Adult Ministry

Penn Yan United Methodist Church believes in ministering to all facets of its congregation including specialty classes with in-depth study of the Bible or a book, prayer groups, and occasionally art and American Sign Language. The list below has some groups offered here and at other churches and locations in the area.


10:00 am – Adult Sunday School

We are pleased to introduce several options for Adult Sunday School this Fall. Also beginning on Sunday, September 17, from 10:00am – 10:45am there will be several adult Sunday School options. These classes are just the beginning. If you would like to participate in another study, or discuss a certain topic, contact Ryan Webb and we will make it happen!


Living the Five: Pastor Jeff will be leading this five week study examining how each group in the church is called out to live the same five principles discussed in the study allowing the larger congregation to reach into smaller settings. Meets in classroom 1 in the church building.


Exploring the Bible: Facilitated by Ann Hicks, this book-by-book study starts with the Old Testament books of Exodus and Leviticus. Each week takes participants deeper into the Scripture, revealing context essential to understanding the text’s original intent and promoting transformation through God’s Word in everyday life. We will meet in classroom 2 in the church building, next to Peek Chapel.


“She’s Still There” by Chrystal Evans Hurst: A six week video women’s study facilitated by Lynn Roe, where the author shares what she’s learned about how to love and honor your life – even when it’s not easy to love. You will be encouraged to take an honest look where you might have gotten off track, recapture peace in the midst of hard seasons, and focus on the promise of God’s truth for your future. Even though the road is rough – you are a masterpiece that is simply a work-in-progress. We will meet in the Memorial Building dining room.




12:00 pm – Bible Study

Penn Yan UMC (Dining Room); discusses the scripture for the sermon on the following Sunday.  For questions, contact Pastor Jeff Childs at (315) 729-4464 or

4:00 pm – Rosary Prayer Group

St. Michael’s Chapel (please park in the back lot and use the side entrance); Prayers are used and rosaries are provided.  For questions, contact Nancy Richardson at (315) 399-6218 or

5:00 pm – Fellowship Meal

First Baptist Church; Cost is $3.00; For questions, contact Pastor Stephen Sanden at (315) 536-3955 or


6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Financial Peace University

Beginning on October 2 at the Penn Yan First Baptist Church, Megan Daggett and Leslie Elliot will again be leading Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey. If you are in need of getting a better handle on your personal finances, this is the class for you. Cost for the materials are $100/person or couple and financial assistance is available.

7:00 pm – Caring & Sharing Small Group

Co-leaders are Linda Snyder and Sandy Harris; this group, formerly known as the BIG Small Group, has been meeting for years and, though already a large group, is open to all.  We focus on opening our hearts to God and each other through Bible study and fellowship.  For more information, call Linda Snyder at (315) 536-8844 or


**10:30 am – United Methodist Women

UMW is an organized unit of United Methodist Women whose purpose it is to know God, to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative supportive fellowship, and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.  Morning UMW meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Memorial Building Dining Room


7:00 pm – Gathering for Peace (Quaker-style) Prayer Group

Cobblestone Springs, 4306 Lakemont-Himrod Rd., Dundee; suggested donation is $5-$6; For questions, call Anne Alderman at (607) 242-8213 or


10:00 am – Bible Study

First Presbyterian Church (Pastor’s Study), Penn Yan; study of 1 Corinthians; for questions, call Pastor Paul Malles at (315) 536-8235 or

10:00 am – Friendship Circle Small Group

Bride’s Room, PYUMC Church Building; involves knitting and crocheting items to be sent to a mission in Nome, Alaska and prayer shawls to surround people locally; for questions, call Dorothy Putzig at (315) 536-3841

 1:00 pm – Book Club

Betsey Comstock’s home, 6 Crescent Drive, Penn Yan;  for questions, call Betsey at (315) 531-1982

**6:00 pm – Ell-D-Van

Fellowship Hall, PYUMC; this small group started many years ago as a class for young couples to gather and share.  Started in the 1950s by Ellroy D. VanDyke, one of our former pastors, the group has kept an acronym of his name as their own.  This group meets once a month on the 2nd Wednesday to share a meal and features a program.  All church members are encouraged to attend.

6:15 pm – Conversations with God

Sue Heller’s home, 2829 W. Lake Rd., Penn Yan; an ongoing meditative small group;  have you ever wondered about the difference between prayer and meditation?  Thought about trying guided relaxation or meditation?  Need a dedicated time to slow your life down so you can connect with God?  You can join with no commitment to regular attendance; for questions, call Sue Heller at (315) 536-2761 or



7:00 pm – Evening UMW

Marie Smith’s home, 16 Myrtle Ave., Penn Yan; meets on the 1st Thursday of each month (September – June)


There are currently no small groups or bible studies on this night. If you would like to start something please contact the church office.


8:00 am – Men’s Fellowship Breakfast

PYUMC Fellowship Hall; usually the last Saturday of each month; Come enjoy a home-cooked breakfast, Bible study, music, time of sharing and prayer.  For questions, call Syd Kidder at (315) 729-5950 or Stan Comstock at (315) 531-1982 or


10:00 am – 12:00 pm – StarShine ASL Class

Christmas will be here before we snow it! Let’s get into the spirit and start playing, humming and learning how to use sign language to holiday songs. The sign language classes will begin on November 4, and run through November 25 right here at PYUMC. On the evening of December 1, we will perform our songs at the Penn Yan StarShine event. The following day, we will also visit local nursing homes to again sign our songs and spread some Christmas joy! Please contact Judy Hillyard for more information and to “Sign” up! 315-536-2675 or

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Worship Times

Saturday Night | 5:00 PM Sunday Break | 9:00 AM Traditional Worship | 11:00 AM