Bible Studies + Programs

Upcoming Fall Studies 2020

List of Fall Studies

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey

  • What you don’t know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships with others and God. The Road Back to You forges a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of ourselves, compassion for others, and love for God.

Methodism 101: The Basics of our Tradition

  • 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 five-week study on Methodism.

Gospel Discipleship

  • What’s your discipleship type? That’s the question Gospel Discipleship seeks to answer. Through the process, you will learn if you are a Markan (Holy Spirit centered), Matthean (action driven), Lukan (relationship focused), or Johannine (mentor-apprentice nurtured) disciple.

Let’s Talk About It: A Christian Response to Racism

  • As Christians we are called to love our neighbors, and today it is clear that love must include turning our attention to systemic racism. This is not an easy task, and most of us aren’t sure how to get started. Join us as we discern a Christian response to racism.

Tailgate Theology

  • Bring your truck, mini-van, SUV, soccer chair – drop the tailgate and let’s talk. We’ll theologically consider our understanding of God, the atonement, the resurrection, the Holy Spirit, the nature of the church and wherever the Holy Spirit leads us! 

Primetimers: From Success to Significance

  • Join us for a variety of classes related to cooking for 2, at home exercises, tips on using your cell phone/iPad, and much more for 60+ members and friends.

Before Amen: The Power of Prayer

  • How do we pray? Join us for a Max Lucado study as we learn that prayer is not a privilege for he pious, but a heartfelt conversation between God and God’s children.

Fierce, Free, and Full of Fire: The Guide to Being Glorious You

  • No more hiding or people-pleasing up in here, sisters. No more being sidelined in your own life. It is time for us to be brave, to claim our gifts and quirks and emotions. You are set free and set up and set on fire.

The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships

  • Join us as we study the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships, gaining deeper insights about ourselves, our types, and others’ personalities so that we can have healthier, more life-giving relationships.

Look for more information to come soon! Have questions? Contact Rev. Katie Newsome at knewsome@fumcrockwall.com 

Ages and Stages

List of Groups

Some groups are meeting in June and July – Please check with church office – (972) 771-5500

Bump to Baby

A small group of expectant mothers and mothers of newborns who meet monthly for dinner and dessert to discuss motherhood topics. Join us for fellowship and support because no new mom should go through this experience alone. 

Dates: Second Wednesday, Monthly

Time: 6:30-8 PM

LeaderS: Rev. Christina Hildebrand (childebrand@fumcrockwall.com) and Rev. Sandy Heard (sheard@fumcrockwall.com)

Location: La Madeleine, Rockwall



A group for single women 55 and better celebrating the times of our lives! Look for monthly socials on our publications and church website.

Dates: Monthly 

Leaders: Roxanne Turner (2violinist@gmail.com) or Leigh Plagens (Cplagens65@aol.com)



A group for parents with youth (confirmation through college) who come together to support one another during this transitional time in the life of their families. A program and dinner will be provided.

Cost: $10 per person

Dates: Monthly 

Time: 6:30-8 PM

Leader: Rev. Christina Hildebrand (childebrand@fumcrockwall.com)

Location: MP Rooms, Building A


Faithful Friends

A group of lay leaders who minister through visits, calls, and conversations with our homebound, nursing home members, and friends. You are not forgotten…you are not alone.

Date: Second Wednesday, Monthly

Time: 2 PM

Leader: Becky Pool (beckypool77@gmail.com)

Location: Library, Building A


Prayer Ministry

First Rockwall is blessed with a vibrant prayer ministry, and we are inviting you to be a part of our team. Join us as we lift up names of members and friends in prayer. There is no commitment to attend every week or to even speak prayers aloud. Simply come and participate in the presence of prayer.

Dates: Thursdays, Weekly

Time: 9 AM

Leader: Rev. Christina Hildebrand (childebrand@fumcrockwall.com)

Location: Room 122, Building B


NAMI Support Group

Join us for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) support groups dedicated to building better lives for those affected by mental illness. Concurrent groups are offered for those with mental illness and for family members.

Dates: Second Saturday, Monthly

Time: 1-2:30 PM 

Leader: Marsha Rodgers, 214-341-7133

Location: Rooms 121 and 123, Building B


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Knit. Crochet. Pray. Meeting once a month to create prayer shawls for our hospitalized and homebound. No prior experience necessary.

Dates: Third Wednesday, Monthly

Time: 6-8:30 PM 

Leader: Jeanie Wheeler (jeanie.wheeler@aol.com)

Location: Room 121, Building B



Active group of men and women, 55 and better, meets monthly during the fall and spring to enjoy day trips in the North Texas area.

Dates: Monthly

Leader: Rev. Christina Hildebrand (childebrand@fumcrockwall.com)


Small Groups

List of Groups

Some groups are meeting in June and July – Please check with church office – (972) 771-5500

Companions for Christ

Believing Jesus by Lisa Harper

What does it mean to believe Jesus? Not just believe in Jesus, but actually believe what He said-and shape our lives around the truth? How would that affect the choices we make? The way we see the world? The way we conduct ourselves with other Christians?

In this 8 session study, Lisa Harper answers these questions by looking at the lives of the believers in Acts and how Jesus’ command to spread the gospel forever shaped their lives.

Dates:  Wednesdays, starting January 22

Time:  10-11:15 AM

COST:  $20

Leader:  Stacy Loeffler, stacy@rclsales.com a

Location:  Room 206, Building B

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. Join us! 

Dates: Third Thursday, Monthly

Time: 7 PM

Leader: Colleen Miller (colleentejas@aol.com)

Location: Room 122, Building B

Friday Discipleship Group

New Study Starting Feb. 21, 2020 | Ending on March 27, 2020

Circlemaker by Mark Batterson

“Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.”  Mark Batterson shares inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, and helps you learn how to uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.  

Book is available through amazon.

Dates: Fridays, Starting Feb. 21, Weekly

Time: 11:45 AM-12:45 PM

Leader: Ann Meredith (ameredith5032@gmail.com)

Location: Room 122, Building B

Mission Stitchers 

Know how to sew? Knit? Crochet? If not, want to learn? Come join our new group. We have mission projects and can use your help! Bring your sewing machines, knitting needles, crochet hooks, or just yourself and join the fellowship and fun. 

Dates: Second Tuesday, Monthly

Time: 9 AM-12 PM

Leader: Beth Ackerman (ackerm6@gmail.com)

Location: Room 216, Building B


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: Tuesdays, Weekly (We are meeting in June)

Time: 6 AM 

Leader: Dr. Stan Scott (sngscott@gmail.com)

Location: IHOP in Rockwall

‘Tis the Season Crafters

This talented group of ladies craft meets every Thursday morning from 9 AM-12 PM, from February to November. They host a Bazaar on the first Saturday of November every year. All proceeds go toward First Rockwall UMC Missions. 

Dates: Thursdays: February-November (We are meeting in June)

Time: 9 AM-12 PM

Leaders: Marlene Roth (rothjm@hotmail.com) or
Pam Gregory (pammylou99@aol.com)

Location: Room 208, Building A


The Cookie Project – Lakeshore Assisted Living and Memory Care

Join other young adults 18+ to visit Lakeshore Assisted Living and Memory Care. Share a lesson, and worship with the residents. 

Dates: Sunday Mornings, Weekly

Time: 9:30 AM

Leader: Mike Eidson, 972-689-9383

Location: Lakeshore Assisted Living & Memory Care 

Childcare is available | Building B (5 years old and younger)

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.