First United Methodist Church Westfield

Adult Faith Development


FUMC offers classes and Bible studies on Sundays at 9 AM, as well as small groups and activities to assist adults in their faith development. Classes and discussion groups focus on a variety of topics. For more information on any of these activities, please contact Rev. Su Iliff at


Living Faithfully into Older Age

Rev. Dr. Nancy Duff is leading a series titled “Living Faithfully into Older Age.” We’ll meet in the FR from 9:00 – 9:50 AM. This four-week series will explore the promise and threat of older age. The series affirms that, in faith, we can find purpose and meaning in life even as, in faith, we can admit our fears regarding what older age may bring. Open to adults of all ages, we will explore what it’s like to take care of older parents and to take care of ourselves in older age.

  • Wk. 1 (Jan. 7): Stages of Life. This week will explore the strengths and weaknesses that tend to characterize youth, middle age, and older age and how God’s grace guides us at each stage of life.
  • Wk. 2 (Jan. 14): Retirement. Some people anticipate retirement with joy, while others face it with dread. This week we’ll look at how to glorify God when the rhythm of life changes.
  • Wk. 3 (Jan. 21): Long Term Care Facilities. Although many of us are aware of depressing institutions that offer long term care, there are alternatives that enable older residents to thrive. We’ll look at the church’s responsibility to ensure that all older adults have a space to live to the glory of God.
  • Wk. 4 (Jan. 28): Facing our Mortality. We will explore end of life care: what we would most like to avoid and how we can best ensure a good death – or better, a good life as we face death.


Women’s Prayer Group

The Women’s Prayer Group meets on Sunday mornings after worship. For more information contact Connie Palmer at




Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Group meets on Wednesdays at 12 PM in the Fellowship Room to create Prayer Shawls (crochet and knit) for the congregation and community. We’d love to have you join us!