FirstChurch seeks to promote Deeper Discipleship with Christ by providing members and guests with a constantly changing list of studies. This includes Bible studies as well as in-depth looks at the latest, most thought-provoking books available from leading Christian authors. Contact Mark Lucke, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School classes at FirstChurch are intended to give members a chance to affiliate with a small group for learning, mutual support, and service to the church and community. Each class has a different size, character, and learning style. New Sunday School classes aimed at other demographic groups will be started throughout the year. Keep checking this page for news of new Sunday School classes.
Below you’ll find a listing and description of the current adult Sunday School classes available. If you’re looking for a group to join for learning, making bonds of friendship and support, and mutual service, consider joining one of these classes. If you’re not ready to make that commitment, you’re always welcome “just to visit,” too! For more information on specific classes, contact Mark Lucke, Minister With Adults.
9:45 a.m., Room 210
In the Eleventh Hour we vary our class format with lecture, videos, and discussions. We are very active in outreach programs, including:
- Methodist Children’s homes in Waco & San Antonio
- Shoe Ministry
- Reach Out Honduras
- Project Transformation
- Plano Santa
- Meals from the Heart
- Wellspring Ministry
- House of Hope
Families in Faith
9:45 a.m., Room 228
The Families in Faith class formed in 1994 by a group of families with young children. Now most members have college-age or older children and we have both married and single members. We have class social events 3-4 times per year and also participate in several mission/outreach programs each year. Our weekly meetings are generally full of laughter and lively & spirited discussions.
The Sunday School hour typically includes sharing joys & concerns and a lesson. The lessons are usually lead by a class member. These are typically a multi-week study of a published curriculum or book and may include a video series. Studies vary between traditional Bible studies and contemporary Christian topics. Some members also develop original curriculum about topics of particular interest.
Families in Prayer
9:45 a.m., Room 200
Families in Prayer is a welcoming class that varies our Sunday School class with traditional Bible studies, reading and discussing various Christian books as well as completing an occasional video or audio series. Our class is mostly in their late 30’s or 40’s with elementary and middle school children. Our outreach includes supporting the children’s ministries, Plano Santas, Project Transformation, the Rocks softball team and the FUMC running ministry. Our studies for the next several months are as follows:
- Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur
- Enough by Adam Hamilton
- Believe by Randy Frazee
9:45 a.m., Room 113
Adult women gather to learn from Scripture with lively interaction.
9:45 a.m., Room 211
9:45 a.m., Room 213
The Genesis class is a fun-loving group who take our faith and fellowship seriously. Members are both married and single, and are for the most part age 40+. We have kids ranging from elementary age to college, and older. A few of us even have grandchildren. Our class is informal and we usually have plenty of lively discussion. We enjoy lessons that pertain to our lives and encourage Christian growth. We cover a wide range of subjects including Bible study, current events/social concerns, relationships, and spiritual growth.
GROWING IN FAITH TOGETHER (GIFT)
9:45 a.m., Room 217 Ages: 30s-50sRm 217
A fun class for families with children from elementary school - college ages. Come enjoy lively discussions in Bible study, family spiritual growth, Christian parenting and marriage topics, community charitable missions, and of course, socializing and fellowship with one another.
9:45 a.m., Room 111
This is one of the longest running classes at FirstChurch as well as a great “second family” to learn and grow with. Bible study and a monthly dinner/party with games and stimulating conversation.
Marge and Ralph Burke Class
9:45 a.m., Room 112
Founded in 1998 by Marge and Rev. Ralph Burke, this class is open to anyone looking for a friendly, welcoming group of people seeking to better understand the Scriptures and how they apply in today’s world. The class is invited to read the weekly lesson and listen as the teacher leads the members through lecture and class participation. The class is made up of senior adults, both couples and singles, although anyone welcome. The current teacher is Tish Mulkey.
We most commonly use the Adult Bible Series although special resources are used for Lent and Advent. Other resources used are book by James Moore and Adam Hamilton.
9:45 a.m., Room 116
Named for two beloved former pastors of First Church, this class is composed of senior adults but is always open to anyone of any age. You will receive a warm welcome and inspirational lessons, lectures, and discussions, as well as lively social events. A praying and caring support group.
9:45 a.m., Room 219
A diverse group of adults exploring the fundamentals of Christian faith and spirituality through discussions that promote Christian living and purpose. We participate in organizing the Drive Through Nativity and financially support other missions of the church.
We use DVD studies as a starting point for our discussions. Teaching duties are shared among willing members. In April 2016 we will start a study on Colossians. Besides helping organize the Drive Through Nativity the class as a whole participates in Plano Santa. Individually we also participate in many other outreach activities.
9:45 a.m., Room 216
Our class ranges in ages from 35-90. We are made up of singles, widows, divorcees, married and couples. This group’s mission is to embrace strangers so that all may share and grow as we reflect on each other’s life experiences in relation to the scriptures. We are active in discussion and all are welcome to join the discussions.
9:45 a.m., Room 206
There are approximately 56 members in our class. Most of the members are seniors, both married and single, and most are retired. We welcome anyone who would like to attend and join our class.
The class is structured with a president, vice president, treasurer, and there are some members that maintain the class roster, prayer and praise list, and handle special events. The class rotates the teaching duties among a number of members of the class and there are outside teachers that lead the class in special studies. We are fortunate that we have a number of members that are effective teachers and willing to teach. This is a class that participates, so discussion is encouraged.
Class Studies have included:
- All of Adam Hamilton series. Last study was The Call
- Adult Bible Studies Quarterly
- Kenneth Carter’s “Near The Cross” (most recent study)
- In April 2016 we start a new 4 to 5 week study on “Forgiving”, and “The Adult Bible Studies Quarterly” will also be a resource.
Once we have completed a study the class usually donates the books/DVDs to the resource room on the 2nd floor.
Outreach Projects include:
- Plano Santas
- Shoe Ministry
- School Supply Ministry
- Youth Mission Trips
- Thanksgiving Family
- Reach Out Honduras
On special occasions we have a social gathering at someone’s house.
9:45 a.m., Room 215
On April 19 we will begin a six-weeks study of what John Wesley has to say about faith and of today. We will use Adam Hamilton’s book Revival and what he considers to be the defining characteristics of a Wesleyan Christian. Join us as we consider and debate the issues, and encourage each other to live out our faith in the mundane events of life.
For more information about Adult Sunday School, contact Mark Lucke, Minister with Adults.
Senior Adult Ministry
If you are retired and actively seeking a group of people that you can share life with, then the Senior Adults Ministry at FirstChurch is the place for you. Find out how you can get involved. Contact Connie Calhoun-Amox, email@example.com.
United Methodist Men
The men here do amazing things for others. If you are interested in discovering how you can become involved with their projects and activities, explore their opportunities to get involved.
United Methodist Women
The women in this group are active in serving the world through various projects, activities and events. Find out how you can join their causes and become involved in making a difference. Contact Polly Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org