Owatonna United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Small Groups

Walk to Emmaus
Walk to Emmaus is a 72-hour retreat experience designed to provide an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as He is revealed to you through other believers.

It is an experience that begins with prayerful discernment and an invitation from a sponsor. The person is invited to attend a three-day experience of New Testament Christianity.

Following the three days, participants are given an opportunity to join in small groups to support each other in their ongoing walk with Christ. Through the process of accountable discipleship in small groups and participation in the Walk to Emmaus community, servant-leadership skills are developed for use in the local church and its missions. 
Several members of the Owatonna United Methodist Church have participated in the Walk to Emmaus program and meet monthly for fellowship and accountable discipleship. If you are interested in this retreat experience, please contact the church office and Diane will put you in contact with a member of the Emmaus community.

Lay Speakers 
The United Methodist Church trains lay people for leadership through the Lay Speaking Ministries program.  The primary focus of this program is pulpit supply – filling in as worship leader – for pastors when they take a Sunday off. After completion of the Basic Lay Speaking class, the student becomes a Local Lay Speaker, qualified to assist in their local church.
Advanced Lay Speaking courses are available on many topics. After completion of an advanced class, and an interview with the district committee, a Lay Speaker can be Certified. Certified Lay Speakers are qualified to provide pulpit supply beyond the local church. Pulpit Supply is not the only function of the Lay Speaker program. Participation in the Lay Speaker program will provide you with skills that will make you a better leader in whatever area of service you choose within the church.
More information on Lay Speaking Ministries can be found at www.layspeakingministries.org or on the Southeast District page of www.minnesotaumc.org
Adult Bible Study opportunities
There is an adult Sunday school at 10:00 a.m. weekly.   Also adult studies are offered during Advent and during Lent various times during the week for approximately 6 weeks.  Check our calendar for times.