Christian ministry for adults of all ages is an important part of the life of FUMC. For starters, come be a part of one of our Sunday School classes. You may also consider participating in an Emmaus Walk.



All Ages Welcome

The Parlor Class was formed by former pastor Rev. Robert Sparkman to share the doctrine of the Methodist Church with new members, seekers, and skeptics of all ages and backgrounds. 


All Ages Welcome

The W. A. Graham Sunday School Class has been in existence since World War Two. The class average age is 80 years but we are young in spirit. The class is open to any person regardless of age, sex or race.  The class has three excellent teachers and uses lecture-type teaching generally following the International Bible Lesson as a guide.  The class has an excellent piano player and two great song leaders and sings songs from the Cokesbury Hymnal each Sunday.  Come join us! We would welcome you with open arms.



Ages 20s to Early 30s

This is a newly formed class of young people ranging from their early 20s into their early 30’s.  We are called the Discussion Cclass because we enjoy studies that make us think and often we share varying opinions. We enjoy a time of refreshments and come together as a group to study and discuss the Bible, social issues, and the world today.


Ages 20s to 40s

Formed in 2010, the Sonshine Class is comprised of young adults, including singles and married couples, with and without children. We welcome dynamic discussion on a wide range of topics in a relaxed group atmosphere. We consider a variety of viewpoints on topics that range from biblical truths to current events and everything in between. Lessons are led by class members or guest speakers who bring a broad diversity of perspectives. The group enjoys learning from each other through lively dialogue, creating friendships, and focusing on faith. Class socials, including an annual summer cookout and Christmas party, are always lively, and actively promote fellowship outside of the church.



Ages 35 to 50s

Couples and singles of the Cornerstone class engage a wide variety of faith topics through discussion and lecture formats. In this class you'll find and develop relationships in an environment of acceptance and diverse perspectives.  

Age 50 and Up

The Almond Class is a vital class ranging in age from 50 years and up.  Most are professional or retired professionals with empty nests.  This is a loving and compassionate group that studies the Bible, serves the church, and reaches out to others in the community.

Age 40 and Up

The Norton class has been a diverse group of people ranging from 40 years of age and up.  Studies range from biblical studies to various faith topics with lively discussions.  Members get together with other classes for social interaction and enjoy the relationships that have been developed in this class.


Age 50 and Up

This is a class of diverse ages and ethnic backgrounds.  This group loves to socialize with refreshments early each Sunday, leading into an enjoyable time of study.  Various topics are explored and discussed.


Ages 60 and Up (and a Few Younger)

The Ferguson Class is a "3-D Experience:"

  • Diverse - The people of the Ferguson Class are young, old, young at heart, retired, semi-retired and rich in experience

  • Devoted - The people of the Ferguson Class are devoted. They are devoted to showing up for class, participating while they're there, setting an example for each other and holding and living the tenants of the Church and sound Christian principles without being pushy or judgmental.

  • Delightful - The people of the Ferguson Class are simply delightful! They celebrate with, pray for and care for each other and make Bible study fun. Through the member-led lessons and lively discussions you'll walk away with a message that you can use everyday!


The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with a 72-hour short course in Christianity, comprised of 15 talks by lay and clergy on the themes of God's grace, disciplines of Christian discipleship, and what it means to be the church. The course is wrapped in prayer and meditation, special times of worship and daily celebration of Holy Communion. The "Emmaus community," made up of those who have attended an Emmaus weekend, support the 72-hour experience with a prayer vigil, by preparing and serving meals, and other acts of love and self-giving. The Emmaus Walk usually begins Thursday evening and concludes Sunday evening. Men and women attend separate weekends.

During and after the three days, Emmaus leaders encourage participants to meet regularly in small groups. The members of the small groups challenge and support one another in faithful living. Participants seek to Christianize their environments of family, job, and community through the ministry of their congregations. Find out more about the Alabama Emmaus Community.

In the Shoals area the Shoals Emmaus Cluster works to help sustain renewal experiences on the Walk To Emmaus by inspiring, challenging, and equipping members for Christian action in their homes, churches, place of work, and communities. We are one of several regional groups of Fourth Day pilgrims, established by the Alabama Emmaus Community. Anyone who has completed a Walk to Emmaus, or similar expression of this three-day experience, may become a member. Find out more about the Shoals Emmaus Cluster.



At Florence First United Methodist, our personal and congregational commitment is to be a thriving congregation that honors God through meaningful worship, that develops people of all ages as fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ, and that graciously impacts the community and the world through extravagant generosity and humble service, resulting in better lives for all.


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415 North Seminary Street

Florence, AL 35630

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