Bible Study

Wednesday Morning Bible Study @10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

Led by, Robert Freeman

This groups meets in the Library office area and north of the secretary’s office.   All are welcome to join this class as they explore the book of Romans and seek ways to apply the author’s intent to our daily lives.


Wednesday Night Bible Study, 7:00 pm @ Perkins Family Restaurant. 

Led by, Robert Freeman

This groups meets in the at Perkins in Urbana.   All are welcome to join this class as they explore the book of Romans and seek ways to apply the author’s intent to our daily lives.


Book Clubs

Wednesday Book Club @ 1:00 p.m. in the Parlor/Chapel at FUMC:

Led by, Darla Kevidra

This groups meets September – June and have a lunch meal at 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. followed by a review and conversation around fiction and non fiction books.  This group is open to all ages.


Pub Theology Book Club, Thursday’s at Riggs Brewery @ 6:00 p.m. 

Led by, Vinny Santanelli

Pub Theology is a safe space to explore issues of life and faith. I’ve hosted several of these so far and it has been an amazing experience. We’ve had Protestants, Catholics and the curious attend. We’ve had people of differing sexual orientations attend. All are welcome to this non-judgmental group. Everyone is invited to share, to question and explore. All questions and conversations are welcome! It is not a “class room study (unless you think the pub is a good classroom)” or conversation with a goal to agreement or gaining certainty or of getting you to convert to Christianity. Rather, it is a conversational study that attempts to get us all thinking so that we can journey in life and/or faith in a way that keeps us open, humble, learning and, most important of all: loving.

Each session is a stand alone conversation, so you can come and go as you please. No need to come to all of these. See our page for more information.

Here’s a quote from our next book study by Richard Rohr: “Every time God forgives us, God is saying that God’s own rules do not matter as much as the relationship that God wants to create with us.”

Sunday School Opportunities

Fellowship Class: Larry Jobe

Location: Library in the FUMC office area

This class is not limited by age. The class explores the love of God and the power of His Word as applied to family dynamics, daily living, transitions, and witnessing. Curriculum includes meditations and topical studies.


New Foundations Adult Sunday School Class: Vincent Santanelli

Location: Third Floor Conference Room

Join Vinny for Sunday School (9-10am) as he guides you through the powerful letter of 1st Peter. In this class you will not only learn about 1st Peter, but also how to study the Bible and use it for your own spiritual formation. This study will last about 8 weeks, starting on September 30th, and will meet on the 3rd floor (last door at the end of the North Hall). Each class can stand on its own, so you don’t need to worry about missing or only attending a few…come anyway!  If you need childcare, please talk with Vinny or email him at


Discipleship Groups

Each of us seeks other people we can get to know and have fun with. At Urbana First Church the discipleship groups ministry desires to be the primary avenue enabling people to connect with others and to grow closer to God.

At First, we value shared discipleship – the act of reading and studying scripture together in order to hold ourselves and each other accountable to God’s continued teaching. We believe that the Holy Spirit has given everyone the gift of reading and interpreting scripture (often called the priesthood of the believer), but also that we can abuse that gift when we do not receive the counsel of others’ interpretive perspective. Shared discipleship also allows us to pray with and for one another.

There are discipleship groups for adults of all ages and for high school youth as well. Updated information on our current groups may be found in each Sunday’s bulletin.  You may also contact Pastor Freeman at 217-367-8384.

Discipleship Offerings:


Led by Robert Freeman


Monday @9:00 a.m., Location: Pastor’s Office

Saturday @ 1:30 pm, Perkins off University

We grow in Christ as we seek him together. Jesus’ own pattern of disciple-making was to be intimately involved with others and allow life to rub against life. By gathering in twos or threes to study the Bible and encourage one another, we most closely follow Jesus’ example with the twelve disciples. This workbook by Greg Ogden is a tool designed to help you follow this pattern Jesus drew for us. Working through it will deepen your knowledge of essential Christian teaching and strengthen your faith. Each week contains the following elements:a core truth presented in a question-and-answer formata memory verse and accompanying studya field-tested inductive Bible studya reading on the theme for the weekquestions to draw out key principles in the reading.


Led by Felecia Freeman


Join women from the community for fellowship and missional efforts.

Fourth Saturday @ 10:00 a.m., FUMCU Atherton Parlor


Spiritual Formation (Discipleship Practices)

Led by Vinny Santanelli.

Location: Main Sanctuary at Urbana First. Time: 6:30-7:45pm. Dates: Feb. 11, March 11, 25, April 1, 15, May 6, 20.

Learn about different spiritual techniques and practices in order to grow in your life with God and experience the Sacred throughout your day. We will explore various spiritual disciplines (ancient and modern) as well as practice them together. We will also plan on taking a weekend retreat to a Benedictine monastery (New Melleray Abbey) on May 24-26th.

Please order the main text: Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Practices That Transform Us by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun.

Prayer Time


9:00 a.m.-Third Floor Chapel