Sunday School is a time-honored tradition that is new every Sunday! Our church family is a large one, and Sunday School offers everyone a special place to be. Sunday School is the place where people learn about the Christian faith in a loving, supportive environment. All groups meet at 10:00 a.m. Information about the classes is listed in our Sunday School brochure and on this page of our website. If you would like a more personal introduction, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 478-5684.
Our Sunday School classes offer adults a wide selection of age groups, study topics, and learning styles. Most adult classes are mixture of single and married people. Study topics range from the Bible and Christian beliefs to personal growth issues, family relationships, and current social concerns. A strong emphasis on fellowship and support makes these groups a vital part of the church community.
Come as You Are
Library, Sanctuary Building
For more than a decade, this class of 30- to 50-somethings has worked together to experience and share Christ’s message, while forging lifelong relationships. These busy families prioritize giving back to the community and the church through discipleship in church-wide and class projects. We don’t have all of the answers, but we strive hard to find them while having fun. Join us in the library, by 10 a.m. on Sundays, to experience a casual and friendly approach to serving the church and each other.
For more information, contact Truman Fenton at email@example.com.
Sanctuary Building, Room 212
Sunday classes begin by 10 a.m. with sharing of concerns of class members and visitors, followed by spirited discussions leading us to personal spiritual growth and working toward social justice. Discussion leaders are class members who offer varied references including the Bible and current Christian and secular sources. And outside the church building, class life includes service projects and fun social events. Visitors are always welcome!
For more information, contact Bob Leeper at BLeeper@sbcglobal.net or (512) 479-6933.
Sanctuary Building, Rooom 213
Single and married, members of the Downtowners Class enjoy a wide variety of lesson topics and lively discussion, led by class members and guest speakers. The emphasis is generally on social justice issues and spiritual growth, with strong support for FUMC’s mission outreach. The class was an early member of the Reconciling Ministries Network.
For more information, contact Robbie Ausley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sanctuary Building, Parlor
The Drop-In Class welcomes all adults of any age who can drop in on any or all Sundays and also, as the class name implies, anyone who has to arrive late or leave early to attend to other responsibilities. The Drop In class is the perfect place for visitors to the church to meet a few people and begin to feel at home at First Church. We meet at 10:00 AM in the Parlor, located directly behind the choir loft through the door on the right side of the pulpit in the Sanctuary. We discuss whatever Biblical passage the day’s sermon is based on, so there’s no advance preparation needed. Our lively discussions enhance our study and lead us to a better understanding of our own personal faith journey.
For more information, contact Jerry Heare at email@example.com.
Family Life Center, Room 111
Couples and singles in their mid 40s and up. Study topics include Bible, Christian art and history, current events, personal development, and mission programs. These open and exploratory classes examine challenging topics to deepen understanding and faith. All are welcome and encouraged to join the faith journey.
For more information, contact Jim Bowen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 918-1072.
Family Life Center, Room 104
Couples and Singles in their 50s and up (mostly). Spirituality and scholarship combined in a lively discussions on a variety of topics, with emphasis on community service.
For more information, contact Chip Morris at email@example.com or (512) 343-8599.
Fred Matthys Bible Class
Sanctuary Building, Room 112
Mature men and women are invited to this group of elders with a 60+ year tradition of study, service and warm fellowship.
For more information, contact Olivia Weldon at (512) 832-9488.
Sanctuary Building, Room 217
A Reconciling group of couples and singles in their 30s, 40s and 50s who enjoy spirited discussions. We seek to grow together as we discuss topics of spiritual and social importance. Community service, fun and fellowship are important to our class members.
For more information, contact Brooks or Heather Schuelke at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 496-3868.
Sanctuary Building, Room 210
Koinonia comes from the Greek word for “community.” Married and single, gay and straight, all ages are welcome to attend this lively and diverse group of people exploring spiritual, social, and theological issues of faith through extended book studies. Service and fellowship events are also part of group life.
For more information, please contact Caroline Jones at byrdstarr@hotmail or at (512) 233-4834.
Family Life Center, Room 108
A class of young couples who enjoy fellowship together on Sunday mornings as well as outside the doors of FUMC. Each Sunday a variety of lesson topics (and lots of discussion) are led by class members and guest speakers. Modern Families class members enjoy growing as Christians through service to others, involvement in the church, class social activities and helping each other when in need. Modern Families is a growing class that is always happy to welcome new faces.
For more information, contact Jennifer Bevel at Jenc511@hotmail.com.
NEW Young Couples Class
Family Life Center, Room 109
Calling all young couples! A new Sunday School class is forming, and we want you to join us for fellowship, friendship, and fun!
For more information, contact Kaycee Crisp at email@example.com.
Open Door Women’s Class
Family Life Center, Room 110
A community of women of all ages, married and single. Programs include Bible study, personal and spiritula growth, and other topics, with an agenda for discussion and sharing.
For more information, contact Carolyn Trigg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susanna Wesley Class
Sanctuary Building, Room 112
Begun as a class for young mothers more that 60+ years ago, this enduring group of seniors continue to enjoy learning and fellowship. A team of teachers leads Bible study, and all members provide a network of support and love.
For more information, contact the church office at 512 478-5684.
Family Life Center, Room 100 (Garrison Chapel)
Couples and singles, 65 and up, led by a team of teachers providing Bible-based lessons. This lively group enjoys social activities and service and mission projects.
For more information, contact Bill Martin at email@example.com.
Prodigal Son’s Men’s Study Group
Mondays, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Room 103, Family Life Center
This Prodigal Men’s Study Group began almost 30 years ago as a Disciple Bible Study group, and continues to meet, studying a variety of works on the Bible, theology, faith as it relates to character, faith as it relates to the world, faith as it relates to science, and more. All men are welcome to join this study. For more information, contact Curtis Higgs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m., Sanctuary Building, Room 213
Jim Bowen, retired research scientist now into religious research, leads this group of men and women for in-depth exploration of Scriptural texts. For more information, please contact Jim Bowen at email@example.com or 512-918-1072.
Women’s Book/ Bible Study
Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Various Locations
Women of all ages are invited to meet for weekly study, discussion, and fellowship. Meetings take place in coffee shops around Austin to provide for an informal setting. For more information, please contact Stacy Prentice at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Church offers several short-term study opportunities during the fall, winter, and spring. Topics include basic courses on the Bible, Christian beliefs, spiritual practices, as well as discussions of current books and social issues. To view upcoming classes, visit our Adult Discipleship page.