Bible Studies

Deepen your knowledge and understanding of God’s word by connecting with others through one of our many Bible studies, both large and small. For additional information about Bible Studies at St. Andrew, please contact Adult Ministries.

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classes

80% Learning/20% Relationships

Typical Class Size: 30+

Classes at St. Andrew focus on studying the Bible. These lecture-style gatherings are often presented in series, but are designed for you to come-and-go to each meeting as you are able.

Small Groups

50% Learning/50% Relationships

Typical Class Size: Up to 30

Small Groups are equal part fellowship and Biblical learning, as we meet regularly, explore scripture, and journey through life together. Grow spiritually with close friends you can call family.

Independent Studies

100% Personal Growth

Independent Bible Studies studies offer the opportunity for personal reflection and faith development through book recommendations, podcasts and other resources.

Classes

Sunday Morning Bible Study Classes

9:30 a.m. | Something Else Class with Lauren Gerlach, Piro Hall
11:00 a.m. | Something Else Class with Scott Engle, Smith Worship Center and Facebook

Women's Bible Study

Led by Rev. Kim Meyers, Mondays, 7:00 p.m., Facebook Live, Sign up for emails

men's Tuesday morning Bible Study

Led by Rev. Arthur Jones and Rev. Jimmy Decker, Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m., Live on Zoom

Scott Engle's Bible Study Classes

Mondays, Online, 3:00 p.m.| Paul’s Letters to the Next Generation: 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. Online, Click Here for Link
Tuesdays, Online, 12:00 p.m. | Gospel of John, Click Here for Link

Small Groups

connection nights | where new small groups are formed

Tuesdays, January 25 - March 1, 2022, Room 122, 6:30-8:00 p.m. | Join with others looking to start a new small group. Adult Ministries staff will walk you through a Small Group Bible Study together. At the end, your group has the option to launch as a self-led small group.

Register by January 23

 

Study Materials for existing small groups

Find your group’s next study in our collection of St. Andrew’s online, digital and printable materials, along with other digital and printed titles available for checkout.

Materials Here

 

documents for existing small groups

SMALL GROUPS COVENANTLEADER INFOADULT MINISTRIES LIBRARY SHEET | MARKING ATTENDANCE IN REALM

Family Focus/Raising Children

Sunday
9:30 a.m.

Walk tHIS Way | 30s-40s, Room 121
Parents of children ages 3-12; meets weekly; Drop-ins are welcome.

Agape | 30s-40s, Room 134
Married couples with young children; meets weekly at the church and plans social events once a quarter. Drop-ins are welcome.

Parents of Purpose | 40s-50s, Room 123 *Meeting in Piro Hall until June 2022 for God Is series
Parents of teens; meets weekly; this group of parents seeks to guide teen-aged children toward growing their personal faith in Jesus Christ, serving their community, and being involved members of the St. Andrew community. The group, formed in 2017, uses presentation of relevant Christian-based DVDs, guest speakers, and group dialogue to enhance faithful parenting. Drop-ins are welcome.

Discipling Parents | 40s-60s, Room 126
Parents of teens through young adults; meets weekly; this group is all about studying and growing in our faith journey. Drop-ins are welcome.

11:00 a.m.

Built to Last | 30s-40s, Room 123
Couples with infants through elementary-age children; meets weekly; a discussion-based group that focuses on the application of biblical principles as they relate to relationships, marriage and spiritual growth. The members of this group invite you to join them as they get to know each other through studies, socials and mission projects. Drop-ins are welcome.

Afternoons & Evenings

Celina Group | 30s-40s
Parents of children ages 0-9; meets three times a year (winter, spring, fall) for 5-7 weeks each in members’ homes in the Celina area on Sunday evenings; engages in both social and service-oriented activities. 

 

Singles

Thursday

St. A Singles | All Ages
Join single men and women of all life stages (never married, divorced, widowed) who enjoy growing in their Christian journey together, and possess a love of Christ, St. Andrew, and lifelong learning; the group meets weekly at the church on Thursday evenings for Bible study and monthly for social outings and service events.

 

Couples and Singles

Sunday
8:30 a.m.

Seekers | 50s-70s, Room 126
Meets weekly; adults with grown children and grandchildren who seek to incorporate and enhance their daily and spiritual lives through Bible study, social activities, mission projects in the church and community, and support of one another through difficult times and life's challenges. Drop-ins are welcome.

9:30 a.m.

Two by Two | 60s-70s, Room 120
Meets weekly; this group of baby boomers enjoys fun and fellowship along with community outreach. This engaging group continues in its faith journey and discussions of contemporary issues led by group members and outside speakers. The group meets regularly for social activities and provides awe-inspiring support for group members’ prayer requests. Two by Two has volunteer commitments to Seven Loaves Food Pantry and Project Hope programs. Drop-ins are welcome.

11:00 a.m.

ANEW | 50s-60s, Room 121
Meets weekly; studies spiritual growth, biblical and contemporary issues. Members also enjoy regular social activities and are actively involved in volunteering at the church. Provides adult spiritual growth and fosters friendships with other Christians. Drop-ins are welcome. Learn more here

Leap of Faith | 50s-70s, Room 122
Meets weekly; self-taught group that explores a variety of subjects important to Christians today. Lessons are Bible-based, including studies on specific books of the Bible, prayer, the importance of community, essential Christian beliefs, other religions, and many others. Sharing of experiences and discussion are encouraged. The group has been active in numerous mission projects and social events are regularly scheduled. Contact Kathy or Greg at 972-248-1680. Drop-ins are welcome.

Visions | 50s-70s, Room 126
Meets weekly; this group engages in lively discussion of today’s world, and the role of Christians in it. The group supports a caring and casual atmosphere where open discussion is always encouraged during study. The group regularly participates in social and mission activities, and its members are actively involved in several ministry areas of the church. Drop-ins are welcome.

JOY Senior Bible Study Class | 60+, Chapel
Meets weekly; group engages in scripture-based study with open discussion. It is a Christian fellowship, who rejoice together in times of joy, provide comfort in times of sorrow, and give support in times of need. As the name implies, it is a “Joy”ful group. Drop-ins are welcome.

Tuesday

Just the Messengers | 20s-30s
Blend of marrieds, singles, and those in relationships; meets weekly at the church on Tuesday evenings.

Hasley Group | 40s-70s
Meets three times a year (winter, spring, fall) for 5-7 weeks each on Tuesday mornings at the church.

 

Wednesday

Gen ALL | All Ages
Meets weekly during the school year at the church on Wednesday evenings. Any and all are welcome regardless of age, marital status, or life stage. Come learn, grow, and enrich your faith through a variety of perspectives.

Passionate Seekers | 40s-70s
Meets three times a year (winter, spring, fall) for 5-7 weeks each in one member’s home on Wednesday evenings; eclectic group consisting of married, divorced, working, and retired members including parents of teens, empty nesters, and grandparents; group values loving and learning about God and enjoys discussion about Christian topics; group helps others in the community through ministry projects, and engages in social activities once each series and once monthly during the summer.

 

Thursday

Thursday Morning Bible Group | 60+
Meets 10:00-11:30 a.m. in Room 13, Thursdays
Next study begins in 2022

This group is made up of men and women who desire to learn about God, and nurture and encourage one another as they grow in their faith. The group is led by a dedicated team of teachers. 

Couples

sundays

The LOFT | 50s-70s
Meets at 11:00 a.m., Room 120 at the church for three seasonal studies (winter, spring, fall)
This group strives to understand the word of God and live out their faith accordingly while supporting each other during all life's large and small events; engages in social events 2-3 times a year, and volunteers monthly at The Storehouse and annually at Prom Closet. Contact David for specific meeting dates.

Women

Monday

Women’s Monday Morning Bible Group | 60s-70s
Meets 10:00 a.m.-Noon, Room 131 and Zoom, January 10-February 28, 2022
Winter Study | The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer

A study to bring to light the uncertainties around you and challenge you to suit up, stand firm, and secure victory in your life. All women welcome. Childcare available upon request. Contact Kathleen or 713-851-3240.

Register

 This friendly group of women of all ages and backgrounds desires to grow in their knowledge and understanding of the Bible as well as learn how to become stronger Christians and serve God more effectively. Study formats include both workbook/video/discussion as well as book studies. In addition to studying, the group enjoys fellowship and sharing our joys and concerns. Prayer is an integral part of the group. Between sessions the group often gathers for fun and fellowship. 

Tuesday

Women’s Spiritual Growth Group | 30s-70s
Meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Room 120
Winter Study | February 1-April 19

Acts: Awakening to God in Everyday Life by Melissa Spoelstra | Journey with the first followers of Jesus and witness the birth and growth of the early church through spiritual awakening to the power of God’s Spirit, message, freedom, grace, mission, and direction.  From their experiences you will learn postures that will help you attune your own spiritual heart to experience God’s presence, hear God’s voice, and see God at work all around.

The group gathers year round using various DVD small group studies and books as they nurture one another in their spiritual journey. For more information or to join, contact Dawn Conner or call 972-400-5907. Childcare is available upon request – please contact Susan Shipley

young adults (ages 21-29)

Monday

Single Young Professionals | 20s
Young adults who meet weekly on Monday nights with a focus on fostering friendly relationships and Bible study (and sometimes eating cookies!). Group also enjoys occasional social outings.

 

Commonly asked questions

WHEN?

Groups meet various times throughout the week.

WHERE?

Some groups meet at the church; others choose to gather in homes or online.

WHO?

There are groups for every stage of life.

What do we study?

New study materials are produced three times a year by St. Andrew, with other printed, digital, and online materials available through the St. Andrew Resource Library via Librarika and BibleProject.com.

WHAT DO I BRING?

Bring yourself and a Bible, and invite a friend! Everyone is welcome.

WHAT IF I CAN’T BE THERE EVERY WEEK?

Come as many times as you can. Our groups are meant to create relationships, not add to your to-do list.

WHAT IF I MISS WORSHIP?

Come anyway! Sermons are online at standrewumc.org/sermons.

What about CHILDCARE?

Childcare is provided for small groups that meet on Sunday mornings. Some groups that meet at the church during the weekdays have childcare available by reservation. Contact Susan Shipley to make a reservation. 

Independent Studies

The Vestry

Listen to our weekly behind-the-scenes podcast with Taylor Davis and Josh Miller, Directors of Traditional and Contemporary Music and Worship Arts, to learn the purpose behind the planning and implementation of musical content. Episodes drop each Thursday prior to the upcoming weekend’s worship services.

Listen on Apple PodcastsClick here

Book Study | Talking to Strangers

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers — and why they often go wrong.” Through his book, Gladwell offers insight into how we can come to know others more fully, and in the places where we can’t fully know them, how to engage with this accordingly in a humble and endearing way. By discussing sensitive topics such as Sandra Bland, the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State, and the Stanford sexual assault case with Brock Turner, Gladwell offers us insight into how we react and interact with strangers, and the consequences that can occur as a result of those actions. When coupled with our faith, we can see new lessons about how each of us was created by God uniquely, and how we are called to love and be loved by strangers. In this 5-week book series, explore both Gladwell’s work alongside scripture through discussion questions to learn more about the love that exists in a world that often does not encourage us to see each other the way God sees us.

Reflection Guide Week 1

Reflection Guide Week 2

Reflection Guide Week 3

Reflection Guide Week 4

Reflection Guide Week 5

Book Study | Be the Bridge

In an era where we seem to be increasingly divided along racial lines, many are hesitant to step into the gap, fearful of saying or doing the wrong thing. At times the silence, particularly within the church, seems deafening.

But change begins with an honest conversation among a group of Christians willing to give a voice to unspoken hurts, hidden fears, and mounting tensions. These ongoing dialogues have formed the foundation of a global movement called Be the Bridge—a nonprofit organization whose goal is to equip the church to have a distinctive and transformative response to racism and racial division.

As part of a continuing conversation on racial tensions and reconciliations, we encourage both individuals and groups to engage in this book by Latasha Morris. This book is for those groups wanting to dig a little deeper into the historical complexities of race in America, and how we can use the biblical principles of lamentation, confession, and forgiveness to build the framework for restoration and earnest Christian relationship with one another.

Book includes small group discussion questions.

Scott Engle Podcast | The Last Seven Words of Christ

Over this seven-week series, listen to Scott Engle teach on each of Christ’s last seven words. Submit questions for Scott to answer in upcoming podcasts. Visit Scott's Podcast Page or select weekly podcasts below.  Podcasts may also be found on Apple Podcasts (search for Scott Engle Bible Studies) and on Android using the Podbean player.

First Meditation
The first word, the word of forgiveness
Luke 23:34: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”

Second Meditation
The second word, the word of salvation
Luke 23:43: “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Third Meditation
The third word, the word of relationship
John 19:26–27: “Woman, here is your son. [Says to disciple] Here is your mother.”

Fourth Meditation
The fourth word, the word of abandonment
Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34: “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

Fifth Meditation
The fifth word, the word of distress
John 19:28: “I am thirsty.”

Sixth Meditation
The sixth word, the word of triumph
John 19:30: “It is finished.”

Seventh Meditation
The seventh word, the word of reunion
Luke 23:46: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”

Going Backstage

In Going Backstage, we explore our Methodist theology, history, traditions, and unique ways we study the Bible.

Curriculum:

Week One: How do Methodists read Scripture?

Group Discussion  |  Download PDF
Workbook  |  Download PDF
Podcast  |  Link

Week Two: What is our Methodist Heritage?

Group Discussion  |  Download PDF
Workbook  |  Download PDF
Podcast  |  Link

 

Week Three: What is our Methodist Theology?

Group Discussion  |  Download PDF
Workbook  |  Download PDF
Podcast  |  Link

Week Four: How do Methodists Worship?

Group Discussion  |  Download PDF
Workbook  |  Download PDF
Podcast  |  Link

Week Five: How do we Live a Methodist Life?

Group Discussion  |  Download PDF
Podcast  |  Link

Explore | Printed and Online Resources

St. Andrew Resource Library via Librarika

St. Andrew offers books, leader guides, and DVDs available for check out. You can view our catalog and make reservations from the convenience of your own home using our online tool, Librarika. To check out materials for personal use or group study, submit an online request, and a member of the Adult Ministries team will contact you. Click here to go to Librarika.

How to Register
  1. Register for a new account at https://librarika.com/users/register.
  2. Receive verification email and verify the email address.
  3. Go to https://librarika.com/ and log in using your new account.
  4. Click on the drop-down menu next to the person icon, upper right. Select My Libraries from the drop-down choices.
  5. Click on Request Member Access button.
  6. Enter full URL of the library: https://SASmallGroupResourceLibrary.librarika.com and submit the request.
  7. You will be joined to the library instantly and can begin perusing materials immediately.
How to Use
  1. Once in the St. Andrew Resource Library, click on Catalog Search on the top navigation bar to peruse our catalog.
  2. You can type in the name of the book in the Search field (set it to search on Title) and it will show you all the resources (book, leader guide, DVD, etc.) that we have available.
  3. Click on the title of each item, scroll down, and click on the green “Request” button and enter in Start Date and the anticipated Return Date. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who has access to the St. Andrew Resource Library?
Members at St. Andrew and all Small Group members at St. Andrew have access to the St. Andrew Resource Library.

Do I need a login to use the St. Andrew Resource Library via Librarika?
Yes, we ask that you create your own individual login. This will allow us to better serve the St. Andrew community by knowing where the materials are being used.

Can I still come to the church to review the materials in person?
Absolutely! The Adult Ministries Office, Room 135, is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30-5:00, and Friday, 8:30-1:00. It is not open on the weekends. For times when the office is closed, we hope you will find the online tool, Librarika, to be a convenient option.

What if I’m only able to pick up the materials after office hours?
We will work with you to find a place in the church during building hours to leave the materials for you to pick up.

When I make a reservation, what happens next?
The Adult Ministries staff at St. Andrew will receive the request and notify you when the materials are ready for you to pick up. We will make every effort to make the materials available to you as soon as possible, usually within a day or two.

How long can I keep the materials?
Because the needs of the member or the group may vary, materials can be issued for whatever amount of time is needed. We simply ask that you provide us with an estimated date of return.

Will I be able to see when my materials are due?
Yes! When you log in to your account, Librarika allows you to track all of the materials that have been issued to you and when they are due. You will also receive email reminders to help you stay current.

What happens if I’d like to reserve an item that is already checked out?
A member of the Adult Ministries staff will contact you to let you know the expected date of return of the materials you are requesting. At that time, you may wish to keep your reservation or make another selection from our Adult Ministries Library. If the study appears to be in high demand, we may consider adding additional copies to the St. Andrew Resource Library.

What if there’s a specific study that I’d like to use, but it does not appear in the St. Andrew Resource Library?
We would be happy to purchase new materials for you or reimburse you for the cost of materials you would like added to the St. Andrew Resource Library. Resources commonly used by St. Andrew include Cokesbury, Amazon, Mardel, and LifeWay. We simply ask that you contact our staff first before purchasing any new materials.

Who do I call if I’m having trouble or have questions?
Beckye Brown, 214-291-8075, bbrown@standrewumc.org
Connie Robertson, 214-291-8004, crobertson@standrewumc.org

BibleProject Online Resources

Explore videos designed to help people experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus.