Bible Studies + Programs

Adult Fall Bible Studies


List of Times and Dates

After the Boxes are Unpacked: Moving on after Moving In

Facilitators: Gail Womack and Shirley Womack, swomack@fumcrockwall.com

Dates: Sundays, Sept. 9, 16, 23

Time: 4-5:30 PM

Location: Room 120, Building B

Summary: What happens when you move?  Moving is not easy for men or women; from leaving friends and family to losing familiar surroundings. Join us as we connect with new friends and new surroundings. We will take a look at our blessings from our previous location and move forward with God’s presence to guide us and sustain us as well as excite us as we get acquainted with our new normal.


Christianity and World Religions

Facilitators: Gloria Bishop, gloriab4@verizon.net and Jamie Rubush, jamie.rubush@att.net

Dates: Sundays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30 and Oct. 7

Time: 5-6:30 PM

Location: Room 109, Building B

Summary: Join us on our faith journey around the world! Our community is becoming more and more international. We work alongside, go to school with, and live next door to people of other religions, yet most of us understand little about their faith. In this interesting new sermon series by Adam Hamilton, we will consider four other world religions, as well as the  similarities and differences with Christianity. We will explore topics including:

  • The Wise Men
  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Christianity


Disciple II

Facilitator: Rev. Joe Pool, jpool@fumcrockwall.com

Dates: Sundays, beginning Sept. 9 (28 weeks total)

Time: 4-5:30 PM

Location: Room 117, Building B

Cost: $35

Summary: A comprehensive study of Genesis (creation, patriarchs, matriarchs), Exodus (freedom from slavery, wilderness wandering, into the promised land), Luke (the life and witness of Jesus), and Acts (the Holy Spirit, the early church, Paul). This is a weekly study which deepens our understanding of the Bible and offers life application. Disciple I is not a pre-requisite. Childcare available.


Faith and News

Facilitators: Rev. Joe Pool, jpool@fumcrockwall.com, Rev. Katie Newsome, knewsome@fumcrockwall.com

Dates: Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18

Time: 12:30-2 PM

Location: Room 117, Building B

Summary: In the age of information overload, we are overexposed to news. The growth of the Internet, 24-hour television, and mobile phones means that the average person now receives five times as much information every day as the average person did in the 1980s. Immigration reform, Russia, healthcare—the headlines and news stories are endless. What do we do with all this news and how do we respond faithfully?Join us as we explore how to dialogue about human issues in the contemporary world from a sound biblical and theological foundation. Each session, we will discuss a current event in our world and dialogue on how our faith can inform our response. Bring your own lunch and join us! Childcare available.


Financial Peace University

Facilitator: Becky Speight, beckysp8@aol.com

Dates: Sundays, Sept. 16 – Nov. 11

Time: 4-5:30 PM

Location: Room 123, Building B

Cost: $109 (per family)

Summary: Work through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more. Taught by Becky Speight, this class meets for nine weeks and is a great way to share ideas, be encouraged, and stay motivated on the journey to financial peace. One Financial Peace University membership per family is all you need to get started in a class ($109 per family). Turn your financial life around and join us on the journey to financial health. Childcare available.


Friday Discipleship Group

Facilitator: Ann Meredith, ameredith5032@gmail.com

Dates: Fridays, beginning Sept. 7

Time: 11:45 AM-12:45 PM

Location: Room 122, Building B

Summary: Open to men and women of any age – Use current day spiritual and faith related literature to grow, strengthen and better understand our faith and spiritual life. Take one hour of each week to share your thoughts with the group on the chosen material; use the reading material to strengthen your daily walk with God. Childcare available.


Methodism 101

Facilitator: Sandy Heard, sheard@fumcrockwall.com

Dates: Sundays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30

Time: 4-5:30 PM

Location: Room 125, Building B

Summary: Who was John Wesley?  What do we believe as Methodists?  And, why do we have “United” before “Methodist” in our name? Get the answers to these, and many other questions during a four week study on Methodism.  Open to all members and guests, this study will explore our denomination’s rich history and practical theology. Childcare available.

Week 1: UM History

Week 2: UM Theology & Doctrine

Week 3: UM Doctrine & Governance

Week 4: Local Church History and Future Challenges for The UMC


NAMI Family to Family

Facilitator: Libby Cotner, cotner13@classicnet.net

Dates: Mondays, beginning Sept. 10 – Nov. 26

Time: 6:30-9 PM

Location: Room 117, Building B

Summary: NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12 class education program for family members of adults living with a mental health condition.  In this program, family includes parents, siblings, spouses, adult children, partners and significant others.  The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with a mental health condition while maintain their own well-being.  The program is taught by NAMI-trained family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one living with a mental health condition. Childcare available.

To sign up go to: http://www.namidallas.org/education-class-schedule.html


The Gospel of Luke

Facilitator: Sandy Heard, sheard@fumcrockwall.com

Dates: Tuesdays, Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20

Time: 7-8 PM

Location: Room 125, Building B

Summary: Over this five week study, we will focus on Luke’s account of Jesus’s ministry. Luke, a non-Jew, is often identified as the first Christian historian who sought to share the story of God’s expanding love for a new population. Luke invites readers to follow Jesus’s journey to Jerusalem, and along the way, teaches them the characteristics of discipleship. Childcare available.


Thursday Women’s Bible Study: Unafraid: Living with Courage and a Hope in Uncertain Times, By Adam Hamilton (Hardcover book)

Facilitators: Cathy McCallum, Tricia Howry, Shirley Womack, swomack@fumcrockwall.com

Dates: Thursdays – Five sessions: Sept. 6,13, 20, 27, and Oct. 4

Time: Mornings 9-10:30 AM or Evenings 6:30-8 PM

Location: Shirley Womack’s Home: 557 Arcadia Way, Rockwall, Texas 75087

Summary: Join us for our Thursday’s Women’s Bible Study as we explore Adam Hamilton’s book, “Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times.” Please purchase book and read chapters 1-4 before Sept. 6.


What is the Bible?

Facilitators: Rev. Katie Newsome, knewsome@fumcrockwall.com and Blake Billingslea

Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26 and Oct. 10, 17, 24

Time: 6:30-8 PM

Location: Room 123, Building B

Summary: How well do you know the Bible? Do you know the stories? Do you know how the Bible is organized and how those texts were chosen? Have you ever thought about all the different ways people approach the Bible and decided for yourself what to think? If you said “no” to any of these questions, join us for a six-week study in basic biblical literacy!  This class is perfect for those who long to know more about how the bible was created and how to read it. Childcare available.


Women of the Word (WOW): The Smart Guide to the Bible: The Book of Acts by Robert C. Girard

Facilitators: Margaret Peck, Annette Knisley, 214-697-5494, Pam Kliewer, and Grace Fitzgerald

Dates: Mondays, Sept. 10, 2018 6:45-9 PM (Dinner Served)

Time: 6:45-9 PM

Cost: $30 (Fall and Spring)

Location: Starts with dinner in Cafe, Building B (Upstairs)

Summary: Fall 2018: Parts 1 and 2 (Acts 1-12) | Spring 2019: Parts 3 and 4 (Acts 13-28) Acts tells about Jesus “after his resurrection and carries it forward about thirty years, tracing the spread of the gospel from Jerusalem to Rome.” The Smart Guide to the Bible wants you to be “inspired – and equipped- to love and serve one another as Christ intended” after this study of the beginning of the church. Book Distribution, Monday, Aug. 27, 7-8 PM. Childcare available.


Small Groups

List of Small Groups

Bump to Baby – Click here to check out events

Expectant moms get together once a month for some time to talk with other moms and for their support during their pregnancy and beyond.

Contact Rev. Christina Hildebrand, childebrand@fumcrockwall.com

Sandy Heard, sheard@fumcrockwall.com

Celebration – Click here to check out events

A small group for single women 55 and better celebrating the times of our lives! Monthly Socials; look for info in publications

Contact Jackie Metzger, jmetzger@fumcrockwall.com

Friday Morning Discipleship Group

Open to any age adult – Use current day spiritual and faith related literature to grow, strengthen and better understand our faith and spiritual life. Take one hour of each week to share your thoughts with the group on the chosen material; use the reading material to strengthen your daily walk with God.

Contact Ann Meredith, ameredith5032@gmail.com

First UMC Book Club

The book club meets monthly to discuss books chosen by the class. These books span a variety of genres and topics, and discussion is always lively and fun! Anyone and everyone is welcome. We bring any book suggestions at the beginning of the year and vote on books to read together as a group. Join us! Meetings are the third Thursday of each month, 7 PM

Contact Colleen Miller, 214-770-6970 or colleentejas@aol.com.

Sailsetters – Click here to check out events

This group of men and women, 55 and better, meets once a month during the school year to take day trips around our area.

Contact Ruth Sears, rsears@fumcrockwall.com

‘Tis the Season Bazaar

This talented group of ladies craft every Thursday morning from 9 AM until 12 PM, from February to November. In addition to crafting they also enjoy the best in fellowship and refreshments.  They always welcome new friends to join them. Call church office for more information: 972-771-5500.


Ongoing Opportunities

List of Ongoing Opportunities

Raymond Cameron’s Men’s Bible Study

This group of men is always open to new additions to our group! Our typical time together includes discussion of Biblical, doctrinal, and contemporary topics.

Dates: Tuesday mornings

Time: 6 AM

Leader: Dr. Stan Scott

Location: Route 66 Diner

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Two NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) Support Groups are available the second Saturday of every month in the Elizabeth Cameron Christian Education Building (Building B). We separate out for those with mental illness in one room and family members in another.

Dates: 2nd Saturday of each month

Time: 1-2:30 PM

Leader: Marsha Rodgers, 214-341-7133

First UMC Rockwall Prayer Ministry

This group meets together once each week to pray for our church and community.

Dates: Thursdays

Time: 9AM in Bldg. B, Room 122

Leader: Linda Ghormley, 972-771-0758 or linda6004@sbcglobal.net


All our on-campus studies and groups include childcare, with advance notice. Please be sure to make note of your need on your registration, or contact your group leader to let them know.

Financial Assistance is available for all classes. Please contact Rev. Katie Newsome at knewsome@fumcrockwall.com about receiving assistance.