Online “Epworth Group” Begins October 6th

On Thursday, October 6th, we launch a new online ministry, an “Epworth Group,” one that further enhances our mission to offer spiritual formation in the Wesleyan tradition. Please tell others about this.

Early on, we heard from people that, in addition to our basic media offerings, they wanted us to add live, interactive experiences. We have responded with two that have already begun: “Kindred” (young adult formation) and “Conversations” (general audience formation with varying topics).

Now, we are adding a third opportunity: a live online “Epworth Group.” It offers spiritual formation in the Wesleyan tradition, bringing the spirit and substance of the early-Methodist Class Meeting into the 21st century.

The group begins meeting on Thursday, October 6th at 7:00 pm Eastern Time (US and Canada). The group will meet via Zoom the first Thursday of each month.

Nikki Raye Rice hosts the group, describing it this way, “The meeting is inspired by John Wesley’s opening question for his small groups, “How is it with your soul?” We will begin each meeting with this question and give ourselves to the practices of holy listening and prayer for one another. We will also initially be guided into personal reflection using Elaine Heath’s “Five Means of Grace.” If group participants are interested, we will also establish a Groupme room where we can connect and encourage each other through the month.”

The following two links will give you a good orientation for joining the journey, and provide a way to get Elaine Heath’s book,

Mark your calendar and plan to join this online formative journey. Here’s the Zoom link for the first meeting…

Meeting ID: 818 8672 7813
Passcode: WNCC

To learn more contact Nikki Raye at

Published by Steve Harper

Dr. Steve Harper is retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 43 books. He is also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

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