Small Groups

Current Small Groups

8-Week Study of Jonah

Kathy Battle is the Facilitator, they meet on Wednesdays and start on January 15. They meet from 10:00 am-Noon in The Haven, Room 212. For more information contact Kathy or Rev. Bret Cogan

Study of Psalms

Tom Cannon is the Facilitator for this continuation of the study of the Old Testament book of Psalms. They will meet on Wednesdays starting on February 19 from 9:30 am - 11:30 am, in The Haven, Room 210. For more information contact Rev. Bret Cogan or Tom Cannon.

Breaking Bread Study

of Isaiah

This study begins on January 8 at Noon in the Dining Room. This group is led by Rev. Bret Cogan, and we will continue our study of Isaiah at Isaiah 27.

Book Study on

Barbara Brown Taylor’s book “Holy Envy”

February 4 - 10:30 am - The Haven Room 211

Robert Esleeck will be leading this 6-week study of Barbara Brown Taylor’s newest book, Holy Envy, Finding God in the Faith of Others. Barbara Brown in her new book will challenge us in many ways and makes us face into the question of whether my/our God is too small. She explores how other faith traditions have their own unique insights into God and how we can learn by listening respectfully to what other faith traditions have to say. She eventually faces squarely into John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” Her answer is profound and may cause you to re-examine your understanding of how God communicates to each of us in His own unique way as each of us need in our own unique way and how that understanding can/should have an impact on how we relate to God and to each other. We will do the study over the course of six weeks with each session lasting about 1 1/2 hours. Prior reading of the materials is essential and group discussion is strongly encouraged. A study outline will also be provided. For more information contact Robert or Rev. Bret Cogan.

Water to Wine Study

Starting on Sunday January 26 we will begin a study focused the letters of Paul. This groups meets on the last Sunday of the month January through April from 7:00 – 8:30pm. We will be looking at the Pauline letters of Ephesians, and beyond as time permits. We will gather at the home of John and Michelle Higgins. We are an open group and if you are interested in more information and directions contact Bret at


SALT Women’s Bible Study exists for the purpose of bringing women together to deepen our relationships with Jesus Christ through personal Bible study and small group discussion. It is designed for women of all ages, in all stages of life, wherever they are in their spiritual journey. We meet every other Thursday morning from 9:30-11:00 starting January 30. In our next study “All Things New” over 8 sessions, the author Kelly Minter will lead you through the Letter of 2 Corinthians, exploring the anchoring truths of faith that believes because of Jesus the old has gone and the new has come! For more information, contact Amy Lawson or Rev. Bret Cogan.

Women's Bible Study

Beginning Wednesday, February 12, 11:30-1 pm, and running through mid-April, please join us for a 9-week study of Philippians, facilitated by Margaret Townsend. "To Live is Christ," is a verse-by-verse study of Paul's letter to the Philippians, and his words have been a foundation for a life of contentment and joy to all who have embraced them. This study is appropriate for women of all ages, and we hope you'll join us! To sign up or if you have questions, contact Margaret Townsend or Rev. Bret Cogan.

Exploring the Way:

An Introduction to the Spiritual Journey

“Exploring the Way” is a one-hour study and it is part of the Companions in Christ small group series. During the season of Lent this small group led by Duke and Vicki Ison will expose you to the spiritual practices of journaling, lectio divina, the breath prayer, and holy listening. There will be a preparation session on Sunday March 1 during the Sunday School hour at 10:00am. The group will then begin on Wednesday March 4 at 7:00pm. If you are interested in participating in this 6-week study during Lent contact Duke Ison, or Rev. Bret Cogan at

Understanding the Old Testament

Wednesday nights 6-7 pm, with dinner option at 5:30

February 26 - May 13 - led by Suzanne Epermanis


The Old Testament makes up 3/4 of the Bible, and it is often the least understood. Join us as we spend 12 weeks studying “The Epic of Eden” by Sandra Richter, with daily readings (10 minutes) and weekly videos and discussion. This study will show us how Old Testament understanding leads to fresh depths of New Testament faith for everyday life in the real world. Professor Richter is a learned scholar and passionate teacher. She will give you practical options and ideas on how to understand the Old Testament and our faith. If you have questions or are interested in joining this new 12-week small group, contact Suzanne Epermanis or Bret Cogan.


If you have questions or would like to learn more about this ministry please contact Rev. Bret Cogan.

Why Small Groups?

Jesus gathered around him a small group of followers—the twelve Disciples. For three years they lived together, prayed together, served together, and ate meals together. They asked questions and discussed the Scriptures. They struggled with how to put Jesus’ teachings into practice. And they built the church after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. Small groups have been key to the growth of disciples ever since. John Wesley built the Methodist movement by developing small groups across England and in the American colonies. Small groups offer an aspect of spiritual development that cannot be found in other settings. When eight to twelve participants engage at a deeper level of learning, new friendships develop, you are able to ask questions and find answers together, and you can discover how others apply their faith to daily life. Here at Centenary we have a long tradition of small groups and continue to develop creative ways to grow this ministry. If you have not yet participated in a small group, please prayerfully consider one of these fine opportunities listed in this booklet. I promise you will grow in faith and knowledge of yourself and God. As always, these small groups are open to the community, you do not need to be a member of Centenary to participate. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

Grace & Peace, 

Rev. Bret Cogan, Associate Minister with Adults 

Ext. 1334

Centenary United Methodist


646 West Fifth Street

PO Box 658

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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