Bible Studies + Programs

Summer Faves Series | Tuesdays | 12 PM & 7 PM | MP Room, Building A

Join us for this fun Summer Faves Series! Come hear staff and laity talk about the topics that intrigue, invite, and excite us. You do not have to sign up to attend, please feel free to bring your lunch or dinner to class. Come to one offering or to all of them!

June 7: Jenny Misslin
Living Room Conversations – Civil Conversations about Tough Topics
Learning to listen well and have more compassion for those with vastly different points of view can be tough. Join us for this guided introduction to kinder, more intentional conversations. 

June 21: Rev. Christina Hildebrand
Table of Grace: Finding Connection in Sharing Meals Together. In breaking bread with friends and family around our tables, we experience God’s nearness, God’s peace, and God’s love. 

June 28: Rev. Larry Gipson – The Spirituality of Journaling
We often talk about the importance of paying attention to God in our daily lives, but how do we make time to do this and what does it look like? Pastor Larry will talk about his own experiences with journaling everyday for over a decade, and how this practice can help all Christians draw closer to God. 

July 12: Rev. Julie Henson
“Tattoos on the Heart – The Power of Boundless Compassion”
An intentional look at how to stay faithful in spite of failure, how to meet the world with a loving heart, and how to overcome trials with boundless, restorative love.

July 19 & 26: Rev. Joe Pool
Part One & Two: “A Crash Course in Dave Ramsey”
Live like nobody else so you can live like nobody else. The basics: budgeting, debt elimination, savings, retirement, and generosity

August 2: Rev. Julie Henson
“Out of Sorts” – Making Sense of a complicated faith
Sometimes we need to be just as comfortable with uncertainty as we are with solid answers. And as we learn to hold questions in one hand and answers in the other, we discover new depths of faith that will remain secure even through the storms of life.

August 9:  Rev. Oscar Mathura
“Prayer: God’s Gift with Miraculous Power”
For the inquisitive, interested, and unsure. For those who desire to explore prayer and learn how prayer enhances our journey with Christ.

Summer Adult Studies/Classes

Public Forum
Led by: Rev. Joe Pool
May 22 | 12 PM
MP Rooms, Building A
This is a public forum for anyone who has questions about the current state of the United Methodist Church. All are welcome to come and ask questions and hear from our senior pastor. You do not have to sign up to attend. We’ll meet in the MP room in building A, or if enough people attend we’ll move to the Open Door space as a backup spot. 

Friendship Class
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 10-11 AM
Room: 118B

The Friendship Class of FUMC is offering a new midweek opportunity for older adults who are interested in learning together while also supporting one another on the journey of aging. This class is designed especially for those who may want to avoid crowds or who need extra time to get safely to and from class. There is singing, study, discussion, prayer time and great fun! With advance notice, transportation to and from the church is provided and a wheelchair is also available. Contact Missy Buchanan at 214-673-0131 for more information.

On the Same Page: A Book Club for Mom’s
Meets Monthly on 4th Thursdays | 7 PM | Off Campus
June’s Book: Liturgy of the Ordinary | By: Tish Harrison Warren
July’s Book: Traveling Mercies | By: Anne Lamott
August’s Book: No Cure for Being Human | By: Kate Bowler
Moms of preschool and elementary aged kids are welcome to join this low pressure book club. Each month we will read and gather to discuss a book on spirituality through the lens of motherhood.

A Study on Wesley
9:30-10 AM Sundays
Led by Clergy and Staff
Location: Room TBD
Join us for this in depth study of John Wesley, the beginnings of Methodism, and our history at First UMC Rockwall. This study is designed for Sunday Morning Classes and individuals who are interested in learning more about our roots. All are welcome!
July 10: John Wesley – Where it all Began
July 17: Uniquely Methodist
July 24: American Methodist
July 31: Our History at First UMC Rockwall

Methodism 101
August 7 | 11 AM
Location: Room TBD

Description: Are you interested in learning more about Methodism? Join us for this one hour class on the history of Methodism, the current Methodist system, and a basic understanding of Methodist theology. Whether you’ve been a Methodist your whole life and need a refresher or you’re new to Methodism this is a great opportunity to come learn what it means to be a Methodist.

Contact Jenny Misslin at jmisslin@fumcrockwall.com.

Connect Through Study & Groups

Companions for Christ

Dates: Wednesdays

Time: 10 AM

Led by: Stacy Loeffler 

Location: Room 117B

Description: Companions for Christ is a long running group of women who meet together to study, fellowship, and grow together. Contact Stacy for more information about the winter/spring study at Stacy@loefflersupply.com. 

The Bible in 90 Days: by Ted Cooper, Jr.

Led by: Sherry Hamm 

Dates: Mondays, January 24-May 23

Time: 10 AM

Location: 117B 

Summary: Are you up for a challenge? Come join me as we read the entire Bible in 90 days! Class members will spend up to an hour a day reading assigned passages from God’s word. Class will meet each Monday for prayer, discussion, inspiration, and preparation for the next week’s reading. How can one’s life not be changed?

To register for the class, go online or email Sherry at sherrymh@sbcglobal.net. Please order your own copy of: The Bible in 90 Days Participant’s Guide by Ted Cooper Jr. (Cost: around $10).


Ages and Stages

Celebration Group

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)


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: 117,  Building B


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 – Online

Groups will be meeting online this fall. Join with other North Texas area NAMI groups by visiting them on the web: https://www.naminorthtexas.org/ or by contacting Marsha Rodgers, 214-341-7133

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

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

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 

Time: 6 AM 

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

Location: IHOP in Rockwall

AA Horizon Group

Dates and Times: Every day (Mon-Fri) at 12 PM
Monday at 9 AM Women only | Tuesday & Thursday at 7 AM
Location: Bldg. A, Room 211

‘Tis the Season Crafters

We get together to craft every Thursday morning from 9 AM-12 PM, from February to November. Join in as we create, craft, and have fun! From wreaths to ornaments to sweet treats, we make it all!  All crafty creations are sold at the Famous First UMC Bazaar on the first Saturday of November every year. All proceeds go toward Missions. Enjoy yourself, make new friends, and give back.

Dates: Thursdays: February-November

Time: 9 AM-12 PM

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

Location: Room 208, Building A


Childcare is available with advance notice

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 Jenny Misslin at jmisslin@fumcrockwall.com about receiving assistance.