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, Beginning September 12
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, 8:00 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., Beginning, September 13 | Paul’s Letters to the Next Generation: 1 & 2 Timothy and Titus. Online, Click Here for Link
Tuesdays, Online, 12:00 p.m., Beginning September 14, Gospel of John, Click Here for Link

Small Groups

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

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 children ages 0-4; meets weekly at the church and plans social events once a quarter. Drop-ins are welcome.

Parents of Purpose | 40s-50s, Room 123
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

Monday

Holy Club | 20s
Young adults, working professionals; group meets weekly at the church on Monday evenings.

Tuesday

Grace Gang | 40s-60s
Divorced men and women; meets weekly at the church on Tuesday evenings; this group is comprised of loyal members who enjoy doing the Christian journey and life with other disciples; possess a love of Christ, St. Andrew, and life-long learning; support each other during life's challenges, changes, and heartaches; and rejoice with each other in our triumphs; engages in social events every six weeks and service-orientated activities twice a year.

St. Andrew Singles | 20s-70s
Join singles of all age groups for seasonal Bible studies offered three times a year in the fall, winter, and spring. Fall Study runs August 17 - September 21. Join at any time during the study! 

 

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 Group | 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

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

Wednesday

Plano Young Adults | 30s
Meets weekly via Zoom on Wednesday evenings.

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
Fall Study | October 7-28, Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, by Adam Hamilton

Join us this fall as we prepare our hearts and minds for the season of Advent. In this study, best-selling author Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ used by the gospel writers, exploring the historical and personal significance of his birth. Questions, contact Connie Robertson. Childcare available upon request – please contact Susan Shipley.

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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

Wednesday

The LOFT | 50s-70s
Meets throughout the year (with breaks as decided by the group) at members’ homes on Wednesday evenings in the Plano, Frisco, Far North Dallas area; 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.

Women

Monday

Women’s Monday Morning Bible Group | 60s-70s
Meets 10:00 a.m.-Noon, Room 131
Fall Study |September 13-November 8, Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Is Speaking, by Priscilla Shirer

 You are invited to come discover how you can listen with greater confidence, clarity, and discernment. Join us as we grow in obedience, surrender, stillness, and humility. Women of all ages are invited. Questions, contact Kathleen,713-851-3240. Childcare is available upon request – please contact Susan Shipley

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, July 20-October 5
Current Study |Surrendered: Letting Go and Living Like Jesus by Barb Roose

Are you facing a problem in life that you just can't fix, no matter what you do? Perhaps you've heard the phrase "Let go and let God." But it's easier said than done. Is it possible that giving up on what you can't change is God's path to peace for your life? In this six-week Bible study of Jesus in the wilderness, Barb explores Jesus' time of testing. For more information or to join, contact Dawn Conner or call 972-400-5907. Are you facing a problem in life that you just can't fix, no matter what you do? Perhaps you've heard the phrase "Let go and let God." But it's easier said than done. Is it possible that giving up on what you can't change is God's path to peace for your life? In this six-week Bible study of Jesus in the wilderness, Barb explores Jesus' time of testing. For more information or to join, contact Dawn Conner or call 972-400-5907. 

This group is designed to encourage and enable women to develop a deeper understanding of Jesus Christ and God’s kingdom and to be shaped by God toward wholeness so that they may be examples of his grace in the world. Led by Dawn Conner, the group gathers year-round using various small group DVD studies and books. Childcare is available upon request – please contact Susan Shipley

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

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

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