Discipleship Programming

Sunday Mornings 9:15-10:15

  • Dauphin Way 101 | Dill Parlor | Dauphin Way 101 takes place every Sunday morning in the Dill Parlor. This class is perfect for someone who is new to Dauphin Way or the Methodist denomination or for anyone who would like a refresher course. During this class, participants will receive an introduction to the Dauphin Way, the Christian faith, and the United Methodist Church. Participants will also have the opportunity to join our Dauphin Way UMC Church Family.
  • New Sunday School – “Sunday School for Anyone” | Room 210 Exciting news for DWUMC- we’re launching a brand new Sunday School, and everyone is invited! Each week, we’ll delve into a unique topic, exploring fascinating aspects of faith, spirituality, and our shared human journey. There’s no homework or pre-reading required – simply show up with an open mind and a willing heart. This Sunday School embodies a ‘come as you are, come when you can’ philosophy because we understand that life gets busy and everyone is on their own unique spiritual path. Whether you’re new to our congregation or have been part of our community for years, this program offers something for everyone. For those who are new to the church, this is a perfect chance to familiarize yourself with our community, engage with our teachings, and explore questions about life and faith. Long-time churchgoers, this is your opportunity to dive deeper, strengthen your spiritual roots, and connect with fellow members of the congregation in a relaxed and friendly setting. Join us on Sunday mornings for a chance to learn, connect, and grow together. No matter where you’re coming from or where you’re going, we welcome you with open arms. Sign up today and make your Sunday mornings even more meaningful.
  • Parenting Christian Teenagers: A Class For Parents of Confirmands | September 10, 17, & 24 | Room 205 | Are you a parent navigating the journey of raising a Christian teenager? Join us for “Raising Christian Teenagers,” a three-week course designed specifically to support and empower you during this critical stage in your child’s spiritual development. We’ll explore practical strategies for fostering a nurturing spiritual environment at home, helping your teenager navigate faith questions, and maintaining a healthy dialogue about their evolving beliefs. This course is about more than just providing parenting strategies. It emphasizes the essential role our church community plays in raising our children. We believe it takes a village to raise a child, and the church family is an integral part of that village. Together, we’ll explore how we can lean on one another for support, guidance, and encouragement in nurturing the faith of our children. Whether this is your first confirmand, have several teens at home, or simply want to better understand this phase of your child’s spiritual journey, “Raising Christian Teenagers” is for you. Sign up today and join us in this shared mission.
  • Open Hearts Open Minds | Family Life Room | This heavily discussion-based class is comprised of adults of all ages. The teaching team rotates weekly among class members. Scriptural studies, theological studies, as well as studies of current events from a perspective of faith provide the foundation for study and discussion during class each week. This class frequently tackles the difficult issues of faith with open minds and open hearts. We welcome new members in the same way – with open minds and open hearts!
  • Faith Development | SB101 | We are a traditional Sunday School class of older adults who believe Christian education is a life-long pursuit and a faith journey that never ends. The class utilizes an approved Methodist curriculum reinforced by the life experiences of our members. We are also a fun-loving, diverse group. Some are retired, some still work every day, and we disagree on a variety of subjects, from football teams to politics and the environment. Our overarching principle is to make everyone feel welcome. We hope that you will join us on Sunday mornings, but be warned, our visitors usually become members!
  • Covenant Class | McDavid Library | Need to connect? This intergenerational Sunday School class is led by Elizabeth Percy as well as Fran and Randy Lyons and is open to anyone looking to join in weekly curriculum-based lessons.
  • Friends in Faith | Staff Break Room | This class of women enjoys reading, studying, and comparing the theology and writing of various authors. We are centered around stimulating discussions of our study topics, and members take turns leading the class. In addition to our Sunday morning class, we enjoy social activities together, such as seeing movies or having meals. We invite our seeker friends to join us for thought-provoking discussions and encouragement for growing in faith. To join this class, please reach out to Dr. Lisenby.
  • Youth | Refuge Basement | 6th-12th
  • Children’s | Birth – 5th
    • Birth – K-4 | First Floor Children’s Wing
    • Kindergarten – 5th | J.U.M.P Room Upstairs Children’s Wing


Sunday Nights

  • Adult Studies 5:00-6:30
    • What We Think and Why it Matters | September 10-24 | 5:00-6:30 | Room 210 |Taught by Dr. Woods Lisenby
      Join us for “What We Think and Why It Matters,” a three-week introduction to matters of faith and the profound ways they shape our daily lives. Throughout this course, we’ll venture into a basic understanding of Christian beliefs and tackle some of the big questions about what we believe and why. From the nature of God to the meaning of salvation, each session will provide an accessible approach to complex theological concepts. But it’s not just about understanding – it’s about application. As we dissect these beliefs, we’ll also explore how they translate into real-world actions. How does our understanding of grace influence our interactions with others? How does our belief in the resurrection affect our perspective on life and death? In “What We Think and Why It Matters,” we’ll connect the dots between belief and behavior. Whether you’re new to the faith, a long-time believer seeking to deepen your understanding, or simply curious about the Christian worldview, this class is designed to challenge, inspire, and enlighten. Sign up today for “What We Think and Why It Matters” and take a transformative step on your journey of faith and understanding.
    • The Prayer Practice | October 8-22 | 5:00-6:30 | Room 210 | Taught by Vanessa Reyner
      This three-week class will focus on practicing and pursuing a deeper union with God. Prayer is simply the medium through which we communicate and commune with God. The practice of prayer is learning to set aside dedicated time to intentionally be with God in order to become like him and partner with him in the world. The goal isn’t to “get good” at prayer, but through short teachings and discussion as well as spiritual exercises, we will learn to create daily rhythms in our lives to practice prayer. Prayer is the portal to life with God, what we all crave. Let’s learn together how to create new daily rhythms that open us to God’s presence and peace in more profound ways.
    • The Four Hells | Nov 12-19 | 5:00-6:30 | Room 210 | Taught by Rev. Michael Precht
      Join us for “Four Kinds of Hell,” a two-week course that explores the various interpretations of hell within Christian thought over the centuries. In “Four Kinds of Hell,” we’ll address theological debates around whether God’s justice and redemption are “exclusive,” “conditional,” “purgatorial,” or “inclusive.” We will consider each of these interpretations in light of the Bible’s teachings. The course also invites you to reflect upon these varied perspectives and how they’ve influenced your own Christian journey and evangelism. Regardless of your familiarity with Christian theology, this class promises to be a riveting journey through centuries of thought, belief, and interpretation. Sign up for “Four Kinds of Hell” today and embark on a thought-provoking exploration of one of Christianity’s most (in)famous doctrines.

Sign up for any of these classes at dauphinwayumc.org/class

  • Youth (6th-12th)
    • 4:00 | Open Gym
    • 5:00-6:30 | S.N.L
    • 6:30-7:00 | Dinner
    • Confirmation | 4:00-5:00 | Room 210 | 6th Grade
  • Children
    • 4:00 | Choir
    • 4:30  | Playground
    • 5:00-6:30 | M&M (k-5- 2nd), 3rd Grade Bible Class, J.U.M.P (4th-5th)
    • 6:30 | Pick-Up


  • Jesus and the Early Church: A Study of Luke/Acts | Thursdays 11:30-1:00 | Aug 10-Nov 9 (12 Weeks) | Dill Parlor | Taught By Dr. Woods Lisenby
    Join us for an engaging and enlightening exploration of the books of Luke and Acts. This isn’t just a reading group; it’s an opportunity to delve into these fascinating narratives, drawing out the historical, literary, and philosophical dimensions of these ancient texts. We’ll be taking a close look at Luke’s account of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ before shifting to the intriguing stories of the early Christian community in Acts. This class is ideal for both newcomers and those with a longstanding interest in biblical studies, providing a rich context for discussion and discovery. Expand your horizons, challenge your preconceptions, and gain a deeper appreciation of these cornerstone texts. Sign up today and join us as we journey through Luke and Acts.
  • Surprised By Hope | Thursdays 11:30-1:00 | Nov 16-Dec 21| | Dill Parlor | Taught By Dr. Woods Lisenby
    Do you find yourself grappling with big questions about life, hope, and the meaning of it all? Join us for an insightful exploration of N.T. Wright’s seminal work, “Surprised by Hope.” This study group aims to dig deeper into Wright’s provocative perspectives on life, death, and everything in between. We will dissect his compelling arguments, understand his fresh take on the concept of the afterlife, and explore how his ideas might impact our lives today. The book invites us to re-evaluate our understanding of Christian hope, heaven, resurrection, and the mission of the church. Whether you’re new to Wright’s work or an avid reader, this class offers a supportive and enlightening environment to learn and discuss. Challenge your assumptions, stir your spirit, and potentially reshape your outlook on life. Sign up today to engage with “Surprised by Hope” and its thought-provoking themes.

Sign up for any of these classes at dauphinwayumc.org/class

  • Men’s Prayer Breakfast | McDavid Library | Tuesdays 7:00 a.m. | Join a group of men for a weekly time of prayer and fellowship each Tuesday morning. 
  • Grits and Grace | McGowin Hall | Last Thursday of Each Month 7:00 a.m | There is a long-standing tradition of men from Dauphin Way United Methodist Church gathering together on the last Thursday of the month for a time of fellowship, devotion, and prayer that we call Grits and Grace. It is an opportunity not only for the aforementioned fellowship and devotion but also a time with the pastors so we can hear from you, AND you can hear from us in a place filled with grace and good breakfast. Breakfast costs $10, and you can register at dauphinwayumc.org/grits
  • Supper Clubs | Various Days and Times | Dauphin Way has a rich history of connecting our congregation through fellowship opportunities. We recently launched a number of new supper clubs for over one hundred and twenty church members, and we’re still going! If you’re interested in joining a supper club, please go to dauphinwayumc.org/supper to sign up or receive more information! 

Support Ministries

  • The Long Goodbye is a support group is for adult children of aging parents or spouses with some sort of dementia. Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 12 pm in the Bishop’s Meeting Room. Lunch is available for $6. Please call the Pastoral Assistant at (251) 378-7524 to reserve your space.
  • Hope Support Group is for widows 70 years and older. Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, and meets on the Causeway at a restaurant TBD each month. To RSVP, please call the church at 251-471-1151
  • Tool Time is a support group for widowers that meets on the First Wednesday of each month at noon in the Bishop’s Meeting Room. Lunch is served at no charge. Please call the church at 251-471-1151 to reserve your space.
  • Compassionate Friends is a self-help organization for bereaved parents who have lost a child of any age. Meetings are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in McGowin Hall.
  • Growing in Grace is a support group for widows. Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the McDavid Library, beginning with a light supper followed by a brief program by a special speaker. We like to say the Growing in Grace program offers a pleasant oasis in the journey of grief. There are off-campus meetings in July and November, call the church for the location.