Adult Classes & Small Groups


Adult Class & Groups Calendar

Our Classes

Sunday School Classes: 9:30-10:30 AM

Genesis Class: Meets in the Alley’s House (downstairs at the church). The Genesis Class examines passages and parables in the context of Jewish and Roman history and culture in first century Palestine, often with surprising revelations. The class is led by Tom Perkins.

Covenant Class: Meets in the Conference Room. The class is a small group of active thinkers and participants. All opinions are considered and respected. The group has been meeting regularly for over 20 years looking at the social, relational, individual piety, and theological implications of our faith. Currently they are studying women in the Bible. The class is led Don Dillard.

The Explorers: Meets across from the church at the Agape Clinic, in their Community Room, 4104 Junius St. The class has discussed various topics, from TED Talks, videos, books, and more. The class looks at the Biblical and spiritual implications of each topic and is facilitated by members. They are currently studying the biblical figure of Saint Paul.

For more information contact Adam White -

Seekers: A group focused on Scripture, spirituality, and prayer gathers in the Bryan Chapel each Sunday. Led by Carolyn Childress and Sylvia Scott, the group studies and prays with a single book of the Bible over time.

English/Kirundi Class: Taught by Bill Claxton and Jean Ntakabunimvo. Study of scripture and theology that meets in the Open Door preschool downstairs at the church.

Our Small Groups

Pastor’s Bible Study: open to all, meets every Wednesday from 10:30 am to 11:30 am in the Wesley Room.

Ecumenical Bible Study: meets every Monday from 6:30 to 8pm. Books of the Bible are chosen to reflect on for extended periods of time. This study is a partnership with East Dallas Christian, The Bonhoeffer House, and Grace UMC. 

Grace Covenant Groups: meet twice per month. These are groups of no more than 6 to 8 of the same adults who focus on discipleship and spirituality. The time and meeting place is decided by each group. Contact if you are interested in joining a group.

Grace hosts lectures, seminars, and screenings throughout the year covering a variety of topics relevant to 21st century Christianity.


Stephen Ministry

Hurting?  Struggling?  Discouraged?  Stressed?  Confused?  Broken?

Stephen Ministers are Ready to Care!

What is Stephen Ministry?

Stephen Ministry provides one-to-one lay caring ministry to those who are experiencing difficult times.  It takes place in a caring, confidential setting.

A Stephen Minister is…

    • A lay person who has received at least 50 hours of training in providing emotional and spiritual care
    • Someone who will walk beside you when you are hurting
    • A caring, Christian friend who listens, cares, prays, supports, and encourages you for as long as there is need

If you need a Stephen Minister, please contact our pastor or church office at 214.824.2533


Children's Ministries

Children's Calendar

Sunday School & Childcare

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Younger Children Class (Ages 3-6)

This class meets on Sunday mornings from 9:30am - 10:30am upstairs in the Godly Play room. Each week we explore Scripture as a class using the Godly Play model of learning. Godly Play encourages children, through the use of spiritual practice, to explore the mystery of God’s presence by listening for God and to create authentic and creative responses to God’s call in their lives.

Class Schedule:

Sunday, August 4th - Creation

Sunday, August 11th - The Flood and the Ark

Sunday, August 18th - The Great Family

Sunday, August 25th - The Exodus

Sunday, September 1st - The Ten Best Ways

Sunday, September 8th - The Ark and the Tent

Sunday, September 15th - The Ark and the Temple

Sunday, September 22nd - Exile and Return

Sunday, September 29th - Jonah and the Backwards Prophet

Older Children Class (Ages 7-12)

Our older children class meets each week upstairs in the Sunday school rooms. Currently, this class is exploring Scripture from the lectionary readings in interactive ways. We use the Episcopal Church’s “Lesson Plans That Work” curriculum, which seeks to use practical approaches for teachers to engage children in ways that foster thoughtful discussion, creativity, and spiritual growth.

Class Schedule:

Sunday, September 8th - TBA

Sunday, September 15th - TBA

Sunday, September 22nd - TBA

Sunday, September 29th - TBA

Adult Volunteers

At Grace we graciously rely on the gifts and service of adult volunteers who offer their time, creativity, and energy to support the spiritual growth of our children. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Sunday school teacher for our children’s classes, please email Adam White for more information -

Nursery & Childcare

Available for ages 0 to 3 during Sunday school and worship. Ages 3 to 6 attend Godly Play during the Sunday school hour (9:30am - 10:30am). The nursery is staffed by two trained adult caregivers and is located on the ground level next to the sanctuary.


Special Events

Vacation Bible School
For grades Pre-k to 6th during the summer. Children participate in a week-long camp with arts and crafts, science discovery, music, missions, and bible storytelling. The kids learn about God in a fun and meaningful way!

Children’s Choir
For ages Pre-k through 6th. Children perform four times per year during worship. Practice takes place after worship upstairs on designated Sundays. Lunch is provided. 

Children’s Fellowship
Once a quarter on a Saturday, the children have a special event. Events have included Claxton Family Farm Day, roller skating, Water Park, pumpkin party, arts and crafts, etc.

Children-led Worship Services
The children lead the congregation in worship for Children’s Sabbath Sunday and the Family Christmas service.

Project Transformation
After school and summer day camp program for children in grades 1st to 5th from low-income families. Components of program include one to one reading with a volunteer, recreation, nutritious meals, enrichment activities, and family fun nights. This program maintains and improves a child’s literacy.


Our Music

Grace United Methodist Church is deeply committed to a vibrant music ministry. With superb acoustics and a 1925 Kimball organ, our sanctuary is blessed with the sounds of a dedicated volunteer choir under the leadership of seasoned choir director/organist Michael Manes as well as vocal and instrumental solos and visiting choirs and ensembles. Musical offerings vary from classical to contemporary, from traditional to gospel, and from African folk music to Taizé chants. Grace also hosts a variety of recitals and concerts throughout the year.

Michael Manes is the choir director/organist for Grace United Methodist Church. He headed the fine arts department of Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas, overseeing art, music, drama, speech, debate, and a private music and dance studio. In his 36 years at Greenhill, Michael taught music to students of all ages, from first graders to high school choir members, directed the annual spring musical, and organized Greenhill Singers concert trips to destinations across the country and in Canada.

In addition to serving as a choral director and organist for a variety of churches in Dallas and Fort Worth, Michael served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971, where he was musical director for base theatrical productions and stage crew for the Bob Hope Christmas tour, and choral director and chaplain’s assistant for touring and chapel choirs.

Michael received his Bachelor of Music degree, magna cum laude, from Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma, and his Master of Church Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

You can contact Michael at

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