SUM Fellowship



NEW - Wednesday Morning Play Group

We have started a drop-in play group on Wednesday mornings up in the barn at the church. The “barn” is the building behind the sanctuary where the offices are. It does not have sheep and cows. The group meets from 9:30-12 and is very laid back - come when you can, stay for as long as you'd like. We will have good coffee and treats, so no need to bring anything but yourself and your kiddos (if they're around - Erin will be showing up solo since both kids are in school). If you know someone who would be interested in joining us please pass this along!  RSVPs are not necessary - if you're free, stop by :) If you have any questions feel free to contact Erin Ott.


Fellowship with a purpose

Do you like to sew? Check out our Days for Girls or Prayers and Squares groups.

If you like to knit, you can hang out with like-minded folks who meet for our Prayer Shawl Ministry.

You will be welcomed with open arms!

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Dinner for 8

Want to make some new friends and have an occasional excuse to blow your diet? Then Dinner for Eight is right for you! Four times over eight months, groups of eight people gather around dinner tables to laugh, share stories and get to know each other outside of church. The hosts prepare the main dish and the guests bring an appetizer, side dish, and dessert. Each household takes a turn hosting, with a different mix of guests. If you would like to join the fun but can’t make the commitment to four dinners, sign up for the substitute list.  You can join as a single or a couple; you can join with a friend; you can invite your neighbors. Truly, every gathering is an enjoyable experience! Sign-up for four dinners happens in September. The substitute list is open year-round.


Men’s Book Club

Ever read a great, thought-provoking book and wish you had a bunch of friends who had just finished the same book? Well, join the Men’s Book Club. These gentlemen, from inside and outside the church membership, read seven or eight books a year.  They gather at the end of each book for an hour and half to share reactions and explore themes. The group then votes on selecting the next book, which could be fiction or non-fiction. Recent nominees include such varied books as Jon Meacham’s The Soul of America, Georgia Hunter’s novel We Were the Lucky Ones, It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis and The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan. 

Meeting are usually held on a Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. at a participant’s home.

To get started, contact Alan LaHue.


UM Women

Women have three great options for enjoying Christian sisterhood at SUM.

The Rebekah Circle meets the fourth Thursday of each month (the third Thursday in November) at noon in the Annex. The Annex is the white house attached to the church; enter from the back walkway. Bring a bag lunch and make some friends! For many years, this circle has supported the Town of Simsbury Social Services Department by donating supermarket gift cards to benefit neighbors in need.

To get started, just show up or contact Jane Whelchel.

The Susanna Circle usually (but not always) meets at 7:00 P.M. on the second Tuesday of each month in the Verdin Parlor, next to Wesley Hall in the main church building. This circle enjoys guest speakers as well as field trips and special activities, some during the Tuesday meetings and some on Saturdays. A long list of worthy causes is supported in a variety of ways, including the Methodist Munch Super Bowl snack sale. The December 11, 2018 meeting is the circle’s annual holiday party. It begins at 6:00 P.M. in the Annex, the white house attached to the church. Enter from the back walkway. 

To get started, check the church calendar or contact Rolene Johnson.

The Rachel Circle meets the second Wednesday of each month (October to May) at 9:30 A.M., drawing about a dozen longtime SUM members. The location rotates among members’ homes and the Annex, the white house attached to the church. In addition to fostering friendships, the group supports the South Park Inn shelter, conducts a non-perishable food drive and provides hospitality at occasional church events.

To get started, contact Jean Staley.

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Men’s Fellowship

Do you have the urge one Saturday a month to show up at a church fellowship hall at 7:30 A.M., sit on a plastic chair and watch 20 poorly-shaven men dump ketchup on home fries? Then you’ve come to the right place! (Calm down, ladies. This is for men only.) The Men’s Fellowship meets the second Saturday of every month in Wesley Hall, the large room adjacent to the sanctuary. A typical meeting involves a surprisingly good breakfast buffet, a surprisingly lackluster round of “witty” banter and a fascinating guest speaker. 

The group financially supports a variety of good causes inside and outside the church. The primary fundraiser is a raucous auction of donated goods and services held every few years. Beyond monetary missions, the group provides a large part of the crew for the Fall and Spring clean-ups of the church grounds.

The December 8, 2018 meeting will feature a Yankee Swap gift exchange.

To get started, just show up or contact Rudy Maurer.

Please note: The Men’s Fellowship Group did not supply a real photo on the grounds that it might incriminate one or more of the members. Please enjoy this generic photo of a guy flipping hamburgers.