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Adults

 

At Buford First, we have a number of adult ministries. Along with our Music Ministry, we also have several other ministries including Adult Christian Education, United Methodist Men’s and Women’s groups, a Young at Heart group for adults and seniors over 50 years old, and several Interest Groups. Each of these ministries is explained below, along with a section that explains several of our annual events.


Adult Christian Education

“Then Jesus said … if you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples.” John 8:31

There’s no reason to travel alone in your faith. At Buford First, we want you to find a place to grow in your faith and offer many classes and other fellowship groups to help you on this journey.

If you need help in finding the right class or group, please use any of the contact information throughout this page or contact the church office at 770-945-7438 or office@bufordfirstumc.org.

Adult Sunday School Classes

Buford First’s Adult Sunday School classes are available for anyone that seeks to learn more about strengthening their relationship with Christ. All classes begin at 10:00 am every Sunday morning and are open to anyone that would like to join.
For a complete list of classes, please contact the church office at office@bufordfirstumc.org.

Disciple Classes

Disciple Classes are an excellent way to grow your faith in Christ through fellowship with other Christians. At Buford First, we offer classes that aim at transformation, not just information. Our Disciple Classes are a form of disciplined Bible Study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders through transformation, not just information. The classes focus on the disciple as learner, believer, follower, proclaimer, and servant while providing the fellowship of a small group for study, prayer, preparation, support, and servanthood.

Are you hungering for the Word of God? Disciple Classes can help transform you into a biblically nourished person that nurtures and encourages others to live as disciples of Christ.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

Stop worrying about money and start your journey to financial peace today with Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. This life-changing program will teach you to achieve your financial goals by eliminating debt, saving for the future and giving like never before!

Buford First has previously hosted FPU classes with several church members and other members of the Buford community attending. Keep an eye out for future classes offered at Buford First!

Buford United Methodist Men (BUMM)

The Buford First United Methodist Men (or, BUMMs for short) is an open membership service organization sponsored by Buford First United Methodist Church in Buford, GA. The only requirement for being a part of this group is that you are male and want to participate in fellowship and service in our community and beyond. Every male member of the church is a member, and countless non-members participate and contribute their own time, talent, and gifts.

Historically, the BUMM focus has been on supporting local, national, and even international mission needs, as well as fellowship activities such as dinners, outings, and fundraising events.

Being a “BUMM” means many things:

  • BUMM serves as a service and fellowship organization within the framework of the United Methodist Church. In addition to supporting the mission of the church, BUMM seeks to provide physical assistance and financial support to a variety of mission and ministry related activities.
  • BUMM works to provide service to those in need – both in the Buford area and beyond.
  • BUMM seeks to provide opportunities for support, fellowship, and practical applications of faith in career and family situations.

For more information, you can email Chris Simonson at BufordUMM@gmail.com (and be sure to ask that you be included on our email list to stay up to date on everything that’s happening with the Men’s Ministry).

Annual Golf Tournament

Each Fall, the Buford United Methodist Men organize and run the Max Samples Memorial Golf Tournament. Through this tournament, the Men’s group at Buford First brings together golfers and businesses and organizations throughout the community to raise money for missions to be used in the Buford area.

If you need information on how to take part in this annual tournament as a sponsor and/or participant, email us at BufordUMM@gmail.com.

United Methodist Women (UMW)

The organized unit of United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. — Article 3 of the UMW Constitution.

BFUMC Women Circle Groups

The BFUMC United Methodist Women have three “circle” groups that are always open to membership to women of BFUMC.

Each group of women has their own unique ministry and fellowship to offer. For more information, please stop by one of our circle meetings, contact one of our circle leaders or members, or contact the church office at 770-945-7438 or office@bufordfirstumc.org.

  • Carol Scott Circle – Leader: Gypsi Alford (email Carol Scott Circle), meet at 10:00am on the 3rd Friday morning each month (nursery provided)
  • Effie Wood Circle – Leader: Donna Agee, Ann Reichert (email Effie Wood Circle), meet at 7:00pm on the 1st Tuesday evening each month
  • Florence Garner Circle – Leader: Leigh Ouimet (email Florence Garner Circle), meet at 7:00pm on the 1st Thursday evening each month

Buford First UMW Missions

Along with the many missions that each circle group calls their own, all UMW members contribute to and support the missions listed below throughout the year:

  • Help to support Buford-area families at Christmas
  • Appalachia Service Project
  • Buford First UMC community suppers
  • Buford Thrift Shoppe
  • Children’s Choir Camp
  • Church and Benson House improvements
  • Church Chrismon Tree
  • Eagle Ranch for Boys
  • Gifts to World Missions for new babies
  • Good Samaritan Fund
  • Gwinnett Battered Women’s Shelter
  • Historic St. George UMC, Philadelphia
  • Holiday Baskets for the church’s homebound members
  • Monthly Mission (including homeless offering, Wesley Woods offering, Appalachia Service Project, blood drives, food drivea, missionary support, and Alternative Christmas)
  • Murphy-Harpst-Vashti Home
  • Preschool Scholarships
  • Quinn House
  • West Africa Missionary
  • Women’s Community Kitchen at Grace UMC

UMW Projects and Events

The UMW supports numerous projects and events at BFUMC.

  • Women’s Retreat
  • UMW Spring Brunch
  • Ash Wednesday Call to Prayer and Self-Denial Meal and Program
  • Mother’s Day Woman of the Year (and special thanks offerings)
  • Father’s Day Man of the Year (and special thanks offerings)
  • UMW Christmas Brunch
  • Chrismon Tree and ornaments
  • Holiday Greenery Sale

Older Adults

Looking for fun, fellowship, food, and a good time? Then this is the place for you!

The Young at Heart (YAH) group is for all adults over 50. Younger seniors and older seniors. Men and ladies. Retired, semi-retired, or still working. All senior adults at all stages of life are invited to join the fun!

The group meets once a month for activities such as day trips, games, plays at local theaters, covered dishes or even road trips to far away and exciting places. A few trips over the years have included:

  • St. Simons Island/Epworth By the Sea
  • Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina
  • Mayfield Dairies
  • Georgia Aquarium
  • Billy Graham Library in North Carolina
  • Many more places all over the map!

For more information on the Young at Heart group and to get on the email list of monthly activities, please contact Debbie Atcheson at 770-965-3729 or email her at djatcheson@gmail.com

Interest Groups

The Adult Interest Groups available at Buford First are available to just about anyone! For more information on any the groups mentioned below, contact our church office at 770-945-7438 or office@bufordfirstumc.org.

Lunch Bunch
Lunch Bunch is an adult interest group where adults meet monthly to have lunch at an area restaurant.

Lunch Bunch generally meets the second or third Wednesday of the month at 11:30 am. The place changes each month and is chosen by individuals who attend Lunch Bunch. All are welcome!

Contact the church office or take a look at one of the monthly Church Calendars to find out where we’ll be eating this month – we’d love to see you there!

Knitting for Others

Knitting for Others is a hands-on needle work group that knits and crochets blankets for various charitable organizations and church members who are hospitalized, homebound, or in need of a warm wrap-around hug.

No supplies are needed (there is plenty of yarn to get you started) and we’ll teach you how to knit or crochet if you’d like to learn! For more information, contact the church office at office@bufordfirstumc.org.

Ladies Strength Training:

The Ladies Strength Training group meets three times a week in the Fellowship Hall. During the school year, they typically meet in the early evenings, while in the summer months the group usually meets in the mornings.

The ladies work on total body strength, using 5-10 lb. weights, resistance bands, and yoga balls, all of which are available in the room. Some days, a routine from a Weight Watchers or other DVD is followed.

All that is required is a willingness to work your muscles a little, laugh a lot, and enjoy fellowship with your sisters in Christ. For specifics on times we plan to meet or if you have any other questions, please contact the church office at office@bufordfirstumc.org.

Events

Buford First offers numerous annual events for the adults of our church. A brief overview of these events is listed below.

UMW Spring Brunch

Each Spring, the United Methodist Women of Buford First host a Women’s brunch that is open to ALL women of the church (and their friends!) free of charge.

The Spring Brunch is a wonderful time to enjoy good food and great fun with other church members and their friends and family. Women’s circle members are asked to bring potluck and usually sign up with their leaders during one of the early Spring meetings prior to the brunch. Other ladies are invited to bring potluck to share, but it is not required of them to do so.

For more information on the UMW Spring Brunch, please contact Niki Redstrom, our UMW President, at nikiredstrom@yahoo.com.

Annual Max Samples Memorial Golf Tournament

Each Fall, the Buford United Methodist Men organize and run the Max Samples Memorial Golf Tournament. Through this tournament, the Men’s group at Buford First brings together golfers and businesses and organizations throughout the community to raise money for missions to be used in the Buford area.

For more information on how to take part in this annual tournament as a sponsor and/or participant, email us at BufordUMM@gmail.com.

Women’s Retreat
The United Methodist Women at Buford First organize Women’s Retreats each Fall to camp locations around North Georgia. The Women’s Retreat is open to all women of Buford First as well as to friends and family members that would like to attend.

Holiday Greenery

Each November, the women of the Florence Garner Circle sell Holiday Greenery to support missions and other work done through the Circle. Items you can order include wreaths, garland, wall/door swags, mailbox swags, and more!

UMW Christmas Brunch

Each December, the United Methodist Women of Buford First host a Women’s Christmas Brunch that is open to all of the ladies of our church.

Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share and to wear festive holiday attire. The Christmas Brunch is a fun and festive time where we not only enjoy good food and good people, but are also entertained and inspired by wonderful holiday music by a local music ensemble, choir, or musical group.

No RSVP is required and anyone who wishes to have more information or needs assistance with transportation should contact Niki Redstrom, our UMW President, at nikiredstrom@yahoo.com.