Our small groups, bible studies and programs offer a place to build upon your spiritual knowledge while also getting to know others in our community. We encourage members to ask questions and challenge each other. The friendships and knowledge built here will last a lifetime!
Take a look at what all we offer below. Groups typically meet each week and are always welcoming new guests. We also offer classes on Sunday Mornings. For more information, please contact Raegan Gilliland. We hope you will join us!
Special event childcare is available by reservation 48 hours in advance with a 4 child minimum. Please contact Laura Zastrow, Nursery Coordinator, at (972) 596-4303 x 316 for reservations.
All classes are open to new members at any time.
Weekly Bible + Book Studies
Monday Morning Women’s Bible Study
Mondays | 9:45 AM | Trinity Hall + Online
Led by Rev. Raegan Gilliland
A group for women from all ages and stages of life that meet weekly for learning, growing, and community. Group is open for in-person or online.
Email Raegan@cumc.com to sign up!
Monday Afternoon Ladies Bible Study
A discussion-based study for imperfect people seeking to do God’s will in an ever-changing world. We are dedicated to learning more from the Bible and other writings, with the goal of enhancing our relationship with God and others. We support and encourage one another on our individual journeys. We will be starting a study on the Gospel of John in mid-February.
Mondays | 1:00 – 3:00 PM
Email Rita@cumc.com to learn more!
THE WAY OF PRAYER STUDY
Led by Rev. Paige Christian
Jan 19 – Mar 30 | 6:30 – 8 PM | Trinity Hall + Zoom
It’s said that prayer is so primal an urge for humankind that we’re born into the world praying. Yet, something so natural and seemingly so easy comes hard sometimes. The Way of Prayer is a 10-week small group study about the nature, practice, and results of prayer. Some forms of prayer arise in our lives spontaneously, some are learned by rote, and others are stumbled upon as we move through life. “All prayer, formal or informal, is about our relationship with God,” writes Dennard and Bryant. Somewhere deep inside us resides the experience of being so deeply connected to God that we long to express the wonder of that relationship. We pray because we can…and must.” Honor the ways you were taught to pray while expanding your understanding to include new ways to pray.
Purchase (or check out from the Christ UMC library) and bring to each session: The Way of Prayer Participant’s Book (Companions in Christ).
HENRI NOUWEN STUDY
Tuesday Nights | Starts Feb 2 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Do you have an urge to enter more deeply into the spiritual life? Do you wonder what it means to live in the Spirit? Do you want to find peace of mind to listen to the calling voice of God? Join retired UMC Elder, Pat Mahle for a 6-week class exploring two books by Henri Nouwen. In-person and online.
The Lunch Bunch
We learn, laugh, and lunch!
Led by Julie Warner
We are a group of believers, with various backgrounds, who come together to study the Word. Our group studies various books and the Bible, as well as Christian books. From talkers to non-talkers, laughing to crying, we follow where the Spirit leads us! Squeeze some study in during your lunch break or busy day. Eating is optional!
Tuesdays | 12 – 1:30 PM
Tuesday Night Men’s Bible Study
Men coming together for fellowship, faith, and coffee.
Led by Rev. Chris Dowd
On break right now. Please join The Bible in 50 Days that meets on Sundays at 5 PM.
The study provides a high-level survey of the Bible over a two-year period, with a summer break. Having begun by talking about the differences among various translations and by outlining the way Methodists approach scripture, we continue each week to alternate between books of the Old and New Testaments.
Women of Valor Bible and Book Study
A progressive group of women discussing all aspects of life and spirituality through books, articles and podcasts.
Led by Heather Holba
Are you seeking a closer connection to God and community? Women of Valor is an unconventional Bible study group that generates conversations from a variety of materials, including books, podcasts, and articles, with an emphasis on asking questions rather than finding answers. This discussion-based group meets weekly throughout the school year with a format designed to accommodate curious minds and busy schedules. Come join us as we explore our spiritual lives in a modern world while engaging with each other and the Divine. Please email for more details, email@example.com
First Fruits Bible Study
A discussion-based study for those seeking to give God their best — the first fruits
Led by Martha Desai
Wednesdays at 11:30 – 1 PM Online
Though we have had gentlemen in our class before, we currently are a class of mature ladies who enjoy studying God’s Word through book and DVD studies. We welcome all who, like us, enjoy delving into God’s Word.
If you would like to join us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a link!
Thursday Morning Men’s Covenant Study
Led by Tom Tella
New Dates Upcoming
“Men’s Covenant Bible Study” – studying the Bible, straight from the Bible.
Inspired Book Study
Thursdays | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Starts Feb 25
Led by Meredith McBride and Kristin Steed
Join Meredith and Kristin on Thursdays from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM online or in-person for an Inspired Book Study with Meredith McBride and Kristin Steed. We’ll walk through Rachel Held Evan’s book – Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again. The class will start on Feb 11 go till Mar 25, skipping Mar 11 for Spring Break.
Thursdays | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Starts Feb 11
This is a 4-week class on Sunday mornings at 9:45 AM starting on February 7 – 28th. This class will go over what it means to be a Methodist. What do United Methodists believe? What are the four areas of focus? The origins and history of United Methodism as well as current events. We’ll also touch specifically on our church, Christ United and its origins and future. We will be offering this class as a ‘hybrid’ class. You may join us in-person, (masks required and large enough room to be socially distant) or from your own home as a live zoom call. Please let us know which option you prefer when you register!
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
The Bible in 50 Days
Led by Pastor Chris Dowd
Sundays |5 – 6 PM | Trinity Hall + Online
We hope you will join Rev. Chris Dowd as he leads us on a unique tour of the Bible. In this class we will work our way through the Bible together as Rev. Chris presents each book in context, in summary, and in one hour. We are so excited about his first study with us and hope that all feel welcome to join any time.
From Rev. Chris Dowd on the purpose of this study:
“To provide a high-level survey of the Bible over a two year period (with a break over the summer). We will begin by talking about the differences among various translations, and by outlining the way Methodists approach scripture. Each week will alternate between books of the Old and New Testaments, and will provide a theme takeaway verse to help guide our spiritual journeys.”
Email Raegan@cumc.com to sign up!
Led by Tom Tella
Sundays | 11 AM | N157
To join us, please email Raegan.
Awesome Small Group
Wednesdays | 7 p.m. | Homes in Plano
This class is for all ages and stages of adult life.
Contact Debbie Fisher for more info.
The Bridge Small Group
Every other Wednesday | 7: 00 p.m.| The Coffee Room (near Trinity Hall)
This class is for young married couples and families. Join us any week – we always welcome new members!
Contact Matt & Sarah Bartel
West McKinney Small Group
Wednesdays | 6:30 p.m. | Homes in West McKinney/East Frisco
This class is for young professionals and families
The Young Methodists
Sundays | 6:00 to 7:00 PM | Trinity Hall
Join us every Wednesday for Coffee and conversation! This group was formerly called Young Adults and met on Wednesdays.
Becoming One Again Small Group
Wednesdays | 7 – 8:30 PM
Open to those who are at any stage of the separation/divorce process.
For more information, please contact Rev. Mike Flynn
Feb 2 – May 28 | Mondays at 6 PM | N157
According to Richard Rohr and Andreas Ebert in The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective, the Enneagram is a powerful, ancient wisdom tool that has roots as far back as the early monasticism of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. An oral tradition and practice that has continued into the 21st century, it is a way for Christians to grow closer to God and a means for finding a deeper, more authentic relationship with God.
As a pathway back to our true selves – the selves God created us to be – it is a practice and a tool for learning more about individual motivations, increasing awareness of the workings of personality, and discovering ways to enhance balance and wholeness in our lives.
For more information, about upcoming classes visit our Enneagram Journey page, contact Raegan Gilliland
Financial Peace University and Legacy Journey
Sept 23, 2020
We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions, and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!
FPU is a biblically-based accountability curriculum that teaches how to make the right decisions about your money. It’s a 9-week video series designed to get you out of debt and stay out of debt. During the 9 weeks, the average participant reduces their debt by $5,300 and saves $2,700. More importantly, FPU helps free you from the burdens of finances and empowers you to do great things with your money!
For more information about the class, please visit Financial Peace University.
Registration Coming Soon
Contact Raegan Gilliland for more information.
Led by Heather and Dave Murphy
Join us for this extended course that continues the methods and lessons of Financial Peace.
Note: Prerequisite for Legacy Journey is successful completion of FPU
Becoming One Again