship for all ages taking place Sunday mornings in our 10 AM hour.

You can choose from a variety of options to learn, to grow, to serve, to build better relationships, and to just be a family.

There is something for everyone.



1.  Growing Deeper in our Understanding by Digging Deeper

Growing deeper in your understanding of our Sunday worship service means Digging Deeper.  Facilitated by Pastor Steve, this session will offer time to search further into the points of that day’s sermon and will explore the components of our worship time, including the Lord’s Prayer, Apostle’s Creed, Baptism, Communion, Prayer, Grace, and other elements of our United Methodist beliefs.

This time provides the opportunity to connect with our Pastor, ask questions and seek answers about the message, meaning, and understanding our worship and spiritual disciplines in a non-formal setting.

Facilitated by Pastor Steve in the Parlor


2.  Growing Deeper in our Connection with Each Other with Coffee & Conversation  

Enjoy a relaxed fellowship setting, meet and greet newcomers, share some memories with old timers, and build relationships young and old, and create a new memory or two.   While you’re there, enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea and a light snack.

Facilitated by Stephanie Perhach and Beth Meserve in Gallihugh Hall


3.  Growing Deeper in our Prayer Life with Prayer

Deepen your connection to Christ through the spiritual discipline of Prayer. Be the arms and the feet of Christ and help those who would enter our church feel God’s presence by fostering a strong presence of prayer in our SUMC family life.

Find out what prayer is, develop a deeper understanding of your conversations with Christ, pray over prayer requests and reach out to those in need of prayer, and pray over our church families by name.

Exercise (literally!) your prayer life by prayer walking—inside our church, around the church grounds, and even out into our surrounding neighborhoods—as together we seek

God’s discernment on how SUMC might be a better neighbor and love Sterling more effectively and fruitfully.

Facilitated by Debbie Myers in Room 01.


4.  Growing Deeper In Our Serving Christ  

Do you want to grow deeper in Serving Christ?  Grow deeper in your service to our community and those in need?  Here is a chance to support local missions in our own Sterling community.  The programs will change weekly on a monthly cycle:

  • Week One: A Life of Service- Sharing testimony of serving Christ through Missions and making a difference.
  • Week Two: Hands of Christ -Packing for Back Pack Buddies
  • Week Three: Sent With Love-Making and delivering messages of joy, well-being, prayers, birthday wishes,, through cards or other connections
  • Week Four: Gather-Pray-Serve – Once a month, participating in a community mission or service project.
  • Week Five: Community Matters- Learning more about the needs of our community and our youth through discussions with community leaders.

Facilitators will change weekly.  Location TBD


5.  Growing Deeper in our Family Life

Grow deeper in your Family Life through this session based on the parenting book The ABCs of Parenting written by our own Janet Skinner. Discover how to enrich Christian parenting in our homes, our church and our community, and how we can connect and support one another in our efforts.  There is no perfect recipe for parenting, but it truly is beneficial to meet with others who understand the challenges and joys it brings.  It is our hope that lasting friendships would be made as parents and grandparents join together to read Scripture, pray with and for one another, and share personal experiences.

Facilitated by Janet and Steve Skinner.  Location Room 02


6.  Growing Deeper In Our Discipleship

Connect with one another and build relationships through the option of four small group studies to choose from:

Young Adult Group Bible Study


For 20 and 30 somethings beginning September 9 will start a new focus using the DVD  Making Your Case for Christ   Facilitated by Abby Hernley, Chelsea Taylor, and Ashley Walsh in Room Jacobus-1.


Into the Word an adult Bible study class studying The Book of Psalms using the study guide Invitation to Psalms. Facilitated by Gwen Hess and Margie Lazo in Room 103 or 104.



Spirit Seekers Sunday School

Studying “The Early Church-Becoming a Light in the Darkness” by Ray Vander Laan.

Facilitated by Al Eddy.  Room 107.

Access to book recommended


7.  Growing Deeper In Our Discipleship  at 11 AM

“B & B” Bocadillos Y Bendiciones (Little Bites and Blessings) focusing on the spiritual disciplines and how we understand them, how we can practice them as an individual and as a group, and how to include them in our daily routines to bring transformation to our lives. Future focus:  United Methodism 101, “The Three Simple Rules”, “Lecciones Cristianas” – a Cokesbury Sunday School curriculum in Spanish. Facilitated by Marcela Jarman in room 01.  This Bible study class will follow the Amigos Worship Service now scheduled at 10 AM.

Access to book recommended.


Quarterly Connections with One Another -schedule will vary and be announced in The Wire and the Bulletin

Meet the Pastor – Spend time with the Pastors making a welcoming connection with the SUMC Pastors in a relaxed fellowship style with snacks.

Facilitated by Connie Johnson in the Pastor’s Office

Connect – Taking time with our newest guests and members to build relationships and deeper connections through sharing ministries we are a part of and learning how each of us grow as we work in fellowship together. Discipleship coaching.



For a printable version of the Growing Deeper at Ten program click here:  The New Sunday Experience Brochure