Adult Ministry


Sunday School classes offer a weekly small group where life is shared and spiritual growth happens. We invite you to join us from 9:15 to 10:15 AM each Sunday. Adult Sunday School classes meet on the first and second floors of the Administrative building on the church campus. If you need more information about a Sunday School class contact Rev. Sam McGlothlin.

Shepherd’s Class - Lounge

Group study and scholarly discussion led by former pastor Dr. J. David Miller. Primary emphasis on Biblical passages, parables and the imperfect heroes God chose to grow and lead His flock. This class believes in the power of prayer, desires a deep relationship with Christ Jesus and welcomes opportunities to be an active witness outside our walls. While we care deeply and passionately for our own older generation, our mission efforts focus on the children and youth of this church and the world. All opinions are welcome.

October 2019: “Studying the Book of Hebrews” led by David J. Miller

Triple S - Room 121

We are a mix of 50s-70s who are married, widowed, divorced, and never married. We study the Sunday Sermon Scripture (which is where we got our name). Activities include periodically going to lunch on Sundays & parties. We participate in RITI, volunteer for VBS and Freedom School, & collect for various mission needs.

October 2019: “Studying the Sunday Sermon Scripture” led by Judy Wooldridge and E. V. King

Oxford/Trinity - Room 123

We are a mix of 60s-80s. Drawing from a variety of materials, the class focuses on Old and New Testament scriptures, Christian theology and Church history. Using a combination of presentations, discussion and videos, the class seeks to discern God’s timeless and universal revelations of spiritual truths from the perspective of Christian tradition. Occasionally, other religious traditions are studied with an eye to how they may inform the Christian Faith. The class may especially appeal to single or married adults of any age who are interested in studying the Bible and Christianity in their cultural and historical settings.

October 2019: “Studying the Book of Hebrews” led by Ernest Heard

WOW - Room 211 

"Women of the Word" comprised of women of all ages exploring topics and books of interest in a Biblical context.

October 2019:  “Studying the Book of Romans” led by class members

Logos - Room 216

We are 45 and up but all adults are welcome. Logos studies the Bible with contemporary application in order to claim a promise from God for each member. There is a strong emphasis on prayer, discipleship and glorifying God. The class setting is casual encouraging open discussion and interaction. This group typically alternates Bible study with study of books by various authors over the course of a year. They also make time for regular fellowship time/activities outside of class, and support a variety of mission projects each year.

October 2019:  “Studying the Book of Revelation” led by class members

Fidelis - Room 217

We are 50's to mid 60’s. We have some couples and some single people. We tend to be a class of teachers in that we teach our own lessons. We enjoy fellowship at class parties and have been eating breakfast out together on 5th Sundays. We've done a lot of J. Ellsworth Kallas and Adam Hamilton books. We also study books of the bible using the commentary series in our room.

October 2019:  Studying Revival by Adam Hamilton led by class members

Faith in Action - Room 218

We are adults of all ages eager to put our faith into action.  The United Methodist tradition has always seen holiness as personal and social.  As such, we discuss the intersection of social issues and faith, seeking what our Christ-centered response should be as members of the body.  We discuss different topics for 6 – 8 weeks at a time.  For each topic, we read articles/books or watch films to educate ourselves.  We invite speakers to help with education, often with varying perspectives on the issue.  We also invite someone experiencing the social issue to share their personal narrative.  Finally, we take action which varies based upon the topic. All perspectives and opinions are welcome.

October 2019: Meeting the First Sunday of the Month to Discuss Issues that Affect our Faith

Upper Room - Room 219

With members mid-50s to over 80, the Upper Room Sunday School class is made up of a core group of long time members which has been enhanced by numerous new members in recent years. Our primary focus is Bible Study, but other focuses include: community and social issues and current and historical events, especially as they relate to Christianity. As a group, we support Church related needs as well as those outside our community. We create social gatherings such as our annual Christmas and summer parties, Ladies Lunch, and outings to Nashville Sounds baseball games. Fellowship and support of one another are key reasons to join. We love new members.

October 6 & 13: “A Deeper Understanding of Methodism” led by Mary Jane Pierce Norton

October 20: Open Topic Sunday

October 27: Youth Missions Speaker

Parents of Children/Youth - Room 220

Come as you are to this new class! We will enjoy fellowship and a devotion each week. We will use material that is easy for anyone to engage and/or facilitate. Our goal is to connect with one another in this particular life stage and leave with a message of faith to mull over and apply to our daily lives.

October 2019: Gathering for fellowship and a devotional of faith to think about and apply to our lives

Home Groups

Are you searching for deeper community within Belle Meade UMC?

Home Groups of 8-14 people are intended to create community in a smaller, more personal setting. Ideally, you will meet 2x a month in a fellow church member's home to share a meal, participate in a bible study, pray, and enjoy fellowship! Childcare will be available for some groups. Approved childcare workers from BMUMC will take care of the children in a separate room in the host home. Fill out the form below and let us know your availability! 


Senior Adult Ministry Nashville

Who we are: We are people in our 60s-80s who love God and enjoy growing in faith and friendship together. All ages are welcome to participate in our activities, including members of BMUMC as well as their friends, family, and the public. We meet the third Thursday of each month at 11:30 am January-December (except for July). We have offer educational programs with luncheon, as well as day trips throughout the year and at least one main trip out of state annually.  

Calendar of Events 2019:

  • November 18-22: Trip to Natchez, Mississippi

  • November 30: Holiday Bazaar, 10am-4pm

Register for events by signing up at the BMUMC front desk or by contacting Jan Todd:, 615-589-7242.

Women’s Book Club

Tuesdays at 12:15 in Room 121

This group selects books for study and discussion, frequently focusing on spiritual practices.

Oct 2019: Tuesday’s reading group will be starting a new book, Short Stories of Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine. The group meets for one hour starting at 12:15PM and this discussion will begin with an orientation meeting on October 1. If you would like to learn more about the parables of Jesus while enjoying fellowship with other members of the church, bring a lunch (or not) and join the discussion.

Contact: Laura Zabaski

Tuesday Evening Bible Study

Now Through Nov 12: Over thirteen weeks this fall, Dr. Kin Cosner will lead a group in reading and discussing the Book of Isaiah on Tuesday nights starting August 20 at 6:30PM in Room 121. The study will be guided by the book “Genesis to Revelation: Isaiah” by Lloyd Bailey.

You may secure your own book or contact Laura Zabaski ( prior to class to receive one for $11.00.

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united methodist women

United Methodist Women is a creative, supportive fellowship that aims to expand concepts of mission through participation in global ministries of the church, especially those concerning women, youth and children. 

The local Belle Meade UMW meets in small groups called circles and these include:

  • AGAPE - Every 3rd Tuesday at 10:30 AM in the church lounge.

  • MIRIAM - A cyber-circle that corresponds through email & gathers as needed.

  • TABITHA - Every 3rd Monday at 6:00 PM at various sites.

  • TOMA DACHI - Every 1st Tuesday at 2:00 PM in the church lounge.

Belle Meade UMW also hosts three general meetings annually where women from all circles come together for fellowship, luncheon and programs regarding mission opportunities. Women visitors are welcome to come, enjoy the meal and fellowship, and learn about what we do as United Methodist Women. To learn more about United Methodist Women, checkout the UMW website. If you are interested in joining a circle, please contact Lynn Kauffman,