Adult ministry

ADULTS at State Street United UMC

We Provide Two Major Opportunities:

We are committed to helping you learn and grow in your Christian faith. At State Street, we accomplish this by providing learning opportunities throughout the year through Bible studies, book studies, small groups, and Sunday school. One of the greatest things about the church is that it gives everyone an opportunity to serve in his or her community and throughout the world.

A Place to Learn

We provide multiple opportunities for individuals to learn more about God and His Word. Some examples include reading through the Bible with the One Year Bible reading plan, book studies such as How to Have that Difficult Conversation You’ve Been Avoiding, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, and The Screwtape Letters, Small group studies of A Study of Marriage, the Gospel of John, and Adam Hamilton’s book Enough, and the Recovery at Bristol teaching series.

A Place to Serve

We have abilities and purpose and at State Street to give everyone the opportunity to serve, and we wish to have everyone serving God in a way that is fulfilling in their lives and the lives of others. Interested in learning more? Click here to get started serving at State Street.

“There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services but the same Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 12:4

Sunday at State Street UMC


Adult Sunday School meets from 10:00-10:50 a.m. It is a great way to dive deeper into the Bible and grow in your faith. At State Street, we have a wide variety of classes on a wide range of topics for you to choose from. When visiting State Street for the first time, a great place to start is in the Bible Class held in the Chapel led by Associate Pastor Mark Hicks. It is a great way to meet one of our staff members and hear a lesson taught directly from Scripture. Then, take your time to look at the other classes held each Sunday and find the one that is right for you.

Classes Include Young Adults (20’s and 30’s), Parlor Class (30’s through 60’s), Sodalis (60+), Open Door (60+)

Questions? We’re happy to answer your questions by emailing Leslie Webb anytime at:

Bible Study & Small Groups

State Street is proud to offer strong Christian education for adults throughout the week. Some are ongoing, some are seasonal, and some meet to support a particular sermon series or special event. We also have a learning library available with materials for personal study. Upper Room devotionals are also available for purchase.

Questions? We’re happy to answer your questions by emailing Leslie Webb anytime at:

Sunday School

10am on each Sunday

Book Study

10:30am – 12pm on Wednesdays during the school year

Topical Study

6:15pm on Wednesdays as part of Wonderful Wednesday

Women's Book Study

6:15pm on Wednesdays as part of Wonderful Wednesday

Recovery at Bristol — Thursday Evenings

Recovery is possible. This is how: We need Jesus, we need to follow scripture, we need to follow the twelve steps, and we have to live this life every day. When we follow Jesus, scripture, and the twelve steps and live it every day, we get better. Learn More.

Safe Sanctuaries


Safety and security of your children is paramount at State Street. Nursery staff and regular children’s ministry volunteers are required to pass a background check and complete an annual Safe Sanctuaries training. Our nursery staff are CPR certified and trained in first aid. For more information on safe sanctuaries, click here.

Older Adult Kouncil

The Older Adult Kouncil (OAK) plans outings, gatherings, and other activities for senior adults. Whether gathering at a local restaurant for food and fellowship or taking a longer trip for entertainment or education, our OAK group strives to engage our senior members in caring for each other, encouraging one another, and continuing to grow in faith and love together. Our parish nurse Patty Kilbreath works closely with OAK leadership to plan and facilitate older adult ministries. You can contact Patty at (276) 669-2101 x28.


Parish Nurse — Patty Kilbreath and Sarah Smith, our parish nurses, are at the center of many of our nurture ministries. They offer counsel and educational programs to encourage physical and spiritual wellness, offers regular blood pressure screenings, and cooperates with our pastors to visit our members who are hospitalized or homebound.

We Care —We remind our homebound members of our love and care by sending cards, making phone calls, and by visiting them. Our We Care coordinators will arrange to collect greeting cards from our Sunday school classes. Individual members of our congregation volunteer to make calls or visits to some of our least mobile church family members.

Communion at Senior Care Facilities — On the first Monday of each month, one of our pastors and some volunteers from our congregation visit Broadmore and Brookdale senior living facilities to celebrate a brief service of Holy Communion. We meet in the common area at Broadmore at 11:15am and in the second floor activity room at Brookdale at 1:30pm.

Communion Visits with Our Homebound Members — Our pastors and parish nurses make visits to some of our homebound members during the first week of each month. You’re welcome to join them and put the “community” into communion.


Children’s ministry at SSUMC is a joyful and faith-filled place. Our primary goal is to help families and children learn and grow in faith together!

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Our goal for the students is for them to seek growth in their faith in Jesus Christ and in their love for Him and the people around us.

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At State Street United Methodist Church Adult Ministries, we seek to provide everyone with a place to learn and a place to serve.

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650 Valley Drive
Bristol, VA 24201




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