Adult Ministries

At Living Word we want to encourage people on their spiritual journey.  We have studies, small groups, mission/service opportunities and fun events scheduled year round to help you connect with God and others as we all grow in faith.

Bible Studies & Classes

Sunday Mornings

On Sunday mornings, we offer two worship services at 9:00 am and 10:30 am. In addition, we also have adult Sunday morning classes.  These classes are designed to help you grow in relationship with God and others.  You are welcome to visit any class of interest to you.

All of our classes are drop in, or you can contact the teacher listed for more information.

7:45 am

  • Senior Adult Discipleship | Bill McCormick | Room 211/212  “Journey Through the Bible”

8:00 am

9:00 am

  • Getting Out of the Boat | Bill VanLue | Room 211/212

10:30 am

  • Senior Adult Fellowship Class | Becky Ernst | Room 211/212 Cokesbury Adult Bible Study Curriculum
  • Journey Through the New Testament facilitated by Tony Hartsfield in Room 203
Men's Studies

6:00 am Wednesdays

  • Pastor David’s Bible Study | David Israel at Living Word
Women's Studies

Please contact the teacher for more information.


7:00 pm – Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study

  • (meets the 2nd and 4th of the month) facilitated by Amber Safford


7:30 am – Tuesday Morning Bible Study

9:30 am – Parents of School Age Children

  • Facilitated by Emily Dowell
  • Stronger by Angela Thomas-Pharr
  • Pay for your book here.

12:30 pm – Tuesday Afternoon Bible Study

Co-Ed Studies


  • Facilitated by Kim McGee
  • Journey Through the New Testament


Parenthood isn’t over after kids leave the nest…it’s just a new season.  Saying goodbye to children as they leave the nest and learn to fly ushers parents into an emotional time of grief, joy, and nostalgia. If you are that parent, please join us as we walk this journey together.  We will use the lighthearted book, Release My Grip (Kami Gilmour), to deepen our relationship with Jesus as we enter this new season of parenting.

We meet at 7:00 pm, at the home of Valerie Novatny.  We will meet monthly after that with the exception of December, January, and March (Christmas season, Holiday breaks, and spring breaks).

Below are the remaining dates:

April 10, and May 1

If you are interested in joining the group, please reserve your spot by emailing Valerie Novatny, Director of Congregational Care, at or by calling 636-821-2823.

Please invite your neighbors and friends that may be going on this journey as well. To order the book, please click here.  The cost of the book is $10.

We hope you will join us!!

Senior Adult Studies

Tuesday Mornings

11:00 am

  • Senior Adult Bible Study
  • Ongoing study of The Book of Mark, facilitated by Greg Finfrock

Interest Groups

Senior Social

Christian fellowship is very important to Living Word. We sponsor a regular monthly luncheon for the seniors on the second Tuesday of each month. After the meal, a speaker or program is presented that is entertaining and educational. These luncheons are a favorite and a great time for everyone.

In addition to the monthly luncheons, there may be monthly activities or outings, too.  We are blessed to have many places to visit in the St. Louis area as well as many organizations we can support with our time.

Click here for current events!

For more information, please contact Valerie Novatny at

Mary Martha Circle


Our group meets monthly, September to June. All women of the church are warmly welcome to share in the fellowship, fun, and social activities. Contact Mary Ottenberg for more information at

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mary Martha Circle is to lead women to serve Jesus Christ through mission work and to minister to each other through friendship, fellowship and prayer.

History of Mary Martha Circle

The Mary Martha Circle was formed in October 1982 when we were then Ellisville United Methodist Church.


The focus of Mary Martha is mission and outreach – locally and internationally. Over the years, Mary Martha Circle has provided financial and physical support to: A missionary nurse in Africa, a Campus Crusade Representative on mission in Eastern Europe, The Ghana Project, Henderson settlement in Kentucky, Festival of Sharing, Circle of Concern, UMCOR, Metro Ministries, Epworth Children’s Home, Kingdom House, LaClinica Spanish Mission, Shalom House, The Bridge, Pastor’s Emergency Fund at Living Word, mission trips for our youth and adults here at Living Word UMC, participation at Christmas time in a charitable activity approved by the group, specific improvement projects at our former and present church buildings. Mary Martha Circle generates funds for mission projects through voluntary pledging and occasional fund raising activities.

Men’s Club

Living Word Men’s Club – A Christian organization conducting Christian ministries

Serve with us on any of the following Mission Activities:

  • Youth Scholarship Program
  • Men’s Club Work Group
  • Christmas Tree Sales
  • Volunteering at Circle of Concern Food Pantry
  • Financial support for Mary  Martha Circle, Kingdom House, Shalom House, Epworth Children/Family Services, and other missions.

For more information contact Steve Ernst at

Men’s Club Scholarship Program
Men’s Club is sponsoring three $1,000 scholarships for 2019. The award may be used for the educational expenses to attend a post-secondary school of your choice. Applications and eligibility requirements are available here or from the kiosk in the lobby. Deadline for all entries is May 1. Winners will be announced in July.

Quilters meet on Mondays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm for quilting, needlework and fellowship! Join the Quilters in Room 209/Chapel. Contact Valerie Novatny for more information.