INDIAN TRAIL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Adult Sunday School
Rev. Jim Parsons grew up in North Charlotte where he attended University City United Methodist Church. It was there, in youth group, that he met his wife Alycia. They were married in 2002 and have two children.
Jim is a graduate of West Charlotte High School. He received his BS in Bible and Religion from Montreat College in Montreat, NC and then his Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School.
Before coming to ITUMC he spent a year in England where he was the minister to three churches in the Ashton-under-Lyne Circuit in the British Methodist Church. He then was appointed as the Associate Minister at Hawthorne Lane UMC in Charlotte followed by an appointment as the minister of Trinity UMC in Thomasville, NC.
Rev. Jim Parsons - Pastor
Dr. Larissa Davis is an American pianist and a Ukraine native of Finnish and Ukrainian descent. She holds the Doctoral Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she studied with Mark Clinton (the student of John Perry) and the Master’s Degree from the Central Michigan University.
Dr. Davis received her first Diploma in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at V. Lysenko Musical College in Poltava, Ukraine and later completed the Bachelor’s Degree in piano and choral conducting. Her musical career has balanced both performing and managerial skills: for several years, Larissa served as Musical Director and Assistant Conductor of the Ukrainian Folk Choir Kalyna, an eighty member group that toured Europe. Dr. Davis debuted in NYC at Yamaha Concert Hall in 2009 as a part of the Perrenoud Foundation International Competition, where she was given a special judges' appreciation for musicality. In December 2012, Dr. Davis performed at Carnegie Hall, NYC as a second place winner for the American Protégé International Competition in Romantic Music 2012. She is a winner of numerous competitions, awards and grants, including the 2010 grant for the Brahms International Competition in Pörtschach, Austria. Dr. Davis served as a piano faculty at Pfeiffer University, Texas A&M International University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Central Michigan University. She has traveled to more than thirty countries, speaks four languages, and has performed in the USA, Austria, Japan, Turkey, and the Ukraine.
Faith is an important aspect of Dr. Davis’ life. She is knowledgeable in Orthodox and Catholic liturgies and the Protestant worship. She is a skilled church musician and continuously utilizes the traditional and contemporary musical support at church. Larissa has a great passion to the Visual Arts and Fashion. She is married to Michael Edwin Davis and they have a cat, Mexie.
Larissa Davis - Music Director
Youth Group is open to 6th-12th graders. We meet from 4:15pm-5:45pm on Sundays. This is a time to have some fun with games and grow in the youth's relationship with God.
We have Sunday School classes and a nursery for all ages on Sunday morning. We have a class for High School, Middle School, and Elementary School aged children and youth.
Youth and Children
Indian Trail Methodist-Episcopal South was established in 1902. There were many obstacles, but the determined pioneers pushed ahead with their plans and construction started on a classic white country church. Indian Trail MEC-South was attached to the Matthews Charge and the first pastor was Rev. J. J. Havner.
Our current building was competed in 1944 and dedicated on June 24, 1945. Much of the money for the new building was raised from the Lord’s Acre Program – a program through which church members raised funds through the selling of pigs, hens and baby chicks. In 1997, 14 new stain glass windows were purchased through donations and installed in the sanctuary. They now grace our sanctuary with depictions of many different Biblical stories. This brings a wonderful array of colored light into our sanctuary and makes it a warm and welcoming place to worship.
Today this country church is now in the center of the fastest growing town in North Carolina and the largest town/city in Union County. As the town of Indian Trail reinvents itself as a suburb of Charlotte, ITUMC is also looking for God’s guidance to move us into the future.
Our future is only known to God but we here at ITUMC are determined to do what it takes to live into our mission to live, love, reach and teach God's Word, here in Indian Trail and around the world.
We are proud to be a Safe Sanctuaries Congregation. We take the safety of our children and youth seriously. All of our volunteers who work in
the nursery, or with
children and youth
have gone through
background checks. We follow and implement Safe Sanctuaries guidelines as well.
We have three different Adult Sunday School Classes. Each class has it's own unique personality and style of learning and growing in their relationships with God.
BASIC (Brothers and SistersIn Christ) is open to couples and singles in all stages of life. Our class ranges in age from 20's through 50's. The teaching is informal and we use a variety of teaching resources. We take turns leading the class and offer plenty of opportunity for honest, open and respectful discussion on a wide range of issues important to Christians. We are working to be involved in various mission projects in the church and community. We invite you to join us!
Spares and Pairs a large group of newly retired adults who gather for plenty of fun and fellowship. They have been doing short term video studies along with Bible Studies. This is a very social class that does get togethers to play and eat a few times a year. They also reach out and adopt families during Christmas and look for opportunities to help the church and community.
Wesley Class is a group of mature (with a few younger ones mixed in) and extremely caring adults. Their class the Adult Sunday School material to which focuses on a certain topic and piece of scripture each week. They have great discussions on these topics. They also reach out to the older members of our congregation to make sure they are cared for and loved too. This is a very spiritually uplifting group of adults.
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