Bible Study

Check back to this page often as we add new groups and classes all of the time especially in the Fall and at the begging of the new year!  

Also, find details about Women's Groups here and Men's groups here.  

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Upcoming Schedule
January 11 – Defying Gravity: Study on being tethered to God, not on earthly things

February 15 - Insight Out:Lenten study focused on prayer

April 4 – Resurrection Debrief: Easter Study

May 2 – Bloom: Study focused on the Fruits of the Spirit

Thursday Morning Study
Led By Laura Echols-Richter

9:15am | Tom Graves Hall | Online Available

The group is primarily women, but all are welcome. No prior Bible knowledge needed.  Bring your curiosity, questions and desire to learn from others in the group.

Childcare available upon request.  


Contact laura@graceavenue.org with questions.

 

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Atlas Bible Study
Led By Billy Echols-Richter
Wednesdays at 12:30 pm 

Meets Online (via Zoom)
Each week this group will dive a little deeper in to the sermon series topics and scriptures for worship that week.

Email communications@graceavenue.org to get the Zoom link.  

Faith Handles with Billy Echols-Richter
Have you ever tried to carry your luggage without a handle?  It would be difficult and challenging.  It is the same with our lives.  It seems we are carrying around a lot of questions that often encumber and weigh us down.  Faith does not always give us the answers, but it gives us the handles to better navigate our way on the journey of life.

Faith Handles is a subscription-based video message (sent via email) in which Rev. Billy Echols-Ricther addresses questions of faith.  Subscribers will be invited to submit their own questions to the conversation and once a quarter Billy will host a hybrid in-person/Zoom gathering to address questions in real time. 

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Sunday Morning Studies
Sundays @ 9:15am in Room 214

For more information about each one, click HERE

Upcoming Studies

Exploring the Method: Living as a United Methodist
January 14- February 18

Practical Prayer: Real Tools for the Average Pray-er
February 25 - March 17

The Color of Compromise
March 24 - April 21 

Spiritual Lessons from Plants 
April 28 - May 12

Sitting in the Pieces: From Deconstruction to Reconstruction 
Led by Laura Byrd | Thursdays at  7:00 pm
March 7  - 28 | Tom Graves Hall [Online Available]

Many people who grew up in evangelical and other religious spaces have begun to ‘deconstruct’ or pull apart the pieces of the belief system with harmful theologies in which they were raised. Deconstruction is a necessary part of many- if not most- spiritual journeys, but it was never intended to be the whole journey. This study walks us through a path of deconstruction into a place in which we can reconstruct a faith that leads us to a deeper version of faith and identity. 

Living to 100 with Purpose & Vitality: A Study of the Blue Zones
Wednesdays from 10-11:30 am
4-Week Study Beginning April 10th
Led by Handi Jo Dolloff-Holt & Rick Norton
How do we live a healthy and vibrant life into our as we age, even into our 90's & 100's? How does faith impact longevity?  How does our lifestyle impact our quality of life?  Join us as we discover the secrets of the Blue Zones!

In this 4-week series we will watch the Docuseries "Live to 100" based on the research of National Geographic Explorer & Journalist, Dan Buettner.  We will also hear how members our our Church community are already living into this reality.

Compassionate Conversations: Finding Grace One Conversation at a Time
Led by Laura Byrd & Gabby Carr
Thursdays at 7:00 pm | April 4 - April 18
Just as Jesus engaged in debriefing conversations, we are called to engage with one another, even those that think very differently than us. How do we engage in dialogue with people who believe contrary to our values and show the love, compassion, and understanding of Christ? We believe through open and honest grace filled conversations we can glean wisdom from one another, deepen our relationship with Christ, and collectively grow in our faith. Come practice with us!

The Making of Biblical Womanhood: 
How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth
Led by Laura Byrd
Thursdays at 7:00pm | April 25 -
May 9
Biblical womanhood--the belief that God designed women to be only submissive wives, virtuous mothers, and joyful homemakers--pervades North American Christianity. From choices about careers to roles in local churches to relationship dynamics, this belief shapes the everyday lives of many women. Yet biblical womanhood isn’t biblical, says Baylor University historian Beth Allison Barr. It arose from a series of clearly definable historical moments. Join us as we explore what it really means to be a woman of God.

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Upcoming Schedule

January 8:
What happened last night?!: On Dreams and Visions

February 12: What’s with all the ‘smiting?’: Hebrew Scriptures and the Angry God

March 4: Black Theology & Christ: The Cross and the Lynching Tree

April 8: After Death: The Mysteries of the Afterlife

May 13: God is Disabled: Theology, Religion, & Ableism

Pub Theology
2nd Mondays at 7:00pm
Holy Grail Pub (Plano) 
Do you question things a lot and then ask questions about your questions? Is existentialism a way of life for you? Do you enjoy diving deep into life’s hardest theological quandaries? Then this is the group for you! A lively, fun, welcoming discussion about the big questions of theology, life, and everything!

This group is led by Rev. Laura Byrd and Jeff Bouis. 

Contact lbyrd@graveacenue.org for details or questions, and join our Facebook group HERE.

 

Small Groups at Grace Avenue
Grace Avenue offers a variety of small group opportunities.  Some are on-going and can be joined at any time.  Other groups are formed twice a year (in September and January). 

For any questions about these or other groups at Grace Avenue, contact Laura Byrd at lbyrd@graceavenue.org.  

Prism
Led By Laura Byrd
Sundays at 12:00 pm 

This group is a safe space where our queer siblings can express how it feels to be a queer Christian and to study the Bible through a queer, justice focused lens.
We support and accompany each other through life and organize social activities in our area. Our community welcomes all queer adults and allies who love and advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. 

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Young Adults
Every Other Sunday after 10:30 am Worship
Room 216
Coordinated by Sonja Mugnier
Meet up with young adults, bringing together those in the earlier stages of adulting. Make connections with peers, strengthen faith, and have a space where anyone can be themselves. Email lbyrd@graceavenue.org with questions.

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Couples with Young Children
Sundays after 9:15 am Worship
Meets in the Bride’s Room
Led by Brian Croy
Meet up with other couples as they navigate life with young kids and support one another in a small group and social setting. Email lbyrd@graceavenue.org with questions.

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PATH SEEKERS (#WTHIKE)
Led by Janell & Travis Taylor
Join Grace Avenue’s Hiking Group which explores trails in and around DFW! All ages are welcome.

Contact Janell at mctayloh@att.net with questions or join our Facebook group HERE to keep up with our next location and date! 

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Cold Brew Conversations
with Laura Byrd
Mondays from 9:30-4:00 at Karmic Grounds
3033 Ohio Dr. Frisco, TX
Wednesdays from 12:00-4:00 at La Finca
7511 Main St. Frisco, TX
Join Laura Byrd to talk, work, or just hang out at some of our local coffee spots!

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Yoga Classes with 
Laurie Hanson Roberts
Email lhr@graceavenue.org with questions. 
Gentle Yoga:  Saturdays at 10:00am (Resumes 1/6/24)
Chair Yoga:  Mondays at 10:00am (Resumes 1/8/24)

Date Night
2nd Fridays of the Month

We periodically schedule "Date Nights" for couples. Events might be a discussion about marriage, a game night, dance lessons or any number of activities.  Every event included dinner. Each is sure to be enriching to your relationship and FUN! Contact Laura Echols-Richter at laura@graceavenue.org with questions or to find out when our next Date Night is planned.

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Monthly Book Club
1st Mondays | 1pm | Room 219
Book club is an informal group of different ages that meets once a month to discuss different books. We bring water, coffee, or nothing but ourselves.
Email Carolyn Roeder at
 carolyn.roeder@tx.rr.com to learn the book of the month.


For more information on any of these ministries, please contact Laura Byrd, Pastor of Adult Discipleship and Outreach, at lbyrd@graceavenue.org.