When Sunday morning services are over, Belair United Methodist Church members have activities to keep them busy all week long.
Pastor Gayle Summey introduced six new small group programs to the church in November. The groups include a supper club, where members meet monthly to share a meal, a healthy living group, a community service club, a book club, Bible study and a group for working on hobbies and crafts.
"Because we want to provide something other than a Sunday morning worship service, where people can get together and know each other better, socialize and still do it all in the religious environment," Summey said. "In Sunday School and worship all you can do is say is good morning but this gives us a little more time with each other."
Members are excited about the new programs, Summey said, and volunteers have already stepped forward to lead every group.
The Community Service group has had the most interest, Summey said. The group met for the first time in mid- November, but have already completed their first project. Together, the group members collected and packed eight boxes of food for four families in need.
The group hopes to expand their work to assist community members with yard work or home repairs they may not be able to complete themselves.
Summey has been personally involved in the healthy living group, which meets twice each week to discuss nutrition and to exercise together.
On Thursday evenings, the group does Pilates led by an instructor on DVD. On Monday evenings, the group exercises along with Richard Simmons' videos.
The healthy living group as well as other groups, like book club and supper club, are fun social events, Summey said. The groups meet monthly and while there isn't a definite religious message associated with their meetings, it's a good way for Christians to gather together, she said.
"It's a good way for newcomers to the area to get to know each other," Summey said. "With supper club, if you do nothing more than say the blessing before the meal, you bring a little of your Christian background into it."
Anyone is welcome to join the small groups at Belair United Methodist Church.
For more information, call Pastor Gayle Summey at 547-6631.